The Basics



Not sure about who we are, or what we do? Read on!

coeducational – boys and girls

non-denominational – students practice many faiths. Our name comes from the school’s original roots in the Episcopal community in Louisville, but we are not affiliated with any religious institution in particular

deliberately small – average class size of 11; student:teacher ratio of 8:1 an accredited Independent school (accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States)

college preparatory – rigorous academics; extensive course offerings, including 13 AP classes; College Advisor with 30+ years experience; impressive college acceptance list; virtually all graduates go to college

life preparatory – graduates are prepared for the world, not just prepared to take tests

amazingly diverse – religious, racial/ethnic, geographic, and socioeconomic; 37% of our students are minority or foreign born; more than 40% of our students receive financial aid

students at the center – the school was designed from the ground up to be a place where teenagers want to come learn; students are a guiding force in school policy and extracurriculars

”The School of Thought” – critical, independent thinking is the norm, students are taught how to think, not what to think

founded in the progressive educational tradition –  SFS aligns with the progressive school movement which was founded by John Dewey and Francis Parker in the early 1900’s;  progressive schools were created as alternatives to the factory-like school model.  Progressive schools are student-centered, community service-minded, diverse, experiential, participatory, and require students to be fullly engaged participants in the learning process. Traditional measures of success such as standardized test scores are deemphasized in favor of more meaningful, applicable learning outcomes.

St. Francis School is unlike any school you have ever experienced. You’ve got to see it to believe it! Call to plan a visit today.