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Do all students attend chapel and receive religious instruction?

Chapel services are a very important aspect of a St. Francis education, and all students attend twice weekly. Students from each grade level play an active role in the service as ushers, acolytes, crucifers, and readers. Parents are welcome to attend the services with their child. Religion is also taught in the classroom on a weekly basis by a religion teacher.

How much homework do students have each night?

Homework varies for each grade level. In addition to homework, all Lower School students are asked to read for 20 minutes or more every night. Depending on projects assigned, additional homework time may be needed.

How will my child participate in community service?

Students have the opportunity to give to the community locally and at large through grade-level service projects, all-school ingatherings, Barker’s Pajamarama, the St. Nicholas Toy Ingathering, and other projects that may arise during the year.

What is the class size in Lower school?

We assign 18–20 students to each class, with four homeroom classes per grade level. Kindergarten classrooms include a teaching fellow.

What are the teaching credentials of Lower School teachers?

All Lower School teachers hold a bachelor’s degree, and 25 percent have earned a master’s degree as well. Our teachers have years of teaching experience and are committed to lifelong learning and a growth mindset. Professional development is a major component of our faculty expectations.

Is St. Francis’s Lower School program accredited?

Yes. St. Francis's Lower School program is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS) and the Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools (SAES), and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).


If you have unanswered questions, we encourage you to e-mail the Lower School Office or call 713.458.6122. We are happy to help you find answers.