Academic Classes (9-12)

All courses meet Monday through Friday

High school level courses are offered in academic subjects for female and male students grades 9-12. Courses are are offered in 3 week sessions. Year long courses require attendance of both sessions.

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  • Chromebook Information for Current/ Incoming St. Francis Students

    All current and incoming St. Francis students enrolled in an academic summer course will receive a Chromebook prior to the start of summer school. Each Chromebook is school property; therefore, use of the device is governed by the guidelines of the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) and Student-Parent Handbook. 

    Distribution will take place in Room 332 or call (916) 737-5030 Ext.130 to make an appointment. 
    Students must submit a printed, signed copy of the AUP at time of pick-up. Non-SFHS students who do not have access to their own device will be provided an option at no additional fee, if required. 
  • Textbooks

    Most academic credit courses require a textbook.  Check our Bookstore after May 1, 2018 for textbook listings for summer classes. Be sure to select “Summer 2018″ as your term.
  • Off Campus Summer School Credit

    We encourage St. Francis students to remain on-campus for any academic classes they may take in the summer. This is the only way we can guarantee alignment with curriculum in subsequent courses. However, we also understand there may be instances in which a student wishes to complete a summer course at another Catholic high school.  In this case, a St. Francis student will need prior approval from an Assistant Principal in order for a non-St. Francis course to be applied towards her graduation requirements, transcript, and GPA. With prior approval, non-St. Francis courses will be included on the student’s St. Francis transcript and factored into her on-site GPA. See your Guidance Counselor to obtain an approval form

Math Courses

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  • Geometry Readiness

    Course ID: S018

    July 3-July 21, 8:00 AM-1:00 PM

    This course is suitable (upon recommendation from the Chair of the Math Department) for some incoming freshmen who will be enrolling in Geometry as a freshman, or older students who are in need of some additional preparation prior to enrolling in Geometry or Algebra 2 in the Fall.  Materials for this course will be provided by instructor on the first day of class.


    Price: $400

    Materials provided by instructor

    Required supplies: Texas Instruments TI-84 plus graphing calculator. NO school bus yellow calculators allowed

    Prerequisite: Algebra 1

    Level: 9-10
  • Geometry

    Course ID: S525

    Class 1: June 12-July 21, 8:00 AM-1:00 PM

    Class 2: June 12-July 21, 8:00AM-1:00PM

    Geometry is the second course in the high school series. The course 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. UC/CSU approved in the c – Mathematics category.
    Geometry is the second course in the high school series. The course 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. UC/CSU approved in the c – Mathematics category.

    Price: $750

    Book Required

    Required supplies: Compass, protractor, and Texas Instruments TI-84 plus graphing calculator. NO school bus yellow calculators allowed

    Prerequisite:  C or better (second semester) in Algebra 1 (P)

    Level: 10-12

    Credit: 10
  • Algebra 1

    Course ID: 515


    June 12-July 21, 8:00AM-1:00PM

    This course is a standard first year Algebra course. Topics covered include operations with real numbers, solving and graphing linear equations, word problems, introduction to polynomials, factoring, quadratics, and radicals. UC A-G approved – c Mathematics. NCAA approved.

    Note: Incoming freshmen who do not intending on taking the SFHS Challenge Exam to be placed in a higher level math, may enroll.  This course is not intended for students who have been required to take Algebra 1 Readiness or Troubie Success.
    Note: Incoming freshmen who do not intending on taking the SFHS Challenge Exam to be placed in a higher level math, may enroll.  This course is not intended for students who have been required to take Algebra 1 Readiness or Troubie Success.

    Required supplies: Texas Instruments TI-84 plus graphing calculator.  NO school bus yellow calculators allowed.

    Price: $750

    Level: 9-10

    Credit: 10
  • Algebra 2B

    Course ID: S531


    
    June 12-July 21, 8:00 AM-1:00 PM

    This course is the second year of a two-year course in Algebra 2. Students who study Algebra 2B gain knowledge and experience in solving systems of non-linear functions such as quadratic equations, conic sections, logarithms, exponential functions, and complex systems over a period of one year. UC/CSU approved in the c – Mathematics category.
    Price: $750

    Book Required (only if not already purchased in Algebra 2A)
    Required Supplies: Texas Instruments TI-84 plus graphing calculator. NO school bus yellow calculators allowed

    Prerequisite: C- (second semester) in Algebra 2A

    Level: 10-12

    Credit: 10

Social Studies Courses

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  • Historical World Geography

    Course ID: S810
    
    Class 1: June 12-June 30, 8:00 AM-1:00 PM
    Class 2: July 3-July 21, 8:00 AM-1:00 PM

    This is a beginning social studies course for secondary level students. Students develop geographic literacy and the ability to link geography and its effect on human culture, with an emphasis on global history from the ancient through the medieval eras. Students learn map reading as well as research and writing skills.  This course develops basic analytical and presentation skills. There is a special emphasis on the interpretation of history as a universal discipline: a field of study which requires familiarity with the entire range of human behavior, including politics, diplomacy, economics, social relations, technology, science, religion, literature, and art. UC/CSU approved in the a – History / Social Science category.
    Price: $400

    Book Required

    Prerequisite: None

    Level: 9

    Credit: 5
  • Civics/Economics

    Course ID: S845/S840

    June 12-July 21, 8:00 AM-1:00 PM

    Civics and Economics analyzes government and politics in the United States and enables students to use economic concepts in a reasoned and careful manner in dealing with the personal, community and national economic issues students confront or will confront. The course examines the philosophical and constitutional bases of U.S. government, economy and the beliefs and behaviors of citizens. St. Francis students must complete both sessions of Civics and Economics to receive credit.  This class fulfills the senior year Social Studies requirement. UC/CSU approved. 
    Price: $750 

    Books Required

    Prerequisite: United States History

    Level: 12

    Credit: 10

Required Courses

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  • Troubie Success

    Course ID: S305/S515

    June 12-July 21, 8:00 AM-1:00 PM
     
    This enrichment course is designed to provide support to incoming freshmen in the areas of Math and English.  The course will focus on strengthening pre-algebra and early algebra skills in preparation for completing Algebra 1. This course also focuses on the academic and study skills necessary to succeed at St. Francis and gives students the tools they need for their four years of high school. The goal of this course is to empower and inspire students as they transition to a new academic environment. BY INVITATION ONLY.
    Price: $600

    Freshman Summer Reading Book Required

    Required supplies: Texas Instruments TI-84 plus graphing calculator. NO school bus yellow calculators allowed

    Prerequisite: Invitation Only 
       
    Level: 9

    Credit: 0
  • Algebra 1 Readiness

    Course ID: S505

    July 3-July 21, 8:00 AM-1:00 PM

    This course is offered for students who, by the nature of their mathematical backgrounds, can expect to learn Algebra 1 more effectively by having it presented at a slower pace.  The course follows the general goals and objectives of the regular Algebra 1 course; however, the additional time will allow the teacher to give attention to the varying remediation needs of the target students.  Students begin this course during the summer prior to the 9th grade.  BY INVITATION ONLY.
    Price: $400

    Book Required

    Required supplies: Texas Instruments TI-84 plus graphing calculator. NO school bus yellow calculators allowed

    Prerequisite: Invitation Only
        
    Level: 9

    Credit: 0
  • English 9 Readiness

    Course ID: S021

    June 12-June 30, 8:00-11:00AM

    This class supports the academic development of students in the following areas: study skills, reading comprehension, writing and vocabulary. This course is intended for incoming freshman who need to strengthen their English skills to be successful in English 9 – it is not an enrichment class. BY INVITATION ONLY
    Price: $350

    No Book Required

    Prerequisite: None  
     

    Level: 9

    Credit: 0

Science Courses

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  • Chemistry

    Course ID: S730

    June 12-July 21, 8:00 AM-1:00 PM

    This course is designed to teach the fundamental principles of chemistry and to prepare students for physical science classes on the high school and university level. The class stresses basic problem solving techniques and understanding the major theories in chemistry through written and laboratory work. Since chemistry is an experimental science, time equivalent to one period a week is spent in the laboratory. UC/CSU approved in the d – Laboratory Science category.
    Price: $750

    Book Required

    Prerequisite: Biology or Honors Biology; Algebra 1

    Co-Requisite: Geometry or Algebra 2

    Level: 10-12

    Credit: 10 
  • Biology 2

    Course ID: 724

    June 12-July 21, 8:00AM-1:00PM
    This is a college preparatory course that provides students with the concepts, principles, and methodologies necessary to understand some of the interrelationships that occur in the natural world.  The first semester investigates topics in Ecology:  the biosphere, species’ adaptations, natural selection, climate, weather, biomes, and fire ecology.  We explore population ecology–how populations grow, how they are controlled, cycles in population growth.  We look at the human population—its growth, trends and predictions, and analyze ecological footprints.   We learn about communities and ecosystems—their structure, interactions, food webs, disturbances, and nutrient cycles. The second semester encompasses topics in Environmental Science.  We include solid waste, fossil fuels, renewable energy, climate change, water resources and sustainable development.  Class time consists of lectures and developing scientific investigation and thinking skills through experimental data collection, data analysis and research, and observations.  UC A-G approved – d Laboratory Science. NCAA approved.
    Prerequisite:  Integrated Science and/or Biology

    Price: $750

    Level: 10-12

    Credit: 10
  • Physics

    Course ID: S750

    June 12-July 21, 8:00 AM-1:00 PM

    The central theme of this UC approved lab science course is the inter-relationship between matter and energy.  Students will develop an understanding of the basic concepts of physics and how they relate to our everyday world.  Activities and projects will drive the learning of physics concepts.  One of these activities is a trip to Six Flags in Vallejo to study the structure of roller coasters and the effects of riding them. The cost of the field trip is included in the price of the course.  The time equivalent to one period per week or more is spent in the laboratory. UC/CSU approved in the d – Laboratory Science category.
    The central theme of this UC approved lab science course is the inter-relationship between matter and energy.  Students will develop an understanding of the basic concepts of physics and how they relate to our everyday world.  Activities and projects will drive the learning of physics concepts.  One of these activities is a trip to Six Flags in Vallejo to study the structure of roller coasters and the effects of riding them. The cost of the field trip is included in the price of the course.  The time equivalent to one period per week or more is spent in the laboratory. UC/CSU approved in the d – Laboratory Science category.

    Price: $795

    Book Required

    Prerequisite: C or better in Algebra 2 and Geometry

    Level: 11-12

    Credit: 10

Other Courses and Non-Credit Classes

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  • Health

    Course ID: S634

    Class 1: June 12-June 30, 8:00 AM-1:00 PM
    Class 2: July 3-July 21, 8:00 AM-1:00 PM

    Registration for both sessions of this course is initially open to rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders only.  If there are available spaces, rising 9th graders will have the opportunity to register beginning February 28, 2017.

    Health is a one semester required course for graduation. The course focuses on helping students understand and develop healthy behaviors. The student will assess her current lifestyle choices and set personal goals aimed at improving her quality of life. Students learn to identify teenage health risks, and investigate women’s health issues and health related careers. In addition, the student will research health risks created by poverty, domestic violence, child abuse and war.
    Price: $400

    Book Required

    Prerequisite: None

    Level: 9-12

    Credit: 5
  • St. Francis 101

    Course ID: S030

    June 12-June 23, 8:00 AM-11:00 AM

    What does it mean to be a Troubadour?  This class is a perfect way to prepare yourself for life at St. Francis High School.   Utilize your school-issued Chromebooks and traditional methods to develop high school  study skills, organizational tools, and techniques for success.  You’ll meet members of the St. Francis community and have fun getting to know your fellow classmates. Students will also complete a selection from the freshman summer reading list.
    Price: $250

    No Book Required

    Prerequisite: None

    Level: 9

    Credit: 0
  • Drivers Education

    Course ID: S070

    June 12-June 23, 1:30 PM-4:00 PM

    This course is designed to help the student become a responsible driver who is well aware of and better able to manage the risks of distracted driving. With this goal in mind, responsible driving also addresses such issues as resisting harmful peer pressure and social pressure, exercising emotional control, and developing social responsibility. Course includes 25 hour class time and 5 hours of independent study; 30 hours total for course completion in compliance with DMV regulations. No absences or make-ups allowed. Students who successfully complete this course will receive a certificate of completion and will be eligible to take the permit test. You must be 15 ½ years old to take the CA permit test and 15 to take this class.
    Price: $250

    No Book Required

    Prerequisite: This course is open to boys and girls who are at least 15 years old.

    Level: 10-12

    Credit: 0
  • French 1 and French 2 Review

    June 12-June 30 (8:00AM-10:00AM)
     
    This course of three weeks gives the opportunity to students to review grammar rules & vocabulary that were introduced in French 1 and French 2, and to practice oral conversations. The content will cover the curriculum of French 1 and French 2 that is common to all high schools. It is perfect to reinforce notions that were not fully mastered and to prepare students to take a placement exam before entering French 2 or French 3.
     
    Price: $350

    Book Required- ISBN

    Prerequisite:  French 1, or student had French in 8th grade.

    Level: 9-12

    Credit: 0
  • French 3 and French 4 Review

    July 3-July 21 (8:00AM-10:00AM)

    This course of three weeks gives the opportunity to students to review advanced grammar rules that were introduced in French 3 or French 4, vocabulary, sentence structures, oral comprehension and conversation. In addition, the student will work on his French auditive and speaking skills in our Audio Lab. The content will combine the curriculum of French 3, Honors French 3, and French 4 that is common to all high schools. It is perfect to reinforce notions that were not fully mastered and to prepare students to take a placement exam before entering French 3, French 4 or AP French.
     
    Price: $350

    Book Required- ISBN 

    Prerequisite:  French 2

    Level: 9-12

    Credit 0

Chromebook Cases

As stated in the Acceptable Use Policy, located under "downloads" on this page, students are to not deface, write on, or add stickers to the device. There are to be no markings on the Chromebook itself. However, students are allowed to purchase plastic cases for the device, and these cases can then be personalized by students. 

Chromebook Insurance & Claims

Families may want to consider purchasing third-party insurance. The school has contracted with Worth Ave. Group for a policy designed for St. Francis. See the links below to access policy options available. 

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