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

Boys'

Basketball

Baseball

Cross Country

Soccer

Lacrosse

Girls'

Basketball

Cheerleading

Cross Country

Soccer

Softball​

Volleyball

Student Clubs & Organizations

Clubs

Model U.N.

Chess Club

Art Club

Odyssey of the Mind

Organizations

Safety Club (5th Grade)

Student Council

School-Wide Spelling Bee

Student Ambassadors

The Franciscan School Field Day

Worship

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 joseph.bradshaw@stfrancisraleigh.org. Direct all billing questions to Donna Sincock at x253.

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, writing behavioral plans, 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

919-847-8205 ext. 314

laureen.wacenske@stfrancisraleigh.org

Commencement

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.