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 East Lake Avenue
Watsonville, CA 95076
Telephone: (831) 724-5933
Fax: (831) 724-5995
St. Francis High School is a community of faith that fosters excellence through the charism of St. John Bosco
To ensure every student is prepared to attend a 4-year college and possesses the values of a good Christian and an honest global citizen.
Mr. Patrick Lee, President and Principal
Ms. Colleen Eagleson, Associate Principal & Mathematics Instructor
Mrs. Shannon McLeod, Coordinator of Youth Ministry & Theology Instructor
Mr. Adam Hazel, Athletic Director & PE / Social Studies Instructor
Mr. Vince Monroy, Director of Student Life & PE Instructor
Fr. David M. Purdy, SDB, Campus Minister
Ms. Lilia Reyes, Business Manager & HR
Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Western Catholic Educational Association
Salesian Western Province of St. Andrews
National Catholic Educational Association
255 students are enrolled at St. Francis. For the 2017-2018 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 83% 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.
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)
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 5 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
Biomedical Science Pathway
St. Francis has partnered with the nationally recognized non-profit STEM organization “Project Lead the Way.” St. Francis will utilize and teach, on campus, the Project Lead the Way Biomedical Science Curriculum. The rigorous and relevant four-course sequence allows students to investigate the roles of biomedical professionals as they study the concepts of human medicine, physiology, genetics, microbiology, and public health. PLTW courses are aligned with Common Core State Standards in math and English Language Arts, Next Generation Science Standards, and other national and state standards. Yet, our programs are flexible and customizable so that schools can meet their local curricular and community needs. Courses are designed to complement math and science courses offered by a school.
Online Learning Opportunities
St. Francis has partnered with Connections Learning to offer over 200 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 UC requirements. The Associate Principal 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 graduate and therefore qualify for Private/UC/CSU college acceptance. 100% of the students who apply to 4-year universities are accepted to a university. In the last 5 years our graduating seniors have earned over $10 million 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 5 years we have celebrated an alumnus winning the Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos and nine student-athletes signing Division 1 athletic scholarships.
- We offer a comprehensive and competitive arts program. Students can take a range of visual art classes and performing arts classes including, drawing, painting, AP Studio Art, concert band, drama, and choir.
MIT * 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 * USC * 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 these and other universities. Please contact the office for the complete list.