St. Francis Catholic Elementary School

  • Principal: Denise Selin
  • Grades: JK–Gr. 6
  • French Immersion
  • School Parish: Holy Name of Jesus
  • Enrollment: 100
  • Hours of Instruction:
    8:40 A.M.–3:05 P.M.
St. Francis Catholic Elementary School is located at 68 Gertrude Sreet East. It is down the street from the West Ferris Centennial Community Centre.
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  • 68 Gertrude St. East
    North Bay, Ontario
    P1A 1J8
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About Us


St. Francis Catholic School was established as our Board's second French Immersion centre in September,1988 with an opening enrolment of 119 Kindergarten to Grade 3 students. Given its unique character and size in the initial year, it was deemed opportune by both administration and staff to formulate a philosophical perspective for the school. This framework would hence identify our school's fundamental mandate, aspirations and goals. Our mission statement, therefore, serves as a common reference and guide that will assure continued commitment to: meaningful learning, excellence in instruction and professional growth.

School Colors - blue and white
School Mascot - the Dolphin
School Prayer - Prayer of St. Francis - Prayer of Peace

More About Our School

For more about our school please visit our school website:

Here you’ll find monthly school newsletters and calendars, current school news and events, a school photo gallery and more.

How We Live Our Catholic Faith

As a Catholic school community, our faith at St. Francis Catholic School is mirrored in a variety of activities that range from morning reflective readings during opening announcements to school-wide or classroom-based liturgies which are enhanced through active student and staff participation. A student choir leads us in song for major Eucharistic celebrations. Parents and family members are invited and are welcome to join us for worship and prayer. We enjoy a strong partnership with Holy Name of Jesus Church with Father Ken Gauthier and with Monsigneur Norm Clement our Board Chaplain.

The core Christian values of care, concern and respect are the cornerstones of spiritual development and growth within our school. The outward demonstration of these values is underscored by a warm and welcoming atmosphere that greets all who enter our school. Outward demonstrations of our involvement beyond our school community include food collections, fund-raising for L.I.P.I., the Santa Fund and Peace and Development.

Our aspiration is that through prayer, direction, instruction and demonstration, the students of St. Francis Catholic School will grow into a way of living that is in keeping with the gospel teachings of Jesus Christ.


Student assessment is gathered through a number of proven strategies used regularly by the classroom teachers. These would range from the Ready to Learn program checklist in the early years to the more formal written tests in later grades. Student assessment figures prominently in both the Board's Assessment Policy and Action plan. St. Francis Catholic School, like its sister schools, continues to gather student data to use for planning and determining next steps. Observation, anecdotal notes, running records and portfolios are used extensively in the primary grades. Portfolios, with work samples that trace student development and performance in various subject areas will be evident in each classroom. Peer and self-assessment will promote better learning and academic improvement.

Provincial testing (EQAO) also provides another perspective that reflects student progress in relation to those Language and Mathematics standards set out in the new Ontario Curriculum for Grades 3 and 6. The results are considered together with other school information about student performance in reading, writing and mathematics. The staff, board personnel and resource people use these results to: review best practice in teaching, review resources and curriculum development and update the Action Plan.

Our EQAO Results are Suppressed

Protection of Personal Information

In order to ensure the confidentiality of individual student results and to discourage generalizations about school and board performance based on very small populations, EQAO has established a minimum number of participating students for the public reporting of achievement results. As a result, schools and boards with very few students participating in Grade 3 and Grade 6 will have no results posted publicly. Similarly, reports for schools and boards with very few participating students in one grade may have no results provided in some sections of their public report.

The minimum number of participating students for publication of achievement results is 15. The minimum number of respondents for the release of questionnaire results is six. The EQAO term for the application of these rules is "suppression."

For more information regarding EAQO results please contact the school

Plans for the Future

All stakeholders in the St. Francis Catholic School community are committed to seeking ways for continuous improvement in student learning. Professional development for all staff is ongoing. Our school literacy team works together with our Literacy Partners to increase student literacy and numeracy success. We continue to purchase levelled reading materials for JK - 6 students. The PTA/CSAC will continue to target funds to increase literacy resources at the school. CSAC continues its initiatives to heighten the St. Francis Catholic School profile in the immediate neighbourhood. The purpose is to share with others that special character that our school enjoys and to invite them to join and be part of our special community.