Just the Facts:

History: Established in 1962 by the Franciscans of the Sacred Heart Province, the original purpose of Hales Franciscan High School was to educate young African American males at a time when there were few opportunities afforded them to receive a quality, private education. For more than a half-century, Hales Franciscan has been a symbol of hope and inspiration for the parents and children in the community we serve.

Mission: Provide our students with a spiritually-based, college preparatory education and character building program in a safe, loving and inspiring environment that develops them into young men who are prepared for tomorrow’s opportunities, embrace academic excellence and life-long learning, embody wisdom and moral values, and become assets to their family and the world.

Financial Assistance: A high percentage of students receive financial assistance or scholarships. Hales Franciscan offers two types of assistance: merit or needs based. Many donors believe in the mission of Hales Franciscan and contribute significantly to keep tuition affordable for most of our parents.

Accreditation: Hales Franciscan High School is accredited by AdvancED, formerly known as the North Central Association, and recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education.

College Acceptance: Since 1996, 100 percent of Hales Franciscan High School graduates have been admitted to institutions of higher learning. Below is a partial list of colleges and universities that have accepted and admitted Hales Franciscan graduates in recent years.

  • Alabama University
  • Barry University
  • Bucknell University
  • Central State University
  • Clark Atlanta University
  • Colgate University
  • Cornell University
  • Dakota Wesleyan University
  • Dartmouth College
  • DePaul University
  • Dillard University
  • Emory University
  • Georgetown University
  • Hampton University
  • Hillsdale College
  • Howard University
  • International Academy of Design & Technology
  • Iowa State University
  • Langston University
  • Louisiana Tech University
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • University of Memphis
  • Miami University
  • Michigan State University
  • Milikin University
  • Monmouth College
  • Morehouse University
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Northern Michigan University
  • Northwestern University
  • Purdue University
  • Purdue University, Calumet
  • Southern Illinois University
  • Stanford University
  • Tennessee State University
  • Unites States Military Academy, Westpoint
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Miami
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of New England
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Washington University, St. Louis
  • Wayne State University
  • Western Illinois University
  • Western Michigan University
  • Xavier University of Louisiana
  • Yale University

Athletics: More than 85 percent of Hales Franciscan students participate in organized athletic and extra-curricular activities. More than 30 Spartans have received collegiate Division I athletic scholarships in the past 11 years. Here, are a number of Hales Franciscan High School Spartan athletic program achievements: 18 Chicago Catholic League titles; 16 State of Illinois Regional titles; 8 State of Illinois Sectional titles; 6 State of Illinois Super-Sectional titles; 3 State of Illinois titles; 2 Chicago Catholic League Hall of Fame inductees.