Award Year: 2014

St. Francis of Assisi School

7075 Ashworth Road
West Des Moines, IA, 50266-2416

(515) 457-7167

Mrs. Misty Lynn Hade, Principal at time of Nomination

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St. Francis of Assisi School: Disciples of Christ. Developing Learners for Life through Faith, Knowledge, and Service.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 92%
  • Hispanic: 3%
  • Asian: 3%
  • Native American: 1%
  • ELL: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Kindergarten students collaborating on a building project.

Kindergarten students collaborating on a building project.

"We are a family! Prayers and needs are shared. We support one another. We look for what we can do for the student, present and future, through faith driven education." SFA Art teacher

Fifteen years ago, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School opened its doors to welcome kindergarten through second grade students and staff. Today it is a three section school of kindergarten through eighth grade, educating 657 students. The students are educated by 61 faith-filled, compassionate staff members who work collaboratively to create rigorous lessons that prepare the 21st Century learner.

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School is a student-centered school dedicated to fostering success of each individual. With differentiated learning, effective instruction, CRISS (Creating Independence through Student-owned Strategies), two full-time student support teachers, and a talented and gifted teacher, all students are given the opportunity to achieve their individual goals.

What makes St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School special is our community of faith where we help each other in times of need and celebrate our successes. Student success is directly tied to the valuable lesson from God of sharing time, talents, and treasures with others. Students and staff benefit from parents and community members who volunteer in all areas of the building on a daily basis. This strong partnership creates the best learning environment for each student’s needs.

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School’s mission of being dedicated to living a life of faith, service, and education exemplifies the qualities of a National Blue Ribbon School.