November 08, 2013
This is a wonderful school. While public schools are being turned into test-prep centers, St. Francis is serious about "educating the whole person", mind, body, and spirit. Mind: the core academics are a great mix of rigor and creativitiy - hitting key concepts from a variety of angles. The students really respect the teachers, who are excellent. All kids learn French and Spanish, and the arts programs (especially visual & drama) are strong. Body: plenty of recess for the younger kids, PE twice a week, and sports programs. Spirit:the Catholic faith is not soft-peddaled, but is presented in a loving, creative way. Mass once a week, religious instruction daily, and teachers/staff who freely talk about their own faith/prayers. The kids are mostly well-behaved, from good families. Our older daughter has always been bright, but her confidence and motivation have soared since starting at St. Francis. Our younger daughter "shadowed" for a morning last spring before starting pre-k this fall. On her shadow day, she left the house being able to write the first letter of her name, and came home writing her full name.- after two hours, and not even as an enrolled student yet.
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