Philosophy

Saint Francis High School serves Catholic families and all families who wish to experience a Catholic, Holy Cross education. In the Holy Cross tradition, Saint Francis High School serves students with a variety of abilities and backgrounds and unites them into a community where the gifts and talents of each person are appreciated.

Saint Francis High School helps students develop into knowledgeable and involved Catholics and Christians who will be active members of their local Church. Gospel values are reflected in all aspects of the school, and students find an awareness of the person and message of Christ in prayer, liturgy and service to others. Saint Francis High School promotes and builds Christian morality in relationships among members of the school community and within society as a whole, promoting a spirit of family. The school is committed to building a just society within the world community in which service to others is practiced by all.

Saint Francis High School challenges each student to reach his or her full academic potential. Recognizing the importance of developing skills in the areas of reading, writing, mathematics, technology, and creative expression, the school offers a variety of experiences in the liberal arts, the sciences and the fine and performing arts. The school fosters critical and creative thinking, and assists students in developing an ability to work with others in a climate of collaboration and cooperation. Students are taught communication, problem solving and decision making skills, enabling each to become a life-long learner with the capability to be successful in a rapidly changing world.

Saint Francis High School empowers students to examine the possibilities that exist for them beyond high school in many areas of their lives: career, education, and life-style. Students learn to set and realize personal goals and are challenged to develop their talents. A broad range of activities and athletics helps to foster physical development, self-esteem, leadership, and mutual respect.

Saint Francis High School promotes active participation in our democratic society and an appreciation of the various cultures of our world. Saint Francis High School develops students who will become responsible members of the world community and will carry forth the Holy Cross value of service to God and community.

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The Prayer of Saint Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
O, Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning, that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.