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St Francis Xavier School

Private | PK-8 | 588 students


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Posted Saturday, November 22, 2014

The teachers get a 5 star rating! The teachers care about each and every student and truly love their jobs with the kids. On the other hand, they hate their jobs because of the administration. The administration rules with an iron fist, and only treat a few teachers fairly. The principal continues creating new fake positions to bring teachers she likes on as administrators. The administration is too big, and Kim Cavnar (principal) enjoys surrounding herself with horrible administrators, to make herself look better. The only thing that will make this school better is to remove the entire administration. Do NOT send your kid here, send them to a place that will love them for who they are and doesn't have teachers who are afraid of their administration.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 14, 2014

I have to disagree with the negative post that was recently made. The classes may be larger than some schools, but the quality of the education, the support from the teachers, and the community as a whole make SFX on of the best decisions our family has ever made. Fundraising is a part of most schools, but the results show in the quality of the music, art, Spanish, P.E. programs, beautiful campus, etc. There is no pressure to participate financially if you can't and all things such as the art sale, class trips, auctions projects etc. are given to those who may not be able to afford the additional costs. The SFX community cares for all the families and children and I see examples of that each and everyday. Like most things in life you get out of it, what you put into it.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 7, 2014

I agree with many of the comments here. The class sizes are really big, the teachers have to depend on parents to get the job done. It is all about fundraising. I was excited to go to see my children's artwork, but when I got to the art show their artwork had a price tag on it... I am one of the few parents who can't afford to spend $25 to take home my children's artwork. There is very little communication from the teachers. I am disappointed with the art program and the music program. The food served at lunch and sold from the snack bar is not nutritious and it saddens me to have to always be telling my kids no to the candy that the other kids are purchasing from the snack bar. The science curriculum is very weak. Public schools follow the USDA meal plans and offer much healthier choices. The drop off and pick up procedure is terribly time consuming, and prevents my children from participating in some activities that are offered after school. I also agree with the comment about this not being the school for an out of the box child. Diversity is not encouraged or welcomed... if your child or family situation is different, this is not the school for you.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 23, 2014

We are new to St. Francis and have to say that we have never felt so welcomed by a community of teachers, parents and students. This operation is top notch and really emphasizes the well-rounded student, not only academically, but also spiritually. Having come from a school with only an academic emphasis, it is so refreshing to be in an environment that really cares about the overall well-being of each student. That's not to say that academics are not a priority, just considered one piece to the equation of a successful child!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 21, 2014

We love St. Francis Xavier and could not disagree more with some of the negative reviews. The principal and staff are wonderful and work incredibly hard to continually improve the school in all areas of student life. Every child and family matters. And honestly if the only reason you are sending your child to SFX is so they can get into Xavier or Brophy then you are there for the wrong reason. SFX is about educating the whole child and fostering an environment of love and compassion that compels children and families to serve others. If that is what you are looking for in a school then that is the reason to send your child to St. Francis. We, as a family, have been blessed to call St. Francis our home.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 27, 2014

Other than a few pretty buildings, there isn't much that separates this school from other Catholic, charter, or public schools. In fact, you will get more rigor in the curriculum and a more welcoming culture at most public schools and definitely at other Catholic schools than here. The favoritism is blatant and the brutal gossiping from the administrative "team" is quite unprofessional. I agree that the teachers are incredibly stressed and overworked. Student discipline is arbitrary and, unfortunately, the principal although quite good at marketing has limited experience in early childhood development and elementary curriculum. Send your child to another Catholic School. They'll still get into Brophy or XCP if that's what your goals are. At the very least, they'll be loved for who they are as opposed to the money your family can contribute to the school/parish.
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Posted September 6, 2013

I would have given this school four stars a few years ago. The only thing missing back then was a little stronger academic rigor. Since constructing the new school, tuition has inreased, class sizes have increased to a minimum of 32, children above 2nd grade have only one 15 minute recess a day, and a 15 minute lunch. The teachers seem much more stressed than they were even 2 years ago. We chose this school because of their commitment to maximum class sizes of 30. We also chose them because they provided 2 recesses every day (15 - 20 minutes each). Those have been cut to one a day along with a 15 minute lunch, where most kids are not able to finish their lunches. My daughter in 5 th grade still loves her teacher and her friends, but is beginning to see the "favoritism" many talk about at this school. If you are not one of the "in" families, your child's opportunities will be limited. My other children haven't noticed yet as the younger grades teachers are really wonderful, albeit tired and stressed. My hope and prayer everyday is that the Jesuit principles they speak about are demonstrated by the administration.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 10, 2013

This school is run by a group of parents that dictate how the saff should work and do their duties; favoritism is a big issue. If you're not in the "popular parents group" prepare your child for dissapoitment as they won't be allowed to make friends as they wish. Yes they have students attending from different socio economic backgrounds however they are treated as outsiders and not really desired. We wish we would have paid more attention to this a few years ago. What the principal should do is eliminate this blatant favoritism and stand up for what they know a Christian school whould be. Also attract quality teachers that are able to actually teach the subject in the time they have dedicated in class so that parents don't have to come from their job to work on the same subject at home all over again.I experinced this too, teachers are un organized and also have snacks and drinks during class time. That should stop at once, teachers need to have snacks at recess... is completely unprofessional.Shoukd you have a complain or issue that needs to be adressed and you're not in the "popular group" you will be ignored and ridiculed and your child will be made feel as an outcast.
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Posted October 25, 2012

This school used to be good but now is very disappointing to me. The teaching quality is not there. They don't teach them anything. My children are there 2 years now with promise of changing the curriculum but nothing has changed. I am pulling them out.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 10, 2011

We visited St .Francis Xavier's open house and interviewed with the principal. We liked the physical and religious setting but concluded that the class sizes of around 30 are just too large. We found another Christian school (with lower tuition) that has a class sizes of around 10.

Posted May 25, 2011

I can only speak to the lower grades in this review as I had two children in grades K-5 here before we moved out of state, but we had a wonderful experience during our years at St Francis Xavier. The school most certainly fosters the entire child, both their intellectual and spiritual development. My children looked forward to going to school every day and actively made efforts to be kids for others . The academic curriculum was high quality, although perhaps not the most rigorous in the area. The teachers were very communicative with us as parents and I feel they frequently went above and beyond to help our children excel, understanding that the children were individuals with different learning styles. The principal has also been a great motivation and driving force in keeping this school on track and providing a true Catholic education.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 5, 2011

This school by no means compares with other Catholic schools. My children were in another Catholic school in another city, but we were forced to enroll them in this school last year due to transportation issues of sending our older child to the high school next door and not having time to return to our old school in time for the school day. The school is terrible. Get ready to work with your child from home if you want them to continue to be a top student. The teachers here really need to work on communication skills, particularly with being honest and knowledgeable. I am also sad to say that many of them seem to be not only incompetent, but many in the upper grades are not qualified to teach in their content areas. If you walk through the school, you will see piles and piles of stuff (papers, boxes). The teachers are very unorganized. The favoritism here is appalling. Some top notch teachers like the religion teachers and the principal are the only real blessing here. This is the worst school, and I regret not finding a carpool or way to keep my kids at their old school. Please visit this school before deciding to send your children here.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 4, 2010

The school fosters " Being kids for others" - an Ignatian concept that all Jesuit Catholic schools hold dear to their hearts. The community is wonderful and caring. Teachers are friendly and Ms. Connie in the front office greets me with a smile. There are probably other schools in the area that may have a deeper commitment to how kids achieve on a test, but St Francis is committed to encouraging kind, accepting and compassionate human beings. This is not the "private school" for you if you are looking for purely academic rigor - try All Saints or Veritas. It is the school for you if you want to see your child reach their sprirtual potential and make life long friends..... And yes - in spite of not pushing academics,most of the kids end up going to Brophy and Xavier. Funny how that seems to happen.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 4, 2010

Since the school has had a new principal Mrs Cavnar, from Brophy, there is a new spirit in the school. One that fosters the whole child, body, mind, spirit. This school is great, if you want the BEST Catholic school, in the Ignation Tradition. The community is great, the teachers DO care. The children asipre to be more and do more.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 22, 2009

I love St. Francis Xaviers and as a student I feel as if I have my own personal achievement in this school then in any other school I have been to.
—Submitted by a student

Posted September 11, 2008

St. Francis is deteriorating. Those of us with upper grade children are sticking it out long enough to get our kids into Xavier & Brophy. Take away the community and you're left with a mediocre school with tremendous staff turnover and low test scores. From the bottom of my heart, try St. Simon & Jude, Most Holy Trinity or Veritas Academy. Your children will be happier (and can still get into Xavier & Brophy).
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 29, 2008

I feel ST. Francis is an excellent school. The parent involvment is exceptional. The children are encouraged to be respectful, helpful and caring for one another. The children are safe and appear very happy. The sense of safety stability and community worth every penny. The religious education is excellent. As far the education the kids are getting into Brophy, so that's says something. I'm very pleased with all aspects of the school. One negative is I wish the class size was smaller.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 13, 2007

The teaching staff is experienced and good. The children seem to be happy. The concern and service to others is shown in the children's willingness to give their time to various causes. Parents are involved and energetic. There is a nice mix of students from different economic and social backgrounds.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 26, 2007

St. Francis Xavier used to have an excellent reputation. Unfortunately the school has deteriorated significantly. There are still a number of intelligent children at the school that will sustain the schools reputation for a while but the administration and most instructors are mediocre. Teachers do not teach or give insight for most classes; they merely give assignments. No attempt is made to adjust the education based on a childs ability. For a Catholic school the religious education is almost non-existent. The administration is weak at best. Ask to see how RENWEB, the Internet system to communicate with parents about their childrens progress, is actually used. Most teachers ignore it and say it is too time consuming. Ask specifics. You can do much better elsewhere and find a school that will far exceed St. Francis. I wish I had known this before.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 4, 2006

Parent involvement is high and expectations are high - I find this a positive. Availability of music, art and other extracurricular activities is a bit limited. This school is not equipped, or a good choice if your child has any 'out of the box' needs.
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Ethnicity This school State average
White 71% 42%
Hispanic 17% 43%
Two or more races 9% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Black 1% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
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