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Our Mission, Beliefs, Philosophy
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Our Mission is to enable all students to develop and broaden their spiritual, intellectual, creative, emotional, social, and physical abilities.  We value the unique contribution each person makes to the Prep community.  Together we create an environment filled with academic success, respect, integrity, and joy.

Recognized by U.S. News and World Report® as an "Outstanding American High School.”  Incredibly, over 99% of graduating seniors from the Prep go on to the college of their choice each year. There are over 20,000 active alumni.

Our Beliefs
The community of St. Francis Prep values God’s life in each person.  Therefore, we are compelled:
• To be seekers of Truth.
• To develop a critical intellect.
• To treat all with respect and dignity.
• To lead lives of justice, integrity, & compassion.

Our Philosophy
St. Francis Preparatory School is a community that affirms its Catholic identity by the four "Golden Links” of Franciscan education, which holds that Spiritual, Intellectual, Social, and Physical values can be drawn from learning.  We direct our educational efforts through academic programs and activities to enable students to value all of God’s creation. In the words of Pope John Paul II, the mission of the Catholic school is "to communicate Christ.”  At the Prep, this is uniquely interpreted through the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi whose life is a shining example of peace, love, and respect for the individual, the community, and the environment.

At St. Francis Prep we create an atmosphere where all can experience, communicate, and live the Gospel message.  We challenge every individual to value learning, thinking, and critical inquiry.  The teachers strive to not only instruct students, but to inspire them.  We provide opportunities for students to develop their academic potential and make college and career choices in concert with their desires and talents. We appreciate and respect the cultural diversity within the school and throughout the New York Metropolitan Area while embracing our shared humanity.  

We encourage active citizenship in our democracy by increasing students’ awareness of and involvement in local, national, and global issues.  This is the vision we mutually define.  To work toward these ends is a joyful task which provides a sense of fulfillment for the entire Prep community.

 St. Francis Prep is:

• Accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools

• Registered with the Board of Regents of the State of New York

• A Member of the New York State Association of Independent Schools

• A Recipient of the U. S. Department of Education’s "Excellence in Private Education” Award.


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