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.

Quick Stats (2022)

  • Top Ranked KY School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-12
  • Students: 454 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $23,900
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: Dec. 20

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School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-12
Learning Difference Programs
Year Founded
Summer School Offered
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
454 students
Student Body Type
Students by Grade
St. Francis School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
67 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
12 students
Number of AP Courses
14 courses
Matriculation DataMatric. Data

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Dec. 20
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Tuition varies by grade level
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Admissions Director
Trisha Amirault & Toni Robinson
Admissions Associate
Kelli Carter



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
18 extracurriculars
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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Quick Stats (2022)

  • Top Ranked KY School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-12
  • Students: 454 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $23,900
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: Dec. 20

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The average private school tuition in Kentucky is $6,919 for elementary schools and $8,090 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Kentucky is 92% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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