Award Year: 2016
St. Francis of Assisi School is a cohesive community dedicated to developing world class, well-rounded students that become life long learners and Christian servants.
- Black/African American: 1%
- White: 92%
- Hispanic: 4%
- Asian: 1%
- Two or more races: 2%
- ELL: 2%
Students grow intellectually and emotionally through service work with refugees.
More than 100 years ago, St. Francis of Assisi parish and school were built to serve the German Catholic people of Louisville, Kentucky. As a parish of immigrants, we have always embraced and celebrated differences while serving the needs of others.
The school's philosophy is to provide broad yet deep education, built upon a mission of service. SFA's maximum enrollment of 265 children creates an intimate, safe, and creative atmosphere that makes it possible to truly serve every student's needs. The school was designed to be small, enabling the individualized education that its size makes possible.
Over their nine years at SFA, students embark on multi-faceted studies that develop them academically, emotionally, physically, socially, and culturally. They leave SFA as moral, young adults with a deep and well-rounded foundation for future study, their career choice, and success in a technological society.
Students in each grade grow emotionally and spiritually through the HeartPaths service program and by putting their faith into action to create change. As one example, students and refugees created the Growing Forward Farmers' Market where they sell produce with immigrants from Sudan, Bhutan, and Iran each Sunday after Mass. The refugees increase their weekly income, and our students appreciate what it means to live as marginalized members of society. Most of all, students learn that they are capable of making a difference in the lives of others.
Above all, SFA creates and instills an attitude of caring in students, teachers, and families through comprehensive, holistic education.