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?
- What is the Policy of Non-discrimination?
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 713.458.6117 or email 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 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.
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 Parker School 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.
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.
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) and Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE)
·Grades 5–9: Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE)
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.
·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 80 students. The average class size is 18 to 20 students, with one teacher.
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.
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.
St. Francis affirms the dignity and worth of each individual and celebrates the rich diversity of human society. We recognize that diversity encompasses differences in gender, race, religion, age, ethnicity, physical ability, family composition and socioeconomic circumstances, as well as differences in aptitude, talent and learning style. As such, we welcome students of any race, color, nationality and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally made available to students at the school. We do not discriminate on any of these bases in the administration of our educational and admissions policies, scholarships, or athletics and other school-administered programs.