Kindness, respect and Catholic Christian values have been our foundation since opening in 1948. We are committed to curriculum and instruction designed to meet not only the present needs of students, but to prepare students to become just and prayerful adult Christian leaders. Our schools create an atmosphere of faith, hope, and prayer where teachers and students can nurture the image of God in one another.
More than 1,500 students have passed through our doors, going on to lead strong, productive lives. Many of our students have graduated as valedictorian, salutatorian or as honor students, proving that what kids learn at St. Francis serves them well their entire lives.
We offer 4YK through 5th grade with small classes sizes of 21 or less. Our curriculum consists of Reading, English, Spelling, Math, Science, Social Studies, Handwriting, Religion, Technology, and Music. Hands-on learning is encouraged with field trips, a life science egg hatchery, robotics, and dramatic performances. We meet WI state standards and the standards for the Diocese of La Crosse and our students are well represented within the top 10 of their high school graduating classes.
Our teachers, administration and staff teach academic skills and guide children to learn about faith, virtues, morals and spirituality. Our teachers are highly qualified, state-certified, support a top level curriculum, and have over 95 years of combined experience.
Students (1st - 5th) attend Mass weekly and take part as greeters, readers, gift bearers and altar servers. Our 4YK program includes a small focus on Christian values. Other denominations are encouraged to share their Christian practices and support classmates taking part in Catholic focused events and Sacraments.
The same specialized services offered through the public school system are also available at St. Francis, including speech therapy, special education, Title I services, transportation and 4YK (at no tuition cost).
Each classroom is fully equipped with Chrome books or Android Tablets (1:1 ratio student/device) and Smart Boards. As with the public school, Google is our technology choice. We're preparing kids for advancement into 6th grade.
MUSIC AND ARTS
Music education is an integral component of the curriculum. Our children show great talent performing a school-wide program each Christmas and Spring. The opportunity to learn cohesively as a student body allows older students to become role-models while giving younger children confidence and excitement.
Safety is a top priority at St. Francis School. Procedures and protocols include locked doors and controlled entry by school office, cameras installed at entries, safety drills implemented regularly, and successful background checks on all volunteers.
BREAKFAST & LUNCH OFFERING
St. Francis complies with federal and state regulations for our hot lunch and breakfast programs. Nutritious meals are prepared on site. Free or reduced meal programs available to those who qualify.
Each month, students learn about a virtue and strive to choose behaviors that reflect that virtue.
5TH GRADE OPPORTUNITIES!
• Learn German - Full Year Course
• Memorial Tree Planting
• Mass of Completion
• Opportunity for lead roles in school concerts
• Perform and act in a Musical Folk Tale
• Class trips: Valley Fair and MN Zoo
• Buddy Program with Kindergarten class: This program provides a leadership role for 5th graders to meet monthly with kindergartners to read, help with projects and play games. This teaches kindness, patience and gives students an opportunity to learn in a different way.