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Saint Francis of Assisi
School Culture Key to Finding Best School Fit
One of a prospective parent's toughest jobs is looking at a school from the outside and guessing how it works on the inside. Sometimes I hear first-time parents say, "There are so many good schools, how will we decide?" I think examining school culture is the key to knowing which school fits your child best. Much like examining a company's culture before taking a job, observing a school's culture can help you decide how it suits your child's needs. Here's what to look for:
1. Evaluate communications.
Is the school welcoming to my child? Are communications friendly or impersonal? Do communications extend themselves and define a path for your child's success? Gracious communications reflect a school culture that encourages faculty to reach out and help students succeed.
2. Observe interactions.
How do students and teachers interact? Do people seem happy, engaged, and relaxed? An upbeat atmosphere reflects a school culture that motivates students and encourages them to feel at home, which is important given the number of hours per week a high schooler devotes to school pursuits.
3. Determine personal opportunity.
Does the school respect individual learning styles, or is success measured by a group of students who may not resemble your learner? Does the school present many paths to success? A school that defines success at many levels reflects a culture that will help each student build a college portfolio that shows an upward trend of personal success and engagement.
A school's culture can make or break a student's desire to succeed. Writes Jennifer Gunn, "
Some schools have such a positive school culture that you can see and feel it as soon as you enter the building."*
St. Francis High School exemplifies this kind of culture. Join me for a tour while school is in session to see the St. Francis difference. Call to schedule, (630) 668-5800 ext. 1120, or
to register for our Entrance Exam.
Maureen Isphording, Director of Admissions
*"Wow-Factor Schools: 8 Ways to Build an Awesome School Culture," June 27, 2018, Concordia University-Portland
"I Am St. Francis"
he Parent Perspective: Five Questions for Veteran Parents (and Alums) Tammy & Mike Armbrust and Newer Parents Dana Haskins-Mueller & Tyler Mueller
Number of years at SFHS? Grade school your children attended?
Tammy & Mike: We've had children at SFHS for the last 5 years. Jack graduated in 2018, Emma will graduate in 2019, and Julia will graduate in 2022. They all attended St. Michael in Wheaton. We also have a 6th grader at St. Mike's, Colt, who will be attending SFHS.
Dana & Tyler: Our daughter is a sophomore and started her freshman year at St. Francis.
2. What activities does your child(ren) participate in at SFHS? As a parent, have you been involved in activities, as well?
Tammy & Mike: They've participated in Music Ensemble (Rock Band), Jazz Ensemble, Choir, Tennis, Soccer, Student Ministry Team, Student Leadership Team, NHS, Drama, Art, Kairos, SADD, Service, and Intramurals. As parents we are involved in the Mother's Club, Father's Club, and Alumni Association.
Dana & Tyler: Our daughter participates in Tennis, Lacrosse, Student Ambassador Leadership Team, Student Government, SADD, and Ping Pong Club. We are members of the Fathers' Club and Mothers' Club and Auction Co-Chair for the second year. We feel so connected with the school and the facility.
3. Why did you choose SFHS for your child(ren)?
Tammy & Mike: As alumni, we are very familiar with the community and the many opportunities for discovery and growth. We are confident this is the best place to prepare our kids for college and their future. They are challenged academically, well rounded, cared for, and able to practice their faith daily.
Dana & Tyler: We loved our public elementary school, but when Elli moved onto middle school we quickly realized we were not happy with the quality of education. What we mostly noticed was the teachers simply had so many students they could not focus on the ones who actually wanted to learn, and we wanted something more.
4. What role have the teachers played in the learning process?
Tammy & Mike: We have greatly appreciated the commitment of the teachers in and out of the classroom. They are visible and present at all school events, are approachable, and have taken a genuine interest in the health and wellness of the students and their families. It is clear that their goal is for each student to succeed.
Dana & Tyler: Elli continually comments that her teachers actually care about the students. They are always there before and after school to assist and really want the kids to come away with a deep appreciation of their subjects.
5. What did your child do to ease the transition to high school? In your opinion, what is the best thing about SFHS?
Tammy & Mike: They were involved in music camps, sports camps, shadow days, feeder teams, and junior high events. The best thing about SFHS is how much our kids want to be at school and participate in the SF community. It is an extension of our home.
"We are GRATEFUL."
Dana & Tyler: Elli did lots of summer activities prior to freshman year. She participated in Lacrosse Camp, Freshman 101, and Fun with Grammar. Coming from public school she was nervous about meeting friends and was worried she would not know anyone the first day. These summer activities helped tremendously. The best thing about SFHS is the school has brought out the best qualities in our daughter. She has come into her own, in class as well as socially. Elli has more confidence. She said she had no idea what it was like to have real friends and real teachers until she came to SFHS. We cannot say enough good things about St. Francis.
"We are ... PROUD."
Only at St. Francis High School
Business Students Compete for Best New Product Idea and Microsoft Prize
For 11 hours, one day, each year, St. Francis Start Up Day pits teams of Business students against each other for the title of best new product, app, or service. Teams create a business plan, then pitch their idea to a panel of judges. The group with the best business plan wins Start Up Day and prizes from Microsoft. Alumni entrepreneurs also visit during the 11-hour day, speaking to the group about starting businesses. St. Francis hosts Start Up Day in conjunction with Microsoft Oakbrook and the SFHS Alumni Association.
Business Department Chair Mike Lynch:
"A goal of this conference was to give the students a real-life experience they will most likely participate in at the collegiate level as future Business students. The business plans the student groups produced were outstanding. In my Marketing Management class, students make a business plan over the course of the semester. The Start Up Day students, however, completed this in a one-day, 11-hour conference. Plans included marketing, competitive advantages, manufacturing/distribution plans, anticipated costs, pricing, and fundraising opportunities, just to name a few. It was a fantastic preview of what students will have in college as an incubator experience."
Student Mirabella Kugelberg, '20:
"Our business was called Give and Grow, and was inspired by the statistic that about 50% of all U.S. produce is thrown away largely because food does not meet cosmetic standards. Our plan involved a food truck that buys fresh, bruised produce from local farmers and donates to those in need. It was so fun because I worked with students I don't have classes with and saw different leadership styles. The Business and IT teachers were around all day and were really helpful. It was long but worth it. I loved the experience."
Student Michael Cushing, '20:
"To hear from three entrepreneurs about their successes and setbacks was a great experience. We learned about the reality of obstacles everyone has to overcome to be successful. I really enjoyed the speeches because I heard about what it takes to start a business. Especially from alumni, it really meant a lot. Ms. Kapustka from SENDaBALL resonated. She talked about how your business doesn't have to be super complex. We took her strategy and simplified our message, which helped with our presentation."
Thank you, business speakers:
Rich ('89) and Jason Schulz ('93) - The J. Rich Company
Michele Kapustka - SENDaBALL, Inc.
Trent Anderson ('08) - Youtech & Associates, Inc.
Thank you, judges:
Joe Buchholz '84, Gabe Cardona-Microsoft, Don Haas
Classroom Spotlight for Parents - Introducing Honors Spanish III with Señora Sada Boden
Honors Spanish III
Eligible Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Minimum 93% in Honors Spanish II or 96% in Spanish II (including curriculum additions) and recommendation of instructor
Advanced writing, grammar, and vocabulary prepare students for discussing Spanish literature as well as conversing in Spanish. Students also use interactive language software to review vocabulary and grammatical concepts.
Classroom View: Students studied "En la naturaleza" (In Nature), learning about environmental problems, relevant vocabulary, and the subjunctive tense. They then created a television program discussing environmental problems and solutions. Students used Surface Pros to write scripts and record news segments, then We Video to edit their show as part of their online learning portfolio.
Claire K., '20:
"The goal of our video segment was to film a news cast and interview people as they walked by (scripted SFHS students). The assignment helped with our speaking skills. As well as the new terms, we used vocabulary from Spanish I and II, verb tenses, and everything we have learned up until this point."
Nate K., '21:
"The assignment also taught time management. With several deadlines, we had to budget our time wisely. After recording on Surface Pros, we used WeVideo to edit, use transitions, and played music. It was really cool. We had already learned the technology skills in Digital Literacy and then continued to apply those skills in this class."
St. Francis Speaker Series Invites Prospective Parents
Each year, Guidance and Counseling offers powerful speakers on relevant topics and welcomes prospective parents to attend the events. Scan the list and see what topics may make an impact with your family.
The Critical Voice, To Whom Are You Listening: January 30, 5:30 p.m.
This workshop will help participants turn around negative personal dialogue and integrate faith to find a balanced voice. By Dr. Ann Letourneau and Dr. Elissa McGovern, Central DuPage Pastoral Counseling Center
Resilience: March 12, 9:00 a.m.
Utilizing the book "Mindset" by Stanford Professor Carol Dweck, the workshop will discuss the benefits of cultivating a growth mindset and shares strategies for encouraging children to pursue challenges and view mistakes as opportunities for development. By Nicole Burmingham, Nurturing Wisdom
Exploring Ways to Restore, Replenish, and Refocus our Hearts and Minds: April 30, 8:00 a.m.
Our world is relentless and restless. What is the antidote when we feel uneasy, unquiet, and agitated? Explore ways to allow God to restore, replenish, and refocus our hearts and minds. By Diane Mercadante, Pastoral Minister at St. Francis High School
Call (630) 668-5800 for reservations
Class of 2023 Entrance Exam
Feast of St. Francis
We hope you enjoy our talented choir singing the prayer of St. Francis
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St. Francis High School Fast Facts
CLASS OF 2018-
100% of graduates were accepted to colleges or universities
Earned $33 million in college scholarships
72% of faculty have advanced degrees
Class of 2018 average ACT score = 27
117 Full year and semester course offerings
20 Honors courses
14 Advanced Placement (A.P.) courses
CO-CURRICULAR: ACTIVITIES & ATHLETICS
98% student participation in at least one activity
24 sports programs
10th Place Division 2A State Math Team
65% of students participate in the performing arts
66% of students participate in athletic programs
Provides opportunity for prayer and worship, retreats, justice and service, ministry leadership formation, pastoral care, and community building
SFHS Bus Service
St. Francis High School offers bus transportation. The school provides two-way bus service in the northern, western and southern suburbs, with students arriving to St. Francis High School by 7:25 a.m. and departing school after the Activity Period at 3:15 p.m.
For more information, fees, route schedules or questions, please contact Bob Gorski at (630) 668-5800 x1138 or at