General Academic Tips
Current Grade 8 Students Course Registration Information
- Current Grade 8 registration window is Tuesday, February 9 through Monday, February 15, 2021
- Current Grade 8 (incoming 9th graders) will register online through their Infinite Campus account during the registration window
- The St. Francis High School counselors visited St. Francis Middle School on February 9. Click here to view the presentation.
- CLICK HERE to request Honor Courses: 2021-22 9th grade Honor Course Requests
- St. Francis Middle School registration Question and Answer VIRTUAL Sessions – Thursday, February 11
- SFHS Registration Guide 2021-22 (PDF)
- 9th Grade Registration Sheet 2021-22
- 8th Grade Registration Presentation 2021-22
- Waiver of Confidentiality
Current Grade 9-11 Students Course Registration Information
- Current Grade 9-11 registration window is Thursday, January 14 through Friday, January 22, 2021
- Current Grade 9-11 will register online through their Infinite Campus account during the registration window
- The St. Francis High School counselors created a SFHS Registration Process Presentation (with audio) that will be presented at the end of first hour and/or during intervention time on Thursday, January 14.
- St. Francis High School registration Question and Answer VIRTUAL Sessions – Thursday, January 21
Course Registration Steps
- Login to Infinite Campus < Academic Planner < Click Next < Review and update 2021-22 courses
- Utilize your resources for correct course placement—counselor, parent, teacher, registration book, graduation credit guide, Department Pathways Guide
- Graduation Credit Guide (PDF)
- Department Pathways Guide 2021-22 (PDF)
- Grades 9-11 Informational Presentation Slideshow (no audio)
- Waiver of Confidentiality
Registration Essentials and Tips
- You will need to register for a total of 15 credits and, at a later time, five alternatives.
- Know your graduation requirements - the most important thing when picking out classes is working toward graduation. Click the tab above to view Graduation Requirements.
- Electives - choose classes that work toward your career pathway or areas that may interest you someday as a career.
- Make sure to read the course descriptions well and talk to teachers and parents to get an idea of what you are interested in signing up for; St. Francis High School does not change elective courses in schedules.
- Make sure to check how many trimesters a class is and register accordingly.
- Each trimester has its own course number (i.e., Spanish 1 is two trimesters with course numbers 1359 and 1360).
We strongly encourage students to choose their classes carefully at the time of registration to avoid making corrections to their schedule later. It is important to note that we do not change elective courses unless it helps balance the master schedule. Please see the list of reasons a student may correct his/her schedule.
Are you having trouble with your Infinite Campus login?
Contact Marika Hendricks (Technology Help - Room D232) at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 763-213-1758.
Tips for Success at St. Francis High School
We are proud to offer exceptional education and preparation for your future. As you consider your courses for next year, here are some points to consider:
Think of a plan for your classes for the remaining year(s) in high school. It may change along the way, but knowing where you want to be as a senior will shape your decisions now. Serious thought about an overall educational plan is essential.
All students are required to register to take 15 classes per year. Students should not count on requesting or enrolling in a specific course after the registration deadline.
What kinds of interests do you have beyond high school? Ask people in the professions in which you have interests. What kind of preparation would they recommend?
Make yourself attractive to colleges you are interested in attending or make yourself attractive to the career field supervisors before working in the profession. Make contact with an admission representative or supervisor to see what they are looking for in candidates for their schools or career fields. This information is essential if you are interested in highly selective schools or careers.
Consider taking rigorous courses. It is the last time in your educational career you will have the opportunity to get a free education. At post-secondary levels, you have to pay to learn. Take the courses in high school that might be interesting to you.
Sometimes a student finds he or she does not have the correct credit requirements. If you do not meet the credit requirements, you will be encouraged to make up the course during the next trimester or over the summer. Each student who participates in the graduation ceremony will be required to complete all necessary graduation requirements beforehand.
Ask your counselor or a teacher for help. We are here to assist you. The names and phone numbers of counselors (in addition to the students they serve) can be found on the website.
Graduation Requirements for the Class of 2016 & beyond
Students must earn a minimum of 57 trimester credits in in the required areas and complete Minnesota State Assessment requirements in order to earn the SFHS diploma. A trimester credit is defined as credit earned in a one-trimester class in a five-period day. Credits students are required to complete in order to graduate are listed in the curriculum areas below:
- English 8.0 credits - (2 credits per year)
- Social Studies 8.0 credits
- Civics 9 & Geography 9
- American History A & B or AP US History A & B
- Economics & Geography 11 or College Economics & College Geography
- Modern World History & Ancient World History or AP European History
- Math successful completion of courses up through Algebra 2 & Probability and Statistics
- Science 7.0 credits
- Physical Science (2 credits)
- Biology (2 credits)
- Chemistry or Physics or College Physics (2 credits)
- Earth and Space Science (1 credit)
- Physical Education 2.0 credits
- Physical Education 1
- Physical Education 2
- Health 1.0 credit
- Futures Prep. 1.0 credit
- Arts/Music 2.0 credits
- CTE (Career and Technical Education) 1.0 credit (Starting with the class of 2023)
- Electives vary
It is our goal to help each student achieve at their highest level. Students are encouraged to utilize their resources when in need of additional help. Here are a few resources that should be utilized to enhance student’s academic success.
This is an important tool for parents to see current progress of their child. Click here to log into Infinite Campus.
Academic Support Student Intervention Log - All students can utilize the tool during Advisory
Keeping Track of My Credits- How to graduate on time successfully
Student Credit Check For Graduation Requirements Form
- Do your homework!
- Talk to your teacher! Ask questions during class or meet with your teacher before or after school if you need additional assistance.
- Have you reviewed your notes/what you learned in class today? Can you summarize what you learned? If not, use your thinking maps and summarize. Preparation for tests and quizzes begins after the first day of class!
- Do you understand, can you answer the objectives the teacher provided?
- Can you use the term in a sentence and explain the importance?
- Do you really understand, or are you just regurgitating what the teacher said?
- Questioning: Did you ask clarifying questions? What questions do you have for the teacher the next day? Make note of them and get them answered.
- Teach someone else (this will help you realize what information you really don't understand).
- If you are absent, take the time to learn what you missed. Check in with your teacher upon your return to class!
Additional Study Tips
Read every night
The reading homework can quickly become unmanageable if you don't keep up with the schedule. The best strategy is to block time to read every night so that you are always prepared for class and the material is understood on a daily basis.
Schedule daily and weekly reviews
Besides daily reviews, schedule a half hour weekly review (per class) to go over all notes taken that week. Remember that you forget over half of what you learn within 24 hours of learning it and forgetting increases even more as time elapses. Unless you schedule daily and weekly reviews, you will have to relearn nearly everything when you study for the test. With periodic reviews, you will forget less, remember more and no doubt, do better on tests.
Be an active learner
Studying for a test does not mean reading your notes or reviewing your textbook readings three, four or even ten times. This is passive study and active study of information is the most effective way to study. Active study means organizing your notes and/or readings by making a Table of Contents Sheet, Study Sheets and/or Flash Cards and then reciting the information out loud. You must do more than just read over your notes to insure retention. When you simply read over notes, you are only using your eyes. When you recite out loud, you are using your eyes, ears and voice. This is triple strength learning.
- As you read, look up words you are unfamiliar with.
- Ask questions in class when you are confused or struggling to understand - chances are, others would like clarification as well.
- Take notes as you read. Be an active reader and note-taker. Ask questions, summarize as you go and review when you are finished.
- Budget your time carefully - leave yourself plenty of quality time to complete your homework.
- Form study groups to review for tests (and make sure you stay on task!)
- Be in class each day. Everything teachers do each day has purpose. When you are absent you are indeed missing something important - a step along the journey.
- Prepare for tests appropriately. If you are in the habit of "cramming" the night before a test, you will likely be disappointed with your results in this class. Be persistent and read and review each night - there is just too much to cram.
- Most importantly, ask for help when you need it or if you feel overwhelmed. Teachers are more than happy to help!
Make your notes as short as possible. Don't take down every word the teacher/book says. Instead, decide what is most important.
- Generate abbreviations for common words. (ex. Gov't = Government)
- Sometimes with your book it helps to read a whole section before writing anything down. This helps you put the information in your own words and makes sure that you do not write too much.
Have a system for organizing your notes. One recommended system is Cornell Notes System.
Be actively involved in the information, not just a sponge soaking it up. Ask questions if you are confused or make a note to yourself to look it up later.
Go over your notes sometime after you took them (ideally within 24 hours). This will help you understand and remember the information.
Your classmates may have picked up on something you did not. You may want to get a study buddy to compare notes with and review with before class. This will also help you retain information as it will encourage you to read the material a second time in that important 24-hour period.
Preparing for tests
- Look at previous assessments and answer questions again (ie quizzes, tests, pre-tests, if the teacher does not let you keep them, set up a time before or after school to review them).
- Review previous assignments - rereading is not enough - redo at least parts of previous assignments to ensure you remember all the details/steps.
- Try to anticipate what will be on the test (make up what you think the questions will be). Make cliff notes (condense each topic on a note card) from review sheet.
- If applicable, make flash cards for vocabulary.
- Make studying the last thing you do at night (go to bed immediately after studying, don't watch TV, go on the computer, play video games, etc. after studying).
- Break up your studying over a period of time such as a few nights (cramming the night before or the morning of the test is not a good idea).
- Use other resources to help you study (websites, classmates, other teachers).
- Go to review sessions - take notes and ask questions on things you don't understand.
- Get some sleep the night before and have something to eat before the test.
Taking the test
- When you first get the test:
- Take a deep breath - try to stay relaxed throughout the test
- Read the directions - carefully
- Skim through the test
- Budget your time - pay attention to how many points each question/section is worth
- General test taking tips:
- Read the entire question
- Circle "key" words in the question (any, not, except, always, never, all, every, only, some, most)
- Don't read too much into the questions. The teacher is not trying to trick you.
- Ask yourself . . . is a question answered for you in another question?
- Mark the ones you are unsure of and come back if you have time. In other words, do the questions you know first (budget your time), and the ones worth the most points first.
- Helpful hints for various types of test questions:
- Multiple choice and true-false questions
- After reading the entire question, anticipate the answer before looking at the answer choices.
- Read all of the answer choices.
- Eliminate the choices you know are wrong.
- If there is no guessing penalty, always take an educated guess (from the answers left after you have eliminated some of them).
- Short answer
- Keep it short, get to the point (it's not an essay question).
- Answer the question that is asked, not something just related to it.
- Use complete sentences with correct punctuation, correct grammar, correct spelling and use correct terms.
- Pre-write - brainstorm - make an outline or use a thinking map, if helpful.
- Make sure you understand what the question is asking.
- Organize your thoughts, make sure you are answering the question and are giving evidence, supporting information, facts, reasons for your answer (don't just give your opinion, unless that is what is asked for).
- Don't write long introductions or conclusions.
- Focus on one main idea per paragraph.
- Write as neatly as possible and pay attention to spelling, grammar and punctuation.
- Show your work! All of it!
- Circle your answer.
- Pay attention to detail - label, use correct units.
- Even if you don't know how to do a problem, write down as much information as you can and do as much as you can - you may get partial credit.
- After you finish
- Go back to the ones you skipped.
- Check your answers carefully and take your time.
- Don't pay attention to when others finish, don't rush/turn in your test too early.
- Multiple choice and true-false questions
Keep your materials/assignments all trimester and develop an organizational system that works for you. For example:
- maintain a separate three ring binder for each class
- maintain a table of contents for each binder
- use tabs to organize major sections in your binder (ask your teacher for suggestions)
- hole punch and put everything in its section (not in the front pocket of the binder)
- use a daily planner to keep track of assignments
College In the Schools (CIS)
43 College Credits offered through CIS
Advanced Placement (AP)
12-16 College Credits offered through AP
Post-secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)
CIS/AP Program Opportunity
- Open Campus Lunch (11th & 12th Grade only)
- Open Campus FLEX Period (11th & 12th Grade only)
- Increased H.S. credit value for CIS classes (equivalent to PSEO)
- Weighted Grades (4.5 scale)
- 50+ potential FREE college credits
(CIS/AP Classes and approved PSEO courses)
In order to promote practices that encourage students to take the most rigorous course offerings, and allow students who are interested in pursuing college a means to better their academic credentials, weighted grades will be awarded for Advanced Placement Courses as well as College in the School Courses taught at St. Francis High School.
AP/CIS: Advanced Placement/ College in the Schools classes will be on a 4.5 scale. A student must earn a “C” or better in these classes for a weighted grade.
|Grade Symbol||Standard/Honors Courses
St. Francis High School sophomores, juniors and seniors have the opportunity to take college courses at the high school. These courses are offered through a cooperation with St. Cloud State University and Southwest Minnesota State University.
CIS courses are college level in academic rigor and time commitment. Teachers at St. Francis will receive a syllabus from the college for each class taught at St. Francis High School. The college will determine course content and texts.
High school students who meet the college course requirements will earn college credit, as well as high school credit to apply toward graduation at no cost to the high school students.
- Sophomores: Must be in the top 10% of their class
- Juniors: must be ranked in the top 1/3 of their class
- Seniors: must be ranked in the top 1/2 of their class
- Current College in the Schools students must maintain at least a 2.0 College GPA to remain eligible for college classes
- Check Class Rank
- Register for Desired CIS classes during HS registration window
- Eligible students MUST to complete an E-Application for SCSU and SMSU CIS program the Spring before they plan to take CIS classes. Follow these instructions carefully!
- Ineligible Students will be removed from the CIS classes they registered for. You will not receive notification of this change.
- Student who do not qualify but are on the edge can file an appeal to be considered by the individual Universities
- CIS Appeal Instructions
CIS experience provides students with
- Exposure to college level rigor, with the extra supports high school provides
- An additional opportunity to challenge themselves
- A head start on college credit
- A savings of time and tuition costs
- Credits that apply to both high school graduation and college requirement
Courses Currently Offered
ST. CLOUD STATE UNIVERSITY
|HS Course Name||HS Course #||SCSU Course #||Coll. Credits / High School Credit||MN Transfer Curriculum
|College Spanish||1367, 1368||Span 102||4 Coll. credit / 2 HS credit.||Goal 06 , Goal 08|
|College Economics||2370||Econ 201||3 Coll. credit / 1.5 HS credit.||Goal 05|
|College Geography||2375||Geog 111||3 Coll. credit / 1.5 HS credit||Goal 08|
|College Psychology||2377||Psych 115||3 Coll. credit / 1.5 HS credit||Goal 05|
|College Physics||3504,3506||Phys 103||3 Coll. credit / 2 HS credit||Goal 03|
|16 College Credits Total|
SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA STATE UNIVERSITY
|HS Course Name||HS Course #||SMSU Course #||Coll. Credits / High School Credit||MN Transfer Curriculum
|College Algebra||4605||Math 110||3 Coll. credit / 1.5 HS credit||Goal 04|
|College Trigonometry||4600||Math 125||3 Coll. credit / 1.5 HS credit||Goal 04|
|College Calculus||4610,4612||Math 150||5 Coll. credit / 2.5 HS credit||Goal 04|
|College Writing||1280||English 151||4 Coll. credit / 1.5 HS credit||Goal 01|
|College Rhetoric||1281||Lit 120||3 Coll. credit / 1.5 HS credit||Goal 06|
|College Biology||Bio 100||4 Coll. credit / 2 HS credit||Goal 03|
|College Intro. to Business||5345||Mgmt 101||3 Coll. credit/ 1.5 HS credit|
|25 College Credits Total||
- Create a personal account at www.transferology.com
- Enter our College Courses under the "My Courses" area
- Click "Search for Matches" and see how they transfer to other instate and out of state colleges and universities
Note: Many but not all Colleges and Universities utilize Transferology. If you do not find information on this site contact the college you wish to transfer credits to. They will be able to assist you. Have the college course numbers handy when you do.
Requesting CIS Transcripts
- Request SCSU and SMSU transcripts from www.getmytranscript.org
- You do NOT need to request these transcripts for admission to college. ONLY send these to the college you are choosing to attend. (Transfer Purposes only)
- College Transcripts are typically $5 a piece
If you need an official SMSU and SCSU transcript sent to a Minnesota State College or University, that institution may be able to obtain your SMSU or SCSU transcript free of charge, providing you do not have any holds. Please contact that institution directly for further information.
What is Advanced Placement (AP)?
Courses classified as Advanced Placement are nationally accredited, high rigor, college level courses created and regulated by the National College Board.
Who can take AP courses?
AP courses are for any student who is academically prepared and motivated to take on college-level courses. There are no specific requirements to participate in these courses, however students are advised to be prepared for a challenge.
- After completing an AP course, students have the opportunity to take the AP exam. Students must earn a certain score on the exam to be considered for college credit or advanced placement.
- Each college and university (not the College Board or the AP Program) makes its own decisions about awarding credit and placement.
- To receive credit, Students must request that the College Board send your official AP score report to the college of your choice, either at the time of testing or afterward through a score report request.
- If you have questions about the status of your AP credit or placement, you should contact your college.
To View and Send Advanced Placement Test Scores:
Benefits of AP classes:
- Taking challenging AP courses can make you stand out to Admissions teams
- AP courses allow you to practice & refine your critical thinking, time management & study skills.
- Save on college costs through AP credit, expanded scholarship opportunities and a greater likelihood of graduating on time.
- Possibly skip introductory classes in your major
AP COURSES AVAILABLE
Course Numbers: 4380 / 4381
AP European History
Course Numbers: 2378 / 2380
Credits: 3-4 Credits
AP Language & Composition
Course Numbers: 1130 / 1131
Credits: 3-4 Credits
AP Literature and Composition
Course Numbers: 1290 / 1292
Course Numbers: 3318 / 3319
AP US History
Course Numbers: 2371 / 2372
Total Potential College Credits
AP TESTING SCHEDULE
AP Literature and Composition
Wednesday, May 5 | 8:00 a.m.
AP US History
Thursday, May 6 | Noon
Friday, May 7 | Noon
AP European History
Friday, May 7 | Noon
AP Language and Composition
Wednesday, May 12| 8:00 a.m.
Thursday May 13 | 12:00 p.m.
INFORMATION FOR 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR
The College Board, creators of Advanced Placement, recently announced significant changes to the AP exam ordering process, deadlines, late fees and cancellation fees that will be mandated for all schools and all students in the 2019-2020 school year.
Next year, all students will decide whether or not to take exams and order their exams by Nov 15, 2019. All students in 1st semester or yearlong AP classes who register after November 15, 2019, will be assessed $40.00/exam late fee. In addition, a $40.00/exam cancellation fee will be assessed for any exam order canceled after Nov 15, 2019. The ordering deadline for second semester only courses will be March 13, 2020. You can view the timeline in detail, under Fall Exam Ordering Overview.
It is important that all families are aware of these looming changes, especially as students begin registering for their 2019-2020 courses. We understand that these changes may cause concern for students, parents and teachers. Please keep in mind that these changes are being mandated by the College Board and were not decided by the school.
Additional details regarding the College Board’s new process will be made available once we have more information.
Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) is a program that allows students in grades 10, 11, and 12 to earn both high school and college credit while still in high school. Enrollment in and successful completion of college-level, nonsectarian courses at eligible participating postsecondary institutions will earn the student college credits. Most PSEO courses are offered on the campus of the postsecondary institution; some courses are offered online. Each participating college or university sets its own requirements for enrollment into the PSEO courses. High school juniors and seniors may take PSEO courses on a full or part-time basis; 10th graders may take one career/technical PSEO course. If they earn at least a grade C in that class, they may take additional PSEO courses.
There is no charge to PSEO students for tuition, books or fees for items that are required to participate in a course. Students must meet the PSEO residency and eligibility requirements and abide by participation limits specified in Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.09. If a school district determines a pupil is not on track to graduate, she/he may continue to participate in PSEO. Funds are available to help pay transportation expenses for qualifying students to participate in PSEO courses on college campuses.
Students must notify their school by May 30 if they want to participate in PSEO for the following school year.
- Sophomores - need to rank in the upper 1/10 of their class to participate in PSEO (10th grader students may take one career/technical PSEO course)
- Juniors - need to rank in the upper 1/3 of their class to participate in PSEO
- Seniors - need to rank in the upper 1/2 of their class to participate in PSEO
Taking PSEO course work may affect your credits and the ability to graduate on time. Please discuss and carefully coordinate this issue with your counselor. It is the students' responsibility to monitor their own progress to meet graduation requirements. PSEO students are expected to meet the State of Minnesota public high school standards and Local Graduation requirements.
If a student fails or withdraws from a course it is their responsibility to contact their counselor right away to discuss potential credit recovery options if needed.
PARTICIPATING MINNESOTA COLLEGES
- The student can begin earning college credits which are paid for by the state.
- The student will experience the college culture
- It is the student’s responsibility to contact the school regarding high school information such as scholarships, graduation, etc.
- PSEO requires students to have a high degree of self-discipline due to fewer rules and regulations, less structure for homework, and large exams and papers determining most or all of a grade.
- Very limited parental involvement in regard to attendance, progress, grade and behavioral issues. Parents are not notified when students withdraw, miss class or fail a class
Students interested should still register for all 15 SFHS classes as if they were planning on attending here the following year.
Beginning in March interested students should speak with Ms. Svihel in the counseling office to get their names on the list for group PSEO meetings. Counselors will meet with students in small groups to go over general information and application process and then one on one to go over individual student needs and paperwork.
Students must notify their counselor of their intention to participate in the PSEO program by May 30. If the deadline is missed you may not participate for the following year.
- PSEO Student/ Parent Information
- PSEO Student/ Parent Contract
- PSEO Timeline/Checklist
- PSEO Planner/Credit Check
- PSEO Student Notice of Registration
- PSEO Student Survey
- PSEO Weighted Grades Policy for 2019 and Beyond
The following is a list of approved departments at Anoka-Ramsey Community College that courses will be accepted at St. Francis High School for core requirements:
ENGL, SPCH, WRTG, CMST, LIT
ECON, GEOG (grade 11);
HIST World OR European (grade 12)
CHEM, PHYS EARTH/SPACE SCIENCE GEOLOGY or ASTRONOMY
ALG 2 (Equivalent)
ARTH, THEATER, DRAMA, MUS
All others are considered elective
During the school year schedule corrections will be made only during the first two days of each trimester AND only if it allows us to maintain a balanced master schedule and reasonable class sizes.
Schedule corrections will only be made for the following reasons:
- Your schedule has a missing core / required course
- You are scheduled for the incorrect level of a course (Honors Eng 9 v. Eng 9)
- You have a hole in your schedule (empty class period)
- You have not satisfied a prerequisite for a course (i.e. Drawing 1 before Drawing 2)
- You failed a course in a previous school year and need to retake it
- You are physically unable to participate in a course (Doctors note required)
- You wish to change an elective AND the change would help balance class sizes.
- Please register thoughtfully each year as your requests determine how we develop the master schedule and what classes will be available.
- We DO NOT make changes to schedules for the following reasons:
- teacher preference
- to be in class with friends
- to accommodate lunch preference
- For Multi-Trimester Courses, CIS and AP courses, you must complete the Course Drop Form and have it completed when you see your Counselor.
- Flex hour requests must go through the Flex application process. Flex applications can be picked up in the Counseling Office.
To prepare for standardized tests (PLAN, PSAT, ACT, MCA) students can utilize their "MCIS Test Prep" program located in MCIS (Minnesota Career Information System).
MCIS Test Prep is a prescriptive test prep program. Students complete practice quizzes in multiple academic areas and the program identifies the weak spots in knowledge. It then prescribes additional practice problems / content for students to practice and strengthen skills in those areas of difficulty.
For a more detailed look at what MCIS Test Prep provides CLICK HERE
To access Test Prep login to MCIS.
Students can login to MCIS using their username (student's username is their graduating year, plus the first three letters of their first name and the first three letters of their last name
EXAMPLE: John Smith (graduating in 2018) username would be 18johsmi
Student's password is Saint + Student ID in the following format: Saint123456
- MCA Reading
- PSAT (optional) - Practice SAT
- MCA Math
- ACT: April 24, 2019 for ALL Juniors who choose to take it
- FREE study material on MCIS
- PSAT (optional- National Merit Scholarship Qualifier Test)
- ASVAB (military placement or career exploration)
- Make-up testing