Click below to get an information packet, schedule a tour, or schedule a shadow day. Thinking about making a transfer this school year? We can help with that, too. If you would like to schedule a shadow day, please give at least 24 hours notice so that we can confirm that we are able to accommodate your request. High School shadow days generally are scheduled on Mondays and Fridays.

Admissions Timeline

Admissions Decisions
The application deadline for the 2018-19 school year is January 15, 2018. Admissions decisions are made by a Committee comprised of faculty and staff members. Students submitting complete applications by January 15th will be notified of decisions by February 15th. Applications received after January 15th will be evaluated in a timely manner as space remains available in each grade level.

Mid-Year Transfer Applications
The School accepts applications from qualified transfer students during the school year and prefers to admit these students at the beginning of a grading period.

Scholarship/Financial Aid Applications
Applications for admission are evaluated solely on the merits of the applicant with no regard for the family’s financial situation. Financial Aid applications should be completed by February 15th through FACTS tuition services. A Merit Scholarship Competition for 9th and 6th grade applicants is January 21, 2018 from 1:00 – 4:30 p.m. Winners of this merit competition receive partial tuition scholarships.

Re-enrollment Timeline
This only applies to current students.

DateRe-Enrollment Timeline (Without Financial Aid)
1/5/2018Re-Enrollment Contract Available
2/8/2018Deadline to Submit Re-Enrollment Contract and Deposit
6/1/2018Re-Enrollment Contract Irrevocable
DateRe-Enrollment Timeline (With Financial Aid)
12/1/2017FACTS Financial Aid Application Available Online
1/5/2018Intention to Re-Enroll Agreement Available
2/8/2018Deadline to Submit Intention to Re-Enroll Agreement
2/15/2018Priority Deadline for Financial Aid
3/15/2018Re-Enrollment and Financial Aid Contract Available (Priority Deadline Applicants)
3/15/2018Financial Aid Deadline to Receive Decisions by 4/16/18
4/1/2018Deadline to Submit Re-Enrollment Contract and Deposit (Priority Deadline Applicants)
4/15/2018Financial Aid Deadline to Receive Decisions by 5/15/18
Re-Enrollment and Financial Aid Contract Available (3/15/18 Deadline Applicants)
5/1/2018Deadline to Submit Re-Enrollment Contract and Deposit (3/15/18 Deadline Applicants)
5/15/2018Re-Enrollment and Financial Aid Contract Available (4/15/18 Deadline Applicants)
5/29/2018Deadline to Submit Re-Enrollment Contract and Deposit (4/15/18 Deadline Applicants)
6/1/2018Re-Enrollment Contract Irrevocable

Applicant Checklist

Applicants for JK and K all applicants for JK and K should attend a Kindergarten Try-On Day as a part of their admissions process a. Applicants for grades 1st – 12th are required to shadow a current student during the school day as part of the admission process. (Exceptions made for out-of-town and summer applicants.) For the Downtown Campus, shadow days are generally scheduled on Mondays and Fridays in order for the prospective student to see a wider variety of classes, as we have a modified block schedule in which all classes meet Mondays and Fridays but only some meet Tuesdays-Wednesdays-Thursdays. Prospective parents are also encouraged to tour the school and meet with staff members to learn more about our unique school environment.

  • Application Form: Submit the fully completed application form along with a recent photograph and the $60 Application Fee, payable to St. Francis School.
  • Application Supplement: (for applicants for 5th-12th) To be completed in the student’s own handwriting after visiting the school. Click here application supplement form.
  • Teacher Recommendations: Two recommendations are required. We prefer to have recommendations from core course teachers who currently teach the student. Teachers should submit recommendation forms directly to the school. Click here for recommendations form.
  • Student Transcript: Provide student transcripts that includes grades from the last two school years. Click here for the transcript and records release form.
  • Standardized Test Scores: Provide standardized test scores from at least the last two school years. Click here for the transcript and records release form.
  • Psycho-Educational Testing: (optional) If the student has ever been assessed for learning differences or for other psychological reasons related to learning, submit a copy of test reports along with the application.

St. Francis School admits qualified students of any race, color, gender, gender identity or expression, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded to students at the School.


Tuition for the 2018-19 school year is:

Preschool Half-Day (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) Tuition
2 Day (2’s and 3’s) $4,100
3 Day (2’s and 3’s) $5,300
4 Day (4’s) $5,800
5 Day (2’s, 3’s, and 4’s) $7,000
Preschool Full-Day (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
2 Day (2’s and 3’s) $7,000
3 Day (2’s and 3’s) $9,300
4 Day (4’s) $10,400
5 Day (2’s, 3’s, and 4’s) $11,400
2-day: T, Th
3-day: MWF
4-day: T-F 
Extended day options up to 5:30 p.m. are also available. Contact the admissions office for more information.
JK-8 Tuition
JK $11,900
K $15,900
Lower School $19,800
Middle School $21,500
High School Tuition
9th – 12th grade $23,200

Financial Aid

We are committed to making a St. Francis education accessible to all who are admitted, and as such, over 50% of the student population receives some form of aid to attend. This commitment to diversity and scholarships makes us truly unique among other local, as well as national, Independent Schools. In providing tuition assistance to students and their families, our financial aid helps cultivate a student body that more accurately reflects the diversity of the Louisville community. This allows our students to learn to appreciate and work with people from a variety of religious, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds, which is critical to achieving our mission.

We offer several payment plans, including a monthly option, to make tuition payments manageable for our families. Our Business Office can assist with setting up payment plans via be made via FACTS Tuition Services.

New families wishing to apply for aid are encouraged to complete the admissions application process by January 15th and submit financial aid applications by February 15th. If financial aid forms are submitted by February 15th, awards are made by April 1st. Click here for our financial aid policy.

You may apply for financial aid with FACTS Tuition Services. You will need your current year’s tax return to submit along with your online application. Please make arrangements to file your taxes prior to the February 15th deadline so that you can submit the required tax documents along with your application. All supporting documents are uploaded to the FACTS, not to the school.

After these initial deadlines, admission applications and financial aid applications are accepted on a rolling basis, with materials reviewed, acceptances offered, and awards made in a timely fashion, as space and funds remain available. Families are encouraged to apply early, while funds are still available.


SFS offers both merit-based and need-based scholarships.

The Merit Scholarship Competition for incoming 6th and 9th graders is held in January each year. Merit Awards include the St. Francis Scholar, the overall winner, who receives a 50% tuition scholarship, and two Scholar Runners-Up, one in math/science and one in the humanities, who receive 25% tuition scholarships. The 6th grade awards are three-year renewable scholarships and the 9th grade awards are four-year renewable scholarships. Applications (including shadow day) must be completed prior to the Competition. You may register for the Competition by emailing or calling Kisha Watts (9th grade) or Kelli Carter (6th grade).

Talented Minority Youth Scholarships: This need-based scholarship is awarded annually to minority youth. These scholarships may be awarded each year to two or more qualified students.

New American Scholarships: This need-based scholarship is awarded to students who are immigrants themselves or who are the children of immigrants. These scholarships are normally awarded annually, but depend on the application of relevant students; there can be one or more New American Scholars per year.

Brown-Forman Scholarship: This need-based, four-year scholarship to be awarded to a deserving 8th grader from the West End of Louisville to attend St. Francis School. To qualify, applicants must compete in our Merit Scholarship Competition in January. This renewable scholarship is awarded annually to an incoming 9th grader.

Carnighan Scholarship: This need-based scholarship is named in memory of St. Francis School alumnus Michael Carnighan G’84, ’88 and awarded to a student who demonstrates financial need and demonstrates enthusiasm and aptitude in science and/or mathematics. To qualify, applicants must compete in our Merit Scholarship Competition in January. This renewable scholarship is awarded annually to an incoming 9th grader.

Cawein Scholarships: This need-based scholarship is named in honor of Madison Cawein, former St. Francis artist-in-residence. This scholarship is awarded to a student who has talent and passion for art, and who demonstrates financial need. This renewable scholarship is awarded annually to an incoming 9th grader.

Callie Stearns Campbell Memorial Scholarship: This need-based scholarship is awarded to a passionate student who demonstrates financial need and demonstrates enthusiasm for a new beginning at St. Francis. This renewable scholarship is awarded annually to an incoming 9th grader new to St. Francis School.

Admissions Events

Preschool Music + Movement Series (FREE)

Our dedicated Preschool Music and Creative Movement specialist uses the Orff-Schulwerk Method, which is a developmental approach to teaching musical concepts through clapping, rhymes, dance and poetry. Creative Movement classes focus on physical coordination. Through the use of materials such as: hula hoops, bean bags, tunnels, and balls, children are able to play games that build upon their gross motor skills and self-awareness.

Bring your preschooler or rising Kindergartner (1-5 years old) to our Preschool Music + Movement Series where children, their parents or caregivers, and our Music and Creative Movement specialist gather to sing, play, enjoy movement games, and explore instruments together!

Monday, January 29 from 10:40am-11:05am.
Monday, February 26 from 10:40am-11:05am

Goshen Campus, 11000 U.S. Highway 42, Goshen, KY 40026

RSVPs are encouraged so we have enough snacks and coffee, and don’t forget to bring a friend! RSVP to Trisha Amirault at 502-736-1009 or,

International Students

Out of a total school enrollment of 490, the High School enrolls just over 160, with approximately 4-6 international students each year. We enjoy bringing international students into our community, but we understand that you may have a long list of questions.

For international students applying to St. Francis, their families, and consultants, we have compiled this list of Frequently Asked Questions to help you through the application process. If you still have questions, please reach out to Kisha Watts, our Director of Admissions at the High School, at 502-736-1007.

What do I need to submit in order to apply?
International students should submit a completed online application, a transcript of academic work (with English translation), an application supplement by the applicant (handwritten and in English), and two letters of recommendation. We also request copies of any English-language proficiency testing results you may have completed. After all of the materials have been submitted, an admissions team member will contact you to arrange an interview. This can be online via Skype, or on our campus if you wish to visit and have a tour. Teachers should use the teacher recommendation form found here.

For which grades do you accept international applications?
We accept applications for international students for grades 9 through 11.

What testing is required for admission to St. Francis School?
We require an English-language proficiency test. In recent years, international applicants have submitted scores from tests like TOEFL, TOEFL Jr., and ELTiS.

What English Language Learner (ELL) support do you offer?
The Learning Center at St. Francis offers one-on-one academic support. International student tuition includes academic support of whatever kind the student needs – individualized ELL tutoring, standardized test preparation, and/or other academic support.

Where will I live if I come to St. Francis?
All of our international students do home stays with a local family, mostly current students’ families. You will be a member of an American family, which promotes integration into and understanding of American life and strengthens your English language skills.

What is included in International Student Tuition?
In addition to tuition, international student tuition costs include housing arrangements with a St. Francis family (August through May), a stipend for ELL tutoring or academic support in The Learning Center, and the majority of school fees. Additional expenses that international students should expect include spending money while living in the US, books/school supplies, and medical insurance while living in the US.

International Student Tuition and Fees Tuition
2018-19 Tuition $24,900
Agent Commission $3,500
Host Family Stipend (over 10 months) $10,000
International Student School Fees
(test prep, annual fund, APs, PA fee, etc)
Supplemental International Tuition Fees $6,000
Total $47,800


Getting to St. Francis School
International Students MapStudents can fly into one of two airports: Louisville International Airport (airport code SDF, 7 miles from school), and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport (airport code CVG, 95 miles from Louisville). The School will be happy to help arrange transportation to and from these airports.

College Acceptances
39 graduates of the Class of 2017 were accepted to over 140 colleges and universities and received $3 million in scholarships and grants. St. Francis students and parents have the added benefit of a college counselor with 30+ years of experience who guides students to find the colleges that best fit their interests and future plans.

View a listing of all the colleges and universities where our students from the Classes of 2011-2017 have enrolled.