The Franciscan School Admissions

Application Process

The Franciscan School admissions and application process is simple and straight forward! Click on the “Apply to TFS” button above to create a new application. Carefully read and  complete each step, as incomplete applications will not be accepted. Supporting documentation to include are listed below.

  • Recent photo of applicant – headshot preferred; smartphone photo is accepted
  • Copy of state-issued birth certificate
  • Recent photo of applicant – headshot preferred; smartphone photo is accepted
  • Copy of baptismal certificate if Catholic and not baptized at St. Francis
  • Copy of most recent grades for applicants entering grades one through eight
  • Copy of standardized test results if available
  • Copy of custodial agreement if applicable
  • Copy of adoption documents if applicable
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Teacher recommendations are needed as follows.
Enter teacher names and email addresses in the “Referral Documents” section of the online application.

  • 1 teacher recommendation is required for Kindergarten applicants
  • 2 teacher recommendations are required for grades one through five applicants
  • 2 teacher recommendations are required for grades six through eight applicants, one of which must be from the applicant’s current math teacher

All supporting documents must either be uploaded to the online application portal or mailed to:

The Franciscan School
Admissions – Siena Hall 
10000 Saint Francis Dr. 
Raleigh, NC 27613

Please note that applications will not be reviewed by The Franciscan School Admissions Committee until all of the above components to the application are received by the Admissions Department.

We Are Now Accepting Applications For The 2020-21 School Year

The Franciscan School Admissions Policy

Entrance Age: Children entering Kindergarten are to be five years of age on or before August 31st for enrollment in the current academic year. Children entering the first Grade are to be six years of age on or before the same date.

Application: A $60.00 non-refundable application fee is due upon submission of the online application.

A student’s admission is conditional upon the satisfactory completion of the year in progress; in addition to the student’s needs and abilities, and a review of the requirements listed above.

Notification of Admission: Based upon satisfactory completion of the application process, review of a student’s application and strength of credentials, and space availability, a student will be extended an offer of admission with a letter of admission, tuition agreement, and enrollment packet. 

Enrollment:  The enrollment and tuition agreement must be completed and returned to The Franciscan School office within (10) business days.

Financial aid is available for families demonstrating need. Click here for additional information on Financial Aid.

If you have questions on the admissions process, please contact Lura Tysiac, Coordinator of Marketing and Admissions at or 919.534.4837 extension 469.

Tuition & Fees

All families agree to pay the Full Cost Tuition Rate per child unless notified of eligibility for the Steward Rate as approved by the Pastor.

  • Full Cost: A non-Catholic family. 


  • Catholic Participating Member of a Parish (other than St. Francis) in the Diocese of Raleigh:  A Catholic family registered in another parish, who has submitted a signed Pastor Recommendation Form.

  • St. Francis of Assisi Parish Steward Rate:
    Registered parishioners who support our community with their time, talent, and tithe are eligible for the steward rate after a review by the Pastor of the annual Family Stewardship Form.
  • The Family Stewardship Form can be accessed and submitted on the parish website

Fees and Payment Options

Application Fee: $60 non-refundable

Registration Fee: $400.00 per child

Payment made directly to TFS on or before July 20th. A 1% discount applies to this option.

FACTS Tuition Management administers the trimester payment option. Payments are drafted July 20th, November 20th, and February 20th.

FACTS Tuition Management administers the monthly payment option. The first payment is July 20th; final payment is April 20th.

2020-21 Tuition Rates will be available to view late Fall 2019.

Tuition Assistance

We are committed to serving all those in our parish who seek a Catholic education that’s rooted in a Franciscan dedication to helping others. The parish and The Franciscan School provide significant need-based financial aid for families. In the 2019-20 academic year, we awarded over $310,000.00 in financial aid.

If tuition costs, changing family circumstances, or the enrollment of a second or third child strain the monthly budget, parents are encouraged to contact the Coordinator of Marketing and Admissions, Lura Tysiac at

We also encourage families to access Scholarship & Tuition Assistance available through the Diocese and outside agencies as well, including the:

North Carolina Opportunity Scholarship and Disabilities Grant Programs

The Diocese of Raleigh Office of African Ancestry Ministry & Evangelization (AAMEN) and Native American Catholic Community