The youngest Catholic school in the archdiocese, St. Francis School originated in our adoration chapel. An elderly woman was inspired that a school was the next calling for this already thriving parish. Under the guidance of Fr. Tom McCarthy and dedicated efforts of parishioners, our doors opened to a mission of education, development and service in 2004. We have since graduated 11 classes of exceptional people.
Elementary and middle school years are critical to the spiritual, moral, intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development of a child. As such, we maintain a safe and supportive environment that guides the children in our care through this important time. Our elementary grades focus on building a solid academic and spiritual foundation. And the use of instructional assistants in kindergarten through 3rd grade help ensure that our youngest students are fully supported. We also extend learning to include experiences beyond the traditional classroom. We maintain art, music, physical education and Spanish classes. We have a robust set of extracurricular opportunities including
, chess club,
, coding classes, and Scouts. We acknowledge and celebrate holidays. We participate in weekly masses and do class-oriented and school-wide service projects. We take field trips. We incorporate technology into everyday learning.
Our middle school is high-school-preparatory. We add to the foundation and position our students for success in Catholic and public high school. We work to bridge the gap, preparing students for the rigors of secondary education in a smaller, supportive environment. Our community likewise supports parents for this transition. Mentor families share insights from their transitions to each high school and help keep middle school families aware of processes and key dates. We also extend our extracurricular activities to include student council and the extremely popular drama club. Twice a year we are treated with middle school productions.
SCHOOL-WIDE LEARNING EXPECTATIONS
A graduate of St. Francis School…
…is a faith-filled person who demonstrates a strong sense of Gospel values.
…is a life-long learner who demonstrates responsibility for his or her learning.
- Understands, respects, and models Roman Catholic traditions
- Actively celebrates liturgies, sacraments, and prayer
- Serves the needs of all God’s creations
…is a compassionate person who demonstrates responsibility for personal actions.
- Solves problems using critical and creative thinking skills
- Communicates effectively through written an oral language
- Works well independently as well as cooperatively
- Sets goals
- Reads for enjoyment and learning
- Participates in the arts
- Utilizes technology (and tools) ethically and effectively
- Is willing to risk making mistakes
…is a healthy person who demonstrates respect for mind, body and life.
- Respects the rights, dignity and diversity of all people
- Fosters a spirit of cooperation and sharing
- Resolves conflicts peacefully and fairly
- Accepts guidance
- Displays growth towards self-confidence
- Makes healthy life choices
- Practices good sportsmanship
- Is physically active