Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic School is located on the edge of Silver Lake, adjacent to Los Feliz, Filipino Town and Echo Park, four miles from downtown Los Angeles and Koreatown. In 1937, Archbishop Cantwell asked Father Stephan to be the pastor of Saint Francis of Assisi Parish. In taking this position, Father Stephan was asked to open a parish school within two years. He requested that the Sisters of Notre Dame administer and teach in the school. Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Elementary School opened on September 6, 1938 with ninety-two students in grades one through eight. In 1951, the current school building was opened. A kindergarten class was added in September of 1983 and a transitional kindergarten class was added in August of 2013.
Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic School is now a Transitional Kindergarten through eighth grade elementary school. It is a Catholic elementary school within the boundaries of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Unified School District. The elementary school is located in close proximity to Sunset Boulevard and Sunset Junction, a commercial area with many shops and restaurants. We serve families in Silver Lake, Echo Park, Los Feliz, Koreatown, Hollywood, and Glendale. Some families commute from as far away as the San Fernando Valley, the Santa Clarita Valley, and West Covina. We are a Catholic elementary school committed to excellence in individualized instruction of all students that is fully accredited by WCEA and co-accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). SFA is a school committed to excellence in individualized instruction through innovation, in particular, within our Multiage STEM learning model.
The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has announced that the 2020-2021 school year will SFA’s last one. After more than 80 years of serving students, SFA will close its doors at the end of June 2021. All students, present and future, are encouraged to continue with Catholic education in nearby Catholic schools.