BANKS — Every day at St. Francis of Assisi, staff invite their students to a deeper relationship with God. Students live the Gospel through their relationships and interactions with classmates, parents, teachers, fellow parishioners and the broader community.

The school, by virtue of being Catholic, is called to be a place of welcome and inclusion, said Jannelle Mayo, principal at St. Francis. “St. Francis of Assisi students live the joy of the Gospel through their heads, hearts and hands.”

The Banks school has been able to provide in-person instruction since September. Through the collective effort of the faculty, staff, parents, volunteers, parishioners and benefactors, the students have been able to be together in a safe and healthy environment “to experience a relationship with Jesus Christ and the truths of the faith interacting person-to-person,” said Mayo. “During Catholic Schools Week, we celebrate the excellent work of our students so far this year.”

Thirty-five students are currently working toward being recognized as STREAM — or science, technology, religion, engineering, arts and mathematics — scholars. STREAM scholars complete a minimum of six optional monthly STREAM challenges in a school year.  

Students in all grades collected more than a thousand food items in December for the Banks Community Food Bank. And three of the current eighth-grade students have earned credits in high school math.  

“Let us have hope as we move into the second half of our school year,” said Mayo. “No doubt that 2020 was challenging, but it taught us many ways to be flexible, considerate, look to the more significant needs beyond ourselves, and adapt quickly, moving one step at a time. 

“At St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School, we are truly blessed with the gift of supportive school families and a community of friends,” Mayo said. “Everyone's support and consistent prayers are appreciated, and we offer our daily prayers of gratitude to all.”

St. Francis of Assisi School

38975 NW Harrington Rd.

Banks 97106


Grades: K-eight 

Enrollment: 105

Tuition: $4,995 Catholics and $6,095 for others

Financial aid available

Registration due March 1

Weekly Mass, half-day preschool, full-day kindergarten, after-school care, Spanish, STREAM

Tours by appointment only