Dear Friends of the Knight Community,
Welcome to St. Francis de Sales High School!
I have committed almost my entire adult life to serving our young men and it is a ministry rich in spiritual blessings. I have watched as thousands of young Knights experience the transformative journey from young adolescent boys to outstanding Christian gentlemen. Through God's Grace and Love, the teachings and virtues of our patron, Francis de Sales, and the many good people and families connected with our school, we have been able to provide a real moral, intellectual, physical, and social foundation for our students. Today we are stronger than ever, providing a truly life-changing educational experience.
Academically, St. Francis has been recognized as one of the Top 25 Catholic high schools in the country. Our AP Program is highly accredited and is far and away the leader among high schools in Northwest Ohio - and beyond - with 20 AP classes. The College Board identified our school as having one of the best student success rates in the AP math, science, and technology courses in the state. Last year 90% of our graduating seniors received merit-based college scholarships averaging $99,000 per student! All of our seniors were even accepted in to at least one of their colleges of choice.
Our young men have the opportunity to openly broaden and deepen their faith perspectives. Through religious retreats, volunteer projects, and mission trips, our students experience their faith in profound ways. In addition to students having eight required semesters of religious education, the Campus Ministry and Christian Service Departments have been so instrumental in keeping our young men actively engaged in their personal spiritual journeys.
With 26 state championships in seven different sports, we are among the leaders in athletic achievements! As we all share the pride in our Knights sports teams, our outstanding facilities - the Seeman Fitness Center, LaValley Field, Kober Field, Natatorium (Swamp), and two gyms - are available to our entire student body and members of the SFS community to promote physical development.
I often marvel at the gain in our young men's confidence during their four year high school experience. They enter as hesitant freshmen and mature into self-assured seniors who have taken prideful ownership of their school. Our students, upon graduation, are fully prepared to serve for the benefit of greater good no matter where life's travels may take them as well-rounded Christian gentlemen.
Thank you for visiting our site and I encourage you to stay connected with all the exciting things we are doing to provide a transformative experience for these young men - outstanding Knights of St. Francis de Sales High School.
Reverend Ronald Olszewski, OSFS