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St. Francis of Assisi School

Private | K-8 | 240 students

Our school is best known for our Catholicity.
 
 

 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $93,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $710.

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Posted June 18, 2014

BLUF...St Francis is an immense waste of money! I highly encourage military families to steer clear of this sub-standard money pit...no computer classes, no PE and weekly "taxes" in addition to the tuition. St Francis' academic standards are below that of GA public schools. My daughter is gifted as a "fast learner" and attended St Francis (K-1st). While at St Francis, my daughter received straight As with zero indication of struggle. We are a military family and have re-located to GA. 40+hrs of homeschool later, she is now able to meet the bare minimum to enter the GA public school system. Only positive comment...comfortable Catholic environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2014

We are a military family and have two children at St Francis, one in first grade and one in fifth grade. We started at St Francis in Kindergarten, and have been pleased ever since. St Francis is a wonderful community and has become our family away from home. Mrs Veronica Lopez, the principal, is finishing her first year as the St Francis principal and she is wonderful! She knows all of the children by name and has so much love and energy! We have been pleased with the teachers and the education that our children have received while we have been at St Francis. The Catholic education is priceless! There are also many scholarship opportunities for the military families at St Francis. St Francis is a very close, loving community, and I am so excited about the beautiful people that my children are becoming.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2014

All of my children attended St. Francis of Assisi school from kindergarten to eighth grade. They were very well prepared for high school and have gone on to have successful careers. What I appreciated most was the small, family oriented atmosphere with strong parental support and the teaching of traditional values. The school provided an invaluable support system for my family and is the source of many lifelong friendships. St Francis was worth every penny we invested. If I had it to do over, I would want my children to go to St Francis school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2014

St Francis provides small school intimacy in a safe and nurturing environment. The values and discipline being instilled are helping our child to build a solid and balanced foundation. He is getting extra attention to develop academically. The teachers, principal and staff are all engaged and know every student. The environment at the school is improving - a focus on academics and student performance, a focus on teacher development, and a focus on improving the technology used in the classrooms. I am very glad that we decided to send our son to St Francis and I am looking forward to our younger son beginning next fall as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2014

St. Francis is a wonderful school! Class sizes are small, my son gets all the attention that he needs. The teacher knows him well and is able to challenge him constantly. St. Francis is a small community, everyone knows each other and my son has truly blossomed in this extremely close knit community where family involvement is exceptional as well as the high quality of education. There is a new principal there this year and she is making big changes and leading the school in amazing directions. We are very happy at St. Francis. I think its also important to note the teachers tenure at St. Francis, most of the teachers have been there for a very long time - teach tenure is always a good sign of teacher quality.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2012

My brother and sister both went to St. Francis as students. My mom was going to put me into the kindergarten class but money was tight and she sent my sister for 6th grade to Alice Byrne and I went to K there. My brother was in the 8th grade class while My sister and I went to Alice Byrne. When I was going into 6th grade, I had a choice of going to Woodard Junior High or St. Francis and I picked St.Francis because it is a small school and honestly I made a good decision! St.Francis is a small community of teachers and the principal knows every student by first name and is NOT biased. On my first day of school at St.Francis the whole 8th grade class was welcoming and the teachers were all nice too. I thought it was a good idea that St.Francis had a barbecue because it got all the students of the school to relax and have fun and not think about school for one day. When my step-dad got a jobtransfer in california I was crushed because I had to leave all the awesome teachers and the school I came to love. Overall who ever wants to place their child into St.Franci, this school is a EXCELLENT investment.


Posted February 1, 2012

I've read many unfavorable reviews about this school in the past couple of years on this website. They are no longer posted. Why is that?


Posted September 9, 2011

I am a parent of 4 children attending St. Francis Catholic School. I feel this was the best choice for my children academically. Children transitioning from St. Francis into high schools test higher on entry exams not only to Yuma Catholic but also to public high schools. That is proof to me that many GREAT things are happening at St. Francis. The curriculum which includes a strong Catholic doctrine, Saxon Math, andn Court Reading have worked well with my children. This school not only tops academically but also offer Club SFEP (an enviromental club), a poetry club, and does community outreach for the less fortunate. I LOVE THIS SCHOOL!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2011

st. franis is overrated, money wanting, and their students are stucks which is being taught by the examples of the teachers. all they care about is popularity and $$$$$$$..i have family both here and immaculate concdeption and I.c. is a very good school they always include the children in every decision they make which is wonderful and the teachers set great examples for the children....i recommend you look and and have an orientation at immaculate conception before you send your children to st. francis


Posted January 23, 2011

I had read a review on here about a student being bullied (the review is gone now, wonder why), and the school doing nothing. I ignored it, hoping for the best. After a year of the same thing happening to my child, despite repeatedly talking to the staff, we found out the bottom line at this school is $$$. The bully's family is paying a larger tuition, not being Catholic, and his family is a wealthy Yuma family. S.F. is not the school it once was. Some teachers are good, some are a joke. The nuns are no longer here. It's all about $$$, which is sad, sad, sad.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2010

My daughter attended St. Francis for kinder and 1st grade before we left the state. We felt she was challenged, but did not realize how much compared to the public schools. Currently, she is in 2nd grade in Texas, and she is leaps and bounds ahead of her peers academically, while being one the youngest in her grade. Her teachers gave her the foundation and skills necessary to succeed academically, and upheld strict behavior standards that were necessary for her to succeed socially and in the classroom. I am very happy that I chose St. Francis and only wish I could send the rest of my children there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2010

I have been part of St. Francis since 1995 when my daughter first attended. Now my son is a student there and I couldn't be happier. I chose St. Francis because of the safe atmosphere and the dedicated teachers. Being a teacher at a public school, I chose to send my children to catholic school and I am very comfortable with the choice I made. Thank you St. Francis teachers!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2009

Our child attended this school for two years and it was the worst mistake we have made. It has taken extra effort on our part and teachers at our kid's new school to get her back on par with kids of the same grade. Save your money and do your research....please do your research!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2009

St. Francis School is by far the best in Yuma. The teachers and parents work well together along with the principal and support staff. I have had great experinces with all four of my children who attended St. Francis . They were well prepared for high school and now college from the great foundation that they got at this catholic school. The Library is up to date and now I hear they have 10 new computers that are all Internet connected. The sports program is well organized and provides lots of excitement and school spirit for thoose who participate. The school also has an after school program for extra homework help and Title I students. The best part of all it that it is truly Catholic with Mass once week and Confessions monthly along with celebrations of all the special Feast of the Catholic Church.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2009

I'm so pleased to have my child studying at SF school, the principal, teachers and administration members are very professional.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2009

Having been a student at this school, I will tell you that when I went to public school, I had to take summer school to be at the same academic level as public school students when I was in Kindergarten going to 1st grade. This school in no way sets kids up for anything after their school. Reading, math, science, and other general studies are all lacking. And I can tell you that when I went to public school, I received a much better education than this overpriced sham offered my parents. Save your money and send them somewhere else. Also a lot of the books they use have the answers printed right in them. There is no learning required. All they care about is the weekly donation to the church, or any other money they might collect. Immaculate conception offers a much better school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 14, 2008

St. Francis is a wonderful school that requires a tremendous amount of both student and parent involvement. The teachers and staff are exceptional with our children and we couldn't accept anything less. We have been there for four years now and the school's physical improvements have been beyond what we had ever considered happening for such a small private school. St. Francis' academic program is the best in town and they echo our catholic morals and values which is very important to us. The school is devoted to the education of our children and helps to guide our children into being active members of the Catholic Community. We can only hope that all of our children will have the same opportunity to attend St. Francis in the future. It is truly a blessing to be a part of this family oriented parochial school. D. Young
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2008

St. Francis is a well rounded school that has made great strides in the past few years. You can see the changes like new equipment etc. The school scored very high on the AIMS and we couldn;t be happier there. It's like having a second family, everyone watches over everyone else's child. We are blessed to have our children there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2007

St. Francis is a wonderful school with exceptional teachers. The school fosters an active community devoted to the education of their children and improving the quality of life in the Catholic Community. Our family feels welcomed by the principal, staff, and priest at the school. Volunteering at the school is enjoyable and rewarding. Our AIMS score averages are the highest in town. Our principal makes decisions that are best for our kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2007

St. Francis provides the best education that can be found in Yuma. This is demonstrated by the AIMS test results last year. St. Francis does not teach TO the AIMS, but out performed Yuma schools and most other diocesan schools. While some parents feel that if the administration doesn't bend to their wishes, that the administration is not responsive. The fact is that just about every parent is involved, and the administration will be required to make some decisions against someone's wishes.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 50% 43%
White 45% 42%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
Black 0% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff American sign language
German
Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Math Counts (2011)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
Clubs
  • Math club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Music
  • Choir / Chorus

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • German
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Kitchen

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:55 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 a.m.
School Leader's name
  • Susan Bostic
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman catholic
Associations
  • NCEA
Fax number
  • (928) 782-0403

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Gifted / high performing
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • German
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Yuma Regional Medical Center
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Equestrian
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Boy scouts
  • Chess club
  • Cub scouts
  • Environmental
  • Math club
  • Poetry
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • St. Francis of Assisi School is committed to educational excellence within the tradition of the Catholic faith. Along with parents we educate our students to grow in the image and likeness of God so they may become leaders in service to others and beacons of hope for the all.
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6 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
32
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
53

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$3000 - $4000
Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Tax credits

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Yuma Catholic High School
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700 W 18th St
Yuma, AZ 85364
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Phone: (928) 782-1539

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