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St. Francis DeSales School

Private | PK-8 | 410 students


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Posted June 2, 2012

I have been a parent of a student at St. Francis de Sales for 8 years and have seen a tangible decline in morale and integrity throughout not only the administration and staff, but also in the student population since the change in administration a few years ago. It has been quite distressing to watch and experience, and I am very relieved that my daugther will be moving on to high school next year. I would strongly recommend to any parent looking for a catholic school in this area to strongly consider Blessed Sacrament as an alternative.
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Posted August 3, 2010

We are entering our 8th year at St. Francis and I have seen the school grow in enrollment and academics over the years. We now have a book club, art club, drama club, and strings program. All of these have flourished over the last 3 years. It is great because the focus isn't just on athletics; the academic clubs provide enrichment as well. Improvements and renovations to our old building have occurred every year and it provides a nice, bright atmosphere for the students. Parents are encouraged to volunteer and help build community. It's an academically strong school and a great place for parents who want to be involved in their child's school career.
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Posted August 3, 2010

St. Francis is wonderful! We a chose private-parochial school over public because of the focus on learning the Catholic faith. The small, family-like atmosphere is wonderful. Recent additions of a strings instrument program, drama club and art club ensure our children are well-rounded. As with any private or parochial school, funding is important and with current state budget cuts, it is important for parents to financially support the school. The school has just one fundraiser and as a parent this is a welcome change that I appreciate! I highly recommend St. Francis for anyone wanting a superior education in a faith-filled environment!
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Posted November 15, 2009

We switched from St. Francis de Sales to public schools and we are very happy. Our child is much happier and absolutely thriving in her new environment. Her reading and math skills dramatically improved. St. Francis' focus is primarily on money which is reflected in the large class sizes. The administration leaves alot to be desired also. Class size and curriculum concerns fall on deaf ears.
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Posted July 16, 2007

Discipline has faultered over the years. The emphasis is on how much money the parents can give to the school and the Church. If a child is not an athlete, there is not much in the way of extracurricular activity. Some of the teachers are very involved with the students, but the administration leaves a great deal to be desired.
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Posted February 10, 2004

Excellent religion program, discipline and respect for life are at the top of the list.
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Ethnicity This school State average
White 97% 77%
Two or more races 2% N/A
Black 1% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian 0% N/A
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Hispanic 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

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  • Mrs. Mary T. Walsh
  • Coed
  • Roman catholic
  • NCEA
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  • (740) 345-9768


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  • Diocese of Columbus
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