SFIS has an amazing faculty and staff. Throughout each school year our faculty meetings regular in team and whole-school faculty meetings to plan together and support one another.
During each year our teachers also have opportunities for school-based and archdiocese-wide professional development that includes and annual retreat.
Teachers are also constantly learning as part of ongoing courses to maintain certification as well summer programs sponsored by the school like Responsive Classroom training academies.
Amount of homework:
Homework is a complicated part of the American academic tradition.
On one hand homework is valuable for a certain amount of practice and review and sometimes it can be used to introduce new topics. However, many studies show that homework alone - especially in early elementary school - has limits to its academic value.
Homework, also has som behavioral value beyond it supporting specific academic outcomes. Homework helps to teach students self-discipline, time management, and it builds important skills for learning at home.
SFIS prepares students to succeed in the highly competitive world of Washington, DC, area college preparatory high school programs. Because of that we believe that students must be prepared to use homework as a tool for being successful throughout their academic careers.
We work hard to balance the competing goods and challenges of homework while respecting that regardless of recommendations based on research homework is a part of high school and college in the United States that students must be prepared to succeed at.
Character and community are both major focuses at SFIS. We believe that every child should be challenged to be the best person that they can be in MIND, BODY, and SPIRIT.
Throughout our school we utilize the Responsive Classroom and Developmental Designs frameworks to inform our efforts in nurturing the social-emotional development of all of our students. We employ a unique, award winning peacebuilding curriculum throughout our school community that emphasizes self-understand and interpersonal skills in concrete ways.
Message to families
SFIS a national award winning Catholic schools in its sixth year since we merged the former St. Mark and St. Camillus School communities together. We have gone through a huge amount of growth and change since opening in 2010. Our programs are very strong and our 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!
Posted October 16, 2014
- a parent
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?
Posted May 05, 2014
- a parent
This school offers great academic and culture programs. The teachers and school staff are great and very pleasant to work with our kids.
Posted April 15, 2014
- a parent
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.
Posted April 12, 2014
- a parent
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!
Posted March 22, 2014
- a community member
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
- a parent
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.