|Program of Studies|
Twenty-five credits is the minimum requirement for graduation from St. Francis High School.
All courses required for graduation must be taken at St. Francis High School (or some recognized high school in case of transfers).
*The two (2) credit World Languages requirement means two consecutive years of the same language.
**The two (2) credit Social Studies requirements means World History and U.S. History I with U.S. History II or III or AP. U.S. History. Successful completion of U.S. and Illinois Constitutions, the Declaration of Independence and Flag Code.
***The three (3) credit mathematics requirements must include Algebra and Geometry content.
****Successful completion of English III research paper. Note: No student will graduate from St. Francis with more than three (3) required make-up credits earned during summer school.
College Admission Requirements
Before selecting courses, students should review college admission requirements that are available in the Guidance Department and on college web sites. We seriously recommend that students begin their initial college search early in their junior year by contacting the St. Francis High School Guidance Director.
In accordance with Public Act 86-0954, St. Francis High School recommends that applicants to college successfully complete at least 15 units of high school coursework from the following 5 categories:
College Entrance Standardized Testing Exams
1. St. Francis High School administers to sophomores and juniors a practice ACT on the National testing day in October of each year. However, sophomores and juniors in the top 20% of their class, may elect to take the PSAT test instead of the practice ACT on the National testing day.
2. Students should take the ACT and SAT in the spring of the junior year. Students may repeat these tests as often as desired. Those wishing to take the ACT must register in advance at www.act.org. Those wishing to take the SAT must register in advance at www.collegeboard.com.
Advanced Placement Courses
Courses in the Advanced Placement (AP) Program are college-level studies. Students who register for these classes may opt to take the qualifying examination given in May. These examinations are based on college-level studies. The scores are used as a measurement for appropriate placement in college classes, with the possibility of earning college course credit. There is a fee charged for the testing service.
A Guidance Counselor’s signature is require for students who wish to take four or more AP courses in a single school-year.
The Science Department Chairperson’s signature is required for students who wish to take two AP science courses in a single school-year.
The following AP courses are offered:
St. Francis uses number grades for each marking period. Number grades are assigned from 60-99 converted by computer to a 4.0 system.
Numeric grades correspond to letter grades as follows:
Semester Exam Policy
Final Semester Exams are seen as a review and integration of material covered in each course. Therefore, final semester exams are administered in all courses. To prepare students for semester exams, exam review sheets are provided at least one week prior to the final exam for students in the following courses: junior (non-honors level courses), sophomore and freshman level courses. Exam review sheets are optional for students taking junior honors level courses and all senior courses. It is the expectation that all students take final exams during the scheduled Final Exam week. Appeals must be made to the Assistant Principal three weeks prior to Final Exam week.
Senior Exemption Policy: During the second semester, all courses may, at the discretion of the individual teacher, exempt seniors earning a 93% or higher in both quarter three and quarter four. In order to be consistent, during the first semester, seniors enrolled in semester courses that are offered in both semester one and two, may, at the discretion of the individual teacher, exempt seniors earning a 93% or higher in both quarter one and quarter two.
AP Course Senior Attendance Policy: Seniors enrolled in Advanced Placement courses, that completed their second semester final exam prior to the Advanced Placement national testing date, may, at the discretion of the individual AP teacher, be excused from attending their AP class during their regularly scheduled Senior Exam day.
Incomplete grades must be made up within the two-week period after the end of a grading period.
Failure to complete the work within the two-week period may result in a grade of 60%. Incomplete grades are allowed only for a serious reason (e.g. prolonged student illness).
Honor Roll is computed on the basis of courses taken at St. Francis. A failure in any course for that grading period or on a semester exam makes a student ineligible for the Honor Roll.
"A” Honor Roll - Composite average of 4.00 or above
"B” Honor Roll - Composite average of 3.00 or above
Class Distinction Policy
The Overall Grade Point Average (GPA) will be recognized on the student’s final transcript using the following system:
A minimum of four semesters of credit must be earned at St Francis High School to be eligible for the Valedictorian and Salutatorian.
A schedule change will take place only in the following cases:
Schedule changes will not occur for the following reasons: teacher preferences or conflicts, convenience of meeting time, and difficulty of the course.
In order to add or drop a course, students must obtain written approval from the guidance counselor, course instructor/ department chairperson and parents.
All changes require a $45 processing fee.
Withdraw Pass & Withdraw Fail Grades
The Withdraw Pass “WP” and Withdraw Fail “WF” grades may be placed on the permanent records of students who are allowed to drop courses after the ten day period in which course changes are permitted.
A “WF” grade is calculated as a 60% in the student’s GPA. Such drops require the Principal’s or Assistant Principal’s permission and are made only in special circumstances.
Policy on Academic Probation
Policy on Summer School