Join Us On The SFHS Path

“Let us always and everywhere cling to our faith and believe humbly and firmly all that it teaches.”   

Saint Francis of Assisi 



The SFHS Entrance Exam is December 2, and as the big day approaches, you’ve probably thought about testing here. I’d like to invite your child(ren) to join us on December 2 and find their place in a college-prep community dedicated to their individualized guidance and success. If taking the test has crossed your mind, consider this your “First Look” moment to see three factors that can help your child go further at St. Francis: 


A Perfect Match: Meet your school counselor freshman year—for college preparation and community connections. Through social and skill-building seminars, counselors assist students in meeting friends, setting college goals, and getting involved. Naviance college exploration begins freshman year, counselors meet with parents to ease the college prep transition, and faculty foster exceptional bonds and growth opportunities for students. St. Francis High School prepares students to make the most of our vibrant community.


Focus on You: Trust stellar academics with Blue Ribbon distinction—and innovative technology that meets learning styles. St. Francis High School is the only high school in Wheaton (public or private) and the only Catholic high school in the Western Suburbs to ever receive the Blue Ribbon – reserved for 1% of U.S. schools. Combined with Microsoft Showcase School technology, SFHS’s stellar academics focus on a variety of learning styles and help everyone go further, with a 16:1 student-to-teacher ratio and 100% college acceptance.


Everyone Engages: Get involved right from the start – and Activity Period helps it happen. Amazingly, 99% of St. Francis students participate in at least one activity. Everyone finds their passion and place with 79% participating in sports, 49% in the arts, and more than 30 clubs and activities. An optional but unique time called Activity Period helps this happen. From 2:30-3:10 p.m. each day, SFHS students can join clubs, meet teachers, make up tests, or relax with friends before practices begin—such a happy ending to the day.


Belonging here at SFHS inspires students. The habit and practice of living the experience with Franciscan virtues that root our Catholic mission enhances their academic, personal, and spiritual growth each year. If your student is seeking a superior high school experience and has thought about taking the Entrance Exam, I invite you to register today Apply/Entrance Exam Registration. Taking the test is a great experience for students, and families appreciate the option as well as scholarship pathways. As always, please call or email us for any assistance. 


Maureen Isphording, Director of Admissions

Only at St. Francis High School

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


Counseling Resources

A strong support system is critical during the teenage years. Our low student-to-faculty and student-to-counselor ratios mean we get to know and appreciate each student. Students partner with school and college counselors, focusing on academic success as an underclassman and college prep before graduation. We meet each student where they are academically and provide support to foster student success. As a college preparatory school, SFHS takes great pride in its highly successful approach to guiding students and families through the college process.


The SFHS Four-Year Plan

9th Grade – EXPLORE: Interest Inventory & Career Discovery

During 1:1 sessions with their counselor, freshman students develop a four-year plan and begin to build their college application portfolios. Interest and career inventories are completed using the Naviance program.

• 10th Grade – ADVOCATE: Portfolio & Resume Building

Sophomore students connect profile attributes and interests with potential future college decisions. Counselors help students add to their individualized portfolios for future applications.

11th Grade – VISIT: Interest Engagement & College Discovery

Junior students work closely with their counselor to narrow potential college choices and to ensure SFHS course selections meet the specific and sometimes unique demands of their future colleges.

12th Grade – APPLY: College Selection & Scholarship Application

Our senior students are prepared for the application process and selection after building solid portfolios and resumes customized to the schools they have identified.


Annual College Planning Workshops

  • College Application & Essay Writing
  • College Financial Aid Information Program
  • College Planning
  • NCAA Eligibility
  • Registration & Course Selection


Additional Services & Resources

  • Parent Coffee with the Counselors – Freshman Year: Making the Transition to High School; Sophomore: Maintaining a Strong Profile; Junior: College Search; Senior: College Admission & Scholarships
  • Academic, personal, college, and career counseling
  • Academic assistance with Accommodation Plans
  • Counselor classroom presentations
  • Course selection and planning
  • One-on-ones with counselor
  • Referrals and job contacts
  • Scholarship assistance

Comprehensive Support

  • Support Groups: Girls Empowerment, Grief, Transfer Students, Freshman Support, General Support
  • Stress Management Events
  • Suicide Prevention & Mental Health Awareness Week programming 

"I Am St. Francis"

The Alumni Perspective:


Alumnus Andrew Hernandez ’23 (University of Michigan): “The Counseling Department at St. Francis was extremely helpful. My counselors worked with me to choose challenging, but not impossible classes that would set me up for success in the future. They also helped me during my college admissions process to narrow down my list of schools and answer any and all college-related questions that I had. I would say that St. Francis’ extensive curriculum and extracurricular offerings helped me learn skills such as time management, responsibility, and leadership which prepared me for life in college.” 



Alumna Amari Talluri-Boye ’23 (University of Wisconsin - Madison): “I am SO thankful to SFHS for helping me through my college application process. I am the oldest child in my family and was completely unaware of all the ins and outs of applications. I was stressed because there was so much I didn’t know. My counselors were incredibly supportive and met with me countless times to answer any and every question I had. They are ALL amazing people with extraordinary insight into the entire process. Ultimately, they helped me find my new home at UW Madison, majoring in psychology on the pre-health track.


Another aspect of SFHS that I am incredibly grateful for is how well-prepared I feel academically. My rigor of courses at St. Francis fulfilled nearly all my General Education requirements, so I started college taking higher-level, major-requirement courses. I am confident that the robust academic foundation built during my time at SFHS has equipped me with the work ethic, time management, and study skills necessary to thrive amongst the challenging demands of higher education.



Alumnus Connor Shields ’23 (University of Notre Dame): “The SFHS Counseling Department greatly assisted me with searching for schools, applications, and any last minute panic questions I had for them (of which there were many). They helped me set realistic goals and acquire the coursework necessary for my target schools. My counselor even took time out of his vacation over Christmas Break to send me materials for a last-minute application. I have a huge amount of gratitude for the unwavering care they show for each and every student.


My SFHS education has been hugely helpful in preparing me for an academically rigorous university. I learned how to manage deadlines and projects while still participating in clubs and athletics. The study habits St. Francis taught me have given me a jump start on many of my classmates in college, and I feel comfortable balancing my coursework with my passions outside of school. I feel that SFHS truly lived up to the "College Prep” title, and I’m glad it did.”



Alumna Nicole Khawl ’23 (College of the Holy Cross) “The Counseling Department has helped me with college planning, especially financial aid. My major worry was about affording college and my counselor really helped me with searching for schools and scholarships. He was also supportive of my application for the QuestBridge Scholarship. He did all the paperwork needed from the chool and met with me to check in often, which really helped. He believed in me too. Thankfully, I won the scholarship! So, I’m extremely thankful for the department’s support.

In addition, I have noticed how my St. Francis education has really impacted my studies, especially the English department. I have noticed that my professors often compliment my writing, and my peers ask me for help with papers as well. I feel confident in balancing my schoolwork and work as well. Being able to be involved in many clubs and organizations at St. Francis really helped me with time management in college too. Strategies I used for homework, free time, and also making time for my clubs are still following me to college. Overall, I’m doing really great at college!”

Around Campus This November

Girls Volleyball – Back-to-Back State Champs!

Congratulations to our Spartan 2023 IHSA Class 3A State Girls Volleyball Champions!! This is the 14th state volleyball title in our school’s history. We are so proud of this team’s hard work and dedication that brought this incredible victory and outstanding accomplishment.

National Signing Day

Congratulations to our Spartans headed off to play at the collegiate level.


Paige Chrustowski-Soccer-Austin Peay State University

Izabelle Dominski-Girls Lacrosse-Trine University

KK Dumpit-Girls Volleyball-Rockhurst University

Gavin Gonzalez-Boys Volleyball-Menlo College

Shay McMillen-Girls Volleyball-Parkland College

Kyle Zediker-Boys Volleyball-Grand Canyon University

7th Annual Musical Revue

Congrats to the cast and crew of the Musical Revue! The show was completely directed, choreographed, and designed by current students!

Girls Swimming – Congrats Lily ’27!

Lily J. ‘27 placed 17th in the 200 free and 18th in the 500 free at Friday's IHSA Girls State Swimming preliminaries! Her 200 free time was a personal and school record. 

You're Invited!

Upcoming Performances & Fall Sports Post-Season Matches/Games*  – Go Spartans!

(*subject to change)


Saturday, November 18 – Football: IHSA Semifinals

  • Cheer on the Spartans as they take on Nazareth Academy at Nazareth at 2:00 p.m.


Friday, December 1-Sunday, December 3 – “A Christmas Carol”

  • Tickets coming soon

Talk & Tour

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Shadow Day


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Class of 2028


Saturday, December 2, 8:00 a.m.

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Middle School Nights

Boys Basketball

December 15, 2023,

7:30 p.m.

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Girls Basketball

December 15, 2023,

6:00 p.m.

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Pep Band

December 15, 2023 

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December 15, 2023

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Average ACT Score Class of 2023 Top 50%

Daily Mass and
Monthly All-School Mass
15 Hours of Christian Service Required
Each Year 
Microsoft Showcase School
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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