St. Francis School

St. Francis is an Independent, non-denominational, progressive, co-ed, Preschool 12th grade school located on two campuses: Goshen (Age 2-8th) and Downtown (9th-12th) with approximately 460 students.
Our Mission is to cultivate a joyful, compassionate, intellectual community that celebrates individuality and inspires independent thinking for life.
St. Francis School is characterized by personal attention, small class sizes, diversity, dedication to student voice, commitment to community service, student-centric extracurriculars, and outstanding teachers who are dedicated to their subject areas and to students.
Inside and outside the classroom, the atmosphere at St. Francis School is one of joy that also prepares students successfully for college and for life.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
State or regional independent school association
Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-12
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Year Founded1965
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students454 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
Students by Grade St. Francis School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers67 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size12 students
Number of AP Courses14 courses
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineDec. 20
Yearly Tuition Cost$23,900
Tuition NotesTuition varies by grade level
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$12,900
Admissions DirectorTrisha Amirault & Toni Robinson
Admissions AssociateKelli Carter


Total Sports Offered9 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Golf, Soccer, Tennis, Track and FieldBaseballBasketball,
BowlingCross Country,
Field HockeyGolf,
Track and Field


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.18 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Black Students Association, Climate Club, Gender Rights & Equality Initiative, Governor's Cup, Kentucky United Nations Assembly (KUNA), Kentucky Youth Assembly (KYA), Math League/Counts, NaNoWriMo, Quick Recall, Science Olympiad, Student Council

Arts and Music Programs:
All-State, Choir, Jazz Ensemble, Playwriting, Theatre & Drama, Yearbook

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Ski Club

School Notes

  • The school philosophy is based on the Progressive school movement founded by John Dewey and Francis Parker in the early 1900s as a response to the assembly line, "one-size-fits-all" school model. Progressive schools, on the other hand, believe that students achieve milestones at different rates and therefore that education should be customized for individual students as much as possible. Like St. Francis, Progressive schools are student-centered, community service-minded, diverse, experiential, and participatory; they require students to be fully engaged participants in the learning process.
  • St. Francis is also one of 100 schools in the U.S. named as a Confucius Classroom for its Chinese language program, and its middle school drama program is nationally recognized by the National Youth Arts Awards.
  • St. Francis School is fully accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS), certified by the Kentucky Department of Education, and is a member of the following organizations: National Association of Independent Schools, Kentucky Association of Independent Schools, Kentucky Non-Public Schools Commission, Elementary Schools Heads Association, National Middle School Association, Center for Spiritual and Ethical Education, and the National Association for Gifted Children.
  • The Preschool received a superior rating in the Kentucky STARS program and is recognized as an exemplary program by the Kentucky Department of Education.
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Latonia
    Grades: 9-12 | 349 students
    72.1 miles
    3617 Church St
    Latonia, KY 41015
    (859) 431-1335
    72.1 9-12
  • Louisville
    Adath Jeshurun Preschool
    Daycare / Preschool (Jewish)
    Grades: NS-PK | 160 students
    14.2 miles
    2401 Woodbourne Avenue
    Louisville, KY 40205
    (502) 451-3434
    14.2 NS-PK
  • Louisville
    Friends School
    Special Education School
    Grades: PK-8 | 229 students
    12.6 miles
    901 Breckenridge Ln
    Louisville, KY 40207
    (502) 899-1822
    12.6 PK-8
  • Louisville
    Grades: NS-K | 148 students
    14.6 miles
    1011 Cherokee Road
    Louisville, KY 40204
    (502) 456-6991
    14.6 NS-K
  • Louisville
    Grades: NS-12 | 816 students
    7.1 miles
    4100 Springdale Rd
    Louisville, KY 40241
    (502) 423-0440
    7.1 NS-12

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