Who We Are
At St. Francis Episcopal School, we educate boys and girls from Pre-Primary through eighth grade. In their time here, children advance through critical stages in the development of language, attention span, social skills, and problem-solving capabilities. They build study habits, self-discipline, and strengths in abstract thinking. They internalize values that will always stay with them, and graduate as poised and confident young leaders.
We see the chance to guide children through these important years as a remarkable educational opportunity, and we apply best practices for engaging them during each phase of their growth. We offer an innovative, research-based curriculum; nationally acclaimed faculty; small classes; and a remarkable degree of personal attention.
We love our work and the children we teach, and we find that this spirit inspires a true love of learning in our students.
In the Anglican tradition, St. Francis Episcopal School challenges and motivates students in an academically and spiritually stimulating environment to become imaginative, critical thinkers and people for others.
Why do we teach? Our aim is to spark the imaginations, picque the interests, and develop the character of our students as they:
- Cultivate unique intellectual and physical capacities
- Develop moral integrity and character
- Become responsible, informed citizens
- Fortify a personal relationship with God
- Embrace creative expression
- Develop a respect for all people
Faith, Scholarship, Courage, Honor
In 1952, St. Francis Episcopal School was founded as a parish school of St. Francis Episcopal Church, with a dedication to affirming all children as unique creations and celebrating their God-given purpose and passion. That commitment still guides us today. The first of our school’s four cornerstones is faith, and we encourage each student to nurture a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ while also embracing upright character and a commitment to bringing positive change to the world.
While St. Francis incorporates religious and spiritual formation into the overall curriculum and life of our school, we also recognize that faith is a personal issue. We invite people from all denominations and creeds to work in and attend St. Francis, model and encourage respect for other religious and spiritual traditions, and embrace every member of our community as family.
At St. Francis, we believe that each of us has the capacity to tell right from wrong and to choose what is morally and ethically right. We are also committed to creating an environment that balances responsibility and freedom, in which students can grow in honesty, integrity, and respect for themselves and others. To that end, our Lower and Middle School students commit to upholding the St. Francis Honor Code at the beginning of each school year:
As a citizen of St. Francis Episcopal School, I pledge to uphold the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi by respecting my school, myself, and my community; upholding honor; engaging in service; and striving to be courageous and faithful in all that I do and say.
In Primary School, students learn the St. Francis Way:
- Listen carefully to teachers and friends.
- Be kind to others.
- Be safe.
- Take care of our school.
Campus & Facilities
- Founded: 1952
- Acres: 39
Students & Classes
- Coeducational; 840+ students
- Grades taught: Pre-Primary–8; grade 9 of the St. Francis Upper School will open in fall 2018, with an additional grade opening each fall thereafter until the Upper School serves students in grades 9–12
- Students live in 42 zip codes in the Houston area and hail from richly diverse cultural and religious backgrounds
- Primary School—200 students, average class size of 10–12 in Pre-Primary, 16–18 in Primary I and Primary II
- Lower School—350 students, average class size of 20
- Middle School—300 students, average class size of 20
- Art à la Carte
- Character education
- Community service
- Early reading development
- ESTEAM emphasis—Episcopal identity, Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math
- Extensive library
- Film (includes history and production)
- High School admissions counseling
- Middle School travel
- Nature Explore outdoor classroom
- Overnight learning experiences
- Project-based learning
- PSIA—academic competition
- Reggio-inspired approach in Primary School
- Religious studies
- SEAL— Social, Emotional, and Academic Learning
- Spanish (Pre-Primary–Grade 8)
- Technology emphasizing programming (coding) and design thinking
- Technology-integrated classrooms: Middle School—280+ MacBook Air laptops Lower School—70+ iPads, 20+ PC laptops Primary School—40 iPads, 6 touchscreen PCs
Middle School Pre-AP Classes
- Pre-AP Math (Grades 5–8)
- Pre-AP English (Grades 6–8)
Competitive Athletics (Grades 6–8)
Track & Field
Track & Field
Visual & Performing Arts
Private Music Instruction
Music Through Technology
St. Francis School of Music
Instruction by Shepherd School of Music and Moores School of Music faculty
- Athletics Council
- C.A.R.E.S. Council
- Chapel Council
- House Council
- Lower School Leadership Council
- National Junior Honor Society
- Performing Arts Council
- Student Ambassador Council
- Student Council
- Visual Arts Council
- WEB Mentoring Program
- Wellness Council
- Encore: extended care until 6:00 p.m.
- Encore Plus: extracurricular classes, including dance, foreign languages, fine arts, tae kwon do, and much more