ST FRANCIS SCHOOL

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300 E HUNTLAND DR
AUSTIN, TX 78752
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Phone: 512-454-0848
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 0
  • Educational Climate: Below Average
  • Technology Measure: Low
  • Type: Private
  • Grades: Preschool - 8th Grade
  • District:
  • Students/Teacher: 12:1
  • Students/Grade: 40
  • Number Students: 400
  • Number Teachers: 28
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: N/A
  • Poverty Level: NOT REPORTED
  • Principal: Ms Barbara Porter
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
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  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (32 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (26 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2015-03-20
    "St. Francis changed (and continues to change) my daughter's life, and ours. She attended two different public schools (one AISD, once charter, to be exact) before moving to St. Francis in fourth grade. My daughter, who is creative and smart (but who struggles with math), was taught at these public schools--due to expectations of excellence in all subjects; pressure from testing; high teacher-to-student ratios; poor teacher selection and training (and pay); and resultant peer pressure/social anxiety--that she wasn't up to par. When she entered St. Francis, she thrived in just a few months. It is incredible what good teachers and a community-based classroom can do. I cannot say enough about the teachers and the community. As for social/peer pressure, the school does magic. The kids are able to foster a welcoming environment through teacher and school-wide example that continues to floor me. Bullying is dealt with in an effective, swift, straightforward way I have never seen in any educational environment. Further, the school's diversity--for a private school (and for many Austin public schools)--is impressive and was of crucial importance to us when we joined."
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    Posted 2015-03-12
    "There should be more elementary & middle schools like St. Francis: small, unpretentious, focused on developing students' academic achievement and high-school readiness, with small classes (maximum 15 students), not forced to teach to the STAAR test or follow ever-changing educational fads. St. Francis offers an old-fashioned school environment in a welcoming, and racially and economically diverse atmosphere. It is a Christian school, but nondenominational and religious instruction is not part of the academic curriculum. All faiths are welcome and respected, as are gay-parented families. They welcome students of different ability levels, from gifted to challenged: the common denominator amoung the kids is a willingness to work. My son is high-functioning on the autism spectrum, and beyond 1st grade, public school was a disaster for him. We enrolled him at St. Francis, and the smaller classes, nurturing, non-STAAR test focused environment, and high academic expectations completely turned my son around. There are also many field trips and special events, like the 4th grade ballroom dance and 8th grade trip to Italy."
    Other Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-03-02
    "I went to SFS from K-8, and I loved it. I made some of my closest friends there. The environment is extremely friendly, and everyone is so open and welcoming. Kids with disabilities are treated awesomely, and I rarely saw anyone get bullied. The school is accepting of every religion and race, and the students there are great as well. The closeness of the teachers and students provides for a really great learning experience, and much of the teaching is done unconventionally (in a good way). Some of the middle school academics could be improved on, but the amazing teachers made me feel prepared for high school. I can say going to this school was one of the best experiences of my life, because of the sense of family I felt with the community there and the friends I made."
    Other Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-12-09
    "I went to SFS from pre-k to halfway through 6th grade before I had to move , and I can honestly say that it was the best school ever. While the school says its Episcopalian it accepts every religion, and every week at chapel we would learn about the other religions and the holidays they celebrated and how they did that. Even after I left St.Francis when I came back to Austin I would go back to St.Francis because I felt so at home. The teachers really care about you, if you're having a hard time they'll help you out in every way possible, and if you're finding it to easy they will try to make it more challenging. St. Francis is perfect for any type of student whether they are a normal student or if they have learning disabilities or even physical ones too. In my grade we had a severely autistic child who couldn't speak really, but we all loved him so much. We were all really sad when he left. Another thing is they don't put up with cattiness or bullying. They will ask you to stop , nicely, and if you continue to have bad behavior they will not hesitate to expel you. Either way,St. Francis A+++++."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-09-26
    "Our experience over nearly 4 years has ranged from excellent to average or below average. While I wouldn't want school leadership to be immediately reactive to parent concerns, I feel like the school is somewhat slower than it should be in addressing concerns and soliciting feedback from parents. We've seen this especially in the lower grades, where there has been a lot of turnover (teachers and students) over the last few years. As our child moves into the upper middle school, we are much more comfortable and have much more confidence in the teachers. We've seen student to teacher ratios of 15 or 16 to one, which is different than the 10-1 listed on this site, but still excellent."
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