Progressive Education the Wyvern Way: Preschool

This is the second article in a four-part series on Progressive education at St. Francis School. By Renee Hennessy, Preschool Director The Progressive education model allows our preschoolers to grow and develop at their own pace, while also learning to be a part of a classroom community. Within our classrooms, children learn to collaborate and to listen to the thoughts and ideas of their classmates. Our curriculum builds on activities that foster critical thinking, early literacy skills, and social and emotional growth. For our students, self-expression is cultivated through the arts and literacy. An integral part of each child’s day is devoted to play either in a group setting or independently. These play experiences are “hands-on learning” opportunities and are designed to tap into each child’s sense of curiosity to promote discovery, creativity, and problem solving. An example of how this looks for an observant four-year-old motivated to send emails while in class but without the technology to actually access email (yet), is a keyboard and computer monitor made from wooden blocks and paper. The paper keyboard was full of perfectly-lined squares and letters danced across the paper monitor taped to a larger wooden block. This “play” was supported by the child’s teacher and demonstrated the child’s knowledge of technology, and our support for imaginative, creative play. Allowing space and support for children to test their ideas, think analytically, and to be comfortable with appropriate risk-taking are hallmarks of Progressive education. Another important component to our practice is our view of nature, the environment, and outdoor play as an [...]

Recording: Responding Thoughtfully and Compassionately to Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

Presentation by Angela Katz | March 1, 2022, 6:30 p.m. High School Spanish teacher Angela Katz presented an historical perspective of the conflict between Ukraine and Russia from the Middle Ages through the present day. Angela was born and raised in Ukraine and lived there until she was 25. She grew up in Kherson, close to Odessa, where forces have been battling in recent days. Angela received her bachelor's degree from Simferopol State University in Crimea. She has been a faculty member at St. Francis School since 2000.

2022-03-04T11:27:29-05:00March 2nd, 2022|Uncategorized|

Lunch Volunteers Needed!

Now that classes have resumed and our students are back in the building, we need folks to volunteer for lunch. There are lots of open slots.... please take a moment and consider signing up for a day (or two). We encourage volunteers to arrive around 11:30 am, and the last lunch ends at 1:40 pm. You can see your favorite Wyvern and enjoy a delicious meal! Thank you for all you do for our school, students and teachers. Best, Allison King, Parent Association President Click Here to Sign-up!

2022-02-23T14:55:36-05:00February 23rd, 2022|Uncategorized|

Preschool Parent Testimonial

"Everything about the St. Francis Preschool is magic. My daughter grows developmentally every month with the gentle and caring guidance from her talented teachers. I cannot imagine her anywhere else." - Carolyn, Preschool Parent

2022-01-27T13:58:55-05:00January 27th, 2022|Uncategorized|

Now Hiring: Admissions Coordinator

We seek an Admissions Coordinator who is responsible for supporting admissions efforts PS-12 on both campuses, although the position is primarily located on the Goshen Campus. This position assists with recruitment and enrollment efforts in a variety of ways, including communicating with prospective families, managing admissions files and data, and overseeing re-enrollment contracts. In working with the Admissions team, this position supports the creation of a student body that is intellectual, creative, diverse, and athletic — in short, students who embody the “School of Thought.” We seek candidates who are passionate, energetic, and outgoing; possess excellent communication, technological, and organizational skills; work well with all ages and want to be involved in school life; and are committed to developing and practicing cultural competence. This is an entry-level position, but a BA is a minimum requirement.⠀ ⠀ St. Francis School is a co-ed, secular, Independent School founded in the Progressive tradition that is committed to equity and justice and located on two campuses — High School in Downtown Louisville and PS-8 in Goshen, KY. ⠀ ⠀ Please send resume and cover letter to Shelly Jones, Associate Head of School,⠀

2021-11-21T10:00:15-05:00November 21st, 2021|Uncategorized|

Preschool – 8th Grade Open House – Join Us!

The Office of Admissions at St. Francis School invites prospective parents and students to our Goshen Campus to attend our Preschool - 8th Grade Open House on Sunday, October 24 at 1:00 p.m. to learn more about the collaborative and transformative educational experience we offer. St. Francis School is a secular Preschool 2s - 12th grade Independent School dedicated to critical thinking and intellectual curiosity, where students can learn HOW to think, not WHAT to think. Our interactive Open House will allow prospective families to take an in-depth look at everything St. Francis School has to offer inside and beyond the classroom, along with meaningful opportunities to connect with faculty, parents, and current students. Come see for yourself a school that is designed to foster joy, kindness, and belonging so students can become who they were meant to be. Hands-on activities, demonstrations, break-out sessions, and student-led tours will be available. Register your family today at and receive more details about offerings! Your family’s safety is our top priority. Social distancing and masking protocols will be in place and RSVPs are strongly encouraged.

NEW ATHLETIC SPACE OPENS AT ST. FRANCIS SCHOOL’S DOWNTOWN CAMPUS WITH RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 27, 2021 Louisville, KY - As an interim step before building a state-of-the-art gymnasium adjacent to its High School, St. Francis School is excited to announce the completion of new onsite athletic facilities that will connect to the future gymnasium, including one of the largest indoor turf spaces among Louisville high schools. A portion of the basement space in the High School’s 233 W. Broadway building has been converted into 2,575 square feet of indoor turf space and weightlifting/fitness facilities that will be used for practice and training by the School’s varsity teams -- particularly field hockey, soccer, and baseball -- as well as fitness classes during and after school, and general recreation for all high school students. Please join us for light refreshments and a tour of the newly completed space at our Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony: RIBBON-CUTTING DETAILS Monday October 4, 2021, 12:00 p.m. 233 West Broadway, Louisville, KY 40202 (Enter through the main entrance on Broadway.) The School’s urban location offers abundant opportunities for learning and exploring, but space for athletic practices and recreation has been limited, until now! Designed by local architects Luckett and Farley, and built by Buffalo Construction, these gorgeous new athletic spaces are a welcome addition to the overall St. Francis School athletic program.  In addition, moving the existing weight room to this new space creates a much-needed backstage and storage area for the School’s drama program, next to its existing black box theater. “Having a [...]

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