Admissions

Entrance Exam/Applying to SFHS

HOW TO APPLY

Incoming Freshmen

Class of 2024 Student Application & High School Placement Test (HSPT) Registration
*When you apply to St. Francis High School, you become automatically registered for the Entrance Exam.
 
St. Francis High School is accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year. In order to assess a student’s potential for success in the curricular and co-curricular educational programs, the following information is required for admission consideration:
  1. Completed Online Application, which includes a $35 application fee
  2. 7th Grade Report Card
    A copy of the 7th grade report card can be uploaded to your Admissions account through the MySFHS Portal.
  3. High School Placement Test (HSPT)
    Entrance Exam Test Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 8:00 a.m.
    Students that test at St. Francis High School will be given priority admission consideration and will be eligible for SFHS scholarships.

Important Dates

December 7 – Class of 2024 Entrance Exam
Mid-January – Admission Decision Notification
January 26 – Class of 2024 Registration Day
March 24 – Class of 2024 Spartan Family Welcome Night
April 18 – Math & World Language Proficiency Tests

	

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  • Admissions Policy

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  • HSPT Information

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  • Testing Accommodation Information

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International Students

Please click here for the International Admission Page for further information on how to apply to St. Francis High School.

Transfer Students

Acceptance of transfer students is based on academic achievement, performance on standardized tests, co-curricular involvement, attendance and discipline records. Unless a family is moving, St. Francis High School does not accept senior transfer students.
 
St. Francis High School is accepting transfer applications for the 2019-2020 school year.
 
In order to assess a student’s potential for success in the curricular and co-curricular educational programs, the following information is required for admission consideration:
  1. Completed online application, which includes a $35 application fee
    • Step 1: Complete your pre-application Inquiry Form.
    • Step 2: The SFHS Admissions Office will email you with a username and password to access the MySFHS Portal.
    • Step 3: Complete your application to St. Francis High School through the MySFHS Portal.
  2. The following documents must be uploaded to your Admissions account through the MySFHS Portal.
    • Copy of current year report card including grades in progress (progress report)
    • Copy of high school transcript
    • Copy of the results of the most recent standardized test
    • Letter from parent explaining reason for transfer request
    • Letter from student explaining reason for transfer request
    • A list of the student’s activities from the last two years
    • Request for Student Information Form (discipline and attendance) to be faxed directly from present high school to St. Francis High School.
      Please click here for PDF
When all required components of the application are uploaded to your Admissions account, the complete application will be submitted to the Admissions Review Committee for an acceptance decision. Typically the review process takes 3-5 business days.

General Policies

St. Francis High School does not discriminate on the basis of race, physical disability, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational, policies, admission policies, scholarship, loan programs, curricular and co-curricular programs.
St. Francis High School admits Catholic and non-Catholic students, and/or students who have attended public school.

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 7 frequently asked questions.

  • Can we still be considered for admission if my family is not Catholic or my child attends a public school?

    Absolutely. St. Francis High School admits Catholic and non-Catholic students. If you need more information, or have any questions regarding admissions, please call (630) 668-5800 x1120.
  • Can I transfer in as a current high school student?

    Yes. We do accept transfer students based on their academic performance (you must have at least a "B" average) as well as a good attendance and discipline record. We do not accept senior transfer students except those moving here from out of state.

    1. The parents and the student must each submit a brief letter of introduction to the Director of Admissions and Recruiting. This letter must include the reason for, or circumstances surrounding the decision to seek admission at St. Francis High School.
    2. The student must have at least a "B" average.
    3. The parents or guardians are required to sign a letter of permission allowing St. Francis High School to obtain disciplinary information from the student's current high school. This letter must be sent or faxed directly to the Director of Admissions and Recruiting.
    4. The parents or guardian must request the student's unofficial transcript to be sent directly to the Director of Admissions and Recruiting. Or, if you have copies of report cards (from the past two years) you may submit those.
    5. Please also submit copies of any standardized tests that the student has taken (e.g. the Terra Nova, Explore, Illinois Goal Assessment Program, etc.).
  • We are not sure if we can afford to send our child to a private school. Do you offer any kind of tuition assistance?

    Financial aid is available through the Diocese of Joliet. Applications for financial aid become available in January, and are due to the Diocese of Joliet on March 1. Decisions on financial aid are made by the Diocese and families are notified by the end of June.
  • Do you offer different tuition payment plans?

    Payment Plans
    • Full Payment – One payment via FACTS Tuition Management Plan on either July 5 or July 20
    • Semester Payment – Two (2) installments via FACTS Tuition Management Plan on July 5/December 5 or July 20/December 20
    • Monthly ($41 fee) – Ten (10) installments (July through April) via FACTS Tuition Management Plan on either the 5th or the 20th of each month.

    Questions? Please contact Bob Gorski,Director of Finance and Operations, at (630) 668-5800 x 1138.
  • Do you offer any scholarships?

    Yes, thanks to a host of generous donors, last year alone we awarded more than $560,000 in scholarships & financial aid.

    Applications are available and are due back to us by March 1. If you feel you qualify for more than one scholarship, then you may submit more than one application. All applications must be complete.

    For more information on scholarships please click here or call (630) 668-5800 x 1120.
  • My child is a nervous wreck about the entrance exam. What is the entrance exam and when is it?

    Eighth graders seeking admission into St. Francis High School must take the "Scholastic Testing Service" (S.T.S.) High School Placement Exam. This is a standardized test that we use to assess baseline academic performance. Exam sections include verbal skills, cognitive skills, reading comprehension, math concepts, math problem solving (there is no algebra material on this exam) and language-grammar skills. The entrance exam is administered on December 7, 2019.

    There is a $35 test fee (checks may be made out to St. Francis High School).

    Registration is due by the Monday before the test date. The exam takes about 3 1/2 hours with one 20-minute refreshment break. (Note: Calculators are not allowed.)
  • We are trying to decide which school to send our 8th grader to, but have discovered that the entrance exams are held on the same day—what should we do?

    The most important thing you can do is try to make a decision on where you want your child to attend as early as possible. Most schools give priority consideration to students who take the entrance exam at their school. There is no need to take the exam twice. If you take the exam elsewhere, you may still submit the scores to us for consideration.

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