Class of 2025

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We’re so glad you’re here!
On this page dedicated to all things Troubies 2025 you will find helpful information about freshman courses and audition schedules, Freshman Registration Night, challenge tests, and more. Welcome Troubies!

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Performing Arts Audition Information

PowerPoint overview of performing arts at St. Francis:  
Pick a St. Francis Performing Art!

SFHS Visual and Performing Arts Overview (printable)

SFHS Class of 2025 Audition Schedule

Theatre Arts II Audition Form (due February 21, 2021)

Chamber Singers Interest/Audition Form (due February 21, 2021)

Dance Interest/Audition Form (due February 21, 2021)

Instrumental Music Interest/Audition Form (due February 21, 2021)

Orchestral Music Audition Signups

Show Choir and Intro to Show Choir Interest/Audition Form (due February 21, 2021)
Show Choir Audition Instructions 2021

Hula Workshop and Audition Interest Form (due February 21,2021)

Online HSPT

We are administering the online High School Placement Test to admitted students on February 20 and February 21, 2021. Instructions have been emailed to students, but here are a few important reminders:

BEFORE TESTING DATE:

(1) Students must access their login information no later than one day before the test administration.

(2) Students should review the Online HSPT tutorial before the test administration.

ON DAY OF TEST:

(1) Attend informational pre-test Zoom meeting
Links to pre-test Zoom meetings:
Saturday, February 20th Testing Zoom (8:35 am; Admissions staff remains on Zoom meeting for entirety of testing in case there are issues or questions)
Sunday, February 21st Testing Zoom (12:35 pm; Admissions staff remains on Zoom meeting for entirety of testing in case there are issues or questions)

(2) Log in to testing website to complete test

Link to testing website (Scholastic Testing) 

Testing Materials, Space, and Technology

  • Make sure you are by yourself in a location free from distractions.
  • You may not have any electronic devices with you in the testing space (phone, tablets, television, calculator, etc.).
  • Please have several sheets of blank scratch paper with a pen or pencil for you to take notes and work out math problems (you will shred and dispose of these papers after the exam).
  • Your device (PC, Laptop, or tablet) should be charged, working well, and all other windows on the device are closed, only one testing browser window and a second browser window is open for Zoom.
  • Your computer should be preferably connected via Ethernet cable to your internet source or you should ensure that you have plenty of bandwidth for your Wi-Fi to minimize technical interruptions.
  • If you are using Wi-Fi, all members of the household or people connected to the Wi-Fi source should consider placing their devices on airplane mode for the duration of the exam session (about 3 hours) so the WiFi is not interrupted.
  • If you do not have a device other than a cellphone, are concerned about the device you have, or you believe your WiFi is not strong enough to take the test, please contact admissions@stfrancishs.org with your concerns as soon as possible.

Test-Taking Strategies

  • Read the entire question before you look at the answer
  • Test Answer Options: You will notice that there are often 4 options for answers A, B, C, D 
  • The test clock will show the time for each test-section and counts down. Click the “Show/Hide Timer” button at the top of the screen to view the test clock. 
  • There are 5 test-sections: 
    — Follow along with the test-sections as they appear on your screen, from top to bottom.
    –Verbal, Quantitative, 5-minute break, Reading, Math, 2-minute break, Language Arts. 
    –Do not skip test-sections and try to complete the entire test-section before moving on to the next. It is better to guess than to leave questions blank! 
  • Pay attention to your time. The test is designed to have you use the time allotted.
  • Work diligently and efficiently, don’t dwell on one question too long, feel free to move on to the next question if you don’t know the answer.
  • Write down the number you skipped or want to come back to on your scratch paper. The test will not show you questions that are blank. 
  • Use the scratch paper and pencil you’ve placed in your testing space to work out mathematics problems or make notes (you will shred and dispose of these papers after the exam).
  • If you have time, check over your work in the test section before clicking “Finish.”
  • During testing, please remember: DO NOT click “Finish” until you have completed that particular test section – you will be locked out of that test section when you do, so please be sure you are ready to move on to the next test section before you click “Finish.” When you are completely done with the test, having completed all 5 of the test sections, you will click “Log Out” and the test session will be complete.
  • You are ready for this based on all the material you’ve learned leading up to and in 8th grade 
  • Take a deep breath and relax – you’ll do great! 
  • If you have any issues, please return to the Zoom link to speak with Admissions staff or email admissions@stfrancishs.org.

Freshman Courses

St. Francis utilizes an 8 block schedule, but a recommended schedule for an incoming freshman includes 7 classes and 1 free block. 

Freshman classes are organized as follows:

  • Required classes assigned to all freshman students: English, Social Studies, Theology
  • Required classes students are placed in based upon test scores: Math, Science
  • Required class that allows for student option: Modern & Classical Languages
  • Required classes needed before graduation that can be taken in Freshman Year: PE/Sport, Fine Arts, Health
  • Electives: Technology, Leadership

Students will receive a Google form to submit with their freshman course requests. 

Required Classes Assigned to Freshmen: 

ENGLISH  [Eight semesters required for graduation]

English 9 is a literature-based class that develops the skills students need to interpret, analyze, discuss and write about literature. Students participate in the “shared inquiry” method of literary analysis, which develops their literary interpretation skills. Seminar discussions promote clear communication and the use of textual support to answer interpretive questions. The writing component of the class develops competence in fundamental grammar, rules of usage, and basic paragraph and essay writing. (2 semester class)

SOCIAL STUDIES [Seven semesters required for graduation]

Historical World Geography is a one semester course designed to introduce students to the five themes of geography (Location, Place, Movement, Human – Environment Interaction, and Regions) in order to examine human socioeconomic organization through a historical perspective.  Geography and its interrelationships are viewed through the historical perspectives of Ancient Greece and Rome, Ancient China, Ancient India, the Rise of Islam, African Civilizations, and Pre-Columbian Civilizations to give students a sophisticated view of the world and an understanding of human life.

THEOLOGY [Eight semesters required for graduation]

Christology (Grade: 9, Credit: 5) This course follows the Fall course, Introduction to Scripture, and continues the revelation of Jesus Christ in the Christian Bible. By studying the four Gospels, students learn about the birth and public ministry of Jesus as teacher, prophet, and compassionate healer. Students will also explore Christian beliefs of Jesus as the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, the Incarnate Word of God, and hoped for Messiah. (1 semester class)
 

Introduction to Scripture gives students a general knowledge and appreciation of the Christian Bible. In the course, they will learn about the Bible, authored by God through the Inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and its value to peoples throughout the world. Students will learn how Catholics interpret the writings found in the Bible and will become familiar with the major sections and books of the Bible. There will be a particular focus this semester on the Hebrew Scriptures, understood both in its original Jewish context, as well as in its contemporary Christian context. (1 semester class)

Required Classes Students are Placed in Based Upon Test Scores:

SCIENCE [Six semesters required for graduation]                  

Based on test scores, freshman are placed in one of the following three science classes:

Integrated Science is a survey course that engages students in scientific inquiry while developing their natural curiosity about the world around them.  Students participate in discussion, projects, and lab investigations.  The curriculum of this course is designed to provide students with a solid foundation for future lab sciences.  The class devotes one academic quarter to each of the four sciences: chemistry, physics, earth science, and biology. (2 semester class)
 

Biology  is a laboratory science course that focuses on the study of life.  The course begins with an inquiry into the chemistry of life and proceeds to an examination of the fundamental concepts of cellular biology, including in-depth study of cellular structure and function.  Biology students study photosynthesis, cellular respiration, cell growth and division, the fundamentals of DNA and RNA, genetics, evolution, and the anatomy and physiology of the human immune and reproductive systems.  The Biology course introduces students to bacteria, viruses, fungi, animals, and plants, focusing on their cellular similarities and differences.  Scientific thinking, analysis, and laboratory skills are emphasized along with Biology’s connections to other scientific disciplines.  Students practice scientific writing skills and learn to think deeply in order to apply what they have learned.  A time equivalent of approximately one period per week is spent in the laboratory. (2 semester class)
 

Honors Biology is designed to teach the student the fundamental principles of Biology and to prepare her to succeed in future biologically based courses on the high school and college level.  The curriculum is covered in greater depth and at a more accelerated pace than Biology. Honors Biology engages the student with numerous demonstrations, laboratory exercises, microscopy and dissections as they discover Chemistry, Biochemistry, Cytology, Molecular Biology, Genetics,  and Anatomy and Physiology.  The course aims to teach students the necessary laboratory skills needed for success in science courses, such as observation, analysis of data, microscopy, and dissection.  Critical thinking and communication are an integral part of this course. (2 semester class)

MATH  [Six semesters required for graduation]

Freshmen are placed in one of the following seven math classes:

In Integrated Math 1 students formalize and extend the mathematics learned in the middle grades and explore the relationships between the standards from the conceptual categories of Number and Quantity, Algebra, Functions, Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. In this course, students will begin to develop a deep understanding of the concepts of congruence and equality.  (2-semester class) Freshmen will be automatically placed into Integrated Math 1 unless they have already taken Integrated Math 1 OR Algebra 1, and qualified with the optional Math Challenge test for placement into Integrated Math 2 (or Geometry for students who have taken a course titled Algebra 1), Integrated Math 3, or Precalculus.
 

Geometry continues to review basic Algebra skills but focuses on completing the common core standards for Geometry.  Major topics include geometric proofs, properties of parallel and perpendicular lines, congruent triangles, basic properties and area, and volume of two-dimensional and three-dimensional figures, similarity and proportions, basic trigonometric functions, constructions, and coordinate Geometry.  (2-semester class) Freshmen will be placed into Geometry if they have taken Algebra 1 and qualified with the optional Math Challenge test for placement into Geometry.   *Important for Incoming Freshmen: The UC and CSU college systems require Geometry or Integrated Math 2 on a high school transcript.  Students taking Geometry or Integrated Math 2 in 8th grade may submit their 8th-grade report card to the university when applying but the report card must state Geometry or Integrated Math 2, not just Math.
 

Integrated Math 2 will culminate the conceptual standards of traditional Algebra 1 and Geometry courses, preparing students to matriculate into Integrated Math 3. The focus of Math 2 is on quadratic expressions, equations, and functions, and comparing their characteristics and behavior to those of linear and exponential relationships from Math 1. In addition, it will introduce complex numbers, explore the link between probability and data, the relationships of right triangle trigonometry, and prove basic theorems (using a variety of methods) about circles, similarity, congruence, and triangles. (2-semester class) Freshmen will be placed into Integrated Math 2 if they have taken Integrated Math 1 and qualified with the optional Math Challenge test for placement into Integrated Math 2.   *Important for Incoming Freshmen: The UC and CSU college systems require Geometry or Integrated Math 2 on a high school transcript.  Students taking Geometry or Integrated Math 2 in 8th grade may submit their 8th-grade report card to the university when applying but the report card must state Geometry or Integrated Math 2, not just Math.

Integrated Math 3 is the culminating course in the Integrated Math series and develops analytic math skills. This course will focus on analyzing data and statistics to draw conclusions, analyzing functions and relationships, apply right triangle trigonometry to general triangles, and synthesize geometric and algebraic reasoning to create models. Throughout this course, the following topics will be explored: Geometric Modeling, Linear and Quadratic Functions, Polynomial Functions, Rational Exponents and Radical Functions, Exponential and Logarithmic functions, Rational Functions, Sequences and Series, Trigonometry of triangles, Trigonometric functions, Trigonometric Identities, and Data Analysis. (2-semester class) Freshmen will be placed into Integrated Math 3 if they have taken Integrated Math 2  OR Algebra 1 and Geometry, and qualified with the optional Math Challenge test for placement into Integrated Math 3.

While the pacing of Honors Integrated Math 3 is not dramatically different from Integrated Math 3, the depth of understanding and level of difficulty of problems done for homework and exams is significantly different, as well as requiring a commitment to 45 minutes of homework per night.  The student is being prepared for Honors Pre-Calculus and AP Calculus. (2-semester class) Freshmen will be placed into Integrated Math 3 if they have taken Integrated Math 2, and qualified with the optional Math Challenge test, scoring high enough for placement into Honors Integrated Math 3.

Precalculus is designed to help students understand and extend the fundamental concepts of Algebra and Trigonometry. Algebra and Trigonometry will be used to model and solve real-life problems through extensive mathematical analysis. A successful student will be prepared for Calculus. Freshmen will be placed into Pre-Calculus if they have taken Algebra 2 or Integrated Math 3 and qualified with optional Math Challenge test for Pre-Calculus.

Honors Pre-Calculus is designed to help students understand the fundamental concepts of Algebra and Trigonometry, and is an honors math course, requiring a deep level of understanding and a commitment to 45 minutes of homework per night.  Algebra and Trigonometry will be used to model and solve real-life problems. A successful student will be prepared for Calculus or AP Calculus AB. (2-semester class) Freshmen will be placed into Honors Pre-Calculus if they have taken Algebra 2 or Integrated Math 3 and qualified with optional Math Challenge test for Honors Pre-Calculus.

Required Classes that Allow for Student Options:

MODERN & CLASSICAL LANGUAGES [Four semesters required for graduation]

Freshmen select between:

  • French 1 (2 semester class)
  • Italian 1 (2 semester class) 
  • Spanish 1 (2 semester class) 
  • Latin 1  (2 semester class)

Students may take an optional challenge test to place into a second-year or higher language program. 

P.E. REQUIREMENT [Three semesters required for graduation] 

P.E. choices are:

  • Dance Styles  (1 semester class) 
  • Recreational Fitness  (1 semester class) 
  • Yoga (1 semester class) 

Audition Classes that meet the PE requirement include Dance Company (2 semesters), Apprentice Dance Company (2 semesters), Intermediate Dance (1 semester), Hula Club (1 semester), Show Choir (1 semester), and Introduction to Show Choir (1 semester). 

Participation in any level of a St. Francis High School Athletic team fulfills the PE requirement in the semester the sport is played.

HEALTH 

Required for graduation, may be taken any time during 9th-12th grades or in summer school. (1 semester)

FINE ARTS [2 semesters required for graduation] 

  • Drawing 1, Painting 1, Figure Sculpting 1 and Digital Photography 1
  • Theatre Arts
  • Concert Choir
  • Audition classes that meet the Fine Arts requirement include Chamber Singers, Orchestra
  • Theater Tech and Design (after school class)

Elective Classes: 

Freshmen may select (if room allows) from among the following options:  

TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION

  • Computer Graphics (1 semester)
  • Computer Programming with C-STEM (2 semesters)
  • Computer Science Discoveries (2 semesters) 

LEADERSHIP

  • Ministry Leadership (1 semester; open to all students)
  • Student Leadership (2 semesters; required for freshman officers)

Challenge Tests

Click here to sign up for an optional challenge test.

St. Francis offers incoming freshmen optional challenge tests in Math and Modern and Classical Languages. Freshmen wishing to take Integrated Math 1 or a first-year Language class do NOT need to take a challenge test. 

MATH CHALLENGE TESTS

The optional Math challenge tests are held Saturday, February 27, 2021 from 8:05 am to 11:00 am.
    Geometry:  Check in from 8:05 am to 8:25 am; test from 8:30 am to 9:30 am
    IM2:  Check in from 9:35 am to 9:55 am; test from 10:00 am to 11:00 am
    IM3 and Pre-Calculus:  Check in from 8:30 am to 8:55 am; test from 9:00 am to 10:30 am 

All students taking Math challenge tests must check in at the gym foyer and have a temperature check. Students must wear masks during their time on campus and will be safely spaced while taking the test.

A makeup day for Math Challenge Tests will be held Wednesday, March 3, 2021 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm.
    Geometry:  Check in from 3:15 to 3:25 pm; test from 3:30 to 4:30 pm
    IM2:  Check in from 3:15 to 3:25 pm; test from 3:30 to 4:30 pm
    IM3 and Pre-Calculus:  Check in from 3:00 to 3:10 pm; test from 3:15 pm to 4:45 pm

Here are the guidelines for the Math challenge tests:

If you wish to take Integrated Math 1 as a freshman, no math testing is necessary. Nearly half of the 2025 class will take Integrated Math 1 in their freshman year.

If you are currently taking Algebra and would like to take Geometry as a freshman, you will need to take the Geometry challenge test. The Geometry challenge test is sixty minutes long and calculators are not permitted. SFHS Geometry Placement Test List of Topics

If you are currently taking Integrated Math 1, you will need to take the Integrated Math 2 challenge test. The Integrated Math 2 challenge test is sixty minutes long and calculators are not permitted. SFHS Integrated Math 2 Placement Test List of Topicss

If you are currently taking Geometry or Integrated Math 2 and would like to take Integrated Math 3 as a freshman, you will need to take the Integrated Math 3 challenge test. The Integrated Math 3 challenge test is ninety minutes long and calculators are permitted. SFHS Integrated Math 3 Challenge Test List of Topics

If you are currently taking Integrated Math 3 and would like to take Honors Pre-Calculus as a freshman, you will need to take the Pre-Calculus challenge test. The Pre-Calculus challenge test is ninety minutes long and calculators are permitted. SFHS Pre-Calculus Challenge Test List of Topics

FOREIGN & CLASSICAL LANGUAGES CHALLENGE TESTS

The optional challenge tests are held Thursday, February 25th from 3:30 to 4:30 pm ONLINE. Students will be sent a Zoom link and a Google doc exam link and will remain on the Zoom while they are taking the test. Language teachers will give a brief introduction and be available for questions during the entirety of the exam.

To see the concepts covered by the Language tests, please click here:

SFHS French 2 Challenge Guidelines
SFHS Italian 2 Challenge Guidelines
SFHS Spanish 2 Challenge Guidelines

Uniforms

SFHS Uniform Style Guide

Stay tuned for more information on ordering uniforms and other logo items!

Freshman Registration Night:  March 10, 2021

Learn lots of fun facts about the Class of 2025 and get guidance about completing your freshman course requests. More details soon!

Freshman Class Council

Check back in April for details on applying to be a part of the Class of 2025 Freshman Class Council. If you are interested in student government, we encourage you to apply! If chosen for student leadership it will be added to your course schedule as an elective.

2021-2022 Academic Year Dates

First day of instruction:  August 10, 2021
Thanksgiving break:  November 24-26, 2021
Christmas break:  December 17, 2021-January 2, 2022
Easter break:  April 11-22, 2022