"Our Catholic tradition of enriching the mind and heart since 1946. "
Students enrolled 600
School leader Fr. Tony Marti
Transportation options Yes

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200 Foothill Boulevard
La Canada, CA 91011

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(818) 790-0325
(818) 790-5542
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5 stars
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October 28, 2014
I have been a St. Francis mom for the last 5 years. I have a son who just graduated and another one a Junior. If you are looking for academic challenge, safe environment, and a place where your son will have a spiritual growth, St. Francis is the place to be to consider. By the time your son graduates, he will have a deep appreciation for volunteerism, a great sense of brotherhood and he will have a firm foundation for any collage he choose to go

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2014
I am a graduate of St. Francis and I have two son's at SF now. The first thing that I can say is that there are still teachers at SF that were there when I was there nearly 30 years ago, there are teachers there now that were students at SF when I was there and most of the staff have been there over 10 years. The education and the athletics are second only to the brotherhood and the type of man the school develops. A week does not go by that I do not see or communicate with former classmates. They are still some of my very best friends. I continue to give back and volunteer at the School that has given me so much in my life.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2014
I am the proud father of two boys that both graduated from St. Francis. Beyond the excellent education they received, they are both quality young men, thanks in large part to the St. Francis environment and culture. Both boys are now at excellent universities, and I couldn't be more proud of them. Thank you St. Francis for playing such a positive role in their development! I would recommend St. Francis to anyone that is looking for their son to grow into a fine young man.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2014
My son entered into St. Francis this year as a Freshman. I feel extremely lucky and blessed to have my son attending. The environment here fosters that of brotherhood and character. The teachers and staff are extremely caring and make themselves available to the students. The work is challenging but does prepare them for college. Great sports programs, activities and clubs something for everyone. I would highly recommend if you are considering this school you won't regret it. My son feels safe and happy there I could not ask for anything more.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2013
St. Francis High School is a school with not only a great education program, but also a program that helps to form character. The school embodied the characteristics of brotherhood, acceptance, service, and integrity. I also felt adequately prepared for college life and academics. My decision to attend St. Francis High School was the best decision I ever made.

- submitted by a community member
October 21, 2013
This school accepts boys and helps to turn them into exceptional young men. The kids make friends for life, and I've noticed an incredibly strong Alumni Association.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2013
My son currently attends St. Francis and I cannot stress how wonderful the school is. I love that it is small and intimate, allowing the boys to explore (and excel) every interest. My son entered high school with a strong moral character and now possesses an even stronger, more mature self, with empathy, kindness and humiliation. It isn't just about the strong academics at St. Francis, but truly the whole child. And, the school allows and welcomes parental involvement. The best kept secret in the Los Angeles area!!

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2013
I am very proud to say that both of my sons are graduates for St. Francis High School. During my first parent meeting, we were told that when my son graduated from SFHS, we would be a fine young man. That is true for all of the SFHS greaduates. The school provides a wonderful foundation with caring and attentive teachers and administrators, who are always available to the students and parents. My sons are men of character and I am very proud of them - both attending college in prestigious universities. We are all thankful for the wonderful education and supportive environment that SFHS provided to us all.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2013
St. Francis High School offers a solid college-prep education and a fabulous Franciscan based community life for its students. Many of the teachers and some administrators are graduates of the school, which speaks volumes about the valued education and experience that they received. My son graduated from SF last year and thoroughly enjoyed the many opportunities that the school offers. St. Francis prepares young boys to be educated, thoughtful, caring and adventure seeking men who go out into the world to make a difference! Academics, sports, extra-curricular activities and spiritual life are well-balanced and all important at SF. Each student is encouraged to challenge himself with new experiences via service to others, school club activities and retreats. The community at St. Francis is genuinely special and unique for the students, parents and families as a whole. Don't overlook St. Francis!

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2013
St. Francis High School is a Catholic, college preparatory school for boys in grades 9-12. Since its founding by the Capuchin Franciscan Friars in 1946, it has been committed to enriching the mind and heart, strengthening respect through service and humility, creating a family environment, and envisioning men of hope and peace. It offers a challenging curriculum and many opportunities for extracurricular involvement. St. Francis is fully accredited by WASC and the WCEA.

- submitted by a teacher
June 04, 2013
I am a very proud and grateful graduate of St. Francis High School. The school prepared me extremely well for the academic rigors of a top tier university and enhanced my athletic abilities so that I could compete at the collegiate level. More importantly, St. Francis fostered my spiritual formation and provided an environment that allowed me to develop a personal relationship with the Lord. I graduated as a man of character and integrity - characteristics that have sustained me ever since. I would highly recommend this high school to any young man who dreams of being extraordinary.

- submitted by a community member
June 04, 2013
As a parent of a St. Francis High School graduate, I can honestly say you will not regret sending your son to this school. It is an environment that allows all the boys to shine and excel in their studies, as well as whatever school activity they choose to participate in. The teachers are great. They are kind, dedicated, and caring, but firm in what they expect from their students. Your son will mature into a strong, confident, and well mannered man ready to take on the world. Students are prepared for college and all the challenges that the college life will present to them. I am very proud of my son and who he has become. I will always be grateful to St. Francis High School for helping him on his journey.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2013
A friend whose sons attended St. Francis once told me, "Give them your boys; they'll give you back men." I did just that. All three of my sons attend St. Francis and it has been the best money I've ever spent. I believe they're getting a quality education but more importantly, St. Francis focuses on the bigger picture, the whole child.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2013
St. Francis High School provided an excellent environment in which I could grow into the individual I am today. Through the religious education provided by the Capuchin Franciscan Order, I developed a comprehensive moral system founded upon the Franciscan principles of acceptance, humility, brotherhood, and compassion. Through academically challenging myself, I was able to develop the critical thinking skills necessary to my current college education. Inspirational teachers in the biology department showed me how incredible learning can be and instilled a passion and enthusiasm for learning that I still possess today. I'm very thankful for the opportunities I had at St. Francis High School, and I am very proud to stand amongst so many incredible alumni.

- submitted by a student
January 24, 2012
Why are there no reviews of St. Francis for the past 2-3 years? I'd love to hear from current students and parents.

- submitted by a community member
April 22, 2009
As a parent of a former student, and current college sophomore, I judge a school academically by how well they prepare our children for college. St. Francis provided an excellent scholastic environment, with supportive teachers and peers. I can report that my son is performing exceptionally in college. He was prepared for the rigors of studies as well as the expected distractions.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2009
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- submitted by a student
January 04, 2009
Everything is good. There are some teachers that aren't so great, but there are others who make up for that. A lot of the teachers here are absolutely amazing and all of the extracurricular activities are great.

- submitted by a student
July 24, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
April 28, 2008
I am a graduate of St. Francis, class of 2005, and want to publicly express how great of a school this is. Make no hesitation in sending your son here. He will be in great hands. You will be helping your son a great deal in all areas of his life that will be necessary to succeed in life. Mentally, physically and spiritually. The education is surely college-level, but more importantly are the values of life they will learn. I have many wonderful memories from my days there, and continue to live my life as a Golden Knight, in other words a Christian man. If there will be a sacrifice to send your son here, whether it be financial or just distance, it is well worth it. Trust me.

- submitted by a community member
November 18, 2007
To be honest I was hestitant to go to SFHS but I can surely say this is by far one if the best high schools in L.A.. Our achademics, extracuricular, and campus can rival several small colleges. The teachers are also really lickable, thier helpfull and I can surely say my classmates and I have developed good reltaionships with almost all of them. Another grate thing is the size of the school, in every class there is about 170 guys, its a realy intimate setting and you get to know everyone at your school. like I said before the teachers and the students have great relationshis and I think the size of the school is one of the reasons why were able to interact with the teachers and administration the way we are. Ina nut shell, if your son gets accepted at SFHS consider yourself lucky and he should defenitly go.

- submitted by a student
November 18, 2007
Love the school, the campus, teachers, EVERYTHING, is great. All the teachers are really helpfull and have unique and great personalities. I have no doubt my son will move on to do great things thanks to this school.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2007
I am a student at St. Francis, class of 2008. St. Francis High School is overall one of the best environments for learning and develoment in southern California. Teaching Staff is incredible. Acedemics are unmatched. Sports are exremely competative. St. Francis High School supplies its students with the highest level of teaching and most compassionate level of love. Our communitee is a family. St. Francis is the one.

- submitted by a student
December 11, 2006
St. Francis High School has provided my sons an excellent education and life experience that I do not believe they would have received at any other school. The dedication of the Friars and Staff is seen on a daily basis. The school has been able to challenge students that are high achievers, and on the other hand provide encouragement and inspiration for those that have to work harder for their grades.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2006
I was angry when the headmaster suggested St. Francis as a good choice for my son. I wanted better for him. It turned out to be the best choice for him.

- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2005
I had a son graduate a couple of years ago from St. Francis and we were extemely pleased at the balance the shcool provided in our son's education. He was able to participate in sports, drama, and campus ministry in addition to an excellent academic program. The most telling factor idicating the school's good influence is the way in which our son sought out a college. He was looking for the same balance in that choice as he found at St. Francis. The school's character is developed from the top with Fr. Matthew Elshoff and Tom Moran as president and principle have assembled a staff that contains many 10+ year members. From that base, the school has been very successful in developing a strong school community that reaches beyond the current student body. The staff's longevity gives the school a wealth of experience and opens many opportunities for the kids.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2005
St Francis has excellent administrative leadership. Father Matt (president) has made the campus seem like a small private college. Tom Moran is a great principal and makes sure the only the best teach at St. Francis and that educational standards are high. The teachers truly care about the students and many are willing to tutor outside of class time. The are numerous opportunities, whether it's the school's winning tradition in sports, its theater program (and a state of the art theater), or academic excellence (winner of regional decathlon, high passing rates of AP exams). The area is very safe, and the students are well disciplined and harmonious in their diversity. St. Francis is simply a great high school. - a member of the St. Francis class of 2005

- submitted by a former student
September 18, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
July 31, 2004
We've recently visited a few boys high-school in the greater Los Angeles Area. My son was about to enter the most exciting years of his life. We were looking for a school that would help us mold our son's character. We are practicing Catholics & would like to find a school that would focus on our religion as well. After looking at a few H.S that included La Salle, Don Bosco & Loyola H.S. My son made a decision to go to St. Francis he said that the boys that toured him were very respectful and were truly proud of their school,they were warm & made him feel he belong there.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2004
A superb school. I wouldn't be on my pathway to success had it not been for the guidance given to me from this school.

- submitted by a former student
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St. Francis High School provides a Catholic college preparatory education in the Capuchin Franciscan tradition of love and discipline. We enrich the mind and the heart through the teachings of Jesus Christ and Francis of Assisi. We strengthen the Franciscan values of respect for others and self through humility and service to the poor. We create a brotherhood for young men of diverse backgrounds. We envision a Franciscan education not as an end in itself, but as a means of forging men of virtue.

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St. Francis High School
200 Foothill Boulevard, La Canada, CA  91011
(818) 790-0325
Last modified St. Francis High School is a Private school that serves grades 9-12
St. Francis High School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 32 reviews. Top