Principal: Betty Popp
SS. Francis & Clare opened its doors in 2006 to serve children and families seeking a 21st-century Catholic education in the Center Grove area.
We achieve this by focusing on faith, academics and technology. Our focus on our Catholic identity is at the core of everything we do. We strive to meet students at their individual academic levels and spiritual needs to further lead them on a path that takes them as far as they can go.
Why I picked Catholic education
I came from a small community in Montana where there was a strong focus on family and high academic expectations. In Catholic schools we have that close community feeling like back home. When I moved to Indianapolis I sent my children to a Catholic school and was later given the opportunity to work at a Catholic school, which was a life-changing career move. I am so blessed to be able to share in my faith and see the children at our school live by their gospel values.
My favorite school activity
Study trips. I am always humbled by the reaction from the community every time one of our classes takes a study trip. We always get positive feedback from the people we visit. When our students leave the building they are able to showcase their gospel values and share with people outside our school what an amazing place this is.
Examples would be our eighth-grade trip to Washington, D.C., fourth-grade trip to Camp Tecumseh and St. Mary’s of the Woods, Catholic Youth Organization Camp Rancho Framasa, second-graders visiting the Statehouse, etc.
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The parish is hosting its inaugural International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking on Sunday, Feb. 8. The program begins with a teen Mass at 5:30 p.m., which will be followed by a presentation on Purchased, a local human trafficking awareness organization founded by Jessica Thorne. Another initiative to be featured is the Center for the Global Impact, an agency that trains at-risk Cambodian women to sew and cook.
The evening will also feature volunteers from the parish’s teen ministry modeling clothing accessories from the center’s Tave line. Tasty morsels created through recipes in the center’s cookbook will be available for sampling.