FAQ about St. Francis School
What are your class sizes?
How long is the school day?
Is there any before or after school care available?
Yes, our Latchkey program offers a way for parents to get their children to and from SFS at times that accommodate their work schedules. Latchkey is available starting at 7:00 AM and after school until 5:30 PM. There are nominal fees for this service. Click here for more information on our Latchkey program.
Are students required to wear uniforms?
Yes, we do have a uniform and dress code at SFS. With the exception of the plaid jumpers and skirts, all of the uniforms can be purchased in most retail clothing chains (Old Navy, Wal-Mart, etc.) Click here for a detailed description of the uniforms.
Do you have to be Catholic to attend St. Francis School?
Is bussing available to St. Francis School?
Does St. Francis School have sports teams?
St. Francis is a member of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA). We have girls’ and boys’ basketball for students in grades 2-8 through our school-sponsored program. Through a cooperative agreement with the Clearfield Area School District, students in grades 7-8 may also participate in Football, Wrestling, Cross country, Track. Volleyball, Baseball and Soccer. Click here for more information on our Athletic programs.
Do you teach foreign languages?
Yes, we do! Each marking period, students in Preschool 4 through grade eight take an introductory class in a different language and culture. They learn basic vocabulary and study the customs and culture of the countries where that language is spoken. German, Spanish, and French are each taught for a nine-week period. During the final grading period, students take a trip around the word, learning about a different country each week.
Does St. Francis School conduct standardized testing?
Although our school does not participate in the PSSA’s, we do administer the Terra Nova tests each March. The data from these tests is used to guide the instruction for the year. Additionally, the students who take Algebra 1 (usually in 7th or 8th grade) will take the Keystone Exam at the end of the year. Passing the Keystone at St. Francis fulfills their requirement for graduation and they will not have to re-take the exam, regardless of which high school they attend. Please click here for a letter from Kim Lytle, Director of Curriculum for the Diocese of Erie, for further explanation of the Diocesan policies on standardized testing.