I withdrew my children from this school after a very unpleasant experience with the teachers and principal. I do not think this school is a good fit for anyone whose children are above average or need extra help. But if you have an average, middle of the road, student then they should do just fine. Discipline was ineffectual and very rigid, treating kindergarten students like they are at the same developmental stage as a middle schooler. Also, supervision at lunch and during lunch and lunch recess was by volunteer parents only who were told to solve any conflicts by telling the students that "that is not what Jesus would do" which I found to be very ineffective.
We are so happy that we have chosen to send our children to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School. The teachers at St. Francis are truly committed to educating our children to the highest standards, all the while taking the time to know each child and family and to ensure that each child is getting the most out of the learning process. The faith-based environment allows the children to build a solid fundation in values and in caring for others. St. Francis still teaches the curriculum basics, such as memorizing math facts, memorizing spelling words, and learning basic sentence structure, which are essential to a child's education. In addition to teaching the basics, St. Francis provides students a well-balanced access to technology to enhance learning. Also, music, art, physical education, library, and even Spanish classes are offered to all children from preschool to 8th grade! I really enjoy telling people that my preschooler and older children are taking Spanish classes, and in this way are also learning about other cultures as well. Overall, I consider St. Francis to be a caring community of staff and families truly committed to the education and success of each student.
St. Francis of Assisi School is an outstanding school. Both of my children attended St. Francis from kindergarten through 8th grade and were well prepared for the rigors of honors and AP courses in high school. The faith filled, family type atmosphere fosters confidence in classroom participation, and acceptance of all kids. The leadership is excellent, Mrs. Pritzel is an exceptional educator and principal that knows every child enrolled and is always striving to make St. Francis and even better school.
St Francis of Assisi is an excellent school. Our son is currently enrolled in first grade, and we are very happy with the education that he is receiving. The teaching staff and adminstration are very thoughtful individuals, who hold the integrity of their students with highest regard. The quality of our son's educational experience is also excellent. His teacher provides ample homework and is very encouraging. She has a weekly blog that is posted regarding classroom events and upcoming activities. In summary, I highly endorse St Francis of Assisi Catholic School.
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School keeps getting better! The school offers a 1:1 tablet-based curriculum for the middle school, and students in lower grades use school-provided tablets. Exceptional math and science curricula, foreign language instruction for all grades, team sports with a no-cut policy, an excellent fine arts program, dedicated and well-qualified teaching staff, an active parent community and highly affordable tuition.
We have had 4 children through St. Francis and love the school and teachers. The curriculum and faith development activities are outstanding and the children are very well prepared for high school. I particularly love their choir and drama electives, and the multitude of afterschool opportunities (volleyball, forensics, basketball, etc.).
St Francis of Assisi is an amazing school because it is challenging academically and it has a very caring environment. Teachers take a personal interest to make each and every student is doing their best. Schools like this are rare and very hard to find. Ms. Pritzel, the principal, runs a tight ship with a caring hand.
Fantastic! It offers a well rounded and individually tailored academics and has recently made major strides in science and technology - having always had a very strong reputation in reading, writing, arts and music. The school is growing in enrolment, has new programs to assist with tuition for first time families, and is achieving great scores and reviews by parents and students alike. All of this is supported by a caring community within the school and church. Leadership is great as well - the principal is even a former student and teacher. Fr. James also has great rapport with the kids.
I sent my son to St.Francis last year and was so pleased by the school. I feel my son was truly appreciated and loved by his teachers. The environment is warm and loving, and I really am thankful for the values taught at St.Francis, from both a Christian and just plain human perspective. I never got the feeling of community and caring from the Ann Arbor Public School that he attended previously, tho that school is supposed to be one of the best in Ann Arbor. I intend to have my son remain in St.Francis thru 8th grade.
I am a parent of former St.Francis student. The reason that I decided to ultimately go with another private school in Ann Arbor was their unfair price/cost structure and their lack of ethnic diversity. I could have accepted the later, if they were making a conscious effort to increase it, but they seem flabergasted, when I asked what their plans were to increase this. Also, I just can't seem to justify their tuition cost for 2 hours and 45 minutes for the kindergarten class. The curriculum and staff were very nice, but thier inability to address the social aspects of society and ensure an environment that everyone can feel comfortable, then I suspect that Ann Arbor and this countries demographic shifts will leave St. Francis searching for students to enroll.
St. Francis of Assisi provides an outstanding, well-rounded education and is one of the best private school values in the Ann Arbor area. The academics, middle school elective programs, music and fine arts programs are all of the highest quality and are delivered by the most professional, caring and experienced teaching staff around. The school's standardized test scores simply prove what hundreds of St. Francis families already know: St. Francis provides the best PK-8 education in Washtenaw County.
I am a student at St. Francis and am enjoying it immensely. Remember that one's preparedness for highschool is often based on whether the person prepared himself. And yes, there is a focus on values at St. Francis, and though 'real schools' might be a rather oblique definition, morals and 'perfect catholic virtues' are going to be the things that maneuver you to high places in life and maintain you there. St.Francis is a wonderful school with great teachers and challenging curriculum. Please consider this marvelous school as an option. You won't regret it.
Ok, What are you people talking abouut!!!, This school did not help me prepare for highschool at all, and over all the school was very close minded about anything that was not 'perfect catholic values' you guys need to go to a real school before you praise this school! -Donald McNair
St. Francis helped me become a wellrounded student. I was extremely prepared when I began high school. Many of my teachers commented on my strong academic backround, especially in the Language Arts area. I attribute this to the excellent training I received at St. Francis School. I am appreciative and greatful that my parents provided me with the opportunity to attend a Catholic grade school. It was truley a girft.
I've Been going to St. Francis school since kindergarten. The people there are so easy to get to know and so caring. As soon as you walk in they talk to you as if they've known you their whole lives. They make sure you understand everything before moving on. The elective classes are always great because the 8th grade gets to work with 7th grrade and the activities, for both the parish and the school activities, really involve you as part of a team. STF also does so many drives and fundraisers for better things in the school, like A/C and for community and poor/service shelters. The 2003-2004 activity was the Heifer project, where we gave an ark full of animals to starving families. Our goal was $5,000, with parish community donations, and a lot of chores, we raissed over $10,000 and the leftovers went to the church! I Love STF!
This is the best school we have found, the teachers are so caring in all aspects, parents are involved in different events, nice friendly and polite environement, teaching of manners, values are the must for this school, my son truly likes his school (which is rare) facilities are fine, teachers interested in kids progress is a blessing. Smily faces all the way, progress is inminent in my son.
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