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Holy Family School

Private | K-8 | 389 students

We are best known for academics & community service.


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Posted September 24, 2014

We just finished up our 6th year at Holy Family and its been great for us. You will not regret sending your kids here and it is well worth it. I was skeptical at first and was inclined to save a few bucks sending the kids to public school but I'm glad I didn't in the end after seeing how my kids have developed at HF. These are some of the attributes which differentiate besides the academics: Extracurricular activities such as FLL Lego Robotics (4 teams), Public Speaking, inter-school sports (Football, Basketball, Track, Volleyball), excellent occupational therapy services for kids who need it, girl/cub/boy scouting (Go 286!), real sense of community with the parish, parent involvement is encouraged and of course, spirituality. There is more but these are my favorites. You also have the opportunity to guide the direction of the school through various councils such as finance, tech and school advisory. Point is, there is plenty of opportunity to voice concerns, have them heard and get some action especially if you participate in the community. The principal is very approachable and greets everyone, every morning.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 4, 2014

I attended Holy Family School before switching to another school. Some teachers and aides seem to be happiest when making kids feel bad. Homework is assigned and not explained and most teachers don't want to offer extra help. And, there is no one to go to for help when teachers mistreat you.

Posted June 12, 2014

We just finished our first year at Holy Family School after transferring my kids over from another school. I cannot say enough good things about it - community, academics and spirituality all roled into one. If you are searching for a new school, consider HF. We had teachers who were involved and responsive to our children's needs. It seems from reading some of these reviews that some people have had negative experiences, that can occur at any school. Children are not cookie cutters and not every parent is looking for the same things in their kids' education. No school is perfect and no school is a great match for every child either. But for us it worked and can only speak wonders - go check it out for yourself.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 12, 2014

It appears that in November an effort was made to recruit a few happy families or faculty members who are also parents to post 5 star reviews. I would strongly urge prospective families to pay close attention to the earlier negative reviews. The primary grades are better than the upper grades and many people end up staying just because they don't want to switch schools after making friends and getting settled at a school but this school fosters a toxic environment. Kids and teachers bully children and there is no action taken. The administration is great at selling their story but there is no substance behind it; look into the specifics of their programs (such as Spanish, computers, art and music) and see that there is little depth. And, if you ever encounter a problem, they will do nothing to help you solve it. Don't get fooled by the PR .
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 10, 2013

We have had our children at Holy Family for the past decade and it is an excellent school. The community is welcoming, the administration is superb, and the teachers are caring. Is it perfect, no - but there is no school that is 100%. There have been isolated incidents of bullying, but these were dealt with fairly and swiftly and the school has a comprehensive anti-bullying program. Several parents have written poor reviews, but we would urge prospective families to see beyond the grudges of the few. Come to an open house at Holy Family and ask the students themselves if you want an unedited truthful answer about our school. Bottom line: we have found at Holy Family what hundreds of other families have found: great education, great values, and best of all, a wonderful community!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 8, 2013

I'm very happy w Holy Family. We had a bullying issue w my child and it was dealt with swiftly. They really encourage the children to communicate amongst each other. The academics are high and I am very happy with how my child is doing. I also love the sense of community here.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 4, 2013

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.
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Posted November 3, 2013

Holy Family is a wonderful school and community. I have been a part of this community for the last three years. I have loved the opportunities given to my two children. They have Spanish, music, art, and PE weekly. The technology available to the students is on going. There are projectors and doc cams in all the classrooms. My children are challenged both academically and faithfully. I am excited about the sense of community I feel every time I set foot on campus. I love the ministries, sports, extra curricular activities that are offered to the students. This community has strong parental involvement that focus on best interests for all students. I am a proud Holy Family parent, and I am so grateful for the opportunity my children have to grow in the Catholic faith at such an amazing school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 3, 2013

Holy Family School has been an excellent educational experience for my two children. We have been at Holy Family School since 2004, and my oldest is now a successful student at Bellarmine. Over the years, the teachers have been friendly, supportive, and they provide a challenging curriculum. We have enjoyed the friendly environment of other families and the opportunity to get involved in a variety of school and parish activities. Both of my children have been involved in sports as well as student council and community service projects. Over the past two years, Holy Family has provided a stronger foreign language program. If you are looking for a school with a safe environment that puts the children at the forefront of education, then Holy Family will be a good fit for you and your child.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 24, 2013

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 tough 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. No school is perfect, but we couldn't be happier with Holy Family. In talking to the local Catholic high schools, Holy Family alums are highly regarded.
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Posted November 17, 2012

Pros: - Class Sizes: Primary grades have about 20 kids per class with a teacher and an aide. -Teachers: The teachers hired in the last 5 or so years are quite good. The administration seems to be trying to improve on the quality of their teachers by hiring better teachers in recent years and firing some bad. -Facilities: The school buildings, materials, and facilities are nicely kept -Improving: The administration is forward thinking and is always coming up with ways to try and improve the school. -Families and parental involvement: Most of the families are very nice, and are involved in the school. -Safe environment: The school is practically hidden and is far off the street. The principal is a real stickler on safety and following all mandated guidelines. Cons: -Technology: While there is a nice computer lab with weekly classes, most of the primary grades do not have projectors, etc. to use -Administration: Big ideas, but doesn't always implement it well. Tends to play favorites among some of the families and some longtime teachers and lets them get away with things. -Teachers: A few long time teachers really need to go, and hold the school back from real growth.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 16, 2012

The positive: there are some wonderful families at this school. The negative: 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.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 18, 2012

Our child attended this school for 3 years. The administration is unfriendly. Several of the teachers are bullies. There is a bullying problem at the school and, although a policy exists, it is not followed -- no matter how severe the issue. The bullying seems to come from the top down. If children fall outside of the one level the school chooses to instruct at, they are singled out and ridiculed regularly. The self-esteem of several students at this school has been destroyed. The administration and staff seem unethical. Example: One teacher was hired to tutor our child after school. The teacher left the child unattended for the majority of the tutoring session to talk to other teachers, parents, etc... This has happened to more than one child. Parents are very involved at the school, but some of the helicopter parents that have become entrenched are also very toxic. This is unfortunate and lends to the oppressed culture of the school. Do your research, there are several other private schools in the area that offer stronger academics, extra curricular programs and an over all more positive atmosphere where your children will get a well-rounded education and excel.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 6, 2010

We have two children at Holy Family and have been there for eight years. We are very happy with the school in general. Safe, family environment, great teachers/staff and after school activities/daycare. Lots of opportunity for parental involvement, during and after school.Would highly recommend this school. Parent
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 14, 2009

All three of my children attrnded Holy Family. We loved the warm family atmosphere and caring staff. We have made life long friends through our involvement with the school and consider Hioly Family a second home.
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Posted December 14, 2009

All of our children attended Holy Family school. While it was a sacrifice to pay tuition, we feel it was more than worth it. The faculty, staff, parents, and students present a warm, nurturing,and caring atmosphere where students can excel.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 10, 2009

Wonderful community. The visibility of the administration is unlike anything I have ever seen. My family is so grateful to be there.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 10, 2009

This school is amazing. Not only are my children getting a great education but the community is supportive and wondrful.
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Posted May 28, 2009

I love Holy Family School, this is our 5th year at the school and my kids are happy to get up in the morning and go to school. We've made some great friends at the school. The teachers are great and understanding and work well to make the kids feel good about themselves. Holy Family school has some great after school programs: Spanish, Chess, Schmahl Science, Lego Robotics, Newspapers, Homework club and more. I highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 23, 2009

Our family has been at Holy Family for 8 years with 2 students at the school now. We have 1 waiting to start Kinder. We have made life long friends and love our community. Our teachers and staff are the best Northern Cal. has to offer. They are family.
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Ethnicity This school State average
White 56% 26%
Hispanic 18% 52%
Two or more races 9% 3%
Black 4% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
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  • Spanish

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  • Mrs. Gail Harrell
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  • Coed
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  • Roman catholic
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  • Playground
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  • Diocese of San Jose
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  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

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  • SCHOOLWIDE LEARNING EXPECTATIONS RESULTS (SLEs) When our students graduate from Holy Family they will have grown stronger in their spiritual, academic, and personal lives. As persons of faith our students will: •Discover the love of God through loving one another. •Foster Christian values – compassion, tolerance, justice, and a respect for the dignity of life. •Participate actively in their faith development through sacraments, liturgical celebrations, and a variety of prayer styles. •Demonstrate a personal faith relationship with God by living the Gospel values and teachings of Jesus Christ through justice based service and prayer. •Have a basic knowledge of the teachings of the Church and the ability to make good moral and ethical decisions based on their Catholic faith. As lifelong learners our students will: •Explore and develop their own unique gifts, talents and interests. •Recognize the importance of a healthy lifestyle, and the negative effect of drug and alcohol use. •Read for enjoyment and knowledge. •Have the ability to work cooperatively with others. •Articulate ideas clearly and creatively, and communicate effectively through reading, writing, and speaking skills. •Use technology to obtain, evaluate, and communicate information. •Be prepared for the next level of education through critical thinking and problem solving skills. As responsible citizens our students will: •Accept responsibility and consequences for their actions. •Exhibit the social skills and moral values needed for responsible citizenship. •Appreciate and respect the cultural diversity of our global community. •Exhibit good sportsmanship. •Grow in awareness and responsibility towards others and their community •Develop strong character traits to strengthen self-esteem and build skills to meet life’s challenges.
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