Mission & Philosophy

Mission and Philosophy of Education:

St. Francis School is to be an independent, interdenominational school providing high-quality education to children from pre-kindergarten through 8th grade. The school will not be affiliated with any church or religious denomination or other supporting organization.

Mission Statement:

St. Francis School shall be an interdenominational school committed:

  • to low student-teacher ratios and attention to the needs of every student;
  • to excellence in achievement without exclusivity in admissions;
  • to a student body that is integrated racially, ethnically, economically, and religiously;
  • and to an atmosphere that is both supportive of Christian values and welcoming to children of all faiths.

 

St. Francis Statement of Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Since 1985, it has been St. Francis School’s mission to provide excellence in achievement without exclusivity and to engage a student body that is integrated racially, ethnically, economically, and religiously. Likewise, we are committed to fighting and educating against racism, discrimination, and bigotry.  As a community of learning, we will not tolerate racism.  Especially as it hinders the emotional and intellectual development of our students and our community as a whole.

St. Francis continues to aspire to be an inclusive environment where all members of the community are nurtured to be their authentic selves. We embrace our differences, whether they be nationality, ethnicity, race, spiritual traditions, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or ability. We believe as a community that we are continually called to strengthen our foundational values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice.  Thus, we are committed to building evolving structures and systems which provide a pathway to full participation and where each individual can recognize and grow into their full potential and be celebrated.

 

Philosophy of Education:

  • To sustain a nurturing and caring environment that draws together children, parents, and teachers.
  • To use a curriculum designed for the advanced student, while recognizing individual variation and supporting achievement according to ability.
  • To meet the unique needs of any student through personal attention.
  • To instill a sense of responsibility and self esteem as an integral part of every child’s development.
  • To emphasize and utilize parental involvement as a necessary element of children’s education.
  • To invite a diverse mixture of students from many different backgrounds and outlooks.
  • To encourage the student’s personal development in an atmosphere that is comfortable for children and parents of all faiths.