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

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Primary School FAQs



What grade levels are served in Primary School?

  • Pre-Primary: 2 years old by June 1
  • Primary I: 3 years old by June 1
  • Primary II: 4 years old by June 1

What is the student-to-teacher ratio in Primary School?

  • Pre-Primary: 12:2
  • Primary I: 18:2
  • Primary II: 18:2

Are there reasons to enroll my child in school before kindergarten?

Thanks to our curriculum alignment with the St. Francis Lower and Middle Schools, we have found that children are better prepared to enter our kindergarten program after participating in our Primary II or Bridge program. While most other school programs target children over three, St. Francis relies on the most recent brain research findings to create a foundation that cumulatively builds throughout a child’s formative years. All phases of the curriculum prepare children for the next level of learning. Teachers plan rich experiences to enhance children’s brain development and their understanding of themselves, their friends, and the world around them.

How is the day organized?

The daily schedule for the Primary School program provides blocks of time to enable children to concentrate on integrated, active, engaged learning experiences. This includes a balance of large group, small group, and individual activities, as well as time for physical movement.

How is my child's learning measured?

Our faculty are highly trained in documenting learning, including collecting samples of work, photographing children “in the moment,” and recording mastery of a skill or concept. Following nationally scaled guidelines, we assess each child’s development and, through scheduled conferences, plan and set goals for the child’s particular needs and gifts.

What are the qualifications and experience of Primary School teachers?

Our teaching faculty comprise the finest teaching teams in the city. On average, these educators have 18 years of experience. All of our lead teachers have at least a bachelor’s degree, while several lead and assistant teachers hold master’s degrees. Our faculty are committed to lifelong learning and are regularly involved in both teaching and professional development.

Is St. Francis's Primary School program accredited?

Yes. St. Francis's Primary 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 Primary School Office or call 713.458.6166. We are happy to help you find answers.