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

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?

Complete your application online. You will receive an email to confirm our receipt of the application. You can access additional admissions information by visiting How to Apply or by contacting the admissions office via phone at 713.458.6152 for Primary School, 713.458.6117 for Lower and Middle School or 713.458.6112 for Upper School or email at Admissions@StFrancisHouston.org. St. Francis Episcopal School accepts applications beginning September 1—one year prior to the date of expected entry.

Can I check the progress of my application online?

Yes, check the progress of your application here by logging in with the user ID and password you created when completing the online application. You may also call the admissions office at 713.458.6152 for Primary School, 713.458.6117 for Lower and Middle School, and 713.458.6112 for Upper School..

What is St. Francis looking for in an applicant?

St. Francis looks for students who are a good fit for our culture and community. Good teacher recommendations, strong test scores, and a good academic record are important, as is the student visit and interview. We evaluate each applicant wholly to make a determination as to whether St. Francis is the right fit for them and vice versa.

Is a student visit required?

Yes, school visits are required for student applicants at every grade level initiated by St. Francis.

Are there expenses other than tuition?

The tuition at St. Francis is inclusive and incorporates fees for textbooks, field trips, Middle and Upper School athletics, and technology. It also includes a healthy, daily lunch for our students. Separate expenses include uniforms, which may be purchased through Tommy Hilfiger Uniforms, and school supplies for Lower, Middle, and Upper School students. Explore and Extend after-school programs are available to all students for an additional fee.

Can I apply for midyear entry?

Students who move into the Houston area after a school year begins may be considered for midyear entry. However, it is not our policy to accept midyear transfers in circumstances other than these.

If my child previously attended St. Francis and would like to return, is there a process I must follow?

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’s 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.

What standardized tests are required in order for my child to be considered? Is there a minimum score?

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 of the following assessments:

·Primary II – Grade 1: Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence™ assessment (WPPSI IV)

·Grades 2–4: Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children® (WISC IV) 

·Grades 5–10: Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE)

Do legacies have preference in the admissions process?

When space is available and two applicants are otherwise equal, St. Francis admits candidates based on the following priorities:

  • Qualified children of St. Francis Episcopal Church members
  • Qualified siblings of students continuing in the school
  • Other qualified candidates

Legacies are not guaranteed admission.

What is the student/teacher ratio and class size?

·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.

·Lower School has approximately 350 students. The average class size is 18 to 20 students, with one teacher.

·Middle School has approximately 300 students. The average class size is 18 to 20 students, with one teacher.

·Upper School will have approximately 30-45 students. The average class size is 12 to 15 students, with one teacher.

How many classes are there per grade level?

There are four classes per grade level in Primary School (Pre-Primary, Primary I, Primary II), Lower School (K–4) and Middle School (5–8).

What are the entry points of the school?

Families who do not gain admission via the natural entry points for the current school year are always encouraged to apply in the future to other grades—it is possible that space may become available.

The natural entry points for the school are Pre-Primary, kindergarten, fifth grade, and ninth grade.

How often is chapel held, and is attendance required?

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 invite parents to attend when they can.

What is the Policy of Non-discrimination?

St. Francis Episcopal School does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or age in any of its policies or administration of those policies pertaining to hiring or employment practices. Nor does the school discriminate on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, or national origin with regard to admission procedures, scholarship, financial aid, or in any of the athletic or other school-administered curricular programs. 

If you have other questions after reading through this section we encourage you to reach out to our Admissions team, who is happy to help you find the answers you're seeking. We also suggest reading through our Financial Aid FAQs to learn more about that process.