St. Francis High School: A Home for Academic Excellence and Character Development

Published : Monday, August 14, 2017 | 12:10 PM

St. Francis is thrilled to welcome both new and returning Golden Knights to campus for an exciting 2017-2018 school year! A number of infrastructure and curriculum changes were implemented over the summer to enhance the Capuchin Franciscan educational experience for all of its students. As part of this initiative, St. Francis High School is pleased to open the doors of the beautifully renovated and upgraded gymnasium. It is also looking forward to cheering on student-athletes as they compete in twelve different athletic events throughout the year. In addition, the school excited about another strong year for its St. Francis Robotics Team, Team Brobot, and Sports Medicine Program. The Sports Medicine Program is hoping to build upon its tradition of excellence as it pursues its seventh consecutive national championship! The Visual and Performing Arts Program will continue its award-winning success with two powerful performances, The Farnsworth Invention in fall 2017 and The Hunchback of Notre Dame in spring 2018. You will not want to miss these fantastic performances!

For new students to St. Francis, the high school transition began with a two-day New Student Orientation and education program that concluded this past Friday. New Student Orientation provided these young men with the opportunity to find their classes, meet their teachers, develop new friendships, and adjust to a new environment prior to the start of the school year. In addition, this was the students’ first chance to plug into the LINK Program – a program focused on easing their high school transition and preparing them for a successful high school experience from the very first day.

St. Francis High School is dedicated to ensuring that the values shared by St. Francis with his brothers, steeped in the virtues taught by Jesus Christ to his disciples, are incorporated into everything we do both on and off campus. The Franciscan Virtues Program makes this goal a reality by focusing in on one of the sixteen Franciscan virtues each quarter. This year the program continues with the virtues of hospitality, charity, faithfulness, and goodness. St. Francis aims to ensure that each student learns to appreciate and exemplify each one of these virtues as part of his character development.

The Franciscan Spirit and Life Program is busy planning this year’s pilgrimage to Assisi, Italy. Interest in this dynamic and life-changing program has continued to grow since the first pilgrimage took place in 2009. Once again, thirty St. Francis students and a number of faculty members will travel to Assisi and Rome this spring. The experience enables the students and faculty members to better understand the life and ministry of St. Francis, and how his example can be applied to their daily lives.

St. Francis would like to invite the community to join the Golden Knights for a variety of activities throughout the year, both on and off campus. The annual Back-to-School Day will be held on Sunday, September 10, 2017. The 29th Annual Golf Classic will be held on Monday, October 9, 2017, at Brookside Golf Course. Open House will be held on Saturday, January 6, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for all prospective students and parents. The Entrance Examination for all new freshmen is Saturday, January 20, 2018. This year’s MiniPOSH (“Preserving Our Scholastic Heritage”) celebration will be held on campus under the oaks on Saturday, March 17, 2018.

It’s going to be a great year and St. Francis High School looks forward to welcoming you to campus as it pursues its mission of enriching the minds and hearts of the young men entrusted to its care.

St. Francis High School, 200 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada, (818) 790-0325 or visit





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