The Franciscan Student Life

It's Always a Good Time at TFS!

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:

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.

Franciscan 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

Franciscan 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.

private school student life showing The Franciscan School Chapel

Bridges Program

Early Morning Care & After School Program

Due to COVID-19, we have not yet determined if the Bridges Program will operate at the start of the 2020-21 school year.
For this reason, you can register now without paying a registration fee. If Bridges opens in August, that fee will simply be added to your first payment. Please feel free to register your child(ren). We will continue to update you on the status of the Bridges Program.

The Bridges Program provides the opportunity to extend learning and fun to the beginning and end of each school day. We offer homework assistance, inside & outside play, arts & crafts. Early Morning Care begins at 7:00 AM and the After School Program ends at 6:00 PM. Full and part time options are available for both.

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

The 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, but does not operate on holidays.

If school is dismissed or canceled due to inclement weather, we will also cancel Bridges for the day.

Program related questions can be directed to the Head of Bridges, Joey Bradshaw, at or 919.610.8104. Direct all billing questions to Donna Sincock at or 919.534.4837 ext. 253.

For details and registration, please click here.

School Counseling

The counseling program at The Franciscan School aims to support students in having the best school experience possible. If there are emotional or social issues having a negative impact on a student’s ability to learn, the school counselor will work with the student to help him or her to be successful.

Counseling for students at The Franciscan School includes individual counseling for a set amount of time, small group counseling, and classroom guidance lessons. Students may be self-referred or referred by a teacher, administrator, or parent.

The school counselor is also an integral member of a student’s educational team and assists in providing observations and writing behavioral plans. As well as consulting with teachers and partnering with parents to reinforce positive school behaviors. And to help address student problems as they affect a child’s learning.

In addition, the school counselor serves as a liaison between The Franciscan School and outside resources to include when outside assessing is needed to determine how best to serve a child. After testing is completed, the counselor communicates special needs to the appropriate teacher and works with the Educational Support Team to provide support and assistance.

Laureen Wacenske, School Counselor

919.534.4837 ext. 314


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.