St. Francis School Highlights

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Highlights

St. Francis of Assisi School is progressive and bases instruction on researched programs and best practices in education. SFA School follows the Catholic Standards for Education - similar to the Grade Level Outcomes from the state of Michigan. S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) Education is our primary goal as we strive to develop the whole child in an exceptional, Catholic school.

 

St. Francis values technology education to enhance learning but also to provide alternative forms of instruction for students to show mastery and understanding. Seventh and eighth graders each bring their own tablet to school while our elementary students share a computer lab and a traveling cart of 60 tablets.

 

St. Francis of Assisi School formally teaches handwriting and the writing process. Child development research indicates the small motor skills, which are developed, build brain capabilities and create new connections in the brain. Additionally, it is important for students to learn to take the time in their work and produce a fine piece of writing to express their ideas.

 

Literacy is a valuable, life-long tool we teach at St. Francis. Each day, our students read classic novels along with non-fiction material. They are guided in their reading selections. A guided reading approach, along with formal phonics instruction, guides our instruction in the lower elementary. As students get older, the instruction is adapted to collaborative reading groups along with guided reading experiences. Students read many of the classic novels that are highly regarded by the International Reading Association.

 

St. Francis has a unique structure to our math curriculum. Instruction is differentiated to meet the needs of each student. Students are assessed at the beginning of each unit and then grouped on their level of mastery. We meet each student where they are in their mastery level and work to encourage growth and achievement. As students progress, instruction is adapted to master grade level content yet challenge each student in their respective strengths.

 

St. Francis of Assisi School sees God’s gifts in each child.