HFGS is great! Lots of wonderful teachers. Principal Suelto is on top of things. Fr. Jim is cool. PTO Board is super active. Academic testing and competitions are regular and consistent. This is what I like in a school. All events from classroom to sports and other extracurricular clubs keep our children active and busy, away from any idle moments. Excellent!
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.
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?????
I am a parent and I love the school administration starting with the Principal and the Priests. The Principal is hardworking, a visionary leader and has so much compassion for all the children. She has chosen only efficient staff. The electrical upgrade and HVAC is finally going to happen with the help of those who are determined to make Holy Family Grade School a great school. She must not be compared to any previous principal as she herself has her own unique leadership traits. no comparison too should be made between Fr. Jim and Fr. Shea as both are totally opposites. Each one of these administrators has a plan, a plan to improve the church and the school that have lacked modernity and style for years. All units of this community have been asleep for years due to the negativity of some parents and parishioners who are totally opposed to any monetary contributions. The world revolves around good naturedness especially for a faith based community like Holy Family. I hope that people are more courageous to speak in meetings than remaining anonymous.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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 ,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?).
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.
A number of the one star reviews appear to have been written by the same disgruntled individual. We will pray for him.
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.
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.
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.
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