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St Francis High School

Private | 9-12 | 1138 students

 
 

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Posted November 4, 2013

Coming from a parent regarding my own experience... My daughter attends St. Francis HS and I have to say that thus far, it has truly been a wonderful experience for her. Being part of a Christian based school, the girls are encouraged to explore their religious identity on a deeper level, and they are taught accountability as well as the importance of moral values and conduct...things not taught in other schools (unfortunately). One review on here mentions "cliques" and the "popular girls". I have to point out that (unfortunately) this is present in EVERY high school (no matter where it is or what the population). My daughter isn't a part of what would probably be considered the "popular" crowd, but has never felt left out or uncomfortable at this school. To the contrary, she has always felt much love from both the staff and the girls at St. Francis and I've seen a huge boost in her confidence both academically and on a personal level while she's been here. It's a wonderful, nurturing, environment and the girls are challenged to be the best that they can be, on all levels.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2013

I overall enjoy this school. A wonderful place to send my daughters to, and a terrific environment for learning. There are so many wonderful girls and teachers. However, recently my daughter came home crying because a teacher penalized her for something she did not do. I have spoken with others about this teacher and he can be very hard to deal with. He yelled at her, and called her out in front of the whole class. However, that hardly changes how I feel about this school. Don't let one experience dampen the good years here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2013

Not for students with mental illness. High turnover rate for administrators. Cliquish. That said, excellent opportunities for students who strive and fit in.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2012

As a graduate of St. Francis I can say this school is exceptional. It has the most amazing environment and the absolute best teachers. I received the best high school education I could have here and the money my parents spent was beyond well worth it. It truly is a loving and caring community of girls I am proud to call my sisters for life! It is definitely not your typical high school experience due to it being all girls and very academically demanding but this is what makes it such a great school and I wouldn t have traded it for anything. The classes are a perfect size to get to know pretty much every one of your classmates, which made it so nice. Going to this school was one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life and I would be more than willing to move back to Sacramento just to send my girls here some day so they can have the amazing high school experience I had.


Posted October 13, 2010

St. Francis is a fantastic school for teen girls who are willing to sacrifice some social life to stay on top of the rigorous academics and school involvment. The girls here are very competitive and ambitious, and the school supports and pushes those traits. As a student, I have found amazing friends and teachers who support me inside class and outside of school. If a girl puts time and effort into the school, she will never be left behind or left out.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 10, 2010

As far as academics go, this school really is fantastic. They expect a lot from the girls and the girls gain so much as a result. My oldest daughter's first year of college was truly effortless as opposed to her newly made friends. I had heard this for several years and now know it first hand. I do have to say that there is a mean spirit within the girls at SF. There ARE groups of 'popular' girls that can be exceptionally mean to many. Nothing is done by the administration to stop these cliques. It certainly isn't Christain behavior. Before my girls enrolled at SF we questioned the administration about cliques, exclusions, bullying and we were ASSURED that none of that was allowed. It's not that this behavior isn't noticed---it is and it's pathetic that the choice is to do nothing about it. Very sad.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2010

This school is the most amazing school ever. I feel at home and with my own sisters.It can be hard but not if you try your besty best! Best school ever&& proud to say I'm a troubador!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 8, 2010

This school is the most amazing school ever. I feel at home and with my own sisters.It can be hard but not if you try your besty best! Best school ever&& proud to say I'm a troubador!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 9, 2009

'Sf is too hard' only because some girls aren't willing to work hard. If you come to this school, you have to be prepared to challenge yourself and push yourself beyond what you believe you can do. I have learned invaluable lessons about myself and how much i can truly accomplish because of the curriculum and expectations of this school. I have met some amazing, ambitious girls who have taught me about passion for service and taking pride in your work. Every teacher I have encountered is supportive and truly loves this school. I highly recommend this school for girls who want to see just how far your mind and will can really take you, as well as those who want to expereince a true school family.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 28, 2009

St. Francis is great for academics and has some amazing teachers, but girls are mean and it's not as accepting or open minded as I would like. They stress finding and being yourself, but the rules don't allow that to actually happen. A lot of classes found at other high schools aren't offered at SF, like photography and psychology, and a lot of what is taught isn't truly Christian - for a school affiliated with a religion that teaches acceptance, love and kindness, they don't demonstrate it nearly as well as they should.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 12, 2009

I am so luck to send my daughter to SFHS. It is a great school and we admire the staff greatly for providing my daughter A+ education and respecting our religious and cultural beliefs
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2008

Hardest achademic school in California, but gets you ready for college. A great college prep high school! The top rated school in California by far!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 17, 2008

ISf is a great school if you want your daughter to become an adult in a safe enviroment. during my years here i have experienced many joys and sorrows, as well as made many mistakes. If i had made half of the mistakes that i have while attending a public school, i'm not so sure that i would have pulled through. The teachers and staff genuinely care about the students who attend SF, and will go out of their way to make sure a student is doing well. True, the classes are extremely demanding, but in the end it's worth it because SF actually prepares you for the real world as well as expects the best from the students. If you want to prepare your daughter for college, and do it well, you will find no better school than SF.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 15, 2008

St. Francis is a wonderful school for girls that are willing to work. Through all the preparation of these young ladies, the future will be quite successful & a lot easier to attain. The academics are extraordinary along with the expectations. Sports? SF excels with sports. Places that could use improvement? There can be a mean spirit which emanates from several groups of 'popular,' arrogant girls, down right mean actually. And nothing is done to stop/prevent this. The administration seems to prefer to close its eyes to this big problem. Also needing improvement is returned communication from staff(and friendliness from the front office). We've had lack of returned communication frequently- can be very frustrating. We won't leave the school. Overall, our daughter really likes it. What we've come down to is; take advantage of the academics & great sports' programs--and we will be persistent with the administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2008

I dont like St. Francis at all. The girls are mean, the work is too hard, and its just overall, a boring school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 19, 2007

The school has an excellent program for exceptional students. My daughter will be a life long learner because of this challenging but fun experiences.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2007

I attended St. Francis during 1990-1994. I can say that I learned many of my morals and beliefs about the world around me through my religious and English teachers when I was there. My religious teacher taught me to look at the meanings behind the words in the Bible, and my English teacher taught me to look at the meanings behind the words to everyday songs. Cutting out boys during school cuts down on distractions, but girls can be very mean. I also learned a detailed amount about my body that prepared me for later in the sex ed classes. Going to this school is well worth it.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 3, 2006

The spiritual, social, and academic environment at St. Francis makes it an excellent place for our daughters to become young women. They are nourished, encouraged, and well prepared for life after high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2006

Remarkable, high motivation shown all over campus.Almost too intense for some girls. It's wonderful to be able to say and hear the name 'God' in the classroom. Committed teachers, and friendly staff. Worth every cent it costs.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 3, 2005

Attending Saint Francis High School is a wonderful opportunity for young women. The curriculum and advanced classes available to students allows them to prepare for college. After graduating from this school, college may seem like a breeze because high school was MORE difficult and challenging. The school cares about each and every student. All students are tracked and supported the entire four years they spend at this high school. No student gets the chance to fall through the cracks. The teachers and staff want every student to succeed and will go to great lengths to see that happen.
—Submitted by a former student


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 65% 26%
Two or more races 13% 3%
Hispanic 10% 52%
Black 2% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym

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Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Honors track
College preparation / awareness resources offered
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Patrick O'Neill
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Gender
  • All girls
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman catholic
Associations
  • NCEA
Fax number
  • (916) 452-1591

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Honors track
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  • Religious
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • Summer college prep programs
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer
  • Gym
  • Library
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Diocese of Sacramento
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Sports

Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
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  • Dance
  • Drama

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  • Yearbook
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Parent involvement
  • Parents provide volunteer service through the parents guild, booster club, patrons of the arts, and the parent service program. the stewardship for st. francis program seeks financial support from parents, past parents, alumnae and other members of the community.
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5900 Elvas Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95819
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