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.
Head 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
Board of Directors
Martha Camacho – Chairperson
Sr. Joan of Arc Souza, OSF ’61 – President
Melinda Agbayani Zisko ’77 – Secretary/Treasurer
Sister Mary Edward Sugioka
Ashley Monroe Gundaker
Shirley Tamoria, MD