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St Francis School

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Posted March 2, 2014

I went to SFS from K-8, and I loved it. I made some of my closest friends there. The environment is extremely friendly, and everyone is so open and welcoming. Kids with disabilities are treated awesomely, and I rarely saw anyone get bullied. The school is accepting of every religion and race, and the students there are great as well. The closeness of the teachers and students provides for a really great learning experience, and much of the teaching is done unconventionally (in a good way). Some of the middle school academics could be improved on, but the amazing teachers made me feel prepared for high school. I can say going to this school was one of the best experiences of my life, because of the sense of family I felt with the community there and the friends I made.


Posted December 9, 2013

I went to SFS from pre-k to halfway through 6th grade before I had to move , and I can honestly say that it was the best school ever. While the school says its Episcopalian it accepts every religion, and every week at chapel we would learn about the other religions and the holidays they celebrated and how they did that. Even after I left St.Francis when I came back to Austin I would go back to St.Francis because I felt so at home. The teachers really care about you, if you're having a hard time they'll help you out in every way possible, and if you're finding it to easy they will try to make it more challenging. St. Francis is perfect for any type of student whether they are a normal student or if they have learning disabilities or even physical ones too. In my grade we had a severely autistic child who couldn't speak really, but we all loved him so much. We were all really sad when he left. Another thing is they don't put up with cattiness or bullying. They will ask you to stop , nicely, and if you continue to have bad behavior they will not hesitate to expel you. Either way,St. Francis A+++++.


Posted September 26, 2013

Our experience over nearly 4 years has ranged from excellent to average or below average. While I wouldn't want school leadership to be immediately reactive to parent concerns, I feel like the school is somewhat slower than it should be in addressing concerns and soliciting feedback from parents. We've seen this especially in the lower grades, where there has been a lot of turnover (teachers and students) over the last few years. As our child moves into the upper middle school, we are much more comfortable and have much more confidence in the teachers. We've seen student to teacher ratios of 15 or 16 to one, which is different than the 10-1 listed on this site, but still excellent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2013

I am regularly impressed with the stellar reputation of St Francis' head of school, Barbara Porter, within the academic community. Her leadership style, commitment to high standards, and educational expertise are sought out by other school's for suggestions on how to improve. Parental engagement and appreciation is also high comparatively. Considering her length of tenure, its refreshing to have a head of school that is in touch with the needs of her students and current teaching practices. She and the teaching staff also focus on instilling strong values, virtues and character building of the students as well as academics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2012

Our child attended lower middle school at St Francis and it was a wonderful and highly rewarding experience for her. Under the guidance of a devoted and in-touch head of school and a rare gem of a lower middle school coordinator, dedicated faculty, and awesome staff, we were confident that our daughter's education -- both academic and social -- would be stellar (and it was). No school is perfect for every kid, but for our child is was amazing. The minimal landscaping outside the school reflects the school's priorities -- keeping tuition reasonable for everyone, and I love that (although a little work on the entrance and egress pathways could be improved-- and there's certainly the parental human resources to come up with a solution to the circulation maze outside the front entrance, hint, hint).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2010

This school works very well for kids who will do well in most any school. there are certain kids with issues that can do well. Our experience was very poor, teachers couldn't work with our son and didn't care, no different than AISD. With the exception of 4th grade, 5th and 6th grade was a complete waste of our money and our son's time. he actually learned a lot of bad behavior at the school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2010

Our son was very happy at St Francis all the way through 8th grade. The school excels at educating kids at both ends: gifted kids, & problem kids. The saddest thing is that there's nowhere to go after 8th grade. No private high school in Austin is as good as St Francis. St Steven's is money-conscious & for rich kids; St Andrew's is Republican & conservative; St Michael's takes Catholicism really rigidly. The public schools, even LASA & the IB school, Anderson, are disappointing after St Francis.
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Posted February 2, 2010

I attended St Francis from 6th grade to 8th, and it was some of the best years of my life (: There is such diversity, and everyone there is very friendly and helpful. I've learned a lot from that school and I'm very happy that i could be a part of such a great community. Thanks St. Francis !
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 7, 2009

I have been a SFS parent for eight years and my children have had a wonderful experience. For us, it has been a utopia! Small classes, great teachers, effective administration. The on-site Reading and Language Center gave my dyslexic kids tutoring from a Certified Academic Language Specialist which enabled them (over time) to meet and then surpass their grade level in reading. While they were getting reading support to address their academic weaknesses, they could also receive advanced instruction in math, science, and art where they were very strong. Great school for gifted kids, great school for dyslexic kids, great school for all kids. We loved the diversity (religious, ethnic, and economic) of families here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2009

Amazing teachers but some of the kids do not belong in a social situation where they could do harm to other kids. St Francis seriously needs to address the behavior issues or i can't send my children back there - which would be said because the teachers are good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2007

This is an absolutely wonderful school. The school has a stable administration (i.e., little turnover in 20 years) and the head of school is an amazing woman with a clear vision for the education of children. The school has a strong sense of community and the adminstration, teachers, staff, and students value -- in their beliefs and actions -- diversity and excellence. I have three children and all three have thrived at the school, despite being very different from each other as people and students. The students gets a strong education in academics and values, learning to appreciate people for the diverse talents, backgrounds, and perspectives that we all bring to the world.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2007

Wow! I am so pleased with this amazing school which is ran by an incredible leader, Barbara Porter. Barbara has an educational background and skill and knowledge to bring staff and parents together for the good of our kids. The teachers volunteer and jump in to better the the childrens lives and make this school top notch! Community service beacause it is the right thing to do not to get in to college, and daily inspiration and kindness from the teachers to the kids. All learning levels and all delivered with smiles! Thank You!
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Posted May 10, 2007

We could not be more pleased with St Francis. Our children are happier than they've ever been at school before. The homework load is manageable and the teachers are so bright, creative, inspiring, and kind. Barbara Porter is an amazing principal. She has built a school that embraces academic diversity and makes it really work in such a positive way. One of her many mottos is 'if we're not moving forward, we're moving backward.' She is always looking for ways to improve on what they have. Barbara truly cares about the needs of her students and parents and bends over backward to make it work. We have been very impressed all the way around. It's no wonder that there isn't the attrition of teachers and students that you find at other private schools in the area. Keep it up, St Francis!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2007

Excellent teachers, low student/teacher ratios promote nurturing environment for every learning style. The student mix includes academically gifted and learning challenged students as well. Student standardized test performance is above grade level for all grades. St. Francis participates in the (PSIA)Private School Interscholastic Achievement competition annually and has finished near the top in the the state for the past few years. Parent support for all activities is tremendous. Extra activities include chess club, soccer, music, art, scouts, & basketball. The school is truly diverse. This year's student population includes international students from over a dozen countries. The school culture promotes helping others. Altruism is a part of the elementary and middle school environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2007

We are so impressed with this school where the teachers and administrators and coaches and tutors all 'get' this notion of individual learning styles. Also - we now see how [another school] 'dumbed down' work for our dyslexic and very capable 5th grade daughter. She is a completely different person after one semester!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2006

I think St.Francis has great teachers great kids and a great atmosphere. My Middle school son has auditory processing disorder and his grades have excelled since I sent him there. My son is in the sixth grade and absolutely loves one of his teachers Lori Douglass. I hope that many people discover this lovely school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2006

I have a son in St. Francis and am very pleased with the school. The small size of the school makes for a family atmosphere and the staff are very qualified. They take the child as he (or she) is and goes from there. They can raise the achievement of the child who needs some extra help and still challenge their gifted children. Great place for 2E kids (gifted with learning disabilities).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2006

I have children in both elementary and middle school at St. Francis, and could not be more pleased. Small classes and teacher commitment to respect individual differences in children provide an ideal learning environment for my bright, rambunctious 8 year old, as well as for my reserved, meticulous middle schooler. I can't imagine a better setting in which to launch my children into adolescence. Teachers are attuned, responsive, and warm. The headmistress, Barbara Porter, is the best school administrator I've ever encountered. I could not recommend St. Francis more highly for any and all children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2006

Barbara Porter, the director, is an excellent leader. She supports the notion that all children are equal and should be given a chance. She strives to keep the school affordable, and available to all types of learners...those with learning challenges as well as gifted. The sports team has come a long way under the leadership of Coach Armstrong, who challenges the kids in a fun way. There is a Christian based chapel every Friday that I think would make most anyone comfortable, regardless of their faith.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2006

Great School. Good academics, great students, an extended family. Accelerated classes and a great athletic program.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 42% 31%
Asian or Pacific Islander 26% 4%
Black 20% 13%
Hispanic 12% 51%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Barbara A. Porter
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