Student Life at The Franciscan School

Our Athletic Program

Mission and Philosophy

Student life at The Franciscan School is faithful to the mission of educating the whole person, the purpose of the physical education program (sports and games) is to:

  • Encourage a healthy lifestyle and an enduring love for physical activity
  • Teach and develop essential skills with an emphasis on broad student participation
  • Nurture teamwork and goal setting
  • Develop leadership and help students cope with adversity and disappointment
  • Appreciate the gifts in others
  • Be welcoming hosts, good sports, and ambassadors
  • Be humble in victory and gracious in defeat

The athletic program promotes and combines Catholic values with community, leadership, reverence, and service.

Sports OfferINGS

The athletic program promotes and combines Catholic values with community, leadership, reverence, and service. In addition to developing good sportsmanship, team building, self-reliance, responsibility, and self-discipline.

TFS Girls Soccer Team




Cross Country






Cross Country




Student Clubs & Organizations


Model U.N.

Chess Club

Art Club

Odyssey of the Mind


Safety Club (5th Grade)

Student Council

School-Wide Spelling Bee

Student Ambassadors

The Franciscan School Field Day


The Franciscan School strives to create a faith-filled environment that draws each member of this community closer to Christ.

Each day begins with Morning Prayer in the Courtyard. Each week, individual classes gather in the Chapel for the celebration of the Eucharist. The entire school community participates in Gospel Share, Morning Praise, a monthly all community liturgy at the St. Francis of Assisi Church, and student-led liturgies on feast days.

The Franciscan School Chapel

Bridges Program

Early Morning Care (EMC) & After School Program

Morning Care is available from 7:00-7:40 AM Monday through Friday for grades K-8 in the Jacob Hall. In the event of a school delay, EMC will also be delayed. 

The Bridges After School Program operates Monday-Friday between the hours of 2:40 and 6:00 PM. Bridges is open on select early release and teacher workdays. Bridges will not operate on holidays.

If school is dismissed or canceled due to inclement weather, we will also cancel Bridges for the day. Parents are asked to arrive safely at pick up time to ensure personnel can safely make their way home.

If you have any questions regarding the program, please contact the Head of Bridges, Joey Bradshaw at 919.610.8104 or Direct all billing questions to Donna Sincock at x253.

School Counseling

The Franciscan School is committed to the success of all admitted students.

If a licensed psychologist identifies a student with a different learning style, the administrative team and teacher will collaborate with the parents/guardians to provide students with a holistic network of support.

However, the school cannot modify its academic requirements nor alter the general courses. If we cannot accommodate a student within the school, every effort is made to place students in a program that is better suited to meet their needs.

Parents should contact the School Counselor, Laureen Wacenske, for additional information on testing, a list of available accommodations, and referrals for psychologists, psychological services, tutors, and learning specialists.

Laureen Wacenske
School Counselor
919-847-8205 ext. 255


Commencement at TFS is not graduation but a ceremony recognizing the faith and academic milestone of each student. The TFS Commencement is thus a sending-out of our 8th graders into the world to continue to develop and share their gifts.

We coordinate a full day of activities, with commencement held prior to Memorial Day weekend, allowing you time to celebrate with your extended family over the holiday weekend.