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St. Francis International School

Private | PK-8 | 476 students

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Posted November 18, 2013

SFIS is now in its four year since we merged the former St. Mark and St. Camillus Schools. We have gone through a huge amount of growth and change since opened in 2010. Our programs are now very strong and reputation for being a caring community that serves a diverse population of students is well known. We continue to grow as a school community and our future is very bright!

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Posted May 5, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted March 8, 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


Posted May 4, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted November 3, 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


Posted November 3, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted October 14, 2009

This is a multicultural school with a family like atmosphere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2009

It is the best School. My 2 year old could spell his name, at 2!!
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 56% 35%
Hispanic 24% 12%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 6%
White 7% 42%
Two or more races 5% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
Italian
Hindi, Bangla
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Math club
  • Science club
  • Technology club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Drama club
  • Literary magazine
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Amharic
  • French
  • Other
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Hindi, Bangla
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
Clubs
  • Gardening

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Clubs
  • It's Academic
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 6:45 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:30 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Tobias A. Harkleroad
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 2 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Extended/longer school day
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman Catholic
Associations
  • NCEA
Fax number
  • (301) 434-7726

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Environmental
  • Global
  • Religious
  • Social justice
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Amharic
  • French
  • Other
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Hindi, Bangla
  • Italian
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • T-Ball
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • T-Ball
  • Track

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Community service
  • Drama club
  • Gardening
  • It's Academic
  • Literary magazine
  • Math club
  • National Honor Society
  • Science club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Technology club
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
More from this school
  • SEE what Saint Francis International has to offer your family at our school at our You Tube channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/sfismd).
School leaders can update this information here.

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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$7000 - $9000
Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Most students attend the Catholic high school of the Washington region
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Saint Camillus Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20903
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Phone: (301) 434-2344

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