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In 2010, Holy Family School had 19 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The California average is 24 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
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Holy Family School Reviews
We've been very happy with Holy Family School
Our family has been a member of the Holy Family School community for the last 5 years and have had a wonderful experience. Too many excellent factors to list: academic excellence and strong curriculum, helpful and supportive community, safe environment, small class sizes, individual attention to the students, communicative teachers & staff. We look forward to our kids growing up in the Holy Family School community and become very well prepared for their high school years. If you are looking for a place that is safe, nurturing, with strong academics and an amazing community, look no further.
Top Notch School and Amazing Community
We've been at Holy Family for five years and have two children attending. We absolutely love it. The community is very warm and welcoming--very down to earth. The teachers we've had, while having different teaching styles, have all been excellent--approachable and committed to helping each child succeed. The academics are rigorous but not over-the-top. There are resources and programs to help students who need extra help or extra challenge. My children have benefitted from field trips and extracurricular programs and activities, which are offered at every grade level. They have also had access to many different forms of technology: tablets, laptops, etc.--I've never felt like we were lacking. The administration, like any administration, has a tough job dealing with the challenges of balancing budgets in a rough economy, making decisions on where to focus resources, dealing with so many different families, etc, but I feel they do it fairly and appropriately. They have also been very approachable to questions and ideas. In talking to the local Catholic high schools, Holy Family alums are highly regarded. We couldn't be happier.
There is a severe bullying issue at this school and the adminstration does not deal with it, even though there is a process documented in their handbook. If anything, they try to cover things up.The instruction provided at the school is at one level only. Any child that falls outside of that level is treated poorly and receives bad grades. We attended the school for 3 years and only had one "decent" teacher. The teachers are not very communicative unless they are complaining about your child and they don't offer solutions. At least the teachers we had didn't. The adminstration is unapproachable. They say one thing and do another. One of the teachers we had was very emotionally abusive and many children suffered under her instruction. There is not much with regards to extra curriculum. The music program is weak. There are few to no field trips. Overall, I don't think this is a healthy environment for most children. They market that they have a high percentage of students getting into the high schools of their choice, but the question is "How well do the children do in high school?" I have heard from several parents that their children were struggling and were not well prepared, yet there are other private schools in the area where this is not the case. I would venture to guess that any school you choose will be better than this one.
Do your research before going to this school. Like most people, my wife and I were looking for a nice Catholic school where our child would feel loved, respected, and safe. HFS is not one of those schools.
The administration is quick to find fault with any child that does not fit the ideal mold, especially boys. Expect to be "pushed" into paying for tutoring and for in-house occupational therapy sessions based on teachers and parent aide's diagnoses. We did. After having our child tested through an "outside" professional program, we found that our child was perfectly fine for his class level.
There is a large bullying problem at the school. The bullying handbook is posted on the school website and we found that the vice principal and principal never follow it and ignore parent email requests to discuss issues.
The faculty is not well versed in differentiated teaching....They only teach at ONE level and if your child is not at this level, oftentimes the only feedback you will receive is negative or that your child should STAY behind. Our efforts to work with teachers on development plans were ignored and we received bad grades without records or documentation. Grades were based on vague general statements from the teachers.
We are not alone. According to SJ Unified school district, more students are sent their to get tested for learning differences and ADHD issues than any other school in valley. Many parents take these tests on the premise that the school will assist or provide a development plan for their children, but have found that the school uses the results to push their kids out. Having said that, with so many students being sent to the school district, the rumor is that these tests are administered within HFS by a reading aid.
Lastly, while I am frustrated with the administration, I must say there are some really nice parents who, like us are trying to get the best for their children and want them happy. Unfortunately, as I said earlier HFS is not a good school. It is run by a stern and unapproachable principal, a clueless vice principal and many schoolyard helicopter moms who focus on pushing out any kid who does not fit THEIR mold.
The administration at this school is unapproachable. There is a big bullying problem that is ignored. Teachers are not very good across all grades. Very weak music program. Few to no field trips. Oppressive environment for children. Teach at one level only. If your child falls outside the level (lower or higher) they will suffer. They say one thing and do another. ..
My daughter really improved in Holy Family. I recommend this school to any parent that has problems with their child's grades. It also improves manners.