There are a few really great teachers at this school, however, some grades have teachers who lack the passion and compassion to be teaching kids. Parents are familiar with these teachers and dread it when their students go into these grades.
Rather than working with achievement programs or advanced topics, the school assigns hours upon hours of busy homework. Each subject teacher assigns homework independent and without coordination of the other teachers compounding the problem. Other public schools in the district assign far less homework with more focused content and more appropriate for learning the subject. Homework grades are based on quantity.
The school is trying to convert from a Parish school to a private school. They will say or do anything to protect their reputation and increase their enrollement. This sets a very bad example with respect to trust and respect.
This school, while a faith-based school, doesn't practice what they preach. There are systemic problems with teachers that have long been unaddressed by the leadership. Parents dread certain teachers from certain grades. The school rewards compliance over academic achievement.
This school cares more about the complacency of the teachers rather than the welfare and academic achievement of the students. This lack of leadership comes from the top. We spent years donating our time and service to improving the school with no effect whatsoever.
My daughter transferred from a well-respected public elementary school to St. Francis in 5th grade. We left public schools for various reasons, including classroom size and mean behavior among the kids. St. Francis is not only a warm and nurturing environment for our daughter, but it is actually academically ahead of where she left off in public school. The English curriculum is outstanding and the teachers and administration have been the best I have ever seen. No more "teaching to the test" for public school Star Testing. They actually test in the fall to determine what the kids need to work on the most throughout the year. They also offer an in-school athletic department that is awesome, as well as a weekly music class and band. Kids who need extra help get assistance from specialized teachers and the other kids do not pick on them because they need extra help. I cannot say enough good things about this school and what the entire school community has done for our daughter.
St. Francis is an amazing faith filled community. The teachers, administration & parents are so welcoming. We've been at SFA for 4 years. My children love going to school and spending the day with their teachers & friends. The teachers CARE about your children. They make learning FUN! The confidence & assurance I feel sending my children to such an incredible school community is priceless. We have built life long friendships that will stay with us.
It's odd, but I actually enjoy going to school everyday. The teachers are incredibly caring and understanding. The students are very caring of each other for the most part. We have formed unbreakable bonds with each other and I highly recommend this school being an 8th grader here.