Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
What is St. Francis Xavier School’s mission?
St. Francis Xavier Catholic School is committed to providing students with a quality education emphasizing spiritual growth, academic excellence and community service. We follow the teachings of Jesus by loving and respecting each person in everything we do and say.
Why should I choose St. Francis Xavier School for my child?
St. Francis Xavier is dedicated to passing on the beliefs and traditions of the Catholic Church.
St. Francis Xavier School serves your child with care for their whole being during the first critical educational years – spiritual, emotional, academic, and physical development.
Based on our fall parent survey, this is what parents say they appreciate about St. Francis Xavier:
Faith-based Catholic Education
Caring and passionate master teachers
Spiritual, academic, physical, emotional & social development
Small class sizes
Sense of family and community
Arts, theater, music, technology and Spanish
Excellent communication with families
What grades does St. Francis Xavier School offer?
St. Francis Xavier offers Preschool through 6th grade. Kindergarten at St. Francis Xavier is an all day, every day program, Preschool (3 and 4-year-old program) is offered for 2 half days Tuesdays and Thursdays, PreKinder (4 and 5 year old Preschool program) is offered full days T/TR and M/W/F and Monday through Friday.
What is the school’s curriculum?
St. Francis Xavier School provides a strong curriculum in all subject areas: religion, reading, math, language arts, science, social studies, spelling, phonics, Spanish, music, band, orchestra, physical education, computers and character development.
How is religion taught?
Religion is taught as a curriculum subject at every grade level. Additionally, as a Catholic school, traditional Catholic/Christian values are part of each aspect of our school curriculum and activities. Catholicism/religion is both a class and a way of life. Religion class is part of the daily schedule. Prayer is said at the beginning of the day, before and after lunch, and at the day’s end. Students often ask for prayers for personal intentions.
Do children attend Mass?
Students in grades 1-6 attend Mass each Friday morning. Kindergarteners attend several times a month. The 4-5 year old Preschoolers attend several times throughout the year. Grades take turns planning and participating in various aspects including the readings, petitions, announcing songs and taking up the Offertory gifts. Weekly Mass and liturgies for special events and seasons of the year are ways we celebrate our life experiences as a Catholic community through liturgy and prayer. All St. Francis Xavier School students participate in daily classroom prayer using a variety of methods, including songs, formal and spontaneous prayer, and spiritual reflection.
Are the school’s teachers licensed?
St. Francis Xavier teachers are licensed by the State of Minnesota. Our teachers stay updated in educational topics and practices through frequent workshops and in-services. Our faculty includes specialists in the areas of music, physical education, Spanish and technology.
Is St. Francis Xavier School accredited?
St. Francis Xavier School is fully accredited by MNSAA, the Minnesota Nonpublic School Accrediting Association. Preschool is licensed through the State of MN Department of Education and has a 4 STAR Parent Aware rating.
How does the school address children's special learning needs?
St. Francis Xavier students with special education needs receive Special Education and speech services at one of the Sartell School District buildings. Transportation needs are taken care of by the district.
Title I is a program for students in K-2 who need additional support in reading and/or math. Title I services are offered to St. Francis Xavier students in our building. We also have an on-site reading specialist to provide additional support for students in K-6.
What size are classes at St. Francis Xavier School?
Classes range from 14 to 22 students.
What is the school’s daily schedule?
7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Extended-Day Hour
8:30 – 11:30 a.m. Preschool Half-Day Program
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Extended-Day Hour
8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. PreKinder Program
8:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. for Kindergarten through 6th Grade
3:15 – 3:30 p.m. Extended-Day Period
3:10 - 6:00 p.m. After Care Program
Can my child take the bus to and from school?
Bus transportation is provided for students K-6 that live within the boundaries of the Sartell-St. Stephen Schools (ISD #748). For additional information, go to the Sartell/St. Stephen website and click on transportation link. Preschool students are transported by families.
Does the school offer a hot lunch program?
St. Francis Xavier School participates in the federal hot lunch program. Students attending all day may purchase a meal prepared on site or bring a cold lunch. Our computerized lunch program tracks each family’s lunch account. Free and reduced lunches are available for qualifying students and forms are available in the school office.
How does St. Francis Xavier School communicate with parents?
Teachers email weekly newsletters and the principal emails monthly updates. We encourage parents to communicate with teachers or principal by note, e-mail, telephone call or visit. The school holds parent-teacher conferences twice a year. Parents may call or visit the school principal at any time with any ideas, questions or concerns.
Does St. Francis Xavier School offer extracurricular activities?
Our school offers extra activities, including field trips, theme days, Catholic Schools Week, student assemblies and programs. Fourth through sixth grade students have opportunities to play sports through the Parochial Athletic Association (PAA): football, soccer, volleyball, basketball, baseball and softball. Also, we partner with Sartell Community Ed to offer after school activities.
Are parents welcome to participate in activities at St. Francis Xavier School?
We believe that parents are the primary educators of their children. Our school is here to aid you in that process. Without parental involvement, our program would not be a success. We strongly encourage all parents to be actively involved in their child’s education by instilling in them the importance of education, regular study and reading at home.
We provide numerous opportunities for our parents to be actively involved in their child's education and school activities. We have a strong Home, School & Spirit Association that provides parents with many volunteer opportunities and ways to become more involved with school programs. We encourage parents to have lunch with their children at school, to volunteer in school during the day and help with special events organized throughout the year. Families are always invited to attend weekly Mass and special events.
Do you need to be Catholic to attend St. Francis Xavier School?
You do not need to be Catholic, or a member of our parish, to attend St. Francis Xavier School. We welcome children of all faiths and backgrounds. However, religion is an important part of our curriculum, and all students participate in these lessons as well as attending weekly Mass. Our school observes all Catholic Holy Days and Holidays, and we expect all students to model Christian behavior.
Monthly Tuition Amounts based on 9-Monthly Payments
For CCS parishioners: Monthly Amount
PS2-Preschool (3-4 year old) Tuesday/Thursday half-day session $195
PK2-PreKinder (4-5 year old) Tuesday/Thursday full-day $302
PK3- PreKinder (4-5 year old) Monday/Wednesday/Friday full-day $411
PK5- PreKinder (4-5 year old) Monday through Friday full-day $662
For Non-CCS parishioners:
PS2-Preschool (3-4 year old) Tuesday/Thursday half-day session $223
PK2-PreKinder (4-5 year old) Tuesday/Thursday full-day $345
PK3- PreKinder (4-5 year old) Monday/Wednesday/Friday full-day $453
PK5- PreKinder (4-5 year old) Monday through Friday full-day $704
Tuition: Kindergarten-6th Grade
For CCS parishioners:
Parish Investment: The Parish investment is $360,860.
Tuition for the first child from a CCS Parish family $367
Tuition for the second child from a CCS Parish family $717
Tuition for the third child from a CCS Parish family $1,028
Tuition cap for a CCS Parish family (grades K-6 only) $1,028
For Non-CCS parishioners:
Tuition per child $695
Tuition cap of 3 children or more $2006
Financial aid for grades K-6 is available for those who qualify. Applications are included in the online registration process through TADS. In addition, financial assistance for Preschool is available through the Early Learning Scholarships Program-forms available in the school office. Applying for financial aid and scholarships are a confidential process. If necessary, families
may work out a financial plan with the principal.
It is a policy at St. Francis Xavier School that no one is denied a Catholic education because of inability to pay.
The four major fundraisers are the Saints in Service Work-a-thon, the Catholic United Financial Raffle, SFX Rocks, and the Spring for Students Dinner. Students are actively involved in Saints in Service Work-a-Thon and Catholic United Financial Raffle. SFX Rocks and Spring for Students Dinner are community wide fundraisers parent committee led.