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St. Francis De Sales High School

Private | 9-12 | 197 students

Our school is best known for our work in preparing our student body for college.
 
 

 
 

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Posted October 17, 2013

St. Francis de Sales is a small, family oriented, safe school. Children can thrive and excel at St. Francis if they apply themselves. As a parent, being prepared for college, small class sizes and safety are very important. I have two students at St. Francis and both are very happy and doing very well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2010

St Frances De Sales High school definitely has its principals mixed up. Their main focus is punishment when it should be teaching. You pay alot of money and later have to put up with adults acting like children. I will not ever recommend this school to parents. The second focus is nickle and dimening you for everything your child does wrong. This have to be the reason the school is so small. very poor leadership. Sorry no stars
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2009

Great school! Being an alumni I can say that I had a great experience at SFDS. The faculty and staff are amazing and extremely friendly, as is the student body. I felt as if I was part of a family when I was away from home. There was always someone there to talk to when I was down or needed encouragement. I recommend this school to parents and perspective students.


Posted December 9, 2005

I believe that St. Francis has a wonderful, diverse program for its students. Graduates have gone on to many of the top schools in America. U of C, Princeton, the Air Force Academy, Northwestern, Boston College, etc..... My child had a great education and cultural experience there and has done well since then in Computer Systems Management. I know parents who still have students at St. Francis and they say classes are smaller, however, it is still a family atmosphere and their children are doing well academically and socially. They tell me that the math and English classes are demanding and the science department has improved dramatically in the past few years. The boys athletic programs are slowly returning to respectability and the success of the girls programs continue to amaze everyone, especially in softball and basketball. The school has seen a number of retirements in recent years, which is postive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2005

This school is a good school but has its principals mixed up they worrie to much about discipline and not enough about education. Also, this school doesnt work in favor of the athletics they spend more trying to hurt the athletes than help them. My, son got kicked out of the weight room for lifting weights. What school stops a kid from bettering his self as a athlete,That's horrible. The music department at Francis is very well organized and sounds good. The level of parent involvement is at a medium.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2005

This school needs improvement in the acedemic department. The school is a nice environment to be in but the rules are a little bit too Strict. The small classes are good for people who like small schools.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 14, 2004

I'm a former student at St. Francis and I really enjoyed my 4 years there. I didn't agree with some of the front office decisions the school made and how they handle their students but overall I was pleased with the education I received. My problem with the school was that It didn't seem like it was a family atmosphere. I felt that everybody was not on the same page. What I mean is that I felt that everybody was not supporting each other well enough. For example, at basketball games, the principle was never there and after the game you never heard a faculty member say good game or way to play hard. Basketball is a minor problem but thats what being a family is all about suppoting each other. But things have probably changed now but that was a concern I had when I was there. Thank you.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 15, 2004

I think St. Francis is a very well developed school. Your child of activities during the day and after school. I know that kids like going to St. Francis. Its fun and diffrent parents like to help out the school and go to games and even parents like going their too. And their learn something new everyday from the teachers. their also great teachers their.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 9, 2004

This school gets hung up on dicipline and lacks academics. A child can be diciplined for minor infactions (being late) and cursing out a teacher with the same consequences. The academic program is very weak for a private school.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 40% 18%
Hispanic 40% 24%
White 20% 51%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 2-year college 2% (2012)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 94% (2012)
Percentage of students going to the military 2% (2012)
Percentage of students going to vocational programs 1% (2012)
Percentage of students going directly into the workforce 1% (2012)
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Science club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Jazz band
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Dance club: Praise
  • Drama club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:55 am
School end time
  • 2:25 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 5:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Ray Nedohon, President
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman catholic
Associations
  • NCEA
Fax number
  • (773) 731-7888

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Honors track
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Jazz band
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Book/reading club
  • Dance club: Praise
  • Drama club
  • Foreign language club: Spanish
  • Math club
  • National Honor Society
  • Science club
  • Student Ambassador
  • Student Council
  • Student newspaper
  • Varsity
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • With small class sizes and personalized attention, St. Francis de Sales High School is committed to providing your child with an affordable, high quality, Catholic education that truly prepares them for success in college and in life.
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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$4000 - $7000
Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships
Merit Scholarships

Planning ahead

College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
Students' post-graduation plans in 2012
2 year college - 2%
4 year college - 94%
Military - 2%
Vocational - 1%
Workforce - 1%
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10155 S Ewing Ave
Chicago, IL 60617
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Phone: (773) 731-7272

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