1. Good luck to all students participating in the SFHS Junior High Math Contest on Saturday!

2. SFHS First Semester Recap

So much was accomplished and there is so much more to come!

Join Us On The SFHS Path

“It is no use walking anywhere to preach

 unless our walking is our preaching.”   

Saint Francis of Assisi 



Did you know that in 1965, St. Francis High School changed their mascot from the knight to the Spartan? How odd to consider. It got me thinking—how do Spartans reflect the excellence of St. Francis H.S.? So, with a heaping scoop of “just for fun,” here’s a look at what Spartans and St. Francis High School have in common.


Extreme Community: With their shoulder-to-shoulder combat formation, Spartans used the community as an extreme secret weapon. What is St. Francis High School’s greatest strength today? Our community—from the dynamic student body to the Spartan faculty, counselors, and staff—our students are supported, elevated, and challenged each day.


Distinctive Excellence: Spartans left behind old ways, swapping out clunky armor for innovative adaptations to achieve victory. Today, St. Francis High School Spartans distinguish themselves among the 1% of U.S. schools to receive the Blue Ribbon. Combined with Microsoft Showcase School technology, St. Francis High School embraces impressive innovations that drive student success.


Total Training: Elite Spartan training was surprisingly well-rounded, focusing also on citizenship and even dancing to complement battle preparation. St. Francis High School students round out their college prep experience by engaging in all facets of high school, with an amazing 99% participating in at least one activity, 79% participating in sports, and 49% participating in the arts. Students explore opportunities in leadership, service, technology, and Catholic life through an array of high school experiences that complement classroom learning. 


Our newest class of Spartans will register next month, with a warm welcome and highest hopes for high school and college success. We also welcome younger visitors, as winter and spring are the perfect time for 7th graders to shadow. Contact us to arrange a Shadow Day for your student. Happy New Year, and I look forward to meeting you soon. 


Maureen Isphording, Director of Admissions

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Experience the SFHS difference, which offers distinct advantages that provide students with a well-rounded education to prepare them for a successful future.

Faith Formation –

Pastoral Ministry Overview

Our faith is central to who we are. It’s what has helped us build a vibrant community. SFHS accompanies students, which entails deeply listening, supporting, and helping them understand how God is working in their lives. Our Catholic mission not only helps us better prepare students for college but also for life.


According to the Director of Pastoral Ministry Dr. Diane Mercadante, “Pastoral Ministry’s mission is to accompany students and the community as they journey in faith. By offering opportunities to encounter God through prayer, service, and community, we hope students’ knowledge in the Religion classroom becomes a reality in their lives. We want to offer tools to live the life of a Christ-follower long after they graduate from St. Francis High School. The spirituality of Saint Francis of Assisi is a gift, and our hope is that they begin to see God in the eyes of the poor, all people, and all of creation. Each one of us has a call to bring about the reign of God, and by developing that relationship with our Creator, we can better serve God and our neighbor with our gifts and talents.”


Christian Service

The Christian Service Program aims to provide our students with the experiences and means of reflection that will stimulate growth in community engagement, relationship building, and social awareness. By introducing active involvement in their community, students will see the vitality of service with others while connecting it to one’s Catholic faith. Additionally, students will be more open to new opportunities and relationships by connecting with others from different backgrounds. Students grasp the complexity of social issues and the need to reflect and respond through a Franciscan lens. The corporal works of mercy were important to Saint Francis and Saint Clare, and in this Christian spirit, we hope students will deepen their faith and maybe even find their vocation and calling. A lifelong commitment to service is at the core of the SFHS experience.



The SFHS retreat program offers students the opportunity to take time away from their busy academic, co-curricular, and social lives for prayer and reflection. While on retreat, students reflect on and discuss issues that affect their lives. Our retreat program is student-led to emphasize that students are the living examples of Christ in our community. Each year through junior year students are required to attend one retreat. Most choose the optional senior retreat, Kairos. The retreat program is a component of each student’s formation, regardless of religious affiliation, because it is integral to the holistic growth we offer each student and lies at the very heart of our goal of forming the whole person. Our retreat program strives to assist our students as they seek to find God in all things, come to a greater awareness of God’s actions in their lives, and deepen their relationship with Christ.


Liturgical Life

Celebrating the Eucharist is a part of community life at SFHS. At the beginning of the school day, students have an opportunity to gather to celebrate Eucharist together. Through the liturgical life at our school, we celebrate Christ, our Christian faith, and the community we share at SFHS. Also, SFHS celebrates school-wide liturgies, in which all students, faculty, and staff gather to participate in the life of the Church. Students lend their gifts to liturgies by serving in liturgical ministry roles such as altar serving, lecturing, ministering the Eucharist, music ministry, and hospitality.


Daily Campus Prayer

Our students pray daily on campus. In addition to all-school prayer during homeroom, classes and many sports/activities all begin with prayer. Our Catholic faith is central to what we do every day and our commitment to building the habit of daily prayer reflects our belief that daily prayer is essential to the growth of a spiritual life.

Student Ministry

Student Ministry is a group of student leaders who join with the Pastoral Ministry Team at SFHS to lead and serve the community in three primary components of religious formation and student representation at SFHS: liturgy, retreats, and service. We aim to respond to the call of Pope Francis by building a culture of accompaniment and encounter at SFHS.


Student Ministry Team (SMT)

SMT brings together a diverse group of students called to lead and serve the SFHS community in faith formation. Students are responsible for the creation, development, and implementation of programs that can better affect the experiences of our students. Our SMT leaders serve as facilitators and guides to empower the sharing of faith. A goal of SMT is to invite students to be more involved with their faith while feeling connected to the heart of the SFHS community, Pastoral Ministry. In addition, as retreat leaders, they play an essential role in assisting their peers on their spiritual journeys while growing and enhancing their own faith.

• Men’s Spirituality Group & Women’s Spirituality Group

Weekly gatherings and monthly Sunday dinners encourage students to spend time with others, sharing and praying together. These groups are open to all and offer a place to check in and be supported by others who want to grow in their relationship with God and others. Scripture reflection, witness talks, small group time, prayer, and community building give students an opportunity to lead and share their faith as they grow with others.


Immersion Experiences

Our formative work extended beyond the doors of our building. To better reach out to a larger community in need, SHFS offers several immersion opportunities. This work allows students to be better educated on the needs of others. Each moment of culture and diversity will encourage students to better stand in solidarity with the vulnerable in our world.

Examples include:

  • Neighbor Tutoring
  • Faith & Fellowship
  • Food Pantry

"I Am St. Francis"

The Student Perspective:

What does FAITH at SFHS

mean to you?

Julia B. ’24 (Eastview M.S.) – RETREATS – “For me, retreats and Religion have always been a huge part of my life. My parents are very active in our church and encouraged me to go on mission trips with the church. At St. Francis, the retreats had a feeling of welcome and grew my bonds with the other students. This Kairos (senior retreat), I made so many new connections and made many more friends. St. Francis has confirmed what I already believe about God and has also filled in the blanks for me. When I was asked to lead (Kairos), my thought was how can I not? I want to share the love of God and spirit of welcome.”


Sean H. ’25 (Hong Kong International School) – CHRISTIAN SERVICE – “I was inspired to do more Christian Service when my Religion teacher introduced me to some opportunities, such as Warm Coats for Cool Kids, which was a transformative experience. My teacher then connected the experience back into class lessons the next day. Another experience this year that meant a lot to me was serving a Thanksgiving meal (to our Faith & Fellowship partners). About 20 SFHS students went on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. It was especially special to pray with everyone and there was a big welcoming spirit. To me, Christian Service means being willing to take time to help others. It’s important, especially at a young age – you don’t know what people are going through and this opens the path to see others and better yourself to be more aware and have the opportunity to make a difference.”

Nicole P. ’24 (St. Philip) – STUDENT MINISTRY TEAM – “I joined SMT because I had a strong faith growing up. Early in high school I found myself drifting away and wanted to strengthen my faith and my community at St. Francis. I wanted to be not just a leader, but a leader in faith. A primary role of SMT is to lead retreats for the other classes. For example, in breakout sessions, we discuss the keynote speakers’ message and how we can apply it in the community. We answer questions like “So What, Now What?”. It was important for me to come to faith-centered high school because growing in faith is important and being surrounded by others who want to grow in faith helps me to be stronger in my faith too.”

Jonathan Y. ’25 (St. Pius) – ALL-SCHOOL LITURGIES – “I altar serve and assist the priest at the All-School Masses. I like this responsibility because faith is a big thing at St. Francis, and it’s helped me grow as a person and it’s my way to give back. I love our school Liturgies because it’s a time for us (the school community) to get together and paired with the music of the Worship team – it’s amazing.”

Around Campus This December and January

Freshman Christmas Party a Big Success

The Freshman Christmas Party was a blast! They decorated cookies, enjoyed pizza, played Kahoot, and more while celebrating a successful *first* first semester of high school.

National Signing Day

Congratulations to your Spartans heading off to play at the collegiate level!

Alessio M. (Football) – Michigan State University

Andrew M. (Baseball) – Loras College

Nicole P. (Volleyball) – Benedictine University

Anna P. (Volleyball) – Bemidji State University

Fabiana P. (Volleyball) – Dominican University

Abbie S. (Swim/Track & Field) – North Central College

Alumni Panel Shares College Wisdom with Current Spartans

Our annual Alumni Panel event hosted current junior and senior Spartans gleaning college wisdom from recent SFHS grads about everything from the application process to how to get involved in campus life. Avery Bonk ’22 (Drake University), Joe Cibulka ’20 (Loras College), John Gerdeman ’21 (University of Michigan), and Katherine Lemke ’21 (Virginia Tech) shared fantastic insight about their daily lives in college and fielded questions from current students. 

SFHS Wins IHSA “Do What’s Right! Sportsmanship Award

St. Francis High School won the IHSA "Do What's Right! Sportsmanship Award" for the second consecutive year thanks to our school community's positive behavior during the IHSA Class 3A Girls Volleyball State Tournament.

U.S. History Classes Get Creative

To close the semester, U.S. History I classes created board games based on the content they learned this semester.

You're Invited

Upcoming Varsity Home Matches/Games/Performances – Go Spartans!

(*subject to change)

Friday, January 19

  • Boys Basketball vs. Providence Catholic, 7:00 p.m., Spyglass Athletic Center


Saturday, January 20

  • Dance Team – IHSA Sectionals, 10:36 a.m., Joliet West
  • Girls Basketball (Senior Night) vs. Glenbard South, 4:00 p.m., Spyglass Athletic Center


Tuesday, January 23

  • Boys Basketball vs. Brother Rice, 7:00 p.m., Spyglass Athletic Center
  • Cheer (Senior Night), Spyglass Athletic Center


Thursday, January 25

  • Wrestling Meet (Senior Night) vs. Plainfield East/Kaneland, 5:00 p.m., Spyglass Athletic Center & Slantdome Gym


Friday, January 26

  • Boys Basketball (Senior Night) vs. Marmion Academy, 7:00 p.m., Spyglass Athletic Center
  • Pep Band (Senior Night), Spyglass Athletic Center

Talk & Tour

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Shadow Day


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Class of 2028 Registration

Sunday, February 4, 2024

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16:1 Student:Teacher Ratio
123 Full Year & Semester Courses
18 Honors Courses
19 Advanced Placement (AP) Courses

99% of Students Participate in at Least One Activity

24 Sports Programs
78% of Students Participate in at Least One Sport
65% of Students Participate in the Performing Arts
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