Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I apply?
- Can I check the progress of my application online?
- What is St. Francis looking for in an applicant?
- Is a student visit required?
- Are there expenses other than tuition?
- Can I apply for midyear entry?
- If my child previously attended St. Francis and would like to return, is there a process I must follow?
- What standardized tests are required in order for my child to be considered? Is there a minimum score?
- Do legacies have preference in the admissions process?
- What is the student/teacher ratio and class size?
- How many classes are there per grade level?
- What are the entry points of the school?
- How often is chapel held, and is attendance required?
- How do I request additional information?
Complete your application online. You will receive an email to confirm our receipt of the application. In addition, you can access additional Admissions information by visiting the How to Apply page or by contacting the Admissions Office via phone at 713.458.6117 or e-mail at Admissions@StFrancisHouston.org.
St. Francis Episcopal School accepts applications beginning August 1—one year prior to the date of expected entry.
St. Francis looks for students who are a good fit for our culture, community and mission statement. Good teacher recommendations, strong test scores and a good academic record are important, as is the student visit and interview. We evaluate the whole child to make a determination as to whether St. Francis is right for the child and vice versa.
Oftentimes when making decisions of acceptance, we are not just filling a spot—we are balancing classrooms, and this requires consideration of an applicant’s gender and legacy connections, among other factors.
The tuition at St. Francis is inclusive and incorporates fees for textbooks, field trips, Middle School athletics and technology. It also includes a healthy daily lunch for our students.
Separate expenses include uniforms, which may be purchased through Parker School Uniforms and school supplies for Lower School and Middle School students.
Encore and Encore Plus, our after-school programs, are available to all students for an additional fee.
Students who seek re-enrollment at St. Francis must follow the same admissions process as a candidate seeking first-time enrollment at the school. Once St. Francis receives the application, the school’s Transition Committee performs the initial review and may require further information (e.g. up-to-date educational testing, grades, teacher recommendations, etc.) from the applicant family in order to approve the student for inclusion in the overall applicant pool. If approved, the application and any supporting documentation will be forwarded to the Admissions Committee for further evaluation.
Please note that preference regarding re-enrollment always goes to students who have been enrolled at the school during the previous academic year. Families leaving St. Francis for a school within Houston are rarely re-enrolled, and families who leave the school and seek re-enrollment at a later date should not expect to receive priority over other applicants.
Applicants to Primary II through first grade take the WPPSI test; applicants to second through fourth grade take the WISC and ISEE tests; and applicants to fifth through eighth grade take the ISEE tests. In order to ensure that a student will be able to keep up with the academic rigors of St. Francis, the admissions office looks for student scores in the average to superior range.
When space is available and two applicants are otherwise equal, St. Francis admits candidates based on the following priorities:
- Qualified children of St. Francis church members
- Qualified siblings of students continuing in the school
- Other qualified candidates
Legacies are not a guarantee of admission.
Primary School has approximately 200 students.
- In Pre-Primary, the average class size is 10-12 students, who are taught by a teacher and teacher assistant.
- The average class size in Primary I and II is 16 to 18 students, with a teacher and teacher assistant.
Middle School has approximately 300 students. The average class size is 18 to 20 students, with one teacher.
The natural entry points for the school are the Pre-Primary class, kindergarten and fifth grade. However, families who do not gain admission to these grade levels for the current school year are always encouraged to apply in the future to other grades, as it is possible that space may become available.
Although we welcome and respect families of all faiths, one of St. Francis’s strengths is the way in which our Episcopal identity is woven into the daily life of our school. Through community outreach, religion classes and chapel services, students are encouraged to develop character, make sound and healthy choices, see themselves as integral members of our community, and become “people for others.” For this reason, we require students to attend chapel services twice a week, and we invite parents to attend when they can.
Should you have any questions at all, please contact the St. Francis Admissions Office (713.458.6117). We’re here to help!