“I love St. Francis because people learn love, share, and work together. We have fun projects and fun math.” –Liana Forester 2nd Grade
“I love coming to Church and learning about God.” –Audrey Buck 1st Grade
“I love St. Francis because of the warm environment…the love and respect from teachers and friends.” –Lexi Sokos 7th Grade
“Hi, my name is Samantha Hatcher and I go to Saint Francis Central Catholic School. I am in the eighth grade and I have attended St. Francis for 6 years. St. Francis has provided me with an excellent education over the years and it has also guided me to grow as an athlete and as an individual. St. Francis has very high academic and athletic standards which makes it a great all around school.
The staff at the school is filled with excellent educators that strive to push each student to their fullest potential. They will gladly take time out of their day to make sure that everyone understands the information that is given so nobody falls behind. They are people that you can trust so you can turn to them whenever you need advice. Also the staff at St. Francis contains outstanding coaches that bring forth your individual talents that Christ has blest you with. They teach you how to work together as a team and how to be devoted towards something.
St. Francis offers a variety of sports that the students can participate in such as cross country, volleyball, basketball, cheerleading and track. St. Francis also offers a Social Justice program named PSALM which is internationally trying to ban land mines that put many people’s lives in danger. The school also offers special technology and artistic clubs for anyone who has the interest.
The best and most important thing that St. Francis has to offer is the opportunity to learn about the Catholic Faith and our Savior, Jesus Christ. Every day the students are taught a religion class with lessons of the history of our faith. Also throughout the day we pray together to thank God for the day that He has blest us with. Once a week the entire school comes together to celebrate mass so the students can appreciate the scriptures with gospels that they can relate to.
I have learned at St. Francis that to serve God you must serve others. That is why our school goes by the motto “We are here to serve, not to be served”. St. Francis is a school that is based on serving the community around us. The school plays a major role in the contribution of canned goods at St. Ursula’s food pantry and holds toy and clothing drives every winter. I have also learned that there is nothing more important than to have a strong relationship with God. That is why St. Francis stresses equality so that nobody has to worry about what they are wearing or having the newest electronics.
At St. Francis I have made many friendships that will last a lifetime. We stick together through the hardships that life brings upon us and we come out with an even stronger relationship once we solve the problems together. Having a faith based education in a safe, happy environment makes St. Francis a great learning foundation for all ages. It prepares each student for the future and brings each student closer to God. Each day that we live is a gift from God and spending my days at St. Francis is the best gift that can possibly be given. Thank you! –Samantha Hatcher 8th grade
My husband and I are products of Catholic school Kindergarten through College. When it came time to choose a school for our own children, we were never in doubt as to where we would send them. At the time, we chose Catholic school for its small and cozy atmosphere. A safe place where our children could learn free of political distractions and focused daily on prayer and Jesus Christ. We wanted them to know God as a constant presence in their lives; a source of comfort and guidance. We felt that Catholic school supported what we were trying to do at home.
As the years progressed, we continued to financially commit to our children’s catholic education. It wasn’t always easy. We could have been using that money for vacation or a new car, or even college education savings. But we felt our children were getting something that we could never buy elsewhere. A place that was focused on the teachings of Jesus, where mutual respect was a way of life and where they were developing an emerging social consciousness. Every adult in the school personally knew and cared about our children. There was nothing more moving than watching 400 children quietly and respectfully file into church for mass. There is no doubt that Catholic school is a financial commitment. But it is not as expensive as you would think, and there is a tremendous amount of financial aid available for families. Do not let expenses be a reason not to choose a Catholic education for your child.
Four years ago, we sent our oldest child to high school. There was no catholic high school here to choose from, and we were pretty stressed as to how they would thrive in this new environment. But high school has been an amazing experience for them. Academically they had the skills to thrive in the hardest classes. Socially, they were conscious of the differences of others, and were able to relate well to teachers. But most importantly, they continued to seek out kids with similar beliefs, kids who shared their values and moral code. They continued to expand upon the bedrock of service and social justice that St. Francis Central Catholic promoted in them. And they continued to participate in Christian fellowship groups at school and at church.
No school is perfect. No child is perfect. Ours have made the same mistakes, asked the same questions that many other children have. But they have done so knowing in their hearts that God is with them. The thing they have missed most about Catholic school? Daily prayer.
“I love St. Francis because of the small class sizes. It enables you to build closer friendships with your peers and build stronger bonds.” Delaney Buck(Class of 2013)
“St. Francis offered me a good foundation.”
-Johnathan Gill (Class of 2013)
“At the start of High School, I was a little overwhelmed with all the people. The best thing about St. Francis to me was that you had a memory with everyone.”
-Sophia Darmelio (Class of 2013)
“I loved ST. Francis because of my Catholic Identity and I’m never afraid of expressing my faith. High School is really easy. The most trouble is the amount of people; not knowing faces, the little things like someone holding a door for you.”
-Olivia Sokos (Class of 2013)
“St. Francis taught me how to study. I was prepared for writing, math, and block scheduling in high school.”
-Isabel (Class of 2013)
“I love St. Francis because your teachers get to know you personally and are interested in your education.” -Mackenzie Buck (Class of 2010)