Primary Program

Building a Strong Foundation in Math, Science, and Language

And Beyond with Art, Music, Technology, and Spanish Classes

At St. Francis, our primary program teaches the Catholic faith through stories, daily and sacramental prayer. We believe that religion is the foundation of a great education.

The primary program, which runs from kindergarten through second grade, focuses on giving students the skills to continue building their core reading, math, and science capabilities.

Learn more about each subject’s educational focus:

Math and Reading

We use Houghton-Mifflin for both our reading and math instructional materials. Our reading program is focused on helping emerging readers improve their budding skills and take on more challenging material. Our math curriculum uses a dynamic blend of technology and traditional teaching materials to help each student master math concepts.

Online tools are used to measure engagement and assess skills. This information helps us work with each student to expand their reading and math abilities.


We take a hands-on approach to teach science. Scientific concepts, such as the scientific method, are introduced to students through age-appropriate experiments.

Social Studies

Students learn about themselves, their families, and the community through their social studies lessons. They see how they fit within each of these different groups and the roles they play within their communities.


Each student’s handwriting knowledge grows, first with an emphasis on printing, then moving into cursive handwriting lessons in second grade.

Spanish, Art, Technology, and More

In addition to a focus on the core academic subjects, students expand their knowledge with lessons in Spanish, art, music, technology, library, and physical education every week.

Meet Our Kindergarten Class

Meet Our Kindergarten Class

Led by Kathleen Hall, the kindergarten class works on continuing to learn the fundamentals of math, science, and reading while exploring the arts, music, Spanish, and religion.

Meet Our First-Grade Class

Led by Laura Perry, the first-grade class deepens students’ knowledge of religion, math, reading, and science while they learn more about their roles in their families, school, and the greater community.

Meet Our Second-Grade Class

Led by Karly Mann, the second-grade class works on expanding their strong academic foundation while adding new skills, like cursive handwriting.

From The Parents...

"The Triglia/Trader family is a 3 generation alumni from SFDS. Our family has been strengthened spiritually, academically and morally throughout the years since my oldest sister attended the first graduating class back in the day. Now I am pleased to say that my son and daughter in law have their two sons, my grandchildren attending as well. I am so thankful to God for our school. We are so blessed to have these fine teachers amongst us to carry on the Sisters of Mercy hard work. The world has sustained some trying times since my oldest sister graduated and our wonderful school has survived and it will survive these times. I remember getting in the school bus (yes we had one bus driven by Mr.Williams to pick up Delmar and Laurel students) when we heard the sad news of President Kennedy’s assassination, preparing us through drills for fear of nuclear war, etc etc. these times are what made us strong and united. (So remember that when you are saddened because your kids have to wear a mask) In yet the annual May processions crowning our mother Mary, the beautiful first Communion processions and proud Confirmations our forever in our memories as well! We have grown to be successful executives, doctors, lawyers, entrepreneurs buy most importantly dedicated parents, loving grandparents and good human beings. The best investment you can give your children is the gift of a SFDS education!!!! My son will tell you at 40 years old that the foundation that was built for him during the St. Francis de Sales school years is what made him the man he is today. So blessed for our school. Thank you FatherChris LaBarge for continuing the legacy of msgr Stout and thank you Mrs. Traum and our wonderful faculty for continuing the stellar academic education of the wonderful nuns including Sr Maura. God bless our school!"

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