Welcome to Saint Francis School

  • Our Mission and Philosophy

    Saint Francis School is a legacy of Blessed Marianne Cope who dedicated her life to the care of those with Hansen’s disease and who were compelled to live in Kalaupapa, Molakai. Joyfully Mother Marianne accepted this call from God to continue the work begun by Father Damien and to minister to those whom no one else would serve. Many Hawaiian young women chose to follow Mother Marianne’s example and joined the Sisters of Saint Francis who also saw a need to establish and staff schools and hospitals in Hawaii.

    Established in 1924, the mission of Saint Francis School is to provide a “Quality Catholic Education in a Spirit of Joy!” Away from the city in beautiful Manoa valley, adjacent to the University of Hawai’i, the Christian atmosphere and philosophy of the school is to provide a great moral and spiritual foundation for its students. With its courtyards and open spaces, the quiet and beauty of the campus provides an outstanding environment in which to study.

    We believe that all children are capable of learning and can become self-reliant, contributing members of their church, local communities, and our global society. Saint Francis School admits students based on academic promise and does not discriminate based on ethnicity, religion, or socio-economic status. We are proud of this legacy, and we continue to be committed to academic and moral excellence. We welcome your interest, your questions, and your visits.

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  • sisterjoanaboutusHead of School – Welcome

    Nestled on 11 acres in Manoa Valley, Saint Francis School offers a “Quality Catholic Education in a Spirit of Joy!” Originally founded in 1924 by the Sisters of Saint Francis as a high school for girls, it has grown into a co-ed educational site for toddlers (age 2) through 12th grade students. Today it is sponsored by the Sisters of Saint Francis of the Neumann Communities and continues its mission of providing quality Catholic education imbued with a joyful spirit. The school embraces the Catholic philosophy that each individual is unique, created by God, for God, and in this spirit, Saint Francis School develops the whole child: mind, body, and spirit.

    The characteristics that make Saint Francis School one of the top private institutions of learning in Hawaii are its highly educated and caring faculty, its academically sound curriculum, its teacher student ratio, its strong campus ministry program, its warm and welcoming Ohana, and its affordability. The school is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), the Western Catholic Educational Association (WCEA) and the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools (HAIS).Students come from Hawaii, the U.S. mainland, Samoa, Fiji, Canada, Japan, China, Taiwan and Korea to study in a safe, friendly and academically challenging environment. Competent, confident, and well-rounded young women and men graduate from Saint Francis School and matriculate to colleges such as John Hopkins, Northwestern, Loyola Marymount, Columbia, Mills, UCLA, the University of Hawaii, Hawaii Pacific University and Chaminade University.

    There is a vast array of extracurricular activities, which complement the academic program: the Aloha Show, school play, Ethnic Clubs, Mu Alpha Theta, National and Junior National Honor Societies, marching band, and many more. Over 40% of the students in grades 7 through 12 participate in one or more sport that includes football, baseball, basketball, bowling, canoe paddling, cross country, golf, soccer, track and field, volleyball, softball, and tennis.

    There is much to learn about Saint Francis School, and we invite you to browse through the website. Please contact us with your questions; we invite your inquiries.

    Sister Joan of Arc Souza

  • How to Apply

    howtoapplySaint Francis School admits students based on academic promise and does not discriminate based on ethnicity, religion, or socio-economic status. Students come from Hawaii, the U.S. mainland, China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan to study in a safe, friendly, and academically challenging environment. Selection is based on a student’s application, supporting documents, and an assessment interview. The interview is important since it affords us the opportunity to meet you and your child.

    Our major entry points for admission are Preschool, Kindergarten, sixth, seventh, and ninth grade; however, students may be admitted in other grade levels on space availability. As you explore our website and the possibilities Saint Francis School can offer your child, please do not hesitate to contact us for further assistance.

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  • Admissions Open House

    The Office of Admission cordially invites you to attend an Open House for prospective students and their families. These Open Houses will provide an opportunity to meet and interact with teachers, administrators, and students, as well as tour our beautiful Saint Francis campus. Reservations are required. We hope to see you there!

    Sunday, November 5, 2017 1pm-3pm

    November Registration: https://goo.gl/forms/xyfMRjmhPfDOI9Bl2

    Saturday, January 20, 2018 1pm-3pm

    January Registration: https://goo.gl/forms/gz3T61wEBO5g0nH53

    If you would like to schedule a tour or make an appointment please call me at 808-988-4111 ext. 712 or email me admissions@stfrancis-oahu.org

    Thank you!

    Melissa Bantilan
    Admissions Director
    Email: admissions@stfrancis-oahu.org
    808-988-4111 ext. 712
    FX: 808-988-5497

  • Academic Overview

    academicsOur elementary and middle levels (K-8) use an integrated, multi-aged curriculum. Content from various disciplines is integrated through themes, projects, plays, and other learning experiences, so children develop an understanding of concepts and make connections across disciplines. In preparation for the demands of the next step, the fifth and sixth grades are part of the elementary school but acts as a two-year transition period into the middle school.

    The high school, (9-12) offers three major programs of study: Honors, College Prep, and ESL. The Honors program provides access to seven Advanced Placement (AP) courses. The servant leadership and global development of the students includes 25 hours of community service per year in high school and a semester project that seniors are required to complete to graduate.

    High School Middle School Elementary School Preschool

  • Give the Gift of Education

    For nearly 90 years, Saint Francis School has been providing ”Quality Catholic Education in the Spirit of Joy!” to the children of Hawaii. Guided by the values of Saint Francis of Assisi, students learn to embrace Christian values while receiving rigorous academic instruction. The Annual Fund supports our Tuition Assistance Program, giving qualified and deserving students access to a rich spiritual, college preparatory education. We strive to make our school accessible to all who wish to receive a Saint Francis School education.

    Saint Francis School’s Annual Fund drive is an important way to support our school. Gifts to the Annual Fund help close the gap between operational expenses and tuition income. The Annual Fund provides additional funds to pay for just salaries, ongoing maintenance, and classroom and program expenses. Generous support from parents, grandparents, former families, alumni, faculty, staff and friends keep Saint Francis School strong and affordable.

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