St. Francis Academy

Grades 7 and 8 (Ages 12-14) Saint Francis Academy (SFA) strives to provide an environment that allows adolescents to function independently. Students safely explore many aspects of adult life: commerce, industry, finance, interpersonal relationships, and natural consequences.

Mixed ages allow for growth among the students, promoting leadership skills in older students while allowing the younger ones to benefit from the emotional growth of their older peers. This experience models community and the interdependence necessary to function as responsible citizens of the world.

SFA is a real-life laboratory for learning. Students learn about flood plains by a visiting geologist in the field. The student-operated lunch program introduces business and management concepts and hones culinary skills. Literature is experienced by Shakespeare in the Round or poetry readings in the woods. Other hands-on educational opportunities include the annual Communication Workshop, Aboriginal Experience, Business Discovery, City Discovery and a Peace Trip.

SFA guides understand self-esteem is not a quality of character that a school can give; rather they create an environment for the students to develop it from within. Guides give time, show patience, and provide experiences that encourage, challenge and test a student’s mettle. A deep and lasting sense of one’s own competence and worth is the most powerful protective factor in coping with the difficulties of daily life.  The intimate, personalized programs of SFA offer a ratio of one teacher to ten students.

SFA students have many opportunities beyond their primary classroom for additional activities during school hours, including the garden program, foreign languages, art and Atrium (optional). There are also a variety of extracurricular activities including sports and music.

We welcome you to visit to learn more about our Middle School Montessori education in Portland, OR.  You are invited to sign up for an Open House Tour.

St. Francis Academy is a part of the Franciscan Montessori Earth School which has been on the leading edge of private Montessori education in Portland, OR for more than 35 years. We are the only accredited pre-K through 8th grade Catholic Montessori school in the Western United States. We serve children ages 2 ½ through 15 on our 10 acre campus in SE Portland.