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Holy Family Elementary School

Private | K-8 | 151 students


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Posted October 21, 2011

This Catholic school is very irresponsible. They allow things to go on and the parent is the last one to know in Progress Report Day or Report Card Day such as missed homework, assignments, low test scores and others ... It is too late for students to correct their problems. The good teachers quitted or school did not sign other contracts with them in the last summer. You should shop around many Catholic schools and decide which the best Catholic school is for your children.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 4, 2011

I love this school! When I first came here I was so scared that I was going to be an outcast because at my old school I was bullied but at Holy Family I was welcomed with open arms! What surprised me the most was that my classmates didn't travel in clusters. I love the sports teams here because you don't have to be amazing at the sport to try out for the team. If you mess up you don't get scowled at because we are all just there to learn and have fun with it. If you are struggling with subjects you can get after-school help. Teachers are super nice. The whole school is like a big family of diverse people. I highly recommend HFS to anyone!

Posted September 12, 2009

HFS has been our home for the last four years. I am very pleased with the education my child has received. His growth both academically and spiritually is attributed to the passionate and caring teachers, staff and parents that work together to build a learning community in which our children thrive.
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Posted September 11, 2009

I am so pleased with Holy Family School. The small class sizes are great. I feel very comfortable and confident with the teachers and staff. My children love the school and it's multicultural community.
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Posted September 10, 2009

The new teachers and music department are inspiring for all ages. This school has a warm community spirit and the small class sizes allow for a one of a kind educational experience. The children truly have the joy of learning and growth of the spirit while attending our school. Parents, teachers, and community members all work together to make the annual bizarre come together. This effort results in lower tuition for everyone and a quality education.
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Posted September 10, 2009

My children are entering their 3rd year at HFS and I'm very pleased with the education that they have received. The teachers and other staff are very supportive and receptive to feedback. There are a lot of opportunities for learning and I appreciate that the faculty members are very passionate about teaching. My children also love the school, so much that they are willing to brave an earlier and longer morning commute when we moved 30 miles north of the school! HFS is very committed to its students, as well as the local community!
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Posted September 10, 2009

We are reaching our 4th year with Holy Family and I am very pleased with how my children are developing. The teachers are dedicated and it also has a very active parish pastor that is also very dedicated. I would recommend this school to any of my friends or family.
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Posted September 7, 2009

I am very pleased with the quality education my children receive at Holy Family School. It is a wonderful school with a very dedicated staff. I feel that my children are learning the important skills they need both academically and spiritually. It is in a very central location--very convenient for parents who are commuting to work near the downtown area. It seems that this wonderful little school would serve the needs of many local and commuting families!
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Posted August 4, 2008

I am now entering my fourth year at HFS and can proudly say all four of my kids will be attending the 'big' school as they call it (K-8). With so many choices out there for parents in central San Diego, HFS is at the center of the map! The campus is welcoming, inclusive and the multicultural community offers students a chance to learn and grow in a faith-filled atmosphere. Both my husband and I have educational backgrounds and gladly provide the private school education offered at HFS. It's piece of mind and so much more with the advanced Math, Science Lab, Computer Lab, dedicated P.E. and Music teachers and the rigorous academic focus. Aside from the academics, my kids look forward to sharing their strengths (like reading, etc.) with the younger grades. This fosters the sense of community that is the spirit of HFS.
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Posted October 26, 2007

This school was lax in its discipline, being a christian school /i believed there would be a more strict tolerance for behavioral issues among students. While some of the cirricculum is good, it fails by not offering language like spanish or german or french as alternatives. There were very few extra-cirricular activities and sports events that I saw, and I volunteered the mandatory hour plus more. In addition, the credo of good Christian values didn't seem to be fully enforced in areas of little playground rumbles between kids. The Saxon method for math was not at all right for my child as it is based on rote and speed learning rather than conceptual and critical thinking. I also saw very little enrichment prevailing in the classrooms. Teachers/staff were very approachable, but seemed to make conferences leading to no resolution. On a good note, the priest was always involved & helpful.
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Posted September 12, 2005

Good quality teaching.Sports and extracurricular activities aren't at their best.Lots of parental involvement. Many fundraisers. Moderately priced and a central location.
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Posted June 28, 2005

It all starts with discipline, and there is very little in this school. It has been a constant complaint for over five years from many parents. Nothing will change until a change is made.
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Posted June 27, 2005

Both my children currently attend Holy Family School. I could not be happier with my choice of schools. There is a Catholic school miles from our home, but instead we commute to attend Holy Family. I would not think of transferring my children. The attention, care and love my children receive at Holy Family is priceless. Grandparents and parents who are alumni now send their children there. That alone speaks wonders of the school. The diversity that surrounds my children is also a great selling point. My children are exposed daily to different cultures which in turn will help them be tolerant and accepting adults. I highly recommend this school and encourage all parents to attend an open house to get to know the staff and other parents.
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Posted June 27, 2005

Our 3 children have been students at Holy Family for 4 years. All 3 are receiving an excellent education in a faith-filled atmosphere. The school is terrific. The teachers are tremendous--well-educated, dedicated and committed to building life long learners who live their faith. The administration is interested in school growth and development and concerned about parental input. As graduates of Ivy league institutions with advanced degrees (Ph.D and J.D.), we are concerned about the intellectual development of our children and believe HFS is preparing them to receive the same advanced degrees we have, if they choose to pursue them. As committed Catholic Christians, we are concerned about the moral development of our children and believe HFS has developed our children's spirtual lives in ways other schools could not. We highly recommend HFS to all San Diego parents and children
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Posted April 17, 2005

My son went to Holy Family preschool and I was not too pleased with the level of academic work, as well as the discipline. The teachers were nice, but it was a little to lax for my taste.
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Posted February 5, 2004

They over populate class rooms first grade has 26-30 students. no aid.
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Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 30% 52%
White 24% 26%
Asian or Pacific Islander 21% 11%
Two or more races 16% 3%
Black 4% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 3% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Rev. Michael Pham
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1945 Coolidge Street
San Diego, CA 92111
Phone: (858) 277-0222


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