Admissions Overview

So you’re interested in St. Francis School for your child? Great! We’re excited to meet you and talk with you about our admissions process.

We are the region’s premier Progressive school for students Preschool (age 2) through High School where your child will have a joyful experience with outstanding academic results in a diverse and accepting school community. We make a SFS experience affordable with tuition assistance for more than 50% of our families. And it’s convenient, with 3 buses for our Goshen Campus, the TARC for our Downtown Campus, and carpools for both. Click on one of our viewbooks to the right or below to get started!

Admissions Events

Words + Wiggles

October 14 | 10:00 am - 10:30 am

Words + Wiggles

November 4 | 10:00 am - 10:30 am

Bring A Friend Day

November 5 | 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Goshen Campus Open House

November 12 | 9:00 am - 11:00 am

2019-20 Tuition Rates

Preschool Half-Day (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) Tuition
2 Day (2’s and 3’s) $4,300
3 Day (2’s and 3’s) $5,500
4 Day (4’s) $6,000
5 Day (2’s, 3’s, and 4’s) $7,300
Preschool Full-Day (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) Tuition
2 Day (2’s and 3’s) $7,300
3 Day (2’s and 3’s) $9,700
4 Day (4’s) $10,800
5 Day (2’s, 3’s, and 4’s) $11,900

2-day: T, Th
3-day: MWF
4-day: T-F

• Extended day options from 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. and up to 5:30 p.m. are also available. Contact the admissions office for more information.

JK – High School Tuition
JK $12,200
K $16,400
Lower School $20,500
Middle School $22,300
High School $23,900

Tuition Assistance

We are committed to making a St. Francis education accessible to all who are admitted, and as such, over 50% of the student population receives some form of assistance to attend.

Many families think they would not qualify for tuition assistance – but they would. For example,

  • last year approximately 248 awards were made, averaging $12,900.
  • families with a combined income of $170,000 or less generally receive some form of financial assistance if they enroll two children at St. Francis.
  • More than half of the families at SFS receive tuition assistance

Of course, just like every family is unique, every financial situation is unique. Our Admissions Directors will talk you through the process and help you determine if you might qualify.  

New families wishing to apply for tuition assistance are encouraged to complete the admissions application process and submit tuition assistance applications by December 21st. Admissions and tuition assistance processes are completely separate, and admissions is need-blind. If tuition assistance forms are submitted by December 21st, awards are made by February 8th. Click here for our tuition assistance policy.

You may apply for tuition assistance with FACTS Tuition Services. You will need your prior year’s tax return to submit along with your online application. Families who receive awards are then required to submit their current year’s income tax returns and W-2s no later than March 15th of the next year to confirm their award. All supporting documents are uploaded to the FACTS, not to the school.

After these initial deadlines, admission applications and tuition assistance applications are accepted on a rolling basis, with materials reviewed, acceptances offered, and awards made in a timely fashion, as space and funds remain available. Families are encouraged to apply early, while funds are still available.

We offer several payment plans, including a monthly option, to make tuition payments manageable for our families. Our Business Office can assist with setting up payment plans via be made via FACTS Tuition Services.

Our commitment to socioeconomic diversity and scholarships makes us truly unique among other local, as well as national, Independent Schools. Our tuition assistance helps cultivate a student body that more accurately reflects the diversity of the Louisville community. This allows our students to learn to appreciate and work with people from a variety of religious, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds, which is critical to achieving our mission.

Admissions Timeline

Admissions Decisions
The application deadline for the 2020-21 school year is December 20th, 2019. Admissions decisions are made by a Committee comprised of faculty and staff members. Students submitting complete applications by December 20th will be notified of decisions by February 7th. Applications received after December 20th will be evaluated in a timely manner as space remains available in each grade level.

School-Year Transfer Applications
If you think St. Francis is the right fit for your child, you might not have to wait till the start of a new school year. We accept applications from qualified transfer students throughout the school year.

Scholarship/Financial Aid Applications
Applications for admission are evaluated solely on the merits of the applicant with no regard for the family’s financial situation. Financial Aid applications should be completed by December 20th through FACTS tuition services. A Merit Scholarship Competition for 9th and 6th grade applicants is January 12th, 2020 from 1:00 – 4:30 p.m. Winners of this merit competition receive partial tuition scholarships.

Re-enrollment Timeline
This only applies to current students.

1/6/2020 Re-Enrollment Contract Available
1/31/2020 Deadline to Submit Re-Enrollment Contract and Deposit
6/1/2020 Re-Enrollment Contract Irrevocable
12/1/2019 FACTS Financial Aid Application Available Online
12/20/2019 Priority Deadline for Financial Aid
1/6/2020 Intention to Re-Enroll Agreement Available
1/31/2020 Deadline to Submit Intention to Re-Enroll Agreement
2/7/2020 Re-Enrollment and Financial Aid Contract Available
2/21/2020 Deadline to Submit Re-Enrollment Contract and Deposit
3/15/2020 Deadline to Submit 2018 Taxes and W-2s
6/1/2020 Re-Enrollment Contract Irrevocable

Application Process

Applicants for JK and K all applicants for JK and K should attend a Kindergarten Try-On Day as a part of their admissions process a. Applicants for grades 1st – 12th are required to shadow a current student during the school day as part of the admission process. (Exceptions made for out-of-town and summer applicants.) For the Downtown Campus, shadow days are generally scheduled on Mondays and Fridays in order for the prospective student to see a wider variety of classes, as we have a modified block schedule in which all classes meet Mondays and Fridays but only some meet Tuesdays-Wednesdays-Thursdays. Prospective parents are also encouraged to tour the school and meet with staff members to learn more about our unique school environment.

St. Francis School admits qualified students of any race, color, gender, gender identity or expression, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded to students at the School.


Submit your application, a recent photo & the $60 app fee

Application Supplement

Application Supplement: (for applicants for 5th-12th) To be completed in the student’s own handwriting after visiting the school. Click here for the application supplement form.

Teacher Recommendations

Teacher Recommendations: Two recommendations from current or previous year teachers are required. Core subject teachers preferred. Please provide the Admissions Director with the email addresses of the teachers you wish to complete your student’s recommendations or click here for the form.

Student Transcript

Student Transcript: Provide student transcripts that include grades from the last two school years. Click here for the transcript and records release form.

Standardized Test Scores

Standardized Test Scores: Provide standardized test scores from at least the last two school years. Click here for the transcript and records release form.

Psycho-Educational Testing

Psycho-Educational Testing: (optional) If the student has ever been assessed for learning differences or for other psychological reasons related to learning, submit a copy of test reports along with the application.

Waitpool Policy

Students placed in our waitpool will be notified if a spot becomes available in their grade level. The Admissions Office will monitor the waitpool and open seats until the first day of school in August of 2020. The waitpool is not ranked; rather, if spaces do become available, the Admissions Committee will meet and decide to whom those spaces will be offered. Only a few, if any, students in the waitpool are offered a spot for the upcoming year. Students in our waitpool that are not offered a spot for the 2020 school year should contact the Admissions Office in the fall if interested in being considered again for enrollment in 2021-22. 


SFS offers both merit-based and need-based scholarships.

Merit Scholarship Competition

Merit Scholarship Competition

The Merit Scholarship Competition for incoming 6th and 9th graders is held in January each year and awards scholarships of up to $5,000 per student. The 6th grade awards are three-year renewable $1,000 scholarships and the 9th grade awards are four-year renewable scholarships and may be up to $5,000. Applications (including shadow day) must be completed prior to the Competition. You may register for the competition by emailing MeritScholarships@StFrancisSchool.org.

Talented Minority Youth Scholarships

Talented Minority Youth Scholarships

Talented Minority Youth Scholarships: This need-based scholarship is awarded annually to minority youth. These scholarships may be awarded each year to two or more qualified students.

New American Scholarships

New American Scholarships

New American Scholarships: This need-based scholarship is awarded to students who are immigrants themselves or who are the children of immigrants. These scholarships are normally awarded annually, but depend on the application of relevant students; there can be one or more New American Scholars per year.

Brown-Forman Scholarship

Brown-Forman Scholarship

Brown-Forman Scholarship: This need-based, four-year scholarship to be awarded to a deserving 8th grader from the West End of Louisville to attend St. Francis School. To qualify, applicants must compete in our Merit Scholarship Competition in January. This renewable scholarship is awarded annually to an incoming 9th grader.

Carnighan Scholarship

Carnighan Scholarship

Carnighan Scholarship: This need-based scholarship is named in memory of St. Francis School alumnus Michael Carnighan G’84, ’88 and awarded to a student who demonstrates financial need and demonstrates enthusiasm and aptitude in science and/or mathematics. To qualify, applicants must compete in our Merit Scholarship Competition in January. This renewable scholarship is awarded annually to an incoming 9th grader.

Cawein Scholarships

Cawein Scholarships

Cawein Scholarships: This need-based scholarship is named in honor of Madison Cawein, former St. Francis artist-in-residence. This scholarship is awarded to a student who has talent and passion for art, and who demonstrates financial need. This renewable scholarship is awarded annually to an incoming 9th grader.

Callie Stearns Campbell Memorial Scholarship

Callie Stearns Campbell Memorial Scholarship

Callie Stearns Campbell Memorial Scholarship: This need-based scholarship is awarded to a passionate student who demonstrates financial need and demonstrates enthusiasm for a new beginning at St. Francis. This renewable scholarship is awarded annually to an incoming 9th grader new to St. Francis School.

Getting to SFS

Because our students come from all over the Metro Louisville area and Indiana, we are experts at facilitating transportation to, and between, our two campuses. Many parents carpool, a process which our admissions team can help facilitate for families. Our two happy buses ferry our JK – 8th-grade students to and from Goshen, with a late afternoon activity bus for those participating in after-school extracurriculars. Our High School students ride TARC buses, including the express routes, from all over Louisville – the Highlands, the West End, Prospect, and more. We have plentiful parking on both campuses for parents and High School drivers.

Many St. Francis families use carpool to help drop-off or pick-up their children from school or from extracurricular activities. As our families represent 20 zip codes in the Metro Louisville area, there are always St. Francis families nearby. The school staff is happy to provide individual assistance to parents — both new and returning — with finding morning and afternoon carpool options.

Both St. Francis campuses offer plenty of parking for our faculty, staff, students, parents, and visitors. The High School parking facility is located directly behind the School and offers over 80 spaces.

Our Goshen Campus offers a convenient bus service (for students in JK – 8th) that nearly 40% of our students utilize. In addition to morning and afternoon routes, a late afternoon activity bus provides service to accommodate students with athletic practices, rehearsals, and other after-school events. Our top safety-rated buses, video cameras, and fully-trained and licensed drivers ensure your child gets to and from school safely. With two morning and afternoon routes plus our late afternoon activity bus, transportation to and from our Goshen Campus is a breeze. Sibling discounts and need-based financial aid are available to subsidize a family’s transportation needs.

Many of our High School students take the Transit Authority of River City (TARC) buses. TARC is the public transportation system that has been serving Greater Louisville area for nearly 45 years and currently operates 230 buses on 41 routes, 10 of which are express routes (no stops) dropping students off within one block from the High School. In addition to frequent routes from the Highlands and St. Matthews, other common routes our students take are Prospect Express (U.S. 42 and River Road) and Oldham County Express (Starbucks in Crestwood). With student tickets costing just $.80 one-way it makes getting to school not only easy, but also affordable.

International Students

Out of a total school enrollment of 490, the High School enrolls just over 160, with approximately 4-6 international students each year. We enjoy bringing international students into our community, but we understand that you may have a long list of questions.

For international students applying to St. Francis, their families, and consultants, we have compiled this list of Frequently Asked Questions to help you through the application process. If you still have questions, please reach out to Toni Robinson, our Director of Admissions – High School, at 502.736.1007.

For which grades do you accept international applications?2018-12-03T19:37:03-04:00

We accept applications for international students for grades 9 through 11.

Where will I live if I come to St. Francis?2018-12-03T19:39:59-04:00

All of our international students do home stays with a local family, mostly current students’ families. You will be a member of an American family, which promotes integration into and understanding of American life and strengthens your English language skills.

What English Language Learner (ELL) support do you offer?2018-12-03T19:39:04-04:00

The Learning Center at St. Francis offers one-on-one academic support. International student tuition includes academic support of whatever kind the student needs – individualized ELL tutoring, standardized test preparation, and/or other academic support.

What testing is required for admission to St. Francis School?2018-12-03T19:37:54-04:00

We require an English-language proficiency test. In recent years, international applicants have submitted scores from tests like TOEFL, TOEFL Jr., and ELTiS.

What do I need to submit in order to apply?2018-12-03T19:36:29-04:00

International students should submit a completed online application, a transcript of academic work (with English translation), an application supplement by the applicant (handwritten and in English), and two letters of recommendation. We also request copies of any English-language proficiency testing results you may have completed. After all of the materials have been submitted, an admissions team member will contact you to arrange an interview. This can be online via Skype, or on our campus if you wish to visit and have a tour. Teachers should use the teacher recommendation form found here.

What is included in International Student Tuition?2018-12-03T19:43:51-04:00

In addition to tuition, international student tuition costs include housing arrangements with a St. Francis family (August through May), a stipend for ELL tutoring or academic support in The Learning Center, and the majority of school fees. Additional expenses that international students should expect include spending money while living in the US, books/school supplies, and medical insurance while living in the US.

International Student Tuition and Fees Tuition
2018-19 Tuition $24,900
Agent Commission $3,500
Host Family Stipend (over 10 months) $10,000
International Student School Fees
(test prep, annual fund, APs, PA fee, etc)
Supplemental International Tuition Fees $6,000
Total $47,800

Getting to St. Francis School
International Students MapStudents can fly into one of two airports: Louisville International Airport (airport code SDF, 7 miles from school), and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport (airport code CVG, 95 miles from Louisville). The School will be happy to help arrange transportation to and from these airports.

College Acceptances
39 graduates of the Class of 2017 were accepted to over 140 colleges and universities and received $3 million in scholarships and grants. St. Francis students and parents have the added benefit of a college counselor with 30+ years of experience who guides students to find the colleges that best fit their interests and future plans.

View a listing of all the colleges and universities where our students from the Classes of 2011-2018 have enrolled.

Admissions Team


Trisha Amirault

Director of Admissions - Goshen Campus

M.Ed. Mercer University
B.S. Mercer University

Kelli D. Carter G’91, ’95

Assistant Director of Admissions - Goshen Campus, Director of After-School and Summer Programs

B.S. Vanderbilt University

Toni Robinson

Director of Admissions - High School

J.D. University of Kentucky
M.A. Indiana University
B.A. University of Louisville