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What is the vision of the St. Francis High School International Student Program?

What is the International Student Program at St. Francis High School?

Why St. Francis High School?

Where does the student live when attending St. Francis High School?

How can my International Student apply to St. Francis High School?




What is the vision of the St. Francis High School International Student Program?
The vision of our International Student Program is to:
  • Promote international understanding
  • Create memorable and diverse learning opportunities
  • Transform critical intercultural perspectives
  • Nurture global connections
  • Provide an engaging college preparatory curriculum rich in content and material.


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What is the International Student Program at St. Francis High School?
St. Francis High School proudly welcomes students from all over the world. The vision of our International Student Program is to promote international understanding, to create memorable and diverse learning opportunities, to transform critical intercultural perspectives and to nurture global connections. Some of our international students attend St. Francis High School for a few months for an “American high school experience” and to enhance their English language skills. Other international students attend our school for a true four year St. Francis experience and ultimately earn a St. Francis High School diploma.

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Why St. Francis High School?
Located just 30 miles west of downtown Chicago, St. Francis High School offers access to an abundance of experiences. Our International Program team consists of dedicated teachers and professionals who focus on the whole student; academic, social and personal. We offer many layers of support which foster the comprehensive development of your student. The number of international students in our program is intentionally few in number to enhance the American experience and authentically accelerate English language proficiency.

St. Francis High School attracts academically focused students who engage, excel, and explore through our comprehensive curriculum. Students engage in foundational classes, excel in rigorous college preparatory, honors/Advanced Placement coursework, and explore academic electives that open them up to discovery. Our graduates attend a gamut of excellent colleges, from highly selective to state universities and small schools in between, an impressive mosaic of personal choices that reflect the guidance of an attentive community.

Fast Facts (2015)
  • 100% of St. Francis High School graduates were accepted to colleges or universities
  • $31.5 million in college scholarships
  • Average ACT Test Score – 26
    • Top 10% - 33
    • Top 25% - 31
    • Top 50% - 29
  • 13 AP Classes
  • 16 Business Technology Electives – Most in the Chicagoland area.
  • 14:1 Student to Teacher ratio
  • 15 to 28 students per class
  • 79% of St. Francis High School faculty members have advanced degrees

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Where does the student live when attending St. Francis High School?
Life outside of school proves to be an integral part of the student experience. Our personal approach to HomeStay makes St. Francis High School exceptionally unique. St. Francis High School systematically matches all of our international students with families in our community, many of whom have their own children in the school. An extensive application, interview, background check, training, and ongoing supervision are all part of the process to ensure a successful experience. We encourage communication between the family, host family, school, and student regarding academic progress as well as all aspects of life in America. The International Student Program team meets regularly with the students and host families to ensure the living arrangements continue to be an enriching experience for everyone in the home.

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How can my International Student apply to St. Francis High School?
St. Francis High School welcomes students from all over the world. Prospective students from the Asian Continent, including China, can apply through the Cambridge Institute, an organization with whom we have an exclusive contract. For admission information please contact: admissionsnot this@gh.com@thecambridgeinstitutenot this.org

Prospective students from all other countries, please contact the Director of the International Student Program, Mrs. Beth Erazmus '89 Wiborg at bwiborgnot this@gh.com@sfhscollegeprepnot this.org or 630-668-5800 x1140.

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International Student Program
Mrs. Beth Erazmus '89 Wiborg
Director International Student Program
Phone: x1140
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Ms. Angie Orzel

ESOL Teacher
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Testimonials
“The teachers at St. Francis did everything they could to help me make progress in my academics. St. Francis is such a loving community.” ~Former International Student

“There are so many good things about hosting an International Student. I am an only child, and it was lonely. I am so happy to have her in our home.” ~Current Host Sibling

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