Award Year: 2020

St Francis Of Assisi School

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

(515) 457-7167

Mr. Jon Aldrich, Principal at time of Nomination

Diocese of Des Moines

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St. Francis is a faith-filled professional, positive, respectful, collaborative, and rigorous 21st century school for ALL students, teachers, and community members.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 87%
  • Hispanic: 5%
  • Asian: 2%
  • Two or more races: 4%
Kindergarten and 8th Grade Buddy Program creates lasting relationships.

Kindergarten and 8th Grade Buddy Program creates lasting relationships.

St. Francis of Assisi School is a Kindergarten through 8th grade Catholic Elementary School in central Iowa. St. Francis of Assisi serves students from over 10 different districts and communities. Our students excel in a safe, nurturing environment under the leadership of a faith-filled, caring and professional faculty and staff. We keep our focus on the whole child by challenging them academically and preparing them for success while ensuring they supported and cared for.

St. Francis excels in academia, but it also shines in its strong faith practice and commitment to social responsibility. These are displayed in various ways daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly. Prayer is said together as a whole school at the beginning and end of every day. All school, student-led Mass is celebrated weekly. Leadership at St. Francis is displayed by middle school students' involvement in leading the daily announcements and Student Ambassadors. Student Ambassadors welcome new families and students to the school and also represent the St. Francis in multiple functions. The St. Francis buddy program pairs middle school students with elementary students. Buddies meet weekly to accompany each other to Mass and assist each other in class projects. Student Ambassadors and the buddy program are shining examples of how St. Francis builds leaders and lasting relationships from Kindergarten through 8th grade.