St. Francis of Assisi School

Basic Information

Address: 39085 NW Harrington Rd. Banks, OR
County: Washington
School District: Archdiocese of Portland, OR
Phone Number: 503-324-2182
Fax Number: 503-324-7032
Principal: Diane Ramsperger
School Type: PreK through Grade 8

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Additional Information

Accreditation: WCEA
Founded: 1912
Organization Affiliation: NCEA, WCEA,
Ages/Grades: 3 yrs. through 8th grade
School Setting:

Rural setting among the farm fields of western Washington County. The school is about 3 miles south of Hwy. 26. St. Francis is a small school with strong ties to the parish and the local community.

School Schedule: 8:15 am to 3:00 pm
School days in Calendar Year: 179 days
School Holidays: Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, President's Day, Good Friday, (Easter Monday), Memorial Day

Roy is the name of the community setting. Banks is the nearest town.

School Size: 96 students in grades Kindergarten through 8th. Preschool:15-20
Classroom Size: 20-25 students. Each classroom contains 2 grade levels, except for Kindergarten-the single grade.
Student/Teacher Ratio: 16 to 1.

$3500 for 1 Catholic student; 4400 for 1 Non-Catholic student

Financial Aid:

Some funds are available.


Reading, Language Arts that includes literature, spelling, English grammar, and writing. Math, Social Studies, Science, Health, P.E., Music, Computer skills, Art, and daily Religion classes. Spanish is taught once a week to all grades.

Percentage of Graduating Class: 100%
Support Services:

Two part-time Instructional Assistants at the school. Additional resources such as Speech & Title I through the local Banks School District.

Computer Capabilities:

Lab with 23 available student computers. Three computers in one middle school classroom.

School Clubs:

CYO--Catholic Youth Organization offers sports activities for all students in grades 3-8.
Dance Club and Lego-Robotics.

Parking Spaces/Availability:

Limited parking available.

Uniform Guidelines:

Navy blue or Khaki pants, skirts, skorts, shorts. Navy blue, light blue, red, & white polo shirts. School sweatshirts are required and available for purchase at the school. Girls may also wear a Marymount plaid that is available through Dennis Uniform Company.

Admissions Deadline: Open year round, as of March 2012.
Mission Statement:

St. Francis of Assisi School, in partnership with parents, is committed to providing a strong educational foundation emphasizing traditional Catholic spirituality, teachings, and values.

Philosophy/Belief Statement: Students and parents strive for academic excellence with a focus on religious formation in the Catholic faith.
School History: The school began in September of 1912 with the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon. Families from the surrounding farms sent their children to the school. There were four classrooms: Grades 1 & 2; grades 3 & 4; grades 5 & 6; and grades 7 & 8. In 1950 a new building was constructed next to the old wooden school that had also housed the parish Church until 1921. The new school was completed in September of 1951 and all the students, parents, and teachers helped move the furniture and books into the new building. In 1998 a modular building was added to the campus to accommodate the growth and the new computer lab. Today the computer lab is in the main building with grades 3-8. The primary grades are in the modular: Kindergarten and grades 1 & 2. Kindergarten is a full day program, begun in 2005. September 2012 is the centennial of St. Francis of Assisi School---100 years of providing academic excellence with a foundation in the Catholic faith.