A private Episcopal school for primary through high school students in Houston, Texas

Chapel | St. Francis Episcopal Private School Houston

Who We Are | Our Episcopal Identity

At St. Francis Episcopal School, we educate boys and girls from Pre-Primary through tenth 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, 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.

St. Francis at a Glance

1952 Year Founded

30 master's degrees
5 doctoral degrees
55 Teachers with more than 10 years of experience in education

38 Faculty members have received grants for professional development 
2 Crystal Awards (excellence in teaching)

3 Accreditations
Independent Schools Association Of the Southwest
Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools
National Association of Independent Schools

2 campuses in Houston's Memorial Area
39 total acres 

Parish School of St. Francis Episcopal Church

845 Coeducational student body across 4 Divisions
10-20 Class Average

Mission, Vision, and Cornerstones


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, pique 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, Dignity, Courage, Scholarship

Episcopal Identity

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.

Honor System

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, Middle, and Upper 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.

Fast Facts

Students and Classes
  • Grades taught: Pre-Primary­–10; with an additional grade opening each fall 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
  • Upper School
Program Highlights
  • Art à la Carte
  • Chapel
  • Character education
  • Community service
  • Early reading development
  • E-STEAM 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
  • Private School Interscholastic Association (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
  • Yearbook
Middle School Honors Classes
  • Math (Grades 6–8)
  • English (Grades 6–8)
Competitive Athletics (Grades 6–10)








Field Hockey











Track and Field

Track and Field



Visual & Performing Arts



Art History





Private Music Instruction


Technical Theatre

Fused Glass

Theatre Design

Music Through Technology

Theatrical Performance

St. Francis School of Music

Instruction by Shepherd School of Music and Moores School of Music faculty

Leadership Opportunities
  • 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
Explore and Extend After-School Programs
  • Extended care until 6:00 p.m. and extracurricular classes—dance, foreign languages, fine arts, tae kwon do, and much more.