Award Year: 2013

St. Francis Academy

1601 Central Avenue
Union City, NJ, 07087-3216

(201) 863-4112

Deborah Savage, Principal at time of Nomination

Archdiocese of Newark

School Website


Inspiring academic excellence, instilling faith, nurturing the unique talents of every student, caring for the gift of God's world in the Franciscan tradition.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 43%
  • Hispanic: 42%
  • Asian: 6%
  • Two or more races: 8%

St. Francis Academy is a private Roman Catholic academy sponsored and run by the Missionary Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception and a dedicated lay faculty and staff. The Franciscan charism and a vibrant Catholic identity create a culture which provides a deep faith foundation, academic excellence and personal formation that is the hallmark of our graduates. Parents and school enter in a solemn covenant assisting students in reaching their full potential, developing the many gifts God has bestowed upon them and revealing to them the beauty and value of their lives.

St. Francis Academy’s faculty is highly qualified and committed to the success of every child. Small group instruction allows teachers to customize lessons to the precise needs of students building competence and self esteem through success. I Pads, Promethean Boards, Smart Tables allow students to reach beyond the school walls in their search for knowledge. St. Francis Academy students are voracious and critical readers, cognizant of the best in children’s literature due to our challenging Bookworms project.

St. Francis Academy has championship basketball and track teams and our karate club members have traveled to Japan to compete. The Fine Arts are an integral component of an SFA education from Kinderdance to band, art, ballet, choir, violin, public speaking, zumba, guitar, opera, or recorder! There is the opportunity for every child to express themselves in the artistic realm, nurturing creativity.

Service to the poor and needy and the desire for peace and justice in our world is the lynchpin of Franciscan spirituality. Our students think globally and act locally in their efforts to alleviate suffering in our world and our neighborhood.