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St. Francis of Assisi School is part of Rochester Catholic Schools (RCS), a unified Catholic school system that has been serving the Rochester, Minnesota community since 1877. St. Francis of Assisi School is accredited by the Minnesota Nonpublic Schools Accrediting Association (MNSAA). Located in the southeast quadrant of the city, St. Francis of Assisi School provides a superior educational experience for students in preschool through grade 8 while also serving an integral role in the teaching mission of the Catholic Church.

Our central purpose and goal at St. Francis of Assisi School is to provide quality Catholic education for all children regardless of economic status, ethnic origin, or religious affiliation, while also striving to promote the Kingdom of God to our students, their families, and the community. Our patron, St. Francis of Assisi, is a strong influence on our school climate and programming as we are especially focused on being peacemakers and good stewards of the many gifts we have been given.

Fast Facts

Year Opened

February 25, 1952 to 120 students in grades 1-3

Grade Levels

Preschool: Two and three and a half day preschool options for 3 and 4 year olds
K- Grade 8: Two classrooms per grade level

Number of Students

405 students (2017-2018)

Number of Staff

32 Teachers/Counselors

23 Support Staff



RCS Top 5 Technology Highlights

  1. SMART Boards in every classroom
  2. Technology Integration Specialists located at each school to support classroom curriculum and instruction
  3. iPads and computer carts for convenient student use, creating interactive learning environments
  4. Full wireless network coverage in each classroom
  5. G Suite for Education, accounts for all staff, and all students in grades 4-12
  6. Chromebook 1:1 Program for grades 6-9


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Mission Statement

Rochester Catholic Schools develops the spiritual, social, emotional, and academic growth of young people. RCS partners with parents and the Catholic faith community to nurture the development of a Christ-centered learning environment that fosters a culture of excellence where students grow in wisdom, courage and character. Rooted in Gospel values, RCS students are challenged and supported to become critical thinkers, collaborative problem solvers, creative visionaries and servant leaders who bring hope to the world.

Guiding Principle
Growing together in mind, body, and spirit.