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2016-2017 Profile:

St. Francis High School – Salesian College Preparatory - is an expression of the educational mission of the Salesians of St. John Bosco. Faculty and staff, in partnership with parents and students, work to create a community of faith that fosters intellectual, spiritual, athletic, and familial growth in the spirit of the Gospel. Guided by St. John Bosco’s Preventive System of reason, religion, and loving kindness, and in the spirit of St. Mary Mazzarello, St. Francis High School provides students with the foundations of lifelong learning: logical and creative thinking skills, awareness of issues of justice and peace, and tolerance and respect for others.

 

St. Francis High School
Salesian College Preparatory
2400 E. Lake Avenue
Watsonville, CA 95076
Telephone (831) 724-5933
Fax (831) 724-5995

 

www.stfrancishigh.net

 

Administration
Mr. Patrick Lee, President and Principal
Mr. David Cmaylo, Assistant Principal of Academics
Mr. Adam Hazel, Athletic Director & Associate Dean
Mrs. Shannon McLeod, Coordinator of Youth Ministry
Mr. Vince Monroy, Dean of Students & Director of Student Activities
Fr. David M. Purdy, SDB, Campus Minister
Ms. Lilia Reyes, Business Manager & HR Manager

 

Accreditation
Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Western Catholic Educational Association
Salesian Western Province of St. Andrews
National Catholic Educational Association

 

Student Population
255 students are enrolled at St. Francis. For the 2015-2016 school year, there are 65 freshmen, 69 sophomores, 61 juniors, and 60 seniors.

 

Approximately 50% of the students are young men and 50% are young women. Approximately 85% of the students at St. Francis are Catholic. The student body identifies itself as 45% Hispanic, 40% Caucasian, 9% Asian/Pacific Islander, 3% African-American, and 4% other.

 

Graduation Requirements 
St. Francis offers a comprehensive four-year college preparatory program of study designed to meet all public and private university admissions requirements. Courses meet University of California, California State University, and College Board approval. To graduate from St. Francis, the following courses must be completed with passing grades:

 
English (8 semesters)
Theology (8 semesters)
Social Studies (6 semesters)
Mathematics (6 semesters)
Modern Language (4 semesters)
Laboratory Science (4 semesters)
Physical Education/Health (2 semesters)
Visual and Performing Arts (2 semesters)

 

Test Scores
St. Francis students test well above average on the AP, PSAT, and SAT exams. The 5-year SAT average for St. Francis is 1608, 110 points higher than the national average. The AP pass rate is 79.9%, 59% higher than the national average. In the past 4 years, a 100% pass rate has been achieved one or more times in AP Calculus AB, AP English Literature, AP English Language, AP Spanish, and AP Studio Art.

 

Honors and Advanced Placement Courses
St. Francis offers a wide selection of honors and Advanced Placement courses in a traditional college preparatory curriculum. Courses include:
English 10 Honors
AP English Language and Composition
AP English Literature and Composition
AP U.S. History
AP Government
AP Macroeconomics (online)
AP Microeconomics (online)
AP Psychology (online)
Spanish 2 Honors
Spanish 3 Honors
AP Spanish Language
Geometry Honors
Algebra 2 Honors
Pre-Calculus Honors
AP Calculus AB
AP Statistics (online)
AP Calculus BC (online)
Biology Honors
Chemistry Honors
AP Biology
AP Chemistry
AP Studio Art

 

Online Learning Opportunities
St. Francis has partnered with Connections Learning to offer online courses that enrich and advance the current course offerings at St. Francis. These courses occur during the course of the school day, and all meet the U.C. requirements. The Assistant Principal of Academics and Information Technology Director ensure that each enrolled students is completing work both inside and outside of the school day.

 

Important Facts about St. Francis
  • Annually, 100% of our students are prepared for and qualify for university acceptance. 100% of the students who apply to 4-year universities are accepted to a university. Each graduating class has been awarded an average of $2.5 million dollars in athletic and academic scholarships.
  • Annually, 100% of our students meet or exceed their 80 hours of service learning projects. This last summer students completed service projects outside of our local community in Idaho, Peru, Mexico, Italy, Costa Rica, and Ghana.
  • Annually, 99% of St. Francis graduates attend college, with 85% choosing to attend a 4-year university and 14% choosing a 2-year university.
  • Annually, 82% of the total student population participates on one or more athletic teams, and 54% of all varsity student-athletes maintain a 3.0 GPA or better. These scholar athletes are recognized annually at a Breakfast of Champions ceremony.
  • In the last 4 years we have celebrated an alumnus winning the Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos and four student-athletes signing Division 1 athletic scholarships.
 
College Acceptances*
Yale University * Boston College * Princeton * Stanford * Santa Clara University * Loyola Marymount University * Claremont McKenna College * Boston University * Cal Poly San Luis Obispo * Fordham University * Gonzaga University * London School of Film, Media, and Music * New York University * Syracuse University * University of Notre Dame * University of Southern California * U.C Berkeley * U.C. Davis * U.C. Irvine * UCLA * U.C. Santa Barbara * Vassar College * Creighton University * Villanova * University of Portland * Pomona
*St. Francis students have been accepted to the listed universities.