Course Catalog

English

The overall goal of the English program at St. Francis is effective communication, reached through close examination of literature and regular practice in written and verbal communication. The core of this four-year program is literature, on which every facet is based. Students analyze works, relying on shared inquiry methods for discussions and formal writing assignments. Writing assignments (both formal and creative), verbal skills (in both discussions and presentations) and vocabulary skills all stem from the literature studied. Grammar is taught in the context of the writing assignments. The classes contain a wide variety of genres, styles and periods of literature in order to help students develop an appreciation for the subject. Students should complete their Summer Reading prior to the first day of school.

COURSES

9th Grade
  • English 9
10th Grade
  • Great Books
  • Honors Great Books
11th Grade
  • American Literature
  • Honors American Literature
12th Grade
  • Literature and Film
  • Philosophy and Literature
  • Heroes and Villains
  • Writing from Literature
  • AP English Literature

Mathematics

Mathematics is the study of systems of logic and relationships. The specific systems of logic studied by each student at Saint Francis High School are Algebra and Geometry. Upon building this strong logical foundation, students choose to pursue a further understanding of abstract math through a Precalculus and Calculus pathway, or a more applied approach to mathematics through Statistics. The study of mathematics can benefit every student at St. Francis. One benefit that is easily demonstrated and evaluated is the increase in the student’s repertoire of computational skills and problem-solving abilities. Another benefit, equally important but less easily measured, is the realization on the part of the student that the problem-solving skills developed in the math class are applicable to other disciplines.

The Math department strives to promote a curriculum and classroom environment that maximizes the development of each student’s mathematical abilities and enhance her appreciation of the value of a study of mathematics.

COURSES

  • Algebra 1 (P)
  • Integrated Math 2
  • Geometry (P)
  • Honors Geometry (HP)
  • Algebra 2 (P)
  • Algebra 2A
  • Algebra 2B (P)
  • Honors Algebra 2 (HP)
  • Precalculus (P)
  • Honors Precalculus (HP)
  • Statistics (P)
  • Calculus (P)
  • AP Calculus AB (AP)
  • AP Calculus BC (AP)
  • AP Statistics (AP)
  • AP Computer Science Principles
  • AP Computer Science A (AP)
  • Computer Programming with C – C-STEM

Modern & Classical Languages

Studying a second language provides the cognitive and intellectual preparation necessary to succeed in the academic and social environment the St. Francis graduate will encounter. Learning a second language allows her to gain an understanding of languages other than English, as well as of the peoples who communicate in French, Italian, Latin and Spanish and their cultural products.

Faculty members teaching in the Modern and Classical Languages Department are native speakers and/or have lived extensively in countries where the language is spoken. Although the graduation requirement for St. Francis is two years, most students complete 3 or 4 years of one language and many take more than one language concurrently.

COURSES

  • French 1 (P)
  • French 2 (P)
  • French 3 (P)
  • Honors French 3 (HP)
  • French 4 (P)
  • AP French 4 (AP)
  • Italian 1 (P)
  • Italian 2 (P)
  • Italian 3 (P)
  • Honors Italian 4 (HP)
  • Spanish 1 (P)
  • Spanish 2 (P)
  • Spanish 3 (P)
  • Honors Spanish 3 (HP)
  • Spanish 4 (P)
  • AP Spanish 4 (AP)
  • AP Spanish Lit (AP)
  • Latin 1 (P)
  • Latin 2 (P)
  • Latin 3 (P): Cicero
  • Honors Latin 4 (P): Virgil

Performing & Visual Art

The school has a vibrant academic arts program with over twenty courses in visual and performing arts.  An integral part of the school curriculum and community, our art students develop their interests with beginning through advanced classes in music, theatre, dance and visual arts.

Dance Courses

  • SF Apprentice Dance Company (P)
  • SF Dance Company (P)
  • Show Choir
  • Introduction to Show Choir
  • Intermediate Dance Techniques

Dramatic Arts Courses

  • Theater Arts 1 (P)
  • SF Players (P)

Musical Arts Courses

  • Concert Choir (P)
  • Chamber Singers (P)
  • Honors Chamber Singers (P)
  • Concert Orchestra (P)
  • Chamber Orchestra (P)
  • Vocal Solos

Visual Arts Courses

  • Drawing 1 (P)
  • Drawing 2 (P)
  • Painting 1 (P)
  • Painting 2 (P)
  • Figure Sculpting 1 (P)
  • Figure Sculpting 2 (P)
  • Digital Photography 1 (P)
  • Digital Photography 2 (P)
  • Digital Film
  • Advanced Studio Art (P)
  • AP Studio Art (AP)
  • Art History/Honors Art History

Physical Education & Health

The Physical Education Department strives to enrich the mental, physical and the moral development of all students by promoting spiritual, creative, and healthy lifestyles through high quality programs. The department identifies the components of successful health-related physical education and implements these into all classes. Through the practice of dance, weight training, recreational fitness, yoga and other physical activities students improve their physical coordination, body alignment, awareness, agility, balance and strength.

In addition, the breathing, meditation, and instruction on healthy nutritional and life-style choices assist students in dealing with the stresses associated with adolescence. Teachers emphasize participation in developmentally appropriate and enjoyable physical activities while providing students with the skills to assess their progress.

COURSES

  • Health
  • Recreational Fitness
  • Yoga
  • Cardio & Weight Training
  • Dance Styles
  • Intermediate Dance Techniques
  • Hula: Na Wahine ‘O ‘Olu (The Women of Grace)

Science

The SFHS Science Department promotes an understanding of the basic principles of science. After four years, the student will have an understanding of the basic order in nature and have an appreciation of the laws of the universe. Science courses are designed to meet the state standards and UC requirements.

Courses starting with the freshman year are developed in a sequential fashion to encourage upper level courses in the future.

COURSES

  • Integrated Science (P)
  • Biology (P)
  • Honors Biology (P)
  • Chemistry (P)
  • Honors Chemistry (HP)
  • Physics (P)
  • Honors Physics (HP)
  • AP Biology (AP)
  • AP Chemistry (AP)
  • Biology II (P)
  • Anatomy & Physiology (P)
  • Biotechnology (P)
  • Applied Chemistry & Technology
  • Chemistry (P)

Social Studies

The Social Studies Department of St. Francis High School believes that an understanding of the human condition in the past and throughout the world today is the best preparation for concerned, responsible, and active citizenship in a society of rapid change and high technology. Through the examination of other cultures, historical time periods, the changing role of government, and economic development, students understand the importance of past events in relationship to future decisions.

We believe that strong Christian values will help our students evaluate issues on the local, national and international levels. We urge students to foster a critical sense of what is permanent and meaningful, and reject superficial and transient values, through participating in the political process, government forums and volunteer service within their community. We promote sympathy, justice, and peace in all human relations so that our students will act from a basis of love and conviction to make our world a better place to live.

COURSES

9th Grade

  • Historical Geography (P)

10th Grade

  • World History (P)
  • AP World History (AP)

11th Grade

  • US History (P)
  • AP US History (AP)

12th Grade

  • Civics (P)
  • Economics (P)
  • AP US Government & Politics (AP)
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Technology

Technology is an integral part of the high school experience. At St. Francis High School, our mission is to prepare our students for 21st century learning by mastering skills of locating, analyzing, and creatively communicating information effectively. Our technology courses focus on preparing students to become independent users of technology, for academic and artistic purposes.

Technology is all about change; building confidence allows our students to adapt and grow with the hardware and software over time, preparing them for lifelong learning.

COURSES

  • Computer Graphics
  • Digital Photography 1 (P)
  • Digital Photography 2 (P)
  • Digital Film (P)
  • AP Computer Science A (HP)
  • AP Computer Science Principles (HP)
  • Computer Programming with C – C-STEM (P)
  • Biotechnology (P)

Theology

The Theology Department is a central and integral part of St. Francis High School. We believe that people encounter God in their everyday activities; it is our goal as religious educators to promote the awareness of God’s presence and encourage the interaction of God’s grace and our free response. The Theology Department prepares the students to go forth as living examples of service, community building and faith. There is an ecumenical spirit in our Catholic school which serves those of different Christian denominations, Orthodox traditions, and the Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, and Islamic faiths.

The eight semesters of theology:

  • Present the core beliefs and practices of Roman Catholicism.
  • Foster an appreciation of: Prayer and Worship; Ethical behavior; Christian Service; Reverence for the mystery of life; Respect for people and religions.

COURSES

9th Grade

  • Introduction to Scripture
  • Jesus Through the Ages

10th Grade

  • Discipleship and Prayer
  • The Church

11th Grade

  • Sacraments
  • Interfaith Dialogue (P)

12th Grade

  • Ethics
  • Social Justice
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Other Course Offerings

SFHS encourages its students to reach out – to explore new horizons, to get involved in global concerns and to help shape ideas and technologies of the future.

  • Christian Service Leadership
  • Ministry Leadership
  • Student Leadership
  • Student Intern
  • Study Skills
  • The Canticle (Yearbook)
  • Troubie Success
  • Academic Teams:
    • Academic Decathlon
    • Certamen
    • Mock Trial
    • Model United Nations Team
    • Robotics Team
    • Science Olympiad
    • Speech