St. Francis School Curriculum
All St. Francis students take the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS) every spring. This gives both parents and teachers valuable information on the overall academic progress of each student. However, the ITBS test results are in no way linked to the promotion of a child from one grade level to the next.
The curriculum for our students include:
- Social Studies
- Integrated Language Arts
- Technology Applications
- Library Skills
- Art (music and visual)
- Physical Education
Our curriculum is designed for the advanced student, while we recognize individual variation and support achievement according to ability. Students work at an individualized pace and instruction-level suited to their needs and abilities. Teachers work to meet the needs of every student so that students can reach their full potential for excellence.
Our emphasis is on educating the whole child. We strive to cultivate their individual minds by addressing their weaknesses, and we encourage their strengths.
One critical part of the whole child is their character. We actively seek to help develop character in all our students. A non-denomination chapel is held on Fridays, and parents are encouraged to attend. Our Spirit of St. Francis awards recognize students who have made strides in developing character.
Our curriculum includes elements suggested by Texas Education Agency. St. Francis students do not take the TAKS test; we do not teach to a particular standardized test. Students do take the Iowa Test of Basic Skills annually.