The Franciscan School
Faith, Academics, and Service
The Catholic Community of St. Francis of Assisi


Why TFS?

The Franciscan School is committed to developing compassionate life-long learners who incorporate faith into their education. We offer a nurturing environment where children can grow academically in an innovative and challenging environment, while learning the importance of providing kindness and service to others.

The Franciscan School, a National Blue Ribbon School of Academic Excellence since 2011, is a fully-accredited elementary and middle school for students in Kindergarten through eighth grade. We offer advanced math classes, before-school and after-school care, Spanish, service learning programs, championship middle school athletics, and enrichment opportunities and clubs for students. We integrate high-tech educational tools and high academic standards into the classroom, providing educational excellence inclusive of the diverse learning styles of all children.

Many of our TFS families, faculty, and staff say “There’s something special about TFS.”  While there are numerous educational options available in the Triangle area, TFS offers a truly unique environment where students are taught that learning is a lifelong endeavor to grow spiritually, intellectually, and socially. TFS is a community of faith and learning where parents are involved in their child’s education and where students feel safe and are encouraged to develop their faith along with their minds. Our TFS graduates have learned how to live a life of service and integrity, and they carry that forward as they leave our school to continue their academic careers.

Visitors to the Franciscan School often ask how our faith is celebrated in our school community. The answer would be that it is continuously celebrated. We start the day with morning prayer, and visitors are always impressed when they witness morning prayer, which takes place each day in our courtyard. Our entire student body, as well as many family members, gather around our courtyard and begin the day in prayer led by students. The Franciscan School’s day provides opportunities in a faith-filled environment for reflection, prayer, and service, and morning prayer is one example of how the community celebrates our faith. Additionally, our students participate in weekly class Masses in the Chapel, monthly and Holy Day community liturgies prepared by students, religion classes, and service projects and activities that coincide with the Catholic principles of social justice teaching.This all culminates at the end of the year with a school-wide Justice Fair to highlight the many ways we can help take care of those around us, as well as our environment.

What does it mean to be welcomed at The Franciscan School? It is being greeted by the principal at the school gate every day. It is gathering in prayer every morning with over 645 students, teachers, parents, and community members. It is embracing new students and families who have joined our community. It is welcoming parents into the classroom to be “secret readers” or volunteer at school, and it is welcoming guest speakers to share their life experiences with students. As part of the mission of The Franciscan School, we welcome all who come to us and teach our students how to extend a hand to many through the service opportunities our students participate in. These noble activities are a way of life at The Franciscan School. The question is never, “did you see what we did?” The question is always, “what more can we do?”  We welcome all to our school, and our diversity is our strength. The faculty and staff hope that your family finds The Franciscan School as the perfect partner for you, as parents, to achieve your child’s academic, spiritual and moral success.

What does the USCCB (U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops) say about the role of Catholic Education and ways to make parental choice pay off for our students?  Click here for details.