Community of parents, parish and staff is wonderful. My children were attended a different private school in the past and their experience has been much more positive. Teachers care about the students and learn life long skills from teachers and students alike. Curriculum is very challenging and creates a love of learning. This is a school where all students know each other; 8th graders learn from the kindergartners and kindergartners learn from the 8th graders, and this learning environment is the same across all grades. Lots of activities for students to participate in, including choir, band, art, chess club, CYO athletics. Overall positive experience and a place we like to call "home".
My children have grown significantly in the area of character development. The school has had a strong impact on the way they behave, what is expected of them and because of the Catholic identity, this is also strongly encouraged by other families.
Homework has been minimal and the ownership has been put on the child to manage their homework. As the mother of a 4th grader, his teacher has empowered him to manage his homework and wants him to become accountable as these are life skills that are important. 20 minutes of reading a night is required for 2nd and 4th grade and there is also math and spelling homework. Overall, about 30 minutes per evening.
St. Francis is a really great school. Our public school is rated a 9 but the academics at St. Francis are worth it. The teachers and staff are truely invested in the children. St. Francis holds the children to high standards of kindness and respect. I can say without hesitation that of all my son's peer groups the St. Francis bunch are truly caring. They are great friends and the older students are fantastic role models. In a world that makes innocence and sweetness a rare thing St. Francis is a safe place for children to learn and grow with exceptional academics and strong moral character.
Honestly these are really nice kids. They are respectful to each other. I am in the school a fair amount and have never noticed bullying. My friends at other schools have told me about situations they experience. I am always grateful that St. Francis instills dignity and caring in the first place.
The education my son is receiving is top notch but the values St. Francis teaches are what is amazing. Each month there is a "Virtue of the Month". The students have the virtue woven into the lesson plan. Students from each class are recognized at the end of the month for being a living example of the virtue. My son was recognized for the virtue of kindness last year. It was a beautiful moment that filled our whole family with pride. The students live these virtues everyday. This community spirit of respect, dignity, and kindness is palpable from Kindergarten -8th and in the staff as well.
My children have been at St. Francis school for the past 3 years and we are very pleased with everything about this school. St. Francis offers more than just accelerated academics. They offer art, music, physical education and Spanish. Most importantly they incorporate the Catholic teachings of faith and service to others in all areas of their education. The character of St. Francis students is something to be proud of.