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We are the region’s premier Independent Progressive school for students Preschool (age 2) through High School where your child will have a joyful experience engaging in intellectual curiosity in a diverse and accepting school community.

We’d love to meet you in person for a tour, but we also offer a variety of options to experience St. Francis School.

You can take a virtual tour, watch remote classes in action, hear current parents’ experience, and our Admissions team members are available via chat, email, phone, and Google Meet! Just let us know what is best for you.

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Testimonials

I just wanted to send a note and tell you that we have been really pleased with the remote learning offered by St Francis.  We can tell the teachers have worked hard and adapted quickly, and we feel like what is being offered is truly teaching and not just self-directed learning.  We happen to also have children in a different school, and by comparison, the quality of what SFS is doing is much stronger.  We also appreciate the check-ins from teachers and Ms. Marks on our child’s overall well being in this crazy time.  I just wanted to let you know that we have been very happy with what you all have made of this unpleasant situation. I hope we are back in school in the fall, and we never have to do this again but I did want to let you know how much we appreciate all that you and the teachers have done.  Thanks!!
Kate
I know the the teachers and administrators have had a doozy of a time shifting everything to online learning. I just wanted to say thank you. Kennedy is having a great experience and looks forward to class every day. The teachers are doing a great job. I want to give a shout out to Ms Holmes and Ms Mundt for having a lunch gathering to go over strategies to be successful and help the students organize what and when things are due. All of Kennedy’s teachers are going the extra mile to make sure Kennedy and her peers are given every opportunity to succeed. Just wanted you to know we appreciate you and the others for all the work you did to make online learning possible.
Kandi

Adrian is doing his Spanish class via video chat this morning! So grateful for the wonderful teachers at St. Francis School who are keeping the learning (and connection! So important!) going during this weird time.

Tara A.
One of her professors told her today that she needs to thank her high school teachers because she is so prepared and writes so well for a first-year student.  So, please tell them thank you.
Amy F., alum parent of a first-year student at Trinity College in Connecticut.

We know that this whole thing has been such a curveball for everyone, but you all are handling it especially well. Carter looks forward to your stories and classes every day, and we look forward to it because he does.

Dan

Please pass along a HUGE thank you to all the teachers, staff, and admin who are teaching and supporting students and families right now.  I know teaching and supporting right now takes a lot longer and looks different from anything we’ve done before, but you all appear to take it in stride and demonstrate the type of courage, resilience, creativity, calm, and strength that we hope our children are learning.

Carol

Thank you for the comprehensive email. I have to tell you how grateful I am to have SFS for my kids. The past 2 weeks went really smoothly. My kids look forward to online school and are actively engaged in doing homework and projects from class assignments. Kudos to you and the SFS faculty for being so prepared for this transition!

Erica L.

Just an FYI tomorrow Adeline turns three. She’s been talking about her ‘unicorn birthday party’ since Nov…
Hoping to make the day special, at home, with Just the five of us. My family is doing a surprise car bday parade so that’ll be fun. Y’all are doing great with online learning! Thanks for all you do!

Lynn

Have I mentioned how much I love our school? This crazy time is scary and uncertain, but these kids haven’t missed a beat. Check back with me when things are normal, but this is a day when I won’t complain about a single dollar of sacrifice for this experience.

Stephanie R.
Kaya has loved the first 2 days! I’m impressed with how well they’re able to engage the kids even with remote learning! She is so motivated, for the first time, when I ask her what she did at school today, she has so much to say!
Christy G.

A big thanks to you and all your teachers for all the hard work.  Additionally, I wanted to let you know what a huge difference it makes for the kids to see their teachers and their friends via the video conferencing. A morning that started with anxiety, frustration and confusion, quickly righted itself when Kim Rash showed up singing:)  It is incredibly grounding for the kids in a time of chaos. I have spoken with several parents and teachers from both public and private systems, none of which have a schedule of video conferencing. I wondered if it was really necessary. The emotional and psychological benefits I witnessed this morning were tremendous.  So, kudos to all of you for everything you have done and will continue to do in the coming weeks. We are so grateful.

Christy D
I wanted to let you know how happy we have been with virtual learning. The schedule is predictable and easy to follow and I love the weekly assignment document. Everything has been so well thought out and we appreciate your hard work. Thanks for all you do!
Bridget M.
Hello!  Thanks to you and each of the teachers for your hard work getting this school year started successfully.  I have seen my boys laughing in class and enjoying their class conversations.  This feels different & so much better than the spring.  You all are living the joyful learning right now.  Thanks for putting the students’ emotional needs first & trusting that the learning will follow.  Much respect & my sincere thanks.
Geody
St Francis calls itself the School of Thought, and it truly lives up to that.
Belinda D., alum parent of a first-year student at Emory University, Atlanta.

My 1st and 5th grader had their first week at St Francis and are so happy. In contrast to their school last year, the online learning environment has meant so much more to my child than I had anticipated. The teachers have done a wonderful job connecting with both boys (so much so that my 5th grader constantly wants to email his teachers hourly) and I am so grateful for the energy they have put into every conversation. We can already see my 5th graders ‘love of learning’ being nurtured. What a fantastic 1st week for two nervous boys starting their new school online. We are so grateful.

Olivia
Even during distance learning our teachers are taking the time to connect one on one with their students. Today, after Zippy’s class time was over, her teacher stayed on because she wanted to show him her favorite book about strong women. I kid you not, she showed him THE ENTIRE BOOK. It was so lovely to see how patient and kind he was with her as she showed him each page.
Faith M.

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PS-8th Grade (Goshen Campus) Virtual Tour

Application Process

Our campuses are open for tours and we are always available via chat, email, phone, and Google Meet! Click here to get in touch with someone from our admissions team, or chat with us below through our LiveChat feature.

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.

Application

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 2021. 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 2021 school year should contact the Admissions Office in the fall if interested in being considered again for enrollment in 2022-23. 

Admissions Timeline

Admissions Decisions
The application deadline for the 2022-23 school year is December 17th, 2021. Admissions decisions are made by a Committee comprised of faculty and staff members. Students submitting complete applications by December 17th will be notified of decisions by February 4th. Applications received after December 17th 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 17th through FACTS tuition services. A Merit Scholarship Competition for 9th and 6th grade applicants is scheduled to take place January 9th. More details regarding the format of this year’s competition will be shared with prospective applicants this fall. Winners of this merit competition receive partial tuition scholarships.

Re-enrollment Timeline
This only applies to current students.

DATE RE-ENROLLMENT TIMELINE (Without Financial Aid)
1/7/2022 Re-Enrollment Contract Available
1/31/2022 Deadline to Submit Re-Enrollment Contract and Deposit
6/1/2022 Re-Enrollment Contract Irrevocable
DATE RE-ENROLLMENT TIMELINE (With Financial Aid)
12/1/2021 FACTS Financial Aid Application Available Online
12/17/2021 Priority Deadline for Financial Aid
1/7/2022 Intention to Re-Enroll Agreement Available
1/31/2022 Deadline to Submit Intention to Re-Enroll Agreement
2/4/2022 Re-Enrollment and Financial Aid Contract Available
2/18/2022 Deadline to Submit Re-Enrollment Contract and Deposit
3/15/2022 Deadline to Submit 2020 Tax Documents
6/1/2022 Re-Enrollment Contract Irrevocable

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.