In the Middle School and High School, student involvement in academic teams begins as an extension of the curricular learning students do every day. Middle School students compete in Math Counts, Math Olympiad, Science Olympiad, Lego Robotics, and Governor’s Cup. In 2013, when SFS fielded its first Governor’s Cup team at the Elementary level, over half the team finished in the top 5 on written assessments at the District level and moved on to Regionals, where half of that team garnered a top-5 finish. Beginning in 2014, both Elementary and Middle School teams competed at Governor’s Cup on written assessments and in Quick Recall.
Additionally, our Math Counts team has fared very well in the extremely competitive Jefferson County region in recent years. With nearly 30 teams competing, we have earned a trophy for a top-5 finish numerous times in the past 10 years. Despite our small numbers, our emphasis on problem solving always has our team prepared! (In fact, in 1993 our Math Bowl squad earned a third place STATE finish in Team Problem Solving!)
At the High School level, St. Francis academic competitions include three math contests (Math Madness, an internet-based nationwide competition; Math League, a local competition, and the AMC Math Competition), Science Olympiad, Quick Recall, Governor’s Cup, Kentucky Youth Assembly, Kentucky United Nations Assembly, Chess Team, and the Kentucky World Language Festival. In 2012-13, we had the 2013 individual Kentucky State Chess Champion, our Math League team finished first in its division (along with three students placing first individually in their grade levels), and our Governor’s Cup team finished second in the district, with three students making it through district and regional competition all the way to the state level in written assessments. In 2013-14, our KYA delegation was recognized with a Spirit Award, our Quick Recall team won the Non-Public Schools Tournament, our Governor’s Cup and Quick Recall teams placed second in the region, and our Math League team again finished first in its division (with two students placing first individually in their grade levels).