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
... Read more 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. Read less
Posted by a other on 03/02/14
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
... Read more 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+++++. Read less
Posted by a other on 12/09/13
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
... Read more 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. Read less
Posted by a parent on 09/26/13
I am regularly impressed with the stellar reputation of St Francis' head of school, Barbara Porter, within the academic community. Her leadership style, commitment to high standards, and educational expertise are sought out by other school's for suggestions on how to improve. Parental engagement and
... Read more appreciation is also high comparatively. Considering her length of tenure, its refreshing to have a head of school that is in touch with the needs of her students and current teaching practices. She and the teaching staff also focus on instilling strong values, virtues and character building of the students as well as academics. Read less
Posted by a parent on 07/23/13
Our child attended lower middle school at St Francis and it was a wonderful and highly rewarding experience for her. Under the guidance of a devoted and in-touch head of school and a rare gem of a lower middle school coordinator, dedicated faculty, and awesome staff, we were confident that our daughter's
... Read more education -- both academic and social -- would be stellar (and it was). No school is perfect for every kid, but for our child is was amazing. The minimal landscaping outside the school reflects the school's priorities -- keeping tuition reasonable for everyone, and I love that (although a little work on the entrance and egress pathways could be improved-- and there's certainly the parental human resources to come up with a solution to the circulation maze outside the front entrance, hint, hint). Read less
Posted by a parent on 09/07/12
This school works very well for kids who will do well in most any school. there are certain kids with issues that can do well. Our experience was very poor, teachers couldn't work with our son and didn't care, no different than AISD. With the exception of 4th grade, 5th and 6th grade was a complete waste
... Read more of our money and our son's time. he actually learned a lot of bad behavior at the school Read less
Posted by a parent on 08/25/10
Our son was very happy at St Francis all the way through 8th grade. The school excels at educating kids at both ends: gifted kids, & problem kids. The saddest thing is that there's nowhere to go after 8th grade. No private high school in Austin is as good as St Francis. St Steven's is money-conscious
... Read more & for rich kids; St Andrew's is Republican & conservative; St Michael's takes Catholicism really rigidly. The public schools, even LASA & the IB school, Anderson, are disappointing after St Francis. Read less
Posted by a parent on 05/26/10
I attended St Francis from 6th grade to 8th, and it was some of the best years of my life (: There is such diversity, and everyone there is very friendly and helpful. I've learned a lot from that school and I'm very happy that i could be a part of such a great community. Thanks St. Francis !
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Posted by a student on 02/02/10
I have been a SFS parent for eight years and my children have had a wonderful experience. For us, it has been a utopia! Small classes, great teachers, effective administration. The on-site Reading and Language Center gave my dyslexic kids tutoring from a Certified Academic Language Specialist which
... Read more enabled them (over time) to meet and then surpass their grade level in reading. While they were getting reading support to address their academic weaknesses, they could also receive advanced instruction in math, science, and art where they were very strong. Great school for gifted kids, great school for dyslexic kids, great school for all kids. We loved the diversity (religious, ethnic, and economic) of families here. Read less
Posted by a parent on 09/07/09
Amazing teachers but some of the kids do not belong in a social situation where they could do harm to other kids. St Francis seriously needs to address the behavior issues or i can't send my children back there - which would be said because the teachers are good.
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