Becoming a Stallion

Thank you for your interest in St. Francis DeSales High School. We are pleased that you are exploring DeSales as the choice for your high school journey and welcome you to learn more about our rich tradition.

St. Francis DeSales High School offers a wide range of programs for all students. We understand that no two students are alike, and are proud of the unique educational experience we can provide for each individual.

Opportunities are available for prospective students and their families to visit our campus and learn more about our college prep academics, co-curricular activities, the admissions process, and much more. Plan to visit one of our scheduled informational sessions, participate in the Stallion for a Day Program or call our admissions office directly.

St. Francis DeSales has something for every student, and we are excited to discuss the opportunities that are available for you.

Julie Barber


Julie Barber '88
Director of Admissions


Q. When do we start the admissions process?

A.  We begin the application process in the fall of the student's 8th grade year (for incoming 9th graders).  The annual St. Francis DeSales High School Open House is on November 11, 2018 from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM.   Details about the application process will be available at that time, and so will our faculty, staff, and coaches.  If you have a current 9th, 10th or 11th grade student interested in transferring, you are welcome to join us as well.

Q. Do freshman applicants have to take an entrance exam?

A.  All 8th grade students applying to St. Francis DeSales High School are required to take the St. Francis DeSales Entrance Exam.  Please inquire about Entrance Exam make-up dates by visiting the Admissions Process page on the website by clicking here.

Q. When will my student find out if he/she has been accepted?

A.  For the 2019/2020 school year, acceptances will begin in early 2018, to those students whose files are complete.  

Q. Should my student apply even if we're not Catholic?

A.  St. Francis DeSales High School admits students from a variety of religious and ethnic backgrounds.

Q. Do you offer financial aid?

A.  St. Francis DeSales High School recognizes the value of a Catholic Education and makes every effort to assist our families in meeting tuition needs.  Please visit the school's website for additional information.  

Q. What happens if my student wasn't able to attend the Open House?

A.  We hoped all prospective students would have been able to join us at our Open House to meet our faculty, staff and coaches and see our campus.  However, we understand that there may be other pressing matters for your family.  Campus tours are available.  Please contact the Admissions Office to schedule your tour. 

Q. Are there other dates to visit St. Francis DeSales High School?

A.  Definitely!  Become a Stallion for a Day - an opportunity for 7th and 8th grade students to experience a day in the life of a Saint Francis DeSales Stallion!  Observe and participate in classes, meet our award winning faculty and staff, tour the school with a DeSales student guide.   

If you are interested in being a Stallion for a Day, please take a moment to reserve a spot today.

Q. What is Discovery Night?

A.  Discovery night is for parents and prospective students, whom are invited to attend these information sessions to discover how St. Francis DeSales provides a unique educational experience for you.  Meet our administrative staff, as well as faculty members, that can answer your questions regarding curriculum, athletics, clubs and activities, service opportunities and financial aid.

For more information about Discovery Nights, click here or contact the Admissions Office at (614) 265-3380 or with questions.