Dear Friends,

On behalf of all of us at St. Francis of Assisi, I’d like to welcome you to the Franciscan School.  In my time here at St. Francis, I have found our school to be an important part of our parish community.  It is here that our students begin each day with morning prayer in the courtyard, and recite together the prayer of St. Francis before the crucifix.  Students at our school study religion and regularly attend mass together.  They learn about the Catholic Social Teaching tradition of the Church – a teaching which, basically, holds up the dignity of each human person – and have opportunities to carry out that tradition through outreach to the community.  I have found it a joy, in my time here, to be around the school and see the life and energy that our Franciscan school brings to our parish community.  Once again, welcome to St. Francis!

Blessings and peace,

Fr. Steve Patti OFM


Welcome to The Franciscan School!

Spiritually, The Franciscan School is committed to living the Gospel message through social justice, action, service and ministry. Central to all things at The Franciscan School is prayer. Our prayer life takes many forms – through religion classes, all school Masses, Morning Prayer, community service opportunities and sharing our faith through Morning Praise. It is the lived mission and charism of the Franciscans and the larger faith community that makes our school truly a special place.

Academically we are committed to educational excellence through the creation of a dynamic, inclusive and integrated learning community. We offer an innovative approach to curriculum that integrates technology, promotes creativity, encourages artistic expression and actively engages students through exploration and inquiry. While offering an academically challenging curriculum we respect that the goal of education is to nurture children to become curious learners for life.

Our faculty and staff are dedicated to providing an excellent educational experience for all children. While we provide an academically rigorous curriculum, we also believe in the full development of each child and to that end, we provide a caring environment that also focuses on health and wellness, the arts, foreign language and technology and most importantly, on the spiritual development of each child.

As you review our web site carefully you will undoubtedly witness our lived mission. You will see that with faith formation at the heart of all we do, our academic, athletic, and spiritual programs flourish in the TFS environment and allow us to provide an excellent Catholic education where students grow in body, mind and spirit.

We invite you to learn more about The Franciscan School, its traditions, its vision for the future and its remarkable spirit. It is truly the students, the parents, the faculty, the staff and the administration working together that keeps the TFS spirit vibrant and dynamic.

Thank you for taking the time to get to know us. It is a very special place to be!


Jennifer Bigelow