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Why St. Francis de Sales

Welcome to St. Francis de Sales School

Rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, in the Roman Catholic Faith and Salesian Spirituality, St. Francis de Sales Parish School has provided an outstanding, Christ-centered education for families in the Portage Lakes area for over half a century. St. Francis de Sales Parish School staff recognizes that each child is created in the image of God. Through innovative and individualized  instruction, we seek to train the intellect while integrating Christian values to equip our students with a faith filled vision of life. This unique approach to education sets St. Francis de Sales Parish School apart from other schools.

Our approach fosters an environment of care and respect for all, assists our students to build positive relationships, instills a life-long love of learning, and encourages each student to use their God-given talents to live a life of faith and make the world a better place. St. Francis de Sales Parish School is truly a safe and nurturing place where students can Learn, Believe, and Soar.

The Mission

St. Francis de Sales Parish School is a Roman Catholic community founded in prayer and action, where we LEARN by, and BELIEVE in, living an authentic Christian life and SOAR through our commitment to academic excellence.

Belief Statements

LEARN
With a focus on academic excellence, we believe that each student is challenged to be an independent, self-motivated steward of their own learning.

BELIEVE
Rooting in catholic tradition & salesian spirituality, each student strives to live the gospel message.

SOAR
Each student will SOAR by serving God and others, aspiring to be responsible community members, and respecting themselves.

We Learn

St. Francis de Sales Parish School knows the value of an excellent education is more important than ever. We offer a strong academic course of study permeated with the teachings of the Catholic faith that develops students’ analytical and creative thinking skills, cultivates students’ ability to communicate effectively, and prepares students to function in a highly technical world with a deeply human touch. Our engaging and knowledgeable faculty use innovative strategies to individualize instruction to meet each child at their current academic level and challenge them to achieve their best. Our entire community recognizes that diversity is a gift and each person is treated as a child of God. Whether our students are collaborating in the classroom, participating in a faith or service opportunity, engaged with up to date technology, or admiring God’s beauty in our outdoor learning lab, they are actively engaged in developing all the skills needed to be who God intended and be that well.

Areas of Study

  • Religion
  • Science
  • Mathematics
  • English/Language Arts
  • Reading
  • History/Social Studies
  • Health
  • Spanish
  • Technology
  • Phys Ed
  • Art
  • Music

Falcon Facts

  • Promethean board technology in all classrooms
  • iMac technology learning lab
  • Diverse use of ipads as well as chromebooks
  • Individualized instruction and programming for students with special needs and who are exceptional learners
  • Weekly enrichment instruction delivered for students identified as gifted in the areas of mathematics and reading
  • Students well prepared for public and private high schools
  • Graduates receive academic scholarships to local Catholic high schools each year
  • Graduates accepted at private and public colleges, universities, and academies across the nation and become leaders in their field
  • Newly renovated Student Experience Center where students can explore fields such as broadcasting, photography, culinary arts, horticultural and so much more
"You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working, in just the same way you learn to love by loving."
-St. Francis de Sales

We Believe

St. Francis de Sales Parish School is deeply committed to help each child foster a personal friendship with God. We strive to give each student a strong knowledge of our Catholic faith to empower them to lead a faith-filled vision of life and service.

Through daily prayer, weekly school-wide Mass, daily religious instruction, sacramental preparation, opportunities for frequent reception of the Sacraments, and Christian service projects, we strive to make the word of God come alive for our students. We desire to learn and exemplify the spirituality of our Patron, St. Francis de Sales.

Falcon Faith

  • Our parish priests visit our classrooms to participate in the religious instruction of our students
  • Our students perform several hours of service each year to better our falcon community as well as the greater community
  • Our students in grades 2 through 8 spend, on average, 18 hours in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament during a school year
  • Weekly all-school Mass
  • Our students are immersed in daily prayer, daily religious instruction, Sacrament preparation, and frequent reception of the Sacraments

We Soar

St. Francis de Sales Parish School creates and sustains an environment that encourages students to develop an interior moral compass. Curricular and co-curricular programs offer a variety of opportunities for students to exercise Christian leadership and nurture human and spiritual growth. These ideals and leadership stay with our students long after they have walked our hallways.

Our CYO athletics are known for their well-coached teams and competitive sportsmanship that maximizes student fun, fundamentals, personal achievement, and spirituality. These co-curriculars allow our students to realize the world beyond themselves and transform their everyday learning into acts of heart, mind, and world changing action.

Co-curriculars

  • Our parish priests visit our classrooms to participate in the religious instruction of our students
  • Our students perform several hours of service each year to better our falcon community as well as the greater community
  • Our students in grades 2 through 8 spend, on average, 18 hours in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament during a school year
  • Weekly all-school Mass
  • Our students are immersed in daily prayer, daily religious instruction, Sacrament preparation, and frequent reception of the Sacraments

Falcon Fellowship

  • We offer CYO sports such as basketball, volleyball, and track, and also participate jointly with other parishes to field teams in other sports
  • We have developed a new Alma Mater and have Francis the Falcon as our school Mascot
  • Many of our students go on to compete at varsity levels and are leaders on their teams at both local public and private high schools
  • Our drama club has consistently put on outstanding student productions
  • Many of our students earn lead roles in their high school productions at both local public and private high schools
  • Our student organizations allow student leadership and collaboration and prepare students for high school leadership positions in similar clubs and groups

Learn More

To learn more about Saint Francis de Sales Parish School or to arrange a personal visit, please call 330.644.0638 or the Parish Office at 330.644.2225

School Office Hours:
Weekdays 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Saint Francis de Sales School
4009 Manchester Road
Akron, Ohio 44319
"Be who you are and be that well."
-St. Francis de Sales

St. Francis de Sales

Saint Francis de Sales was born in 1567 and is the patron saint of writers. He earned a doctorate in both canon and civil law from the University of Padua. He was a priest and Bishop of Geneva. His book, Introduction to a Devout Life (1609), addresses how ordinary life can become extraordinary with God. Pope Alexander VII canonized him.
Friendship begun in this world will be taken up again, never to be broken off.
-St. Francis de Sales

LEARN.

BELIEVE.

SOAR.

"There is nothing small in the service of God."
-St. Francis de Sales
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