St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School

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     Q: Who can attend St. Francis?

A: St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School welcomes students of all backgrounds and faiths to experience the comprehensive Catholic education of mind, heart, and spirit.

 

Q: How many students attend St. Francis?

A: Our current enrollment consists of 555 students from 356 families.

 

Q: What grade levels constitute the St. Francis curriculum?

A: St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School is proud to offer programs and curriculum for students from Pre-kindergarten through 8th grade.

 

Q: Is there an admission assessment?

A: Yes.  In order to ensure a smooth transition for all students, the school collaborates with Chancy Bruce to conduct grade-level placement assessment for students entering Kindergarten through 8th grade.  No assessments are necessary for Preschool and Pre-kindergarten applicants.

 

Q: What is the class size?

A: With a maximum class size of 30 students St. Francis of Assisi fosters differentiated instruction.  Part-time instructional aides assist students in kindergarten and grades 1-4 Monday through Friday. The ratio and class sizes listed are what you can expect at St. Francis.

 

Preschool:  1:11

Elementary School:  Average Class Size of 28 students

Middle School:  Average Class Size of 28 students

 

Q: Is St. Francis a fully accredited school?

A: St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School is an accredited member of Western Catholic Education Association (WCEA) and Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

 

Q: Do St. Francis students participate in standardized testing?

A:  Yes. In the Fall of 2015 Catholic schools in the Diocese of Orange began utilizing the Renaissance STAR assessment both in reading and in math. Renaissance Learning™ pioneered computer-adaptive testing in the classroom. According to diocesan policy, these tests are used as a diagnostic tool at the start of the year, formative instrument for the purpose of implementing curriculum during the year, and summative device at the end of the year. Our students in kindergarten through 8th grade exceed the national and diocesan averages in all academic areas.

 

Q: Is St. Francis a closed campus?

A: For the safety of our children, St. Francis strictly maintains a closed campus. Once students arrive on campus, they may not leave without permission.

 

Volunteers are required to complete Safe Environment training and a thorough background check. All vistors are asked to sign-in on our visitor’s log in the main office and obtain a visitor’s ID badge that must be worn at all times.

 

Once cleared, volunteers are welcome on the campus and they are highly involved in the school, especially when assisting teachers and staff with planned school projects and scheduled classroom activities.

 

Q: What are St. Francis’ facilities like?

A: St. Francis has a beautiful campus that is warm and welcoming. From outdoor play and recreation space to well appointed academic space, our facilities enhance the education and the joyful environment for which we are know.

 

  • 25 warm and inviting classrooms for kindergarten - grade 8
  • 1 Preschool and 2 Pre-K classrooms with a developmentally safe playground
  • An iMac computer lab with 30 computers and iPad carts available for all grade levels
  • 1 library with a dedicated librarian
  • A well-appointed science lab
  • An advanced math classroom
  • Dedicated music classroom
  • 2 Learning Support Centers for specialized instruction
  • Multi-purpose center
  • Outdoor amphitheater with breathtaking views
  • Multi-purpose sports fields
  • Outdoor basketball courts, hopscotch, four-square, tetherball, funnel ball, and covered lunch area
  • Budding Community Garden
  • On-campus extended care program
  • On-site administration/business offices
  • As the school continues to deliver ever-expanding educational opportunities for its students, facility improvements and expansions are on the drawing board and will only serve to further enhance the excellence of our school.

 

Q: What is the best way to get to St. Francis?

      A: Link to map and directions

 

Q: What is the student uniform dress code?

A: We believe that a student’s appearance is important and has a significant impact on their attitude and behavior. As a sign of mutual respect for one another and self discipline, and to help create an environment of excellence, we abide by a dress and personal appearance code. Specifics of the dress code are laid out in our Parent / Student Handbook. In general, a student’s appearance should be conservative and it should not bring undue attention to oneself.

 

Q: What types of food and nutrition services does St. Francis provide for students?

A: St. Francis of Assisi is proud to partner with Cater Tots as the food service provider of choice.

Link to Cater Tots flier

 

Q: Is before and after school care available?

A: Yes, our Extended Care program is available in the morning to all students from 7:00-7:30 am with regular supervision from 7:35-8:00 am. In the afternoon, Extended Care supervision is available from 2:50-6:00 pm.

 

Extended Care Program fees may be paid on an hourly or monthly basis and are as follows:

 

Monthly Extended Day Care (1st/2nd/3rd child): $165/$115/$65 per month

Hourly Extended Day Care: $11.  

 

A one-time registration fee of $100 per family is required for both the Monthly and Hourly plan.

All Extended Care fees are paid through our FACTS Management Service.

 

Q: What high schools do St. Francis graduates attend?

A: Over 90% of our 8th grade students matriculate to one of the Catholic high schools in our area:

 

Servite High School (all boys) in Anaheim

Mater Dei High School (co-ed) in Santa Ana

Rosary High School (all girls) in Fullerton

Cornelia Connelly High School (all girls) in Anaheim

Santa Margarita High School (co-ed) in Rancho Santa Margarita

JSerra High School (co-ed) in San Juan Capistrano

  

Q: What is the annual tuition?

A: Currently, the tuition rate for the 2015-2016 school year is as follows:

 

Kindergarten-Grade 8:                                      $6315/year

5 Full-Day Preschool/Pre-Kindergarten:        $5730/year

3 Full-Day Preschool/Pre-Kindergarten:        $4975/year

3 Half-Day Preschool:                                        $2615/year

 

Tuition may be paid in full at registration or through monthly payments via FACTS Tuition Management Company.

 

Additional fees for all families/students are:

 

Registration fee: $435 per student

Class Fees: Vary by grade level ($30 - $75)

Device Fee: Vary by grade level ($25 - $250)

Scrip Participation Fee: $250*

  

Optional fees for participating families/students are:

 

Scrip Buyout Fee: $250

Service Hours Buyout Fee: $200

Extended Care Registration fee: $100 per family

Graduation fee: $150 per 8th grade student

 

Tuition rates and fees are adjusted and determined on an annual basis.


*Scrip fees can be earned back throughout the year and credited to each family’s tuition account.

 

Q: Is tuition assistance available?

A: Yes, tuition assistance is available for families and awarded based on financial need. Applications for tuition assistance are handled through our FACTS Management Service.

 

Q: What are the volunteering requirements?

A: St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School welcomes and expects parent involvement. Our St. Francis volunteers are an important part of our school family and keep our school running smoothly.  Each school family is required to complete 20 volunteers hours per year.  This requirement can be met through a wide variety of tasks including classroom activities, fundraising events, lunch/recess supervision, sports coaching, working on the yearbook, attending important parent meetings as well as many others. Extended family may assist in completing the required volunteer hours.  

 

Q: Is there a required fundraising commitment for each family?

A: St. Francis offers many fun and exciting fundraising opportunities including our Spring Auction, Casino Night, Book Fairs and many others.  St. Francis’ Scrip Program is the only mandatory fundraiser required for each family. Each family is expected to generate $250 in Scrip profit each year through participation in our gift card and/or electronic Scrip program.  The required $250 Scrip fee is added to each family’s tuition account at registration and family tuition accounts are credited each quarter as Scrip profits are earned.  A $250 buy-out option is available at registration for families opting not to participate.