We have grown to over 840 students and our faculty has tripled. To accommodate this growth, our campus has experienced several changes through the years. In 1997, we added new theology, science and performing arts classrooms, and by 2002, construction was complete on the visual arts wing, as well as renovation of the construction technology and family consumer science labs. The Alumni Stadium received a complete overhaul in 2005, and now features a turf field, an eight-lane track and first class amenities. WiFi is available across campus for student use on close to 400 computers, and classrooms are equipped with iPads and Apples TV's. With the upgrade and expansion of computer labs in 2008, 2009, and 2012, we have created a state-of-the-art learning environment for our students that sets them on the path for a dynamic future as they move into college and beyond. In the summer of 2014, a renovation of the front entrance took place, making sure "the outside of our building reflects the excellence that is taking place inside the building."
Our academics match our top-notch facilities, as we have twice been designated by the U.S. Department of Education as an Exemplary Blue Ribbon School. Over the last decade more than 98% of graduating seniors have pursued post-secondary studies at colleges and institutions across the nation, and have been awarded over $20,000,000 on average each year in scholarships to help make their dreams a reality.
The St. Francis DeSales curriculum has kept pace with an ever-changing world, and we now offer over 140 courses from our 14 departments. When we initiated our Advanced Placement program fifteen years ago, we offered two courses and 18 students took the tests for possible college credit. Now, we offer 16 AP classes in all major subjects, and at last count, 45% of graduating seniors receive credit in at least one Advancement Placement course.