Letter From Our Principal
I love greeting students as they arrive at school! You can feel the energy as they come and approach a new day with happy, eager faces. School is a place where they feel at home, they feel challenged, they feel safe, and they feel loved.
Our school’s mission calls us to bring to life, in this community, the values and vision of Saint Francis. Our patron saint is well-known for his emphasis on peacemaking and caring for the earth. The school’s location alongside Herring Run Park and across the street from Lake Montebello in Northeast Baltimore places us at the heart of vibrant city neighborhoods. Each and every day, the teachers and the students stretch themselves to do their very best work so as to make the world a better place.
We are proud of the school’s strong academic programs and innovative offerings. From the ever-energetic preschool, to our strong standardized testing scores, to our recent authorization to offer the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program, St. Francis strives for excellence. Students experience the rigor of Singapore Math, the rich discussions prompted by the Great Books program, Spanish instruction from Preschool through 8th grade, and technology used everywhere to enrich learning. (And yes, they do learn cursive writing, too!)
But the most important work that we do is to help students grow spiritually.
St. Francis is an open, inclusive community where the Catholic faith is celebrated and shared. Some of our students have ancestors who immigrated here as far back as 1623, and others are new immigrants who arrived as recently as last summer. In total, more than 45 national heritages are represented in our student body. The diversity of our community is a great blessing.
I am proud and honored to be invited to help form our children as persons of kindness, compassion and generosity. When I talk with parents about their decision to bring their children to St. Francis, they tell me, again and again, how much they value the sense of community. They recognize that their children will be known and cared for from the time they arrive as preschoolers in bright outfits and sneakers, to the time when they graduate from eighth grade, wearing their class ties with pride.
Come and see SFA -- a place where scholarship, spirituality, and service are brought to life each and every day.
Mr. John D'Adamo