Athletics at St. Francis

At St. Francis, athletics are an essential part of the overall student experience. We offer a full athletic program to our entire community, with many sports beginning as young as Kindergarten.

Mission Statement

The mission of the St. Francis Athletic Department is to provide an athletic program that encourages all students to participate in interscholastic sports, promotes the spirit of good sportsmanship with competitive athletic experiences, and emphasizes excellence in academics and athletics.

Athletics Philosophy

St. Francis adheres to a strict “no-cut” policy (although playing time at the Middle/High School levels is at the discretion of coaches). We believe that all students should have the opportunity to experience athletics, regardless of skill level or expertise. Our philosophy is focused on the overall student experience and teaches that there is a place for winning and losing but athletics and competition is about so much more. We pride ourselves on striving to compete at the highest levels, but not at the expense of fair play or exclusion of potential athletes. The overall goal of our interscholastic athletics program is to teach character, commitment, responsibility, humility and leadership.

Lower School Athletics

St. Francis Lower School students (K-4) have an opportunity to play at least one sport per season. We offer soccer, field hockey, basketball and track & field to this group.

Middle School Athletics

St. Francis Middle School students (5-8) continue learning their sports at a higher level. Interscholastic teams are formed for field hockey, boys’ soccer (girls are welcome to join), boys’ and girls’ basketball, and boys’ and girls’ track & field. Students in grades 7-8 can also join some High School teams whose sports are not offered on the Middle School level (and particularly talented athletes may have the opportunity to not only play on the appropriate Middle School team but also to join High School teams, pending roster space).

Assistant Athletic Director Shavar Cowherd is the main contact for LS/MS Athletics Information.


High School Athletics

In High School, students play at the highest level of competition in our state. They have the opportunity to compete at the district, regional, and state levels in the sports of field hockey, boys’ and girls’ golf, boys’ soccer (girls are welcome to join), boys’ and girls’ basketball, boys’ and girls’ bowling, boys’ and girls’ tennis, and boys’ and girls’ track & field. Other sports, including swimming and diving, cross country, and lacrosse, have been offered in the past, based upon student interest.

Athletic Coordinator Catherine Lafronza is the main contact for high school athletics information.