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Admission Policy

Admission: Incoming freshmen

Application for admission to St. Francis High School is open to all students who have successfully completed the eighth grade in good standing. An applicant for admission to the freshman class must do the following:

1) Submit the required application, including the required application fee.
2) Take the placement examination in the year applying.
3) Submit a transcript of work completed thus far in the seventh and eighth grades.
4) Submit the required recommendation form completed by the present principal, eighth grade math teacher, and eighth grade English teacher.
5) Show satisfactory citizenship as demonstrated by school records and recommendations.
6) Attend (with his/her parents) an interview with admissions personnel.

Admission to the school is determined by the Admissions Committee.  Factors considered in admissions decisions are the following:

1) Demonstrated ability to undertake the required curriculum;
2) Demonstrated effort and willingness to learn;               
3) Demonstrated good character and commitment to a school community.        

Families wishing to appeal an admission decision should send a letter of appeal to the President.  The letter should contain additional information to be considered beyond that reviewed in the original admissions process. The President’s decision on the appeal is final.

Admission: Transfer Students

A student wishing to transfer from another high school will be considered for admission on the following bases:

1) On a space available basis.
2) If the student’s transcript reveals coursework done that is comparable to that at SFHS.
3) If the student has maintained a cumulative mark point average of 2.75 or higher throughout high school.

Transfer applicants are required to file the appropriate application to the school and to provide all related documents described in the application.  Such applicants may also be required to provide recommendations from previous schools and to take a readiness test.

Transfers into the senior class are reviewed on an individual basis, but are strictly governed by the applicants ability to graduate from St. Francis HS and be eligible for college admissions.  Individual cases will be evaluated by the Admissions Committee.

Admission: All Applicants

Once accepted to the school, an applicant (freshman or transfer) secures enrollment in the school only after submission of the following:

1)  Student Registration Form and Registration Fee.
2)  Student-Family Agreement.
3)  Family Service Contract.
4)  Copy of Birth Certificate.
5)  A final transcript from his/her previous school.  Conditionally accepted students must submit grades of summer school courses.
6) The required packet of health information, which includes the following: student emergency card, medical history form, physical exam form, medication policy statement, and California School Immunization Record.

An applicant with a learning disability or with special needs must disclose that disability or special needs on the application.  Failure to do so may result in the revocation of enrollment in the school.  When feasible, the school will make reasonable accommodations for qualified students with learning disabilities and/or special needs.  However, when such accommodation by the school is not feasible, students in need of such will not be admitted.

Students (both applicants and continuing students) with diagnosed learning disabilities must have the appropriate documentation on file with the school.

Criteria for Scheduling

The Assistant Principal of Academics determines the schedule for each student on the basis of the required curriculum, grades earned, testing data, and teacher recommendations.  Department chairs assist with specific placement decisions.