Student Life

A day at TFS involves hands on learning, social interaction, playing, a chance to pray, time with friends and peers as well as the availability to participate in numerous extracurricular activities. At TFS, our faculty and staff strive to teach the students in a way that centers and appeals to the whole student body.  We have a school environment and family community that rallies around each other to celebrate life’s good moments and to lift each other up during times of life’s challenges.

We strive for our students to learn how important it is to learn and also to support each other in a way that is positive and embraces the love of Christ.

Student Profile

Standardized testing for Grades 3 through 8 indicates that the TFS student population is generally able and high achieving when compared to the school-age population nationally, scoring beyond both national and diocesan means and grade equivalents. Students coming into TFS at grade levels beyond Kindergarten are thus carefully evaluated in the admissions process on the basis of their prior scholastic achievement, academic and personal recommendations, and standardized test scores.

The Franciscan School admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, or gender. It does not discriminate on the basis of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, or gender in the administration of its admissions, employment, or educational programs or policies.

The Catholic Schools Office, in compliance with federal law, annually publishes notice of nondiscrimination in the NC Catholic.


Rooted in the mission of the Catholic Community of St. Francis of Assisi, TFS strives to create a faith-filled environment that is given to reflection and prayer that draws each member of this community closer to Christ.

Each day begins with Morning Prayer in the Courtyard. Each week, individual classes, on a rotating basis, gather in the Chapel for the celebration of the Eucharist. The entire school community participates in Gospel Share, Wednesday Morning Praise, a monthly all-school liturgy at the church, and liturgies on feast days. Each liturgy is prepared by the students.

Faith Formation

All students receive religious instruction as part of the total curriculum of the school. The religious education curriculum at TFS is consistent with the philosophy and goals established by the Diocese. The program and content follow a continuous progression from year to year, and have been evaluated by the parish faith formation team in collaboration with the Principal, the TFS religion team, and the Pastor.  TFS follows the curriculum listings and guidelines in the Handbook for Parish Directors of Faith Development.

Word, worship, and community service are components of catechetical ministry. Therefore, a variety of experiences and opportunities for total spiritual development are at the center of school life. Special instruction is given in Catholic doctrine, scripture, sacramental preparation, liturgy, and observance of the liturgical seasons. Instruction is developmentally appropriate.

Sacramental Preparation

Formation for the celebration of sacraments is integrated with the parish-based program, with oversight by the St. Francis of Assisi parish faith formation team.

Faith Formation Grading

Faith formation provides opportunities for information, formation, and transformation of the student. Only mastery of information can be graded.  Therefore, a religion grade reflects the student’s knowledge of doctrine, principles, practice, and liturgy flowing from the Catholic Christian message and not the quality of formation or transformation taking place in a student’s everyday behavior and faith journey.  All students receive a grade in religion as a regular academic course.

Extracurricular Activities

In addition to athletics, extracurricular activities enhance the TFS learning experience:

Interscholastic Activities conform to the regulations approved by the Capital-area Catholic Schools and include such activities as the Annual Spelling Bee and Odyssey of the Mind.

Safety Patrols promote concern for the safety of others, develop responsible citizenship, and service to others. To become a member of the safety patrol is an honor accompanied by respect and recognition.

Student Government develops communication skills and responsibilities in students and enables them to become more effective and confident persons.

Opportunities are provided for participation in cultural affairs and events.