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700 W 18th St
Yuma, AZ 85364

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July 30, 2014
As a military family, St. Francis is one of three Catholic schools our children have attended (so far!) and we look back at our time there fondly. No school is perfect and no, Catholic school is not free. We feel it is a solid investment in our children's futures. During our time at St. Francis, our children thrived and our family enjoyed being a part of the community. We were warmly welcomed and have made lifelong friendships with students, parents and staff members. The staff and level of instruction is comparable to the schools our children have attended in NC and CA. But the family like community and reinforcement of our Catholic values can not be matched! Community service and family involvement are encouraged. If you want your child(ren) to have a wonderful, truly Catholic education in a family like, nurturing community, St. Francis is the school for you.

- submitted by a parent

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

May 05, 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

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

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.

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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.

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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.

- submitted by a community member

February 01, 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?

- submitted by a community member

September 09, 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

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

- submitted by a community member

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
no rating
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

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
no rating
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

May 03, 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
no rating
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
no rating
February 04, 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

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
no rating
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

October 01, 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

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

November 28, 2006
I am taking my children out of St. Francis after two years. The academics are typical though not very creative. The religious element is good although too much rote and not enough understanding. Leadership is terrible and virtually ignores parent input. Great uniforms and very involved parents.

- submitted by a parent

January 26, 2006
I like that my children are learning discpline and values, but I very concerned that this school is not challenging enough.

- submitted by a parent

February 12, 2005
St. Francis of Assisi School is one of the best elementary schools in Yuma. It has a great academic level and as a parent of student attending Yuma Catholic High School, I must say that my child and his classmates that attended St. Francis are much better prepared than the kids that attended other school. I specially enjoy how they teach kids about the Catholic faith. I think it is very special to start when they are young. Overall I must say this is a great school.

- submitted by a parent

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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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St. Francis of Assisi School
700 W 18th St, Yuma, AZ  85364
(928) 782-1539
Last modified St. Francis of Assisi School is a Private school that serves grades K-8
St. Francis of Assisi School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 29 reviews. Top