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St. Francis High School
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Homeroom
7:40-7:50 a.m.
Mornings are anchored by homeroom at St. Francis High School. Ten minutes a day, five days a week, 20 days a month, for four years. Students are brought together alphabetically and maintain a connection beyond the academic classroom. This time begins with a daily reflection from Pastoral Ministry and prayer. Homeroom families--students and their homeroom teacher--build a sense of Franciscan community in small but real ways as they study, joke, make plans, and catch up each morning.
 
 
Class
7:55 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

List of 9 items.

  • Business & Technology

    Department Overview: The Department's college prep and honors classes focus on business and technology careers and skills. Business students learn how organizations create, manage, market, finance, and track value. Technology students understand and use technology for personal development, career enhancement, and college preparation. The Department's showcase technology and hands-on approach allow students to deepen knowledge and exposure as they develop an array of related skillsets and experience.
    Graduation requirement: 0.5 credits, must include Digital Literacy



      FreshmanSophomore
    Junior
    Senior
    Business Accounting I
    Business Communications*
    Business Law*
    Consumer Education*
    Accounting I
    Honors Accounting II
    Business Communications*
    Business Law*
    Consumer Education*
    Marketing Management*
    Accounting I
    Honors Accounting II
    Business Communications*
    Business Law*
    Consumer Education*
    Marketing Management*
    Technology Digital Literacy* (required)Microsoft Office*
    Honors JAVA*
    Intro to Programming Language*
    Windows Application Development*
    Microsoft Office*
    Honors JAVA*
    Intro to Programming Language*
    Windows Application Development*
    Maintaining Windows Technology*
    Microsoft Office*
    Honors JAVA*
    Intro to Programming Language*
    Windows Application Development*
    Maintaining Windows Technology*
    *Designates a one semester course 
  • English

    Department Overview: The SFHS English Department offers two levels of English: standard college preparatory English and honors/Advanced Placement level classes. Teachers at both levels emphasize literary interpretation and expository writing, preparing students to succeed in any college course requiring interpretive and composition skills. Honors English, a four-year sequence, also prepares students for the Advanced Placement English examinations. In addition, students in honors English read more texts, read higher level books, and write essays that demand the part-whole analysis typically required on AP essay questions. St. Francis English teachers motivate all students to appreciate literature and reading, write clearly and creatively, and speak effectively.
    Graduation requirement: 4 credits, must include English I, II, III, IV



      FreshmanSophomore
    Junior
    Senior
    Standard Placement OptionsEnglish IEnglish IIEnglish IIIEnglish IV
    Accelerated/ Honors Placement Honors English IHonors English IIHonors AP English IIIHonors AP English IV
    Elective CoursesNewspaper**
    Yearbook
    Newspaper**
    Speech*
    Yearbook
    Creative Writing*
    Newspaper**
    Speech*
    Yearbook
    Creative Writing*
    Newspaper**
    Speech*
    Yearbook
    *Designates a one semester course
    ** Class meets 2 times/week for the entire school year
  • Math

    Department Overview: The Mathematics Department, following the STEM curriculum model, teaches mathematics not only for its intrinsic value, but also to help students learn to ask questions, define a problem, obtain and evaluate information, use appropriate tools to analyze and interpret data, and design a solution. Using ACT Readiness Standards, the Mathematics department develops each student's ability to think analytically and creatively, and improving problem-solving skills as a result. The Mathematics Department provides a challenging and rewarding college prep program that empowers all students to realize their mathematical potential and to appreciate the value of mathematics.
    Graduation requirement: 3 credits, must include Algebra and Geometry





      FreshmanSophomore
    Junior
    Senior
    Standard Placement OptionsAlgebra Concepts & ApplicationsGeometry Concepts & ApplicationsAdvanced Algebra*Precalculus I & *Finite
    Algebra 1GeometryAdvanced Algebra*Precalculus I & *Trig or *Finite
    Accelerated/ Honors Placement Algebra IHonors GeometryHonors Adv. Algebra TrigHonors Precalculus
    GeometryAdvanced Algebra*Precalculus I & *TrigCalculus or *Intro to Stats & *Finite
    Honors GeometryHonors Adv. Algebra TrigHonors Precalculus or Honors Precalculus & AP StatisticsAP Calc AB or AP Calc BC &/or AP Statistics
    Honors Adv. Algebra TrigAP StatisticsHonors PrecalculusAP Calculus AB or AP Calculus BC
    *Designates a one semester course
  • P.E. & Health

    Department Overview: St. Francis High School students complete one semester of physical education each year in addition to one semester of health sophomore year, which allows them to meet the five-semester requirement of the Physical Education and Health Department. The dynamic faculty aims to help all students acquire the knowledge and skills to value physical activity and wellness, while gaining the confidence and motivation to do so. St. Francis High School used Illinois Learning Standards to create the curriculum.
    Graduation requirement: 2.5 credits, must include PE I, II, II, IV or Outdoor Adventure and Health.

      FreshmanPhysical Education I*
      SophomorePhysical Education II*
    &
    Health*
    Elective: Essentials of Lifetime Fitness Training
      JuniorPhysical Education III*
    Elective: Essentials of Lifetime Fitness Training
      SeniorPhysical Education IV*
    Or
    Outdoor Adventure (offered during the first three weeks of summer)
    Elective: Essentials of Lifetime Fitness Training
    *Designates a one semester course
  • Performing & Visual Arts

    Department Overview: The talented students who animate our community exceed all expectations when sharing their talents. The department offers classes in art, drama, instrumental and vocal music. Students enrolled in the performing and visual arts often participate in school plays (Fall Play, Spring Musical, One Acts, Summer Musical), concerts, musicals (i.e. Spring Musical, Summer Musical), and art exhibitions.









      FreshmanSophomore
    Junior
    Senior
    ArtVisual Art*
    Studio Art*
    Visual Art* Studio Art*
    Art Fundamentals II
    Visual Art*
    Studio Art*
    Art Fundamentals II
    Art Fundamentals III
    Art IV
    AP Studio Art Drawing
    AP Studio Art 3-D Design
    Digital Art*
    Communications Design*
    Visual Art*
    Studio Art*
    Art Fundamentals II
    Art Fundamentals III
    Art IV
    AP Studio Art Drawing
    AP Studio Art 3-D Design
    Digital Art*
    Communications Design*
    Band Music Ensemble
    Wind Ensemble
    Percussion Ensemble
    Music Ensemble
    Wind Ensemble
    Percussion Ensemble
    Guitar/Ukulele I*
    Guitar II*
    Music Ensemble
    Wind Ensemble
    Percussion Ensemble
    Guitar/Ukulele I*
    Guitar II*
    Music Ensemble
    Wind Ensemble
    Percussion Ensemble
    Guitar/Ukulele I*
    Guitar II*
    Choir Mixed ChoirConcert Choir
    Swing Choir
    Chamber Choir
    Concert Choir
    Swing Choir
    Chamber Choir
    Concert Choir
    Swing Choir
    Chamber Choir
    Theatre  Theatre Workshop I*Theatre Workshop I*
    Theatre Workshop II*
    Theatre Workshop I*
    Theatre Workshop II*
    Music -General  Music Survey*
    Intro to Theory & Comp.*
    AP Music Theory
    Music Survey*
    Intro to Theory & Comp.*
    AP Music Theory
    Music Survey*
    Intro to Theory & Comp.*
    AP Music Theory
    *Designates a one semester course
  • Religion

    Department Overview: As disciples of Jesus Christ, we are called to continue His mission in the Church by proclaiming the Gospel to our students. Rooted in the Roman Catholic tradition and the charism of St. Francis of Assisi, the department seeks to make the Kingdom of God present through the intellectual and spiritual cultivation of faith among our students. Through the study of theology following the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops’ (USCCB) standards and the religious traditions of the Catholic faith, our students leave St. Francis High School knowing who they are as Catholic women and men; prepared to bear witness to their faith; eager to continue their pursuit of truth and justice; and desiring to serve those in need. Working with the office of Pastoral Ministry, we hope to strengthen our students with the Gospel in order to send them forth as disciples of Jesus Christ into the world.
    Graduation requirement: 4 credits




      FreshmanReligion I: God's Revelation
      SophomoreReligion II: The Body of Christ: The Paschal Mystery and the Church
      JuniorReligion III: Living Sacramentally
      SeniorReligion Electives
    Two of the following courses are required for graduation.
    • Christian History & Heritage*
    • Franciscan Spirituality*
    • Peace and Justice*
    • Honors World Religions*
    *Designates a one semester course
  • Science

    Department Overview:   The Science department provides today's college-bounds students with a comprehensive and innovative academic structure that is firmly based upon the fundamentals of core material. Through alignment with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), the science curriculum engages students in tasks that integrate with STEM coursework and support the development and application of critical thinking, creative expression, and problem-solving skills.
    Graduation Requirement: Students are required to earn a minimum of three credits of science coursework.



      FreshmanSophomore
    Junior
    Senior
    Standard Placement OptionBiologyChemistryPhysicsAnatomy & Physiology &/or Environmental Science &/or
    Forensic Science &/or
    Intro to Engineering & Design
    Honors Placement Option Honors BiologyHonors ChemistryHonors AP Physics 1AP Biology &/or
    AP Chemistry &/or
    AP Physics C
  • Social Studies

    Department Overview: Course content inspires students to connect past events with current situations as well as to explore human behavior. Through the use of the Illinois Learning Standards and American Sociological Association National Standards (ASANS) the Social Studies Department encourages students to develop responsible decision making through an understanding of major themes, events, and schools of thought within the Social Sciences.
     
    Graduation requirement: 2 credits by the end of junior year; must include 1 credit in World History , 1 credit in U.S. History I (required) and U.S. History II or III; or 1 credit in AP U.S. History.



      FreshmanSophomore
    Junior
    Senior
    Standard Placement OptionWorld HistoryU.S. History I*
    U.S. History II*
    U.S. History III*
    Geography*
    Economics*
    Geography*
    Psychology*
    Sociology*
    Criminology*
    Economics*
    Psychology*
    Sociology*
    Accelerated/ Honors Placement Honors World HistoryHonors AP U.S. HistoryHonors Economics*
    Honors AP Psychology
    Honors AP U.S. Government
    Honors Economics*
    Honors AP Psychology
    Honors AP U.S. Government
    *Designates a one semester course 
  • World Languages

    Department Overview: Students choose to study Chinese, French and/or Spanish. The curriculum fosters communication, cultural understanding, and participation in multilingual communities at home and abroad. Full-immersion classroom opportunities as well as field trips, projects, and SFHS international travel help students progress in skill and confidence. All department members have either lived and/or studied abroad.
    Graduation Requirement: Two credits in the same language





      FreshmanSophomore
    Junior
    Senior
    ChineseChinese IChinese I
    Chinese II
    Chinese I
    Chinese II
    Honors Chinese III
    AP Chinese Language & Culture
    Chinese I
    Chinese II
    Honors Chinese III
    AP Chinese Language & Culture
    French French I
    French II
    Honors French II
    French I
    French II
    Honors French II
    Honors French III
    French I
    French II
    Honors French II
    Honors French III
    Honors French IV
    French I
    French II
    Honors French II
    Honors French III
    Honors French IV
    Spanish Spanish I
    Spanish II
    Honors Spanish II
    Spanish I
    Spanish II
    Honors Spanish II
    Spanish III
    Honors Spanish III
    Spanish I
    Spanish II
    Honors Spanish II
    Spanish III
    Honors Spanish III
    Spanish IV
    Honors Spanish IV
    Spanish I
    Spanish II
    Honors Spanish II
    Spanish III
    Honors Spanish III
    Spanish IV
    Honors Spanish IV
    Spanish V
    AP Spanish Lang. & Culture
Activity Period
2:35 p.m.-3:10 p.m.
During this optional but brilliant time, SFHS students join clubs, meet teachers, make up tests, study or just relax. It is designated time set aside in order for the students to get involved. 98% of students participate in school-sponsored clubs and activities during this time.

Adventure Club – Arts & Crafts Club – Bass Fishing Club – Blue Crew – Business Club – Coding Club – Culinary Club – DECA Investment Club – Drama Club – Evergreen Ecology Club – Engineering Club – Intramurals – Math Team – Photography Club – Ping Pong Club – SADD – SALT – Scholastic Bowl – SMASH Club – Student Ministry Team – Strategic Gaming Club – Student Government – Worship Team
 
 
Athletic Practice
3:15 p.m.
St. Francis High School creates an athletic culture of character, collaboration, discipline, and respect. 73% of students participate in at least one sport.

Fall: Cheer – Cross Country – Dance – Football – Golf – Boys’ Soccer – Girls’ Swimming – Girls’ Tennis – Girls’ Volleyball
Winter: Basketball – Cheer – Dance – Boys’ Swimming – Wrestling
Spring: Baseball – Lacrosse – Girls’ Soccer – Softball – Boys’ Tennis – Track – Boys’ Volleyball
 
Performing Arts Rehearsals
3:15 p.m. (times vary)
Creative students animate our community and exceed expectations. 65% of students participate in the Performing & Visual Arts. 

Jazz Band - Marching Band – Orchestra - Pep Band – Worship Team
Fall Play - Broadway Revue - “A Christmas Carol” - Spring Musical - Summer Musical - One Acts – Production Tech Team
 

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Lunch

There are three lunch periods at St. Francis High School – A, C, E. All freshman are together for A lunch. A freshman-only lunch allows opportunities to get to know each other as a group outside of class. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors have C or E lunch.
 

Freshman Electives

The freshman course schedule allows students to have one period in which they may choose an elective. Options include:
  • Visual Art (one semester) and/or Studio Art (one semester)
  • Mixed Choir
  • Music Ensemble
  • Wind Ensemble
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Yearbook
  • Study Hall (one semester or full year)


 
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  • Photo of Maureen Isphording

    Maureen Isphording 

    Director of Admissions and Communications
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  • Photo of Elizabeth Erazmus '89  Wiborg

    Elizabeth Erazmus '89  Wiborg 

    Assistant Director of Admissions, Director of International Student Program
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    Karla Dannheim 

    Main Office Associate, Shadow Day Program Coordinator
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