St. Francis of Assisi School sets open house

Preschool and kindergarten students at St. Francis of Assisi School become acquainted with computers and how they can be used to facilitate learning in the school's new Wee Computer Lab, above.

Preschool and kindergarten students at St. Francis of Assisi School become acquainted with computers and how they can be used to facilitate learning in the school’s new Wee Computer Lab, above.

St. Francis of Assisi School, 4550 Telegraph Road, will sponsor an open house from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, Jan. 31, for prospective students and their parents.

St. Francis has emerged as a leader among Catholic schools by offering a curriculum in core classes and specialty classes that promote academic excellence, according to a news release.

St. Francis offers such after-school programs as STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering and Math — for middle school students and a “Genius Hour” for grades four through eight that allows students to challenge their inner genius.

Teachers also integrate technology into the classroom using iPads, Chromebooks and Interactive Robots and Interactive Boards, the release stated. A Wee Computer Lab for preschool and kindergarten classes was recently added to the school.

Principal Greg Sturgill stated, “These young students are ‘digital natives,’ so we need to meet them where they are.”

What really differentiates St. Francis from other school options locally is the faith life of its students, according to the Rev. Anthony Yates, who serves as pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Church.

“The Catholic faith is the heartbeat of the parish community,” he stated in the release, adding that students are formed in the Catholic tradition at the school, which uses a virtue-based restorative discipline model that highlights virtue and promotes a culture of kindness.

“There was nothing wrong with our local public school,” stated Katie Albin, a current parent. “But it just didn’t feel like a community. It didn’t feel warm. And in the end, the education my children are getting goes above and beyond English and math.

“They are learning about our family’s faith in a way we could never teach. That is priceless.”

Sarah Della Croce, a St. Francis of Assisi School teacher and current parent, stated in the release, “We looked into the public school options and in the end we realized we wanted a place where the staff helps kids live out their faith every day. They were so welcoming and attentive to our needs as parents.”

To learn more about the school or to arrange a tour, call (314) 487-5736, Ext. 121, or visit

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