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Overall
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St. Francis de Sales School
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Overall
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Math
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Science
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School Incidents
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Reading
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Attendance
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College Bound
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School Details

  • School TypePrivate Catholic
  • Grade LevelsK-8
  • Waiting List Size17
  • Enrollment532
  • PrincipalSister Sister Mary McNulty, IHM
  • Phone Number215-387-1749
  • SEPTA RoutesBus (21, 30, 42), Trolley (11, 13, 34, 36)
  • Address 917 South 47th Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19143
  • NeighborhoodCedar Park
  • Tuition$3,900 (family rates available)
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Mission

At St. Francis de Sales School, our mission is to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ, while recognizing His Presence in every child, parent, and teacher. Our school is a united, multicultural learning community. Here, we foster academic excellence,...

At St. Francis de Sales School, our mission is to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ, while recognizing His Presence in every child, parent, and teacher. Our school is a united, multicultural learning community. Here, we foster academic excellence, expect and practice high standards of conduct, ensure the safety of each child, and work with parents as partners of education. St. Francis de Sales School motivates students to be stewards of peace in their community and moral leaders of tomorrow.

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Points of Pride

2015-16 ACHIEVEMENTS: 1st Place 8th Grade Academic Bowl; Neumann Scholars Program awarded to 8th Grade student; Young Playwrights; First in Math Program, 8 St. Francis de Sales graduates have been named prestigious Gates Millennium Scholars and...

2015-16 ACHIEVEMENTS: 1st Place 8th Grade Academic Bowl; Neumann Scholars Program awarded to 8th Grade student; Young Playwrights; First in Math Program, 8 St. Francis de Sales graduates have been named prestigious Gates Millennium Scholars and have received full scholarships to the college of their choice. STEM: Engineering is Elementary; Computer Science Club; SeaPerch Naval Engineering Underwater Robotics competition; Partnership with Drexel U. Computer Science Department; NOVACane after school structural engineering program (Villanova University); George Washington Carver Science Fair; PECO Energizing Education Program, Math Matters distance learning program, Young Heroes Program, Financial Literacy Program, Play on Philly (students receive 15 hours of instruction per week by professional musicians, select their own instruments and perform in a full orchestra. TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION: SmartBoards and projectors in every classroom; 2 full computer labs; netbooks for student use, 1:1 computer/student ratio in grades 4-8; iPads for use for Kindergarten through 3rd grade; Learning Management System; Weekly Technology Class grades 4-8, we also have chrome books and Surface Pro 3 for use in 7th and 8th grade. SPECIAL FINE ART PROGRAMS: "The Art of Looking" and"Crossing Boundaries" art enrichment programs from "The Barnes Foundation"; lessons from "The Pennsylvania Calligraphers' Society"; Weekly Art Class, all grades. ART CONTEST: PFCU Art Contest, Children's Scholarship Art Contest, and Philadelphia Green City Clean Water Art Contest. AWARD-WINNING CHILDREN'S LITERACY INITIATIVE PROGRAM (“CLI”) - CLI works with teachers to transform instruction - Children become powerful readers, writers, & thinkers; learn phonics, parts of speech & punctuation in a fun, vibrant literary environment - In a sample of 10 Catholic elementary school classrooms, 92.3% of children scored at or above the national average on the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test in Spring 2013 - All teachers have degrees (BA/BS/MA/M.Ed) & have one-on-one professional development CLUBS: Drama, Textile Engineering, Film Club, Chess Club and Homework Club.

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Admissions Policy

Your child must be 5 by September 1st to enter kindergarten. Your child must be 6 by September 1st to enter first grade. Parents or guardians must submit the following: child's birth certificate and Social Security card, shot records, report card...

Your child must be 5 by September 1st to enter kindergarten. Your child must be 6 by September 1st to enter first grade. Parents or guardians must submit the following: child's birth certificate and Social Security card, shot records, report card (grades 2-8), registration fee and proof of address. Contact the school for more information on the admissions process.

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Safety & Culture

At St. Francis de Sales School, we have a firm commitment to creating peacemakers. Our Peace Program has received national recognition for teaching children how to resolve their differences in a non-confrontational manner. The Peace Program has...

At St. Francis de Sales School, we have a firm commitment to creating peacemakers. Our Peace Program has received national recognition for teaching children how to resolve their differences in a non-confrontational manner. The Peace Program has helped children cope and live with their surroundings –- and their multicultural differences -– in an atmosphere of respect, giving, sharing and taking individual responsibility. These lessons sustain our students throughout their lives. Saint Francis de Sales School aims to help children to become good students; model good citizenship in a diverse student body for the future, here or in their native countries; prepare students to pursue community and world peace; prepare students for leadership in academics and society; and model responsibility for students and respect for others.

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Accreditations & Honors

Middle States Accreditation (2010)

Middle States Accreditation (2010)

School Details & Data

Demographics

Black 62%
White 9.2%
Hispanic 18.6%
Asian 5.8%
Other 4.3%

Female & Male Students

Female Students 54.1%
Male Students 45.9%

English Language Learners

English Language Learner 26.7%

Students Per Grade

Kindergarten Students
67
1st Grade Students
65
2nd Grade Students
67
3rd Grade Students
58
4th Grade Students
64
5th Grade Students
50
6th Grade Students
50
7th Grade Students
50
8th Grade Students
61
Total Students
532

Activities & Programs

Arts Programs

  • Vocal,
  • Instrumental,
  • Theater,
  • Poetry,
  • Literature,
  • Jazz,
  • Orchestra,
  • Other

Sports Programs

  • Football,
  • Basketball,
  • Track and Field,
  • Girls Basketball,
  • Girls Track and Field,
  • Sports Other

Other Sports

Play on, Philly! Orchestra; Homework Club; Scrabble; Chess Club; First in Math Club; Tech Club; Advanced Math, Engineering (STEM), Financial Literacy, Conversational English Club

Play on, Philly! Orchestra; Homework Club; Scrabble; Chess Club; First in Math Club; Tech Club; Advanced Math, Engineering (STEM), Financial Literacy, Conversational English Club

Other Activities

Play on, Philly! Orchestra; Homework Club; Robotics Club; Chess Club; First in Math Club; Tech Club; Advanced Math; Engineering is Elementary; Financial Literacy; Conversational English Club; IHM Junior Companions

Play on, Philly! Orchestra; Homework Club; Robotics Club; Chess Club; First in Math Club; Tech Club; Advanced Math; Engineering is Elementary; Financial Literacy; Conversational English Club; IHM Junior Companions

Parent Programs

  • Parents Home and School Association,
  • Parents School Advisory,
  • Parents Classroom Volunteers

Before and After Care

  • After Care,
  • Extended Programming

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