Franciscan School’s Mission
Inspired by our patron Francis of Assisi, we seek to proclaim the reign of God by growing in Holiness through our experience of Christ in word, sacrament and one another, offering Hope to those who hunger for human dignity, and extending Hospitality to all.

Founded in 2000, The Franciscan School is a fully accredited K-8 Catholic School with an enrollment of 700 students in 2015-16. The school was fully sized in the fall of 2008 with the addition of the third section of 8th Grade. Reflecting the unique charism of our patron, St. Francis of Assisi, TFS is dedicated to an education that fosters a Christ-centered way of living and celebrates the building of the Kingdom of God on Earth.


Normal hours of operation:

Start Time
All Grades
8:00 a.m.
Release Time
2:40 p.m.
2:50 p.m.
3:05 p.m.


Early Release:

Start Time
All Grades
8:00 a.m.
Release Time
11:40 a.m.
11:50 a.m.
12:05 p.m.


Pastor: Fr. Steve Patti, O.F.M.
Principal: Michael Watson, MSA
Assistant Principal K-5: Michele Northington, MEd
Assistant Principal 6-8: Colette Dziadul
Counselor: Laureen Wacenske, MS
Admissions: Lura Tysiac, BA

The Faculty and professional staff number 71. We believe teaching is a ministry, and our Faculty and Staff reflect this attitude. Our educators share their diverse talents, encourage growth, and recognize that relationships with students and families go far beyond the role of formal education.

Before and After School Care:
Our Bridges Program is offered on-site at additional cost.

Extra-Curricular Activities:
Art Club
Middle School Athletics
Odyssey of the Mind
Student Council

Academic Programs:

Elementary—K-Grade 5
Language Arts
Physical Education
Social Studies

Middle School—Grades 6-8

Earth Science
Health & Wellness
Language Arts
Life Science
Physical Education
Math Computation
Performing Arts
Physical Science
Religion Art
Spanish Music
Social Studies Performing Arts
Technology Community Building

Student Success:
We believe that every child at The Franciscan School has the potential to achieve something wonderful and that our family-centered faith formation encourages all in our community to share their time, talent and treasure, and to recognize the value and significance of their gifts in God’s plan for the world.

We send forth children knowledgeable of self, rooted in faith, educated in mind, compassionate in heart, and deeply responsive in service to others, especially the poor and the oppressed of our world.

Contact: Lura Tysiac 919-847-8205x469


The Franciscan School is accredited by AdvancED and the Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation. TFS is approved by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh and is a member of the National Catholic Educational Association. Additionally, TFS complies with the North Carolina Guidelines for Non-Public Schools.

The National Study of School Evaluation (NSSE) suggests that accreditation helps to focus a school’s attention on the critical attributes of schools of quality, attributes that are grounded in the research on high-performing systems of teaching and learning and: provides a meaningful and manageable tool for schools to assess the quality of their work, assessment that promotes thoughtful reflection and stimulates purposeful action to the end of improving student learning.

With that goal in mind, TFS constantly focuses on “the critical attributes of schools of quality” and uses meaningful tools “to assess the quality of [our] work to the end of imporoving student learning” in every area of AdvancED quality assurance:  Educational Improvement; Beliefs and Mission; Governance and Leadership; Finances and Resources; Human Resources; Support for Student Learning; Library and Media Services; Facilities; Communication and Community Relationships; Curriculum and Instructional Design; Citizenship and Conduct, and; Assessment Measurement, and Effective Results.

Self-evaluation and re-accreditation by others helps us to see ourselves, to celebrate our strengths, and to embrace a five-year roadmap for ongoing school improvement as we seek to cement TFS’s place as a K – 8 Catholic school exemplar.