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PK-8
Private
Silver Spring, MD
Students enrolled: 476
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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Saint Camillus Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20903

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(301) 434-2344
(301) 434-7726
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October 16, 2014
I am very disappointed with this school. It does not seem the administrations is on the same page. After the Brother left the school there does not seem to be any life. Why has there been so much turnover of teachers? Why did five teachers quite since the beginning of the school. I only see the principals in their offices. The teachers seem to care, but why do they leave?

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2014
This school offers great academic and culture programs. The teachers and school staff are great and very pleasant to work with our kids.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2014
All Staff and Teachers are warm, welcoming, and communicate very well! My daughter is in the PK4 class and has learned a great deal while also having the balance of fun play. I would highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2014
We are so pleased with SFIS! My two elementary aged children have blossomed at this school - I have never felt like they were "just one of many." The teachers take a holistic approach, being academically rigorous while also attending to the social and cultural aspects of schooling. Since coming to SFIS, my children have participated in sports, sang in concerts, attended weekly Mass, and volunteered in the community. My son and daughter both read before Kindergarten as a result of support from their teachers. The staff and administration are hardworking and accessible, and the community has been energetic and engaging! In the past year or so, SFIS has stepped up its communications with parents, updated classrooms and technology, and added new support staff that has been invaluable for our son, who has a diagnosed learning disability. We asked several Catholic schools in the area if he would be supported, and SFIS was the only one we felt understood his needs and ours! We are lucky to have this little Catholic school!

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2014
I'm a student of middle school at SFIS. The teachers... Some of them are just rude! The Social Studies teacher legit does not care about us or our grades. She gives us 40 questions to which we have to answer with at least 3 sentences. She also critiques every little thing! She regularly makes people in my class cry. I'm not even exaggerating with that. The First In Math teaches us nothing. The teachers give us ridiculous goals and then tell us not to be on the computer so long. The food,well,some of it is ok,but other things give a lot of people terrible stomach aches. Plus,some of the things they say about puberty just don't make sense. As far as I was told,I have barely anything to do with the making of the baby except for the beginning part. Thanks,goodbye.

- submitted by a community member
January 21, 2014
My kids are in the elementary program at SFIS and we are always amazed at the great things going on. My second grader is really being challenged in math, First is Math is awesome! My Kindergartner is really becoming a strong reader. The teachers my kids have had have been amazing: loving and challenging. My kids like the cafeteria food (as much as anyone likes cafeteria food). The breakfast for all students this year has been great, really convenient for us. The school has been really responsive to my family's needs and I see them working with a lot of families to make private school possible. The school itself has a lot of students and staff, but children's grades feel small.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2014
Worst School ever! My daughter social studies teacher is the rudest and don't get me started about the lunch! My daughter had to go home because of a bad stomach ache after eating that lunch. The Middle school old religion teach couldn't use mannerly towards toward them. The teachers doesn't know how to teach students.Fights are going on, principals don't care, and the P.E teacher is the worst all rude! .I'm sending my child to another school.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2012
I do not recommend St. Francis school at all. I have had several children go through the original Saint Camillus school and I considered it a blessing to part of the community. After 6 weeks into the new school I knew I had to remove my child from that enviroment. All of the St. Camillus teachers were moved down into the lower school and many of the favorite teachers were forced to retire. There was no recognisable interest of the middle school teachers in the academic progress of the St. Camillus students. this was very clear in the comments and behavior of the middle school teachers. As a parent I was very disturbed by my inability to get an appt with the principal and the administrative office was a mess. There was a breakdown in behavior and most of the teachers in the middle school thought it was fine to shout and rant at the students. The most disturbing fact was the bullying... The school needs to return to its Catholic value system. International means nothing when you are part of the diverse Washington DC area. Parents and students are looking for a good moral academic experience - you will not find it here.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2012
I am so glad that my son is attending St. Francis International School. He is in the Early Childhood Program. The teachers are very caring and dedicated to the students. They care for the children as if they are their own kids. I have seen the growth in my son and St. Francis has been a positive contributor to his growth. I like the class size, two (2) teachers in each class, and the activities the children participate in daily. I also appreciate the diversity. There are many backgrounds in the classroom which is good. One of the improvements I would like to see is more parent participation. I see the SAME parents volunteering their time or working with the classroom. If we want to see SFIS continue to progress, we must have parental support. I pay my tuition just like everyone else and I want what is best for my son by giving my time and support to SFIS. We cannot move forward without the support of parents. You are a part of the investment you are making to SFIS and your involvement is very important. Be involved and know what is going on parents!! Overall, I am happy with SFIS and would recommend the school to others. My son loves his school and he's 4 years old!

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2012
My child had a terrible experience at St. Francis Intl. in their middle school. It was SFI first year merged between St. Camillus and St. Mark's schools, and we expected some expectations for the school to get organized. The school has some very bright and dedicated students. However, there is a lot of bullying and disprespect among the students and towards the teachers as well. Teachers cannot control their students, and the principal doesn't follow through with parents with serious concerns that complain to the school and to the church. Needless to say, we did not return to this school, which was the best decision we could have made. We hope SFI continues to find a way to control their misbehaved students to stop this unacceptable cycle in a Catholic environment, where Respect and Safety should be a priority. Do a thorough research before deciding to enroll your child in this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2011
I love this school for my 4 year old daughter. She is in the pre-k class and it has been the best investment thus far for her education. She has learned so much this past year and continues to amaze me all the material they cover. She knows how to count from 1 to 100, colors, abc s English/Spanish, shapes, grouping, and so much more. She can spell her name and recognizes the spelling based on the sounds of a word. I really like her teacher Ms. Prema. She is caring and will let them know what they are and are not doing right. I am Christian not Catholic per se, but a Christian and I love the teachings of our Savior. The school has outstanding activities and programs all year long. The communication with parents its pretty good and they are incorporation more online technology. It s a nice campus and clean, I really have no bad things to say. You get what you pay for and more when you see your child s success.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2011
St. Camillus in now St. Francis International School. I do not recommend this school for 3 year olds. I enrolled my 3 year old after being told that the teacher/student ratio would be 1:8. Because of last minute enrollment drop-outs, the school combined classes but did not increase the teacher ratio and my 3 year was placed in a class with 24 others with 1 teacher and 1 aide. When asked about this issue, the Principal said that because of their long, excellent teaching history, they were granted an exemption by the State to have a higher ratio than what is required for Daycares. Absolute bologna. Even the teacher expressed how overwhelmed she was and wasn't able to provide enough attention to the students. I ended up pulling my son out. The only saving grace with this school is the Front Office Administrative staff (not including the principal).

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2011
This is a great school!!! The teachers are wonderful. Their program is pretty competitive and the we love the diversity!!! I honestly believe this is one of the best schools in this area.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 03, 2009
I have two daughters, both attending St. Camillus, the oldes one graduated from St. Camillus and the youngest one is in 5th grade. They love St. Camillus, wonderfull team of people working with the kids to find a better way to make the knolegde fun, exciting and spiritually accepted for all of them.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2009
This school has thought me beyond subject of school, but about lesson in life. St.camillus has help me notice that i can achive the highest goal without forgeting God . All the teachers and other students help and inspire me to do my best.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 29, 2009
Why do you love St. Camillus School? St. Camillus is a great school. My son who is 23 year old now is an alumni of St. Camillus. He attended St. Camillu for eight years. My daughter always said that she wants to go to the same school with my son; she is attending it now. St Camillus is a great shcool for its diversity and a family like community. St Camillus has a great learning potentiality and the ability to help each and every student to grow spiritually, mentally and physically. I am proud to be part of the St. Camillus family.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 20, 2009
Saint Camillus helps its students grow physically mentally and spriritually. It has, for the longest time, represented what an institution of learning should be: a sanctuary and craddle where young minds are molded to become articulate, responsible and active citizens of tomorrow.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 19, 2009
I am a granparent of four children. One is an alumni and three are presently attending. I like St. Cam. because of its diversity . I think its a great school. All my grands love it.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 16, 2009
I love St. Camillus because my children are St. Camillus alumnis,.I have been a teacher here for 15 years, I am proud of our cultural diversity, and we are like a family that works together and continues to grow. I truly enjoy coming to work everyday!

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2009
This is a multicultural school with a family like atmosphere.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2009
It is the best School. My 2 year old could spell his name, at 2!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2009
The school uses a holistic model to teach the children. The basic academic subjects are supplemented with a keen eye toward child development, religion and spirituality, and social skills. We are so happy to have our children at St. Camillus!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2009
I love St.camillus school because it maintains christian values and principals. It is a very warm environment. Staff is like one big family, helping each other in times of need, sharing ideas. Principal is always supportive, and many more things. Students are well disciplined, and parents are very cooperative.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating October 13, 2009
I've been a parent/staff member of St. Camillus for 35 years. I am also a member of several churches in the area and in Delaware. St. Camillus is the church/place where we are most at home and part of a church family. All four of our children went to school here and two are very successful teachers, one is the manager of an auto shop and the fourth is with the Federal government. We love St. Camillus as a church, school, community and a loving, caring environment!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating October 13, 2009
As a new teacher, I am quite impressed with the student support available. The school is a valued part of a larger ministry of the parish. Respect and dedication are obvious as one tours the halls.

- submitted by a teacher
July 16, 2009
Have a current 8th grader and 2 grads who went on to Catholic high schools. Both felt well prepared and continue to do well

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating May 15, 2008
Both of my sons attended St. Camillus ... and both had positive experiences. The teachers and administration have created a positive environment and the curriculum is challenging. There are various afterschool activities, including Aftercare. I recommend this school!

- submitted by a parent
January 02, 2008
This school has been great for my kids. We have been there for several years and, while each teacher has been very different, they are very attentive to the child's needs. The principal is receptive to parents needs. There are some after-school activities, such as a dance group, that would be difficult to find elsewhere. The after-school program that needs the most work is organized sports. All in all, I would rate the school as very good.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2007
After the unfortunate closing of our lady of sorrows school, i enrolled my child in st camillus. I must admit that coming from such a close nit, family environment at ols, i felt the schools parents seemed a bit 'clickish',with preconceived views of ols children and parents. The principal however is very welcoming and willing to go completely out of his way to make families feel welcome, even calling all parents by last name (how does he do it?). Over all the academics seem to be above average and prepare students for the next grade level. I do however have a problem with the grading scale on some of the assignments, and i am a bit disappointed that in april we still haven't had a hsa meeting.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2007
For a Catholic family this school is great..It is safe haven for children in general. this school is multicultural 'That' is great for my children and the education is great. The food we need a little improvement, but over all is an A+ school! The discipline is excellent; teachers & the principal don't look at it just like a job they have passion for teaching. It is a community at work.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2006
Mayhem is the best way to describe the running of this school. I had to pay tutors to help me kids get the basics for high school. Some of the teachers are very rude to the kids. I feel that I am well rid of an overbearing situation - don't waste your money

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
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St. Francis International School
Saint Camillus Drive, Silver Spring, MD  20903
(301) 434-2344
Last modified St. Francis International School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
St. Francis International School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 33 reviews. Top