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About J.L. Francis

J. L. Francis Elementary School

Eagles On a Mission

We provide a “Whole-Child” approach to education. We prioritize the full scope of developmental, social-emotional, and academic needs as a way to advance educational equity.

At J. L. Francis, Every Student Matters and Every Moment Counts! The faculty and staff are dedicated to ensuring that every child reaches his/her fullest potential.

J. L. Francis Elementary is located on 15.9 acres in a residential neighborhood in the Southside of Richmond at 5146 Snead Road. Built in 1968, the building includes:

  • A semi-open physical design with a central courtyard;
  • A staff of over 70 Certified teachers and support staff members;
  • The school serves almost 600 students with diverse backgrounds



J. L. Francis Elementary School is the portal to opportunity and success. We build a foundation of infinite possibilities by fostering quality academic, physical and emotional development.  By inspiring and ensuring continuous collaboration between compassionate and committed educators, families and communities, we SOAR! 



  1. Each student will benefit academically from effective communication between and involvement of the entire school staff, family, and the community.

  2. Each student, as a socially responsible citizen, will embrace others and demonstrate integrity, passion and confidence to positively impact the world.

  3. Each student will receive opportunities to fulfill and develop emotional, nutritional, and physical health to maximize educational experiences. 

 School Song

J. L. Francis, the place where learning starts. Throughout our lives, your lessons will be in our minds and hearts.

Written & Composed by Will Cook.


School Motto

This is how we S.O.A.R

S - Shine with style

O - Own up to your choices

A - Always respect yourself & others

R - Remember to make the right choices!