Students who show exceptional academic talent and promise are invited to apply for the St. Francis de Sales Honors Program. This program, beginning in the ninth grade, challenges students to rigorous study in honors, Advanced Placement and college-level courses. Students are required to enroll in the most academically rigorous classes in each department. Each year, each member of the St. Francis de Sales Honors Program will choose two sites of cultural interest to visit. An academic fair at the end of the year will highlight students’ intellectual pursuits during the year. In addition to being challenged to use one’s gifts of intellect, the program also prepares students for application to some of the country’s most prestigious institutions of higher learning.
The program is named for St. Francis de Sales, the 17th century bishop of Geneva, whom Don Bosco chose to be the patron of the Salesian Society of priests and brothers. St. Francis was a highly gifted and talented lawyer, theologian, journalist, author and bishop. His preaching and pastoral zeal brought many people to the practice of the Faith.