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St. Francis Borgia School

Private | PK-9 | 221 students


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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $160,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $950.

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Posted July 8, 2014

We just finished our first year at SFB and couldn't be happier. The principal is a caring and approachable leader and the teachers we've met have been terrific (grades 1 and 2). The front office and principal respond quickly to all requests. The school has small class sizes which is important for my ADHD child and they have a positive, teamwork oriented approach to my child's ADHD. The pastor is friendly, engaging and fun! I"m so glad we found SFB.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 22, 2013

A real gem on the NW side... Both my children have been at SFB since kindergarten. The education here has always been excellent, the teachers are engaging and dedicated to the children s education and moral development. They are persistent and don't allow kids to get lost in the shuffle. The sense of community can be felt the moment you walk through the doors. The new principal and pastor have made such a positive impact. The principal is vibrant and energetic, her focus is completely on the children, she is making sure to keep the school on top. She greets them by first name at the doors every morning. Her zero policy on bullying is such a breath of fresh air. The pastor is simply amazing, he is involved in the school and truly believes that the school is an extension of the church, not a drain on its resources. He thinks outside the box. I would not choose to send my kids anywhere else. In an era where the safety of our children is constantly questioned I am relieved to say that I feel completely at ease while my children are at SFB. The staff and parents are dedicated to the school and parish community.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 26, 2011

I have 3 children attending St. Francis Borgia and I am so happy that this is the school I chose for them. The class sizes are just right, the teachers are dedicated and caring, the parents are so friendly. There are lots of extra activities for your kids to pick from, be it sports, music, scouts, chess club etc...
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 29, 2010

New this year but i love the familial feeling and the teacher and staff are wonderful!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 26, 2007

I have 3 children attending SFB. My husband and I are extremely happy with the education they are receiving. Our children feel secure. The teachers have been great and are very approachable. SFB offers a variety of extracurricular programs (sports, band, choir, scouting, etc). I would like to see more parent involvement. It seems as though its always the same dedicated parents and grandparents giving of their time (BIG thank you to them!). The majority of the families at SFB are wonderful. We have made some great friends through the school and parish.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 26, 2007

Overall I had a great experience with this School. Teachers are great, so far I havent seen or experience anything that I dont like.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 2, 2007

I have 2 children attending SFB and have been there since Pre-K. So far, we have been blessed to have wonderful teachers. Both are in the music program and my son is involved in sports. My only complaint would be that the pastor(s) and principal do not attend school functions (outside of the school day). I think it would be nice to show support for the music and athletic programs if they attended the recitals and some football, basketball, volleyball games. Other than that, we are very pleased with the overall quality of the school and especially the involvement of other SFB parents. Along with the everyday religious traditions, it's a great school that instills family values as well.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 17, 2007

GREAT SCHOOL everything is great music,art,sports and lots of other things.
—Submitted by a student

Posted November 22, 2006

Teachers are good. Administration is poor at best. Paster does not get involved with the children. Principal makes decisions based on her own fears. Administration asks for support for parents for activities but does not show support and any sporting events. Example of this is the 06 Varsity football team recently won their conference. Principal and Pastor, not only where not at any games but not even at the Conference Championship game. Rarely do you see them at any school based sporting events.
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Posted September 16, 2006

I have been involved with St. Francis Borgia since the 1960's. The leadership and discipline has declined, more recently the last few years. If it was not for the good teachers, I would be transferring my child to a different school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 25, 2006

The academic programs are average, but the availability of music, art, and sports are above average for private schools of this size. Parents seem to have a high level of involvement here. The school community has had a reputation of being very strong and united, however in the past few years I feel there has been a decline in leadership among the administration.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted January 29, 2006

My son in enrolled in their Pre-K4 program and he loves it! The teacher and her aide work miracles with the children and he is registered to attend their Kindergarten program in the fall. I am alumni, graduated in 1974 and I am happy to see that the 'pride & spirit' is still alive at SFB!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 18, 2006

I have 2 children at St. Francis Borgia school and have been very pleased with my children's education. The teachers my children have had so far (8 years overall) have been very dedicated to making sure the kids succeed at learning. The Principal and Assistance Principal are always accessible for questions or quick comments from parents. Speaking of the parents, there are many, many families whom I could trust to pick up my kids if I were running late in picking them up after school. Although I don't use the Extended Day Program (EDP) for my kids, I understand the hours are great and cost very reasonable. They even have a drop off plan when it's icy (or extremely snowy) where you drive up to the back doors and 2 teachers are unloading the kids from your car; we love that door to door service. Overall, we're very pleased with SFB.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 12, 2005

I have one child at SFB in fourth grade. She has excelled at SFB since starting in pre-K. So far the academics have been above average and through parent friendships have heard that continues to be the case for all grades. In addition to the normal class schedule there is also music, computer, library and a monthly art class to acquaint the children with famous artists works. There are numerous extracurricular activities as well. My child is involved in Scouts & Choir. SFB has excellent summer programs: sports camp, drama, arts and crafts, etc. There is also before and after school care along with a hot meal program. Parents are pretty involved and easy to get along with. Our years here have been very positive.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 8, 2005

I am a former student from St. Francis Borgia and I think this school has a great learning program for children. There aren't enough sports at this school though. Yes, there are your basic sports such as football, cheerleading, basketball, and volleyball, but what about the soccer and baseball fans. We would like to play these sports and not have to go find a team to be on. As for the teachers, they were, for the most part, a huge part of my life long learning experience. If I had a question, they would answer it or at least find an answer. Most of them were pleasant and others just wanted to get a point across.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted November 23, 2004

I am a parent of 3 currently attending this school. All of my children, especially my oldest 2, love this school and when we were considering moving out of the area, refused to leave. The teachers are exeptional, and they clearly are dedicated to there job. Through all of the grades there isnt one teacher that i disliked. The parents and school have formed a comunity and it's easy to make freinds wether you are a child or parent. The extracurricular activities keep my children involved with every aspect of the school, not only sports. Our school is also safe and disiplined, and I've noticed our school has some of the brightest chilren I've seen. If I had the choice to start all over again I would still send them to Borgia.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 19, 2004

I am very active in the school and think we have a strong family atmosphere. As with any school the more you give the more you get. The teachers are wonderful and if whats important to you is a good Catholic Education this is the school for your family.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 16, 2004

I have 3 children and have been involved at SFB for a number of years. I have found that it's a positive situation to be involved in your children's school both for the children and the parents. I have made many friendships through my involvement at SFB.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 14, 2004

I have been involved in this school for many years. We have seen some changes to the Parish, but I feel the school community is strong and is thriving thanks to our Principal, Teachers, Students and the active families.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 22, 2003

It is a terrible school that is run by all clicks. The parents are pushy and self involved ,but the only reason i send my kid there is for the catholic education.
—Submitted by a parent

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 81% 51%
Hispanic 9% 24%
Two or more races 6% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Black 0% 18%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School start time
  • 8:05 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
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  • Susan Betzolt
  • Coed
  • Roman catholic
  • NCEA


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