"Our school is best known for its quality academics and faith-based education."
Students enrolled 285
Hours 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
School leader Fr. James Michael Bevacqua
Transportation options Yes
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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400 South Louise Street
Glendale, CA 91205

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(818) 243-9239
(818) 243-0976
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4 stars
Based on 57 ratings

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August 10, 2014
I wanted to send my son here but there are too many additional fees beyond the tuition. The open house was great and the teachers were friendly and knowledgable. Bur I was told by another parent that there is a high faculty turnover rate. He said some teachers left before the end of the school year. This is a red flag to me. I want my child to be in a stable school.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2014
Sounds the students on the AD teams wants extra credit. Good job kids! Keep studying.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2014
Their 8th grade graduation was a superb way of honoring our children. The graduates seemed to have been really prepared and the high schools the students are going to are fantastic! High calibre, intellectual kids from the Grade School of HF!!! The student of the year speech was very respectful of all his teachers. "Once a bulldog...will always be a bulldog!" Marvelous ending.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2014
10 reviews all submitted on February 19? I suspect an organized campaign to raise the school's star rating.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2014
What I love about HFGS Decathlon is growing closer to my fellow decathletes and alternates. Spending every afternoon studying with the team had created such a strong bond between all of us. Also, we've had an incredible amount of support from our outstanding principal, our coaches who help us every day, the parents, and our priests who have continuously blessed us.

- submitted by a community member
March 07, 2014
Being in the Holy Family Gade School has been an enjoyable experience. You improve academically and enjoy the decathlon with the Alternates and Decathletes around you. Many have supported us and prayed for us, and we thank you for it.

- submitted by a community member
March 07, 2014
This is my second year in the Academic Junior High Decathlon Team. I would like to acknowledge my decathlete, Marylu Eapen. She has give all her effect through this academic journey. Also, our AJHD coach, Ms. Ruta, our principal, Ms. Suelto, and the parents have supported us in these past few months.

- submitted by a community member
March 07, 2014
Being a part of the decathlon team at Holy Family Grade School was an amazing experience. This is my second year being a decathlete at Holy Family and I have received 3rd place twice. My principal, coaches, teachers, priests, teammates, and alternate have been so supportive and really prepared me for the competition. Overall, decathlon is a wonderful chance to showcase our abilities and come together as a school.

- submitted by a community member
March 07, 2014
This is my first year here at Holy Family and it's been very fun so far. I am the Math Decathlete for the school and I would like to thank my alternate Matthew, teachers, coaches, and priests for their support. A Special thanks to our coach who stayed long hours quizzing helping us win 1st place in super quiz and 6th place overall.

- submitted by a community member
March 07, 2014
When I got into the Academic Decathlon at Holy Family, I had the opportunity to showcase my abilities. In doing so, we got 1st in Super Quiz and 6th overall out of 112 schools. This experience was not like any other and we couldn't do it without the support of our coach, Mrs. Ofelia Ruta, our priests, and last but not the least, our principal, Ms. Fidela Suelto.

- submitted by a community member
March 07, 2014
Competing with my fellow decathletes at the Academic Junior High Decathlon was an amazing experience. Our parents, our teachers, our principal, Miss Suelto, our priests, and our coach, Ms. Ruta, supported us from the very beginning all the way to the competition. The hard work paid off and we placed 1st in Super Quiz, 2nd in Religion, 3rd in Fine Arts, and 6th overall.

- submitted by a community member
March 03, 2014
I have had the experience of being in two different private schools. Holy Family is different in the sense that you can clearly see and feel where all the fundraising goes, and there is transparency. True there are fund raisings, and projects that involves a lot of money, but these are for the children. To have a conjucive environment for studying and to offer the best faculty and support staff, it involves investing some monetary amount. But these investments yields in the form of what the children learn, and what they are able to achieve. I love HFGS and so does my daughter, everyone is given a chance to explore their strength, given opportunities to grow, not just a select few. In here, rest assured your children will be able to engage in things they love and build long lasting friendships. For those that have negative comments, i offer them these insights, sometimes we need to ask our children if they love the school or not. I know we as parents are the one paying, but, if the children does not enjoy their environment, they will not also enjoy learning. HFGS offers a wonderful learning environment and the kids know this.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2014
This is an absolutely the topnotch school in Glendale! Go visit and have a tour of the school. They have exciting curricular programs. People are always accommodating and the teachers are carefully selected. The adults take care of the children and the children are disciplined, safe, and are highly motivated to succeed.

- submitted by a community member
February 19, 2014
This school has fantastic teachers that care for the students and helps them it is needed.

- submitted by a community member
February 19, 2014
Holy Family Grade School Glendale is a fantastic school that provides students with a great education and a variety of extra curricular activities. I am proud to show my bulldog spirit! GO BULLDOGS!

- submitted by a community member
February 19, 2014
What I love about Holy Family Grade School are the many extra-curriculars to take part in (choir, sports, band, robotics, etc.). The average student takes part in a minimum of two activities.

- submitted by a community member
February 19, 2014
My School is a wonderful environment for all faculty, staff, and students. You can feel the warmth and welcome around the school. My school is a place to learn and to feel welcome and loved around all students and staff. My school has amazing extra curriculums and our learning environment is an absolute A+!

- submitted by a community member
February 19, 2014
Holy Family is an awesome school. The teachers at Holy Family are very kind, friendly and enthusiastic. They teach us to be faithful and active Catholics, academically prepared, effective and confident communicators, and globally responsible citizens. Holy Family is a great learning environment and they have much to offer. They have a variety of different sports such as football, basketball, cheerleading, volleyball and many more. Students at Holy Family learn to be very courteous and respectful. I feel that this school is an amazing school.

- submitted by a community member
February 19, 2014
Holy Family Grade School is great because of the teachers. The teachers care for the students and want them to have a good education. Their teachers are enthusiastic and encouraging. Holy Family has a variety of extracurricular activities and many things to do for the students. Since Holy a Family is a Catholic school, they teach the student show to be a better person. Holy Family provides a great Cahtolic experience along with a great academic experience.

- submitted by a community member
February 19, 2014
What I love about Holy Family Grade school is that they have a great way of teaching with using the iPads.

- submitted by a community member
February 19, 2014
This school has great students who are very friendly and supportive along with the faculty, staff, and clergy. The extracurricular activities we have are Student Council, Sports, Technology, Robotics, Academic Junior High Decathlon, Altar Serving, Band, and Kiwanis. New students are welcomed by the faculty and students. Parents are very involved in helping our school grow, along with the students and staff.

- submitted by a community member
February 19, 2014
This school is the best for a great catholic education, amazing academics and after school activities and great teachers and student. But always at this school you must always remember the SLE's

- submitted by a community member
February 19, 2014
My school is a wonderful place for kids to grow and expand their knowledge. The teachers want the best for all the students. Are schools offer a different variety of extra curricular activities, such as basketball, flag football, volleyball, softball, cheerleading, robotics.

- submitted by a community member
February 06, 2014
I love this school! I have two children and my oldest graduated and attending high school. My child's test scores were very high, and well prepared for high school. My youngest is still there and loves being there -- it's like his second home. Teachers care, and TEACH; Principal available to all the parents and on top of her game. You get what you pay for here -- lots of programs, ipads, sports, faith based education with Priests and teachers who want to be there. Updates to the school needed to be done and the kids are reaping the benefits -- when it's COLD they have heat, and when it's HOT they have air conditioner. It is a tight community there -- we worship together and support each other and I couldn't have chosen a better place for my children. I feel blessed to be at Holy Family Grade School!

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2013
Fundraisers are high on the list at this school. Money for the HVAC in addition to tuition was ridiculous. The administrators should learn how to write grant proposals. There are many foundations who will donate money to schools for numerous projects. The "Thank You's" from the principal are strategic and not always sincere. The teachers are wonderful. but their initiative and creativity are stifled by the inflexible leadership of the administrators. The school is clean and safe for students.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2013
Just a suggestion to the principal & priest. Be creative and try asking help from California Lottery, rent out your gym or auditorium & accept filming. That way $$$$ will keep coming to your cup. Agree fellow parents?????

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2013
All the reviews below and perhaps above should NOT be complainting about HVAC funds. the is a real need for this raise in tuition so they can raise the funds for HVAC. The school would not have to do this if more parents would contribute...even $100 would help. but after over a year of reminding parents over and over, the request is simply ignored. Ask your self this "would you like your kid/kids to be studying in a room that is 90 degrees in the summer time? you believe they are getting the best learning in that enviroment? i am a parent at holyfamily and i admit, something are not going to plan, but the HVAC is! As for the leadership, the principle does need some minor adjustment, perhaps she needs to give teachers more control over their classrooms, and the way they teach. i also feel because of layoff, changes at the school, many teachers may be fearful of their jobs and giving way to principles every demand. my 2cents.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2013
MOney ..money...money... ! that is all this school is about. Mandatory mass, meetings..everything that is mandatory is to discuss money and HVAC. It's all driven by the principal... The teachers i feel are as frustrated as some parents...they are all good. The previous Principal Mrs. Hines (i belive was her name) was very good and i dont beelive we every heard anything negative. as of now...the history of HFGS is changing and i could honestly say it's due to principal..leading by example.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2013
This school is super cool! My child says that robotics today had a parent working for Disney and taught them of motors and transformer designs. Good job Holy Family!

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2013
The concentration of this institution is always money and non stop of traps, or ploys to parents just to raise funds. For example, they want parents to pay $600.00 so they can raise for HVAC and once HVAC is installed, they will increase the tuition fees which will add hardship to families who are already struggling to send their kids to this school. I will understand the increase of tuition fees if the school improvements are not being shouldered by parents. I think the principal and the priest are no longer good in managing this school.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2013
Am a parent of another catholic school in Montrose and I am impressed! briefly spoke with the principal, priest and coach at the LA Arena decathlon yesterday. school principal was cool. full support in atendance and smart kids you've got there!

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2013
im not happy with this school because the only thing i hear is HVAC,is the only important thinks in the school,family mass they are asking for the important to be a member ,is only money ,money and money is not a family school is a money school, the father and principal only cares about the HVAC,if the school was like that for too many years, why they want the money now?!,we can start doing activities but dont stress the parent asking for 600.00 per family ,everything in life take time and if we dont have the money lets be in the same page ,dont try to do a bussines with the money of other people,i talked with differents parent and they are frustrared they will like to colaborate but is a hard time now,if not they dont want is THEY CANT ,please understand es no easy to asked for $230.000.00 ,

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2013
This is our 1st year at Holy Family and I can't believe how unorganized everything is. From the enrollment process, to billing, to pick up and drop off. It just amazes me that I'm actually paying for my child to go here. On top of everything else -I am so tired of hearing about HVAC. Donations are now becoming an obligation and losing its genuineness. I understand its importance and it is a necessity but the pressure they are putting on families to donate is not right. Even the "Welcome Dinner" for new families, seemed like a ploy to get more HVAC donations. No one asked if we had any questions or concerns regarding anything else. As a struggling single parent (who was actually laid off at the time of enrollment) -it would've at least been nice to know about tuition assistance programs, bell schedule or even just a tour of the campus. SERIOUSLY?!?! -that should've been a red flag, but instead we decided to give it a shot. Needless to say, we will not be coming back next year. Its taking everything I have not to just pull my child out now! Luckily, she has a pretty good teacher.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2012
To the parent who gave 5 starts - good for the school and good for you! However, do not say that there are a few negative folks who are now gone. You don't know them; don't judge! Is voicing your opinion considered negative? I can't belieeve this came from a parent sending her child/children to a Catholic school. I hope God enlightens you.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2012
All i can say is that the middle school teachers are on their game. My child has never been so inspired by the teaching. She loves the Math enrichment program during zero period as well. We feel really fortunate to have found Holy Family; we have since joined the parish.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2012
2nd, 3rd and 8th grade teachers last year need an updating in their method of teaching. They also have to check and return students' homework and test papers.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2012
A number of the 5-star reviews appear to have been written by the same cheerleader of the new principal (3 reviews within 2 days of each other?).

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2012
This school has grown leaps and bounds in the past two years. Mrs. Heintz was a terrific principal, but it was time for new leadership to bring the school into the 21st century. 4 years ago the school looked like a ghetto school. Since then, every year the school improves its plant and looks better and better. The "prison look" fence needs to go, but I think the pastor is working on it. But it's not all a matter of externals: the teachers on the roster are fantastic and the iPod program, despite resistance from a few parents who do not understand the need for enhanced technology, is a winner. There is also a Math program that takes place at the high school to help the middle school kids be even more prepared for high school. There is also a nice family atmosphere. The new principal is a hard working and dedicated administrator. Too bad some folks don't appreciate her dedication. There were a few negative folks last year, but they're gone. Hope they're happy! I know I am.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2012
A number of the one star reviews appear to have been written by the same disgruntled individual. We will pray for him.

- submitted by a community member
September 05, 2012
A number of the one star reviews appear to have been written by disgruntled parents who don't understand the whole picture. There has been significant progress made by the school just in the past few years; unfortunately, change is difficult for some individuals. It is true that five faculty members left 15 months ago; however, they did not resign. They RETIRED. There is a significant difference. One moved back to the Philippines. One still works there part-time. Another has plans to move back to Iowa. Another retired per her agreement with her husband. It just that it happened all it once, so the appearance of five teachers leaving at the same time wasn't so great. Those teachers were great. The new teachers are maybe even better. The iPad program is essential. iPads are the language of the future. Standards have gone up. There have been challenges in the transition, but the rough edges are getting smoothed out. Have fees gone up? Yes, they have. Why? Because nothing comes for free and a school must bring in sufficient funds to meet expenses.

- submitted by a teacher
August 07, 2012
I sent my kids to HF school back when Mrs. Heintz was the principal. I agree with a lot of the other reviews, that things changed too dramatically when Miss Suelto was hired as principal. Five long-time teachers retired all at the same time, at the end of Miss Suelto's first year, and more have continued to leave as soon as they could find other jobs. From talking with some of the parents and faculty and staff, there was too much change, too fast, without considering how it affects people who have been there for a long time, and whether people can afford it. But faculty and staff are afraid to complain for fear of being fired. It is good leadership policy to take time to understand how things work before making changes, and then make changes gradually. But Miss Suelto tried to change everything all at once, without understanding that things might be that way for a good reason. Morale among parents and staff is low. People feel worried and insecure, because you never know what Miss Suelto is going to do next, and what it's going to cost you.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2012
Is there a no star rating? It is sad to see how a new principal comes in and destroys the morale of the staff and students. Ms. Suelto is not a strong administrator and has brought down the standards that has upheld Holy Family for many years. I was a graduate of this great school and my children came in with Mrs. Heintz. I can't believe it has come down to this. I have had to pull my children and take them elsewhere. Public school are looking a lot better than this.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2012
HF school has changed dramatically over 3 years.The front face it sounds good in presentation but many families are looking elsewhere. To start off are increasing in fees, ever since Ms Suelto came to HF, the Registration has doubled and if you have a additional child you pay plenty more than before. Uniforms changes results in new purchases of uniforms. Chearlleading uniforms has changed and the cost has also gone up. kids dont want to support it like before. HIddenfees, there are plenty of surpirses on charges. Hvac fund raising run is not sustainable for parents to pay. the implimentation of ipad (very expensive)destroys the childrens fundamentals in school. Front office has the worse customer service inluding ms suelto and the accountants. They will not listen and address your concerns but you have to pay no matter what. The staff mentioned that it is a blue ribbon school but we dont see much improvment since the changes are in later grades. its too late. foundation starts early. its my last year to complain about this school that was once good. most of the teachers have left last year and many families are leaving. please do your reserch before buying the presentation

- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2012
Notice how a few reviews down a person rates the school high but opens her comments with, "I hope they keep their promise ...". That pretty much sums up the feeling right now. There is a lack of trust, even by those parents who are die hards. (The priest and principal spend too much energy on positive spin.) The other parents just find it too difficult to take their kids to another school because they don't want to separate the kids from their friends.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2012
The school is in transition under new leadership. Many changes have and are occuring under this new principal. After the principal's first year five core senior faculty members resigned. After this school year, six faculty and staff member will no longer be returning. The values and sense of community that had originally drawn me to this school no longer exists. Too much change too fast isn't always a good thing especially when it seems that the leaders don't know how to go about achieving their goals with a sense of integrity and transparency.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2012
We are almost done with 2011-2012. It has been a bumpy ride this year with the news of the new fees and contribution towards the upgrades to the school. It has been hard to hear the discontent from other parents regarding the changes. However, we as parents need to listen to our kids and do what is best for them. The school is a great school and the peace of mind I have knowing my children are safe, cared for and are provided with many learning opportunities is worth any expense. We all have different family situations and should not bash a school for trying to improve what will eventually become a well known prestigious catholic school. My children have learned so much more about religion than we ever did from our parents or other parish. It is so heartfelt to hear the faculty and parish clergy address our children by name. They do try to make us a real community. A true holy family. LMA

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2012
Before you come to Holy Family gradeschool, Glendale, interview atleast 10 parents and ask good questions. also ask about the school in the last few years. Staff, administration are not customer firendly. new Accountant does not address customer needs/parents the principal does not get back to parents with their complaints. Fundraising campiagns are not feasible. The only thing good about this school that I can tell you is that the parents does not want to take out their kids becuase their kids have been with other kids since the beginning. I read the other topics. they are fast when they bill you.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2012
I have to say that this school has really been good to bad in the last 2 years. the cost per child to put your child to school has gone up drammatically. I read other reviews on the cost. It is true the tution is only one variable of the equation. Tution + registration + surprise fees +++ all have gone up. Keep in mind why we are there in the first place. it used to be under Mrs Heinz and the prices was good as well as the education. now it is very different. many teachers have left and these teachers is why my kids went there in the first place. they taught becuase they loved it, they just loved to teach. now they are gone. Morning care opens later than the schedule resulting in parents being stuck in traffic , resulting in parents being late to work for hours. Keep in mind that 5 minute late in the morning can be very traffic and can cost hours. I dont recommend this school, this is a completely different school now. its all Money for the principal. its all money for her.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2012
I went to HF. go bulldogs go! Mrs Heinz, Mrs carnevali, Mrs Porath are gone. and I dont know about Mrs Chatterton. they are the reason why I decided to take the kids there. Under the new administration, it is very different. The new principal Mrs Suelto seems like she works to impress her higher ups thats all! Fees have increased im not just talking about tuition but the registration and new fees that just pops up. they want to implement a new centralize AC/heating with no reports on costs, short term and long term (note the glendale water and power will increase their cost 2013) .IPAD implemetation. There is no studies that children will be more ready or successful academically than a child with no IPAD gadget. Dont get me wrong im in the field of technology. but once teh children are dependant on these gadgets then the manual skills goes down. kids can learn about ipad outside of school. they can learn it very fast. The last 2 years all i see is MONEY. "dont ask what the school can do for you ask what you can do for the school". with inflation,recession,unemployment continuing to be bad, I dont think Mrs Suelto can keep this up.Go bull dogs!

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2012
Me and my son love this School!!! Thank you so much for making a big difference in my life , we move from another state to glendale and I recommend this school teachers great, kids great , principal amazing.... everybody......... my son is 8th grade moving to high school i feel like taking everybody with me......to high school :-) academics really good . you will be happy overall. Faith excelent..... so much to say just go check it out.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 29, 2010
I can't tell you how much my son and I love this school. This a school that cares about education and the well being of their students. Great work.

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2009
I couldn't explain how lucky We are to have found Holy Family Grade School. The term family is really in the core of their teachings. Parents are really involve in every activities that this school has to offer. The principal is fabulous, no matter how many the students or the parents were she remembers everyone. The staff and the teachers, they all smile at you and talk to you and you can feel the warmth and sincerity of their hearts. Now, we are deciding to move elsewhere but we can't because we are afraid to loose such a good community.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2008
We are completing our fifth year at Holy Family Grade School, with two kids now attending. From the beginning, I have found it to be a wonderful school. The principal, teachers, and staff make the kids their number one priority. They do everything in their power to keep the kids safe and to keep the curriculum current. But the thing I love the best about this school is that they have rules and they enforce them; they support the morals and values we teach at home by expecting the same at school. It is wonderful to have a school that does not undermine what we teach as parents. They definitely teach our kids to be caring, respectful members of society.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2007
Holy Family Elementary is a great school where the teachers along with the principal and staff develop the whole student. The school teaches good moral values, self discipline, a strong faith and the pursue of academic excellence.

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- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2006
We have loved our experiences at Holy Family Grade School. The staff is wonderful and the kids enjoy their school experience so much. We highly recommend!

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2005
Great school. Staff memebers are nice. We were all a family.

- submitted by a former student
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The school serves 285 students from Transitional Kindergarten to 8th grade. The teachers are highly credentialed and the quality of academics is high. Families are diverse. The use of individual iPads, e-books, Zero Period Math, and Robotics are few wonderful programs that make the school a topnotch.

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Holy Family Elementary School
400 South Louise Street, Glendale, CA  91205
(818) 243-9239
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