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St. Francis School opens new 400 seat theater in Goshen, Kentucky

August 6, 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE St. Francis School opens new 400 seat theater in Goshen. Community Celebration and Ribbon Cutting on Saturday 8/10/19 Goshen, KY – St. Francis School, “the School of Thought,” has completed a major renovation and addition at their Goshen Campus. The project, named Goshen Main Amp, Theater & Lobby Renovation, will provide St. Francis’ Preschool through 8th-grade students with a completely updated and much larger theater space to support their National Youth Arts award-winning performing arts program. The 4,000 square foot addition and renovation includes seating for 400 in the new theater, an outdoor amphitheater classroom space, and a revamped main entryway with a new modern canopy. Design features include the use of natural wood throughout and a large southern canopy and tall glass walls framing the campus’ verdant rear fields while keeping light and heat and heat levels manageable within the theater. The theater is outfitted with a modern digital lighting and audio system, new mechanical system, and fixed seating for the upper half of the theater, allowing for greater comfort for the audience while maintaining the child-oriented open-tiered seating for the lower half of the theater. “This project gives our School a more welcoming entrance and lobby, and a performing arts space to match the quality of our students’ talent. It is wonderful news for St. Francis, and also for Oldham County because the theater could host community concerts and plays, as well as school events. Since our enrollment has grown over 27% in the last six years, our performing arts programs, [...]

2019-08-09T11:09:29-04:00August 7th, 2019|News from St. Francis School|

High School Curriculum that Prepares Students for College

In past articles, we’ve talked about the St. Francis schedule and the faculty; now, we turn to the curriculum itself to share information with you about what we teach and the goals we have for our students in each area. While we are a Progressive School, our curriculum itself is fairly traditional in that we teach all the usual core subjects (including 15 AP courses), plus fine arts and health/fitness. What makes our curriculum Progressive is our teaching methodology (active and engaged learning) and our inclusion of diverse voices and perspectives throughout.  One of the greatest strengths of the St. Francis curriculum is its flexibility — being a small, Progressive school, St. Francis allows students to customize their course of study over their four years. There are courses required in every department because we believe a liberal arts approach to high school curriculum is in an adolescent’s best interest. However, students can also choose to focus on a couple of areas they like best by choosing AP offerings, electives, and/or independent study options in those areas in their junior or senior years. They can also choose to challenge themselves at the highest levels by taking AP exams in their freshman and sophomore years and multiple AP classes and exams in their junior and senior years, as well as do what few high schools students can and take customized (self-designed with faculty members as guides) independent study classes beyond the AP curriculum to really set themselves up for college-level study in a given area. In addition, students can sample courses [...]

2019-08-06T11:40:29-04:00August 5th, 2019|College Preparation|

College Preparation in High School

College Preparation High school is about many things — social-emotional development, growing from a young adolescent into an almost-adult, exploring intellectually and honing skills. All of this, in the end, translates into teenagers’ preparation for college and the rest of their lives. The way we do that at St. Francis is distinct from other schools. We talk about preparation for college and life. Another way of putting it is that we prepare students for all aspects of college, which is more than just academics. Academics, of course, are foremost. Our curriculum is designed to focus on close reading, writing of all kinds (beginning with major research papers in 9th grade), critical thinking, discourse, problem-solving, and analysis. We go both broad and deep, with AP courses and non-AP electives in every department, challenging students at all levels and preparing them for any college classes they may encounter. There is no doubt that our students are ready to handle college academics. Then there’s the aspect of college preparation that has always been a focus at St. Francis, but seems to be ever-increasing in importance as articles abound these days about college students’ inability to handle the non-academic aspects of their lives: working with parents to develop students’ resilience, competence, independence, and self-esteem. We believe that letting students “test drive” some responsibility is the best way to help them handle full independence in four years. Here at the High School, our sign-out system fosters time management and independence, as well as the added benefit of teaching students how to budget for lunch. [...]

2019-07-16T09:12:58-04:00July 10th, 2019|College Preparation|