FAQ

How much does it cost to attend St. Francis Catholic School?
The cost of SFCS falls under two categories: fees and tuition. Annual Fees for each student in Pre-Kindergarten (PK-4) through Grade 8 are:

A Registration Fee of $100.00 and an Instructional Fee of $250.00.
The 2015-16 Parishioner Tuition Rate is $4450.00/year per child.
The 2015-16 Non-Parishioner Tuition Rate is $6995.00/year per child.
Parishioner rates apply to all Catholic families in the area who have a Parish Verification Form signed by the pastor.

What grades are taught at St. Francis Catholic School?
St. Francis Catholic School is a Pre-Kindergarten (4-year old) through 8th Grade school.

What is the average/maximum class size?
Our average class size is 18 students. There is a teacher and full-time teacher’s assistant in each of our lower elementary classrooms (Pre-K to Grade 2). Each class has a maximum capacity of 25 students.

Do you offer a hot lunch program or do children have to bring their lunches from home?
We have a hot lunch program for our students. The program is operated by a wonderful group of volunteers. Each month parents go on the web to the hot lunch link and order the meals which they want their children to have. Meals are around $3.50 per day. Lunch boxes from home are permitted too.

When does the enrollment period start?
2015-2016 Registration packets for students from families who do not presently attend SFCS will be available in the School Office in February.

What is the birthday cutoff for Pre-K , Kindergarten and 1st Grade?
To enter the SFCS Pre-Kindergarten, a child must be 4 years old by September 1st .
To enter the SFCS Kindergarten, a child must be 5 years old by September 1st .
To enter the SFCS 1st Grade, a child must be 6 years old by September 1st.

How many students attend St. Francis Catholic School?
There are approximately 187 students at SFCS. About 90% of our students are Catholic. SFCS serves students from throughout the Hilton Head/Bluffton area.

What philosophy does the school follow, and what effect does it have on the classroom experience?
We are here to nurture students’ spiritual and intellectual growth in an authentic Catholic community committed to academic excellence. This mission permeates all we do and leads us to value the following:

  • Faith Formation – our students are called to know, love, and serve the Lord.
  • Quality Academics – our high achievement test scores are testimony to our success in this area.
  • Community – Our parental and parish support is exceptional.
  • A Nurturing and Discipline Environment – We provide an environment highlighted by unconditional positive regard for each student and high behavioral expectations.
    A variety of opportunities and enrichment activities for our students - Our athletic program, expanded enrichment program, National Merit Scholarship Qualifying program, National Junior Beta Club, computer lab, music program, art program; various field trips, SCISA events, sporting events, band activities, and theatre productions, are just a few of the co-curricular and extra-curricular activities which support our mission and enhance our school.

How is student learning assessed?
We provide both formative and standardized assessment with the goal of improving learning. This includes teacher observation, essays, task performance, portfolios, teacher-created tests, tests provided by textbook publishers, rubric-related assessment and others. Each Fall, our students take the Iowa Test of Basic Skills, a nationally-normed achievement test. The results of those tests show that our students score well above the national norms.

How do graduates perform when they graduate from SFCS?
Our students do well academically, athletically and socially as they move on to the various high schools in the area. Our goal is for every graduate to be a person of faith, integrity and scholarship.

How else is the school unique?
Several items make us unique. Even in the difficult economic times faced by all schools, we have recently built a 3500 sq. ft. Fine Arts Center and a 15,000 sq. ft. gymnasium/auditorium. Our parental and volunteer support is exemplary.

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