Disappointed!! I want to enroll my kid to this school but according to the principal they cannot accept my kid because she did not think that the am and pm kindergartens that are going to first grade the following year will be a lot. What is that? They are hoping, wishing and praying that all those kids from Kindergartens will not re-enroll for the following school, but they did. Ok... fine... 40+ kids are going to be in first grade next year, 1 teacher and a part time aide. Well, then, half it!!! Hire another teacher for thes following year, it is pretty obvious that this class size is too much for 1 teacher and a part time aide, right? As a parent all I want is just a good education for my kid,well, every parents does.
I placed my review on this website before and it is missing. Parents considering the transitional kindergarten program be warned! Our family had a horrible experience at this school. Our child started the year enthusiastic and well-prepared. At the end of the academic year, our child was severely damaged and insisted 'I can't' whenever presented with any task. Thank God, we went to another local catholic school where our child is excelling! I am an educator, so I have the professional background to decide this is a terrible place to send young children.
I'm an alumus from St. Francis and graduated recently in the past couple of years. The school has a great 5-8 program with the excess amount of homework is well worth it. I'm a junior in high school at a college preparatory. The essays assigned to me in junior high were the most challenging and the teachers help me developed an excellent writing style that I am complemented on frequently by most of my high school teachers. I've gotten excellent grades in almost all of my classes because of this school . The school does have tutoring options, ask the teacher for help after school thats what I did!
Highly recommend k-4 and 6-8th grades. The Principle is devoted and professional. Seems to be an issue with certain areas in which parent complaints not taken seriousely or remedied, not sure what this is about. After School Extension Program could use some staff with ideas and energy especially during the inside months when children must stay indoors. No sports programs other than basketball - this will be difficult for kids to catch up in certain sports by high school.
With our child in the transitional kindergarten program (equivalent to pre-school) we have been very happy with St. Francis. There is homework, but it's manageable. The teachers are good and the principal is wonderful. She seems to know every student by name. After a few months of school, we learned that our child has a disability and both the teacher and the principal extended themselves to us and we were able to meet with the school counselor. The fundraising and parent participation are not too bad. We had more fundraisers at our previous daycare. St. Francis is not just a school, but it's a community that we hope to grow with.
Wonderful school. St. Francis has a very diverse student body. The staff is excellent, starting with the Principal who is extremely involved and interactive with students, teachers and parents. St. Francis is not just a center of education but also a community comprised of like-minded parents, faculty and leadership. It is truly a joy and a blessing to be associated with this school and its community!
Great school, great staff, great teacher, awesome principal. I have no problems with the fundraising and parental involvement hours required. It builds community and you know where your efforts and money are going. For those who complains about the amount of homework, parent participation hours, etc... You should approach the same with a positive outlook and attitude. You may realize that its actually enjoyable and you can set a positive example for your child when they see you working and participating on campus.
Homework load is not too bad. It's a good prep for HS and college. Definitely a lot of fund Raisers but it's your choice if you want to financially participate. Hours needed to fulfill are the least parents can do for their children and the staff that prepare our kids for their future. NEGATIVE: After paying tuition for 'better education' teachers are still recommending paying for tutoring outside of school. Instead, they should get a program to get high school students from the sister schools to come help tutor the elementart students.