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St Francis Day School

Private | K-12 & ungraded | 775 students

An exceptional college preparatory program in a unique learning environment.
 
 

 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $279,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $960.

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Posted June 26, 2014

St. Francis School is definitely 10 stars!!! There is not enough space here for me to list all of the things that are great about our school. My 3 children attended Elementary through High School and this is why they were & still are successful in college & beyond. I am very bothered by the review in April, where the parent criticizes our High School for not getting (or wanting to get) to know the students. This is so untrue! My children bragged to their friends that their Principal knows them for who they are... not because they are bad and sent to her office! The teachers @ St. Francis not only want to teach, they want to teach the St. Francis "way"..... making sure our children feel good about themselves and feel successful. Parents need to do their part too. Become involved! Participation is the key to success!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2014

Our daughter, now a 10th grader, started at St Francis in kindergarten. The curriculum, the method of growing the kids, the athletics and the caring for the kids and their future successes have all been spectacular. Highly recommended.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2014

After a very unpleasant experience with the admissions process, I am glad I did not choose this school. The admissions director was very cold, and chose not to speak with us personally, would ask you to pose your questions in the for of an email, and then not respond. If this is how the school presents itself in the beginning, how would they be once they have your tuition,


Posted February 5, 2014

St. Francis day school has been a tremendous blessing for our son. He started this year in the 3rd grade and has made tremendous strides. The tiered curriculum is absolutely a God-send. He was behind in math so he was able to do the support class for math and be in standard curriculum for other classes. His insecurity about doing math is gone and he's caught up to be on par with 3rd grade standards. The people are very friendly and his teacher has been the best we've had. Unfortunately we are moving to another state at the end of the school year and leaving St. Francis is the most heart-breaking part.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2013

St. Francis was a good option for middle school but we made the mistake of moving to the high school. As a small school, it is shocking that they do not get to know (or want to know) kids we have entrusted to them. There is clearly only 1 decision maker and the culture reflects this.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2013

St Francis has been a wonderful school experience for my third grader. This has been our first year at the school and we are looking forward to many more. The teachers and principal have been great! My child needed supported reading classes, but is on level in all other aspects. After just one year the reading comprehension scores are improving dramatically as are all academic scores. The small classrooms and caring staff have been just what we needed. We also love the organization and study skills that are being taught. Keep up the good work St Francis!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2013

The principal of the middle school is the worst leader I have ever seen. She is "cold as ice". She walks around looking stressed and unhappy. I am scared to even approach her! She has her favorite teachers who she treats like gold no matter what they do. I drive up in carpool and see her hanging with her cliche. I feel sorry for the teachers who are not in her cliche. How are the kids supposed to learn to not have cliches if the leadership themselves are a cliche. Her deans seem to follow her around like lost puppies obeying her every order. The principal needs to learn how to treat parents, kids and teachers with more compassion and kindness. My child is terrified of her. Whenever she sees her coming she walks the other way. Shame on you Hasling. How can you run a school where the kids fear you, parents dont want to speak to you and you have favoritism among your staff. I don't even work there and I can tell this. I feel sorry for those teachers! If it weren't for the great teachers and counselors I would have pulled my daughter out long ago. The administration is terrible!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2013

If your child has any issues with self esteem, bullying or is in any way unique, you should think long and hard about sending them to St. Francis. There is no support from the staff or counselors regarding bullying and the "mean girl" culture thrives. They don't want to offend the check writers. The so called reward system is actually punitive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2012

Mr Buccellato is a great guy. I'm a successful 40 year old now and I went to Saint Francis throughout my middle school years. I was not a great kid and after getting kicked out of public school, he straightened me out. He simply taught me what was and what was not acceptable behavior in society. He's not trying to win friends or win awards, he just believes in teaching children wrong from right. So if you're looking for someone to baby your kid, he's not your guy but if your looking for someone that cares enough about your child, to not allow them to act like little jerks, then I highly recommend Saint Francis.


Posted September 10, 2012

This school cares more about the tuition than the children. The administrators will go above and beyond to avoid any acccountability for the emotional well being of a child if loss of tuition or exposure is possible. They will advise teachers to not speak up for the child and attempt to appear credible. Buccelato is a cad, cares about a families financial worth and just how he can get more for the school, regarless is the child is at risk.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2012

St. Francis has exceeded our expectations. My daughter transferred into the high school and they have been wonderful helping her transition from public school. Small classes, excellent teachers, and the administration cares about each individual student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2012

Our daughter has attended St. Francis Day School for three years now and we've been very pleased. She entered the school with low self confidence due to a hearing problem and was initially placed in a support class with a superb teacher. The next year her confidence soared in a traditional classroom, and this year she is blowing away advanced classes! The staff has been very responsive to her needs, the structure provided by the school has been helpful, and she enjoys the extracurricular activities and being recognized as a good citizen of the school. We are grateful to St. Francis for helping her to bloom socially and academically.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2011

The Elementary school coordinator (principal) protects the school teachers as if they paid her salary. However, she treats the students and parents with disrespect. Many parents leave the school because they have no support from the principal. We experienced this last year. We had a bad teacher, who would insult the children in front of all the students. When communicated to the elementary coordinator, she refused to support the parents. On the contrary, she and the teacher made up stories about my child having issues. However, they never mentioned before I talked to the teacher about insulting my child. Both of this individuals have no business in education. No matter how many problems they have with parents, they are still there. This is not a good school. They should train they educators better, starting by "do not ridicule and insult children in front of the class. Additionally, they promote themselves as a school that helps children with LDs. They do not provide support, other that reprimand the child when they ask questions and do not understand. Furthermore, the headmaster hires mainly young, attractive girls for teachers, that do not have a clue on how to be educators. RUN!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2010

As the parent of three students who attended St Francis Elementary, Middle and High Schools, I am very happy to tell you about our experience. My oldest son was transferring into 10th grade and he needed the small classes. The classes were perfectly placed for his abilities and growth. My middle son started in 9th grad. He loved St. Francis so much. He needed support classes and those were appropriately scheduled for him. My youngest son started in 4th grade and later attended the Middle School. He made great advancements in his Reading and I have always been so thankful for that! The teachers and staff have been very open. The kids friends were nice kids and their parents are my friends. My sons had plenty of opportunities to participate in sports and clubs. I enjoyed the Parent Association and the school activities. I notice whenever I drive past St Francis, I always have a smile on my face! Such a great school and great memories for our family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2010

We have been so pleased with the supportive and caring environment St. Francis offers. As a family entering into 6th grade we felt the transition from public was easier than expected. Any early adjustment problems are discussed and worked around. In our case they cared about the whole family and we are grateful for that. I would recommend St. Francis to any family who wants to send their child to a school who is involved with students growth, confidence and also the important accountability that our daughter is now so proud to achieve in many new areas.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2010

St. Francis Middle School was an excellent choice for our son. He has some learning challenges, but was placed in honors courses in the subjects he needed to be challenged with. The faculty, staff and administration are very supportive. Neither our son or we parents ever felt the school was punitive and always tried to hear the student's viewpoint. The MS principal knew how our son had done each year, and was even aware of his bus-riding schedule. Our son is now attending one of Atlanta's top-rated private high schools, and wouldn't be there if he hadn't attended St. Francis for MS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2010

St. Francis was the worst mistake my parents ever made. I agreed to go there because of it's "has everything" feel you get from the tour however, there are a few problems they don't tell you in the brochure. For one, It has a negative punishment system which they call their "positive reward system, two the teachers are insensitive, three the most important problem and the biggest, the bullying which the teachers do nothing about. Nothing. They say zero tolerance but that is not the case. In all my schools I've ever been to or seen, or reviewed this one has the worst verbal and mental mean girls and mean boys problem. Do not send your child here as for if I could go back to where I never saw the place I would've been better off.


Posted February 21, 2010

As parents of two girls who attended St. Francis for 6 years we are extremely grateful for the academic, organizational, and social skills our girls achieved.Although our children have two very different learning styles, the program at St. Francis was supportive and challenged both of our children.Our oldest is now attending college.The skills she developed at St. Francis in reading,writing, note taking,and public speaking have made her very successful in her studies. Her weakest areas when she entered St. Francis are now her strongest.Our younger daughter who attended elementary school academically excelled in all her classes.The small class sizes allowed her teachers to meet her learning needs and keep her challenged. The drama classes that she enjoyed gave her the confidence to act and speak in front of large groups.We know that they will achieve their future academic goals due to the great foundation given to them at St. Francis.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2010

Saint Francis School is true to their mission statement of providing a program of study for students with different academic abilities in a structured, challenging, supportive environment. My child has attended SFS Elementary thru High School. At the Elementary School level there is a concentration on the foundations of education; emphasis is on the three R s (reading, riting, and rithmatic). They have a great program that provides structure for learning how to learn, becoming organized, becoming responsible, and developing as a whole person. In addition to academic subjects students have computer, art, drama, and chorus classes. I would like to add that the program does require parental participation on a daily basis so if you cannot deal with rules and structure it might not be a good fit for your family. If you want your child to receive a classic academic education this might be the ideal school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2010

St. Francis Day School created a fabulous learning environment. My three children attended from elementary through high school and went on to be extremely successful in quality colleges and life. They participated in many varied activities after school to become well rounded students. Their classes ranged from Honors/AP to Traditional. My children were challenged to excel and supported when needed. The St. Francis teachers provided a structured, yet nurturing, experience helping the children become organized and responsible for their school work. I highly recommend this private school to parents.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 59% 44%
Black 40% 37%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 12%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Public
Private
Percentage of students going to 2-year college 0% (2013)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 96% (2013)
Percentage of students going to the military 0% (2013)
Percentage of students going to vocational programs 2% (2013)
Percentage of students going directly into the workforce 2% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation University of Georgia
Georgia College and State Univ
Univ. of Alabama
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Science club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Dance club
  • Drama club
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Swimming pool

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • Debate
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:15 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 5:30 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Drew Buccellato, Headmaster
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • CEC
  • NAPSEC
  • NIPSA
Fax number
  • (770) 641-0283

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Honors track
  • Traditional and Support Classes
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Foreign languages
  • Mathematics
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Equestrian
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Book/reading club
  • Community service
  • Dance club
  • Debate
  • Drama club
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
  • Lacrosse
  • National Honor Society
  • Outdoor
  • Science club
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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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
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


8 out of 10students were accepted for the 2014-2015 school year.


Students accepted for the 2014-2015 school year
187
Applications received for the 2014-2015 school year
238
Students typically come from these schools
Public
Private

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2014-2015 school year
$10000 - $19000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships
Tax credits

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
University of Georgia
Georgia College and State University
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
Summer college prep programs
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
2 year college - 0%
4 year college - 96%
Military - 0%
Vocational - 2%
Workforce - 2%
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9375 Willeo Road
Roswell, GA 30075
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Phone: (770) 641-8257

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