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9800 Baymeadows Road
Jacksonville, FL 32256

(904) 645-9875
(904) 899-6060
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October 23, 2015
I guess with everything you are going to have those that have bad experiences. We've been at the school for 8 years now and feel that the teachers care and are preparing our kids for the next step in their education. The new principal was/is a much needed change and is only improving the learning environment. As far as the politics go, I'm sure there's some of that everywhere but you have to get involved if you wish to make an impact or change the culture. Our kids love the school and relationships that they've made and I can't think of another school that we'd rather be associated with.

- submitted by a parent

May 26, 2015
We were very satisfied with this school when we first started five years ago. It was recognized as a Blue Ribbon School in 2012. However, in the past couple of years, this school has really gone down hill. First, there has been a lot of turnover on this school since the new principal has been hired. Some of the good teachers left and some not-so-good ones were hired. Second, the amount of politics in this school is just mind-boggling. There is a handful of parents that have the ear of the school and church administrators. These "privileged" parents exert their influence on the school and get their way all the time (i.e. getting teachers fired). Third, the level of favoritism and bias in this school is sad. It's unfair to the kids.

- submitted by a parent

April 27, 2015
This school is incredible, and teaches everything my children need to learn to participate in today's society. Their mission statement in itself speaks how important each child's life is to the faculty and staff at Holy Family -"Inspired by the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Holy Family Catholic School community commits to fostering deepening faith, academic excellence, responsibility for self, and concern for others." My family couldn't ask for a more loving, caring staff. It seems that the people who are unhappy about the school had a negative experience. Certain comments they have made are inaccurate and/or inappropriate - if we are called to follow Christ's example, we will speak love to others, even if they made a mistake in the past (casting anonymous stones via this website isn't the way to go). Meeting the principal, conversing with the teachers, and attending events to get to know other parents are all ways you can research for yourself what the truth is about Holy Family Catholic School. And if you are considering this amazing school, take all comments here with a grain of salt, pray wholeheartedly if this is the best fit for your family, and trust that God will provide.

- submitted by a parent

April 26, 2015
If we really want the school to improve then it is important to provide face to face feedback, so people can create awareness that can lead to corrections. After all, we all have areas of strength and areas where there is room for improvement. Reputation is an important aspect of the human person, and personal judgment about a performance or situation must be done without forgetting that every person bears the dignity of being made in the image of God.

- submitted by a community member

April 22, 2015
Has anyone checked out the accomplishments of the leadership which has come the last few years? Do you know his past? Did anyone call for references? Seriously, the rep has gone down hill. Everyone knows it, and yet everyone is afraid. This does not make sense. The school was blue ribbon before and what is it now. A disgrace. We should be hiring those who have not been asked to leave other schools. Who made that decision.? What does he stand for? what has he done good for the school, who in the school would give him an A for Effort, Kindness, Care for the children and teachers, willingness to work with parents and teachers for the betterment of the children? Is there any staff, parent teacher or student who would have his back when the times are hard - probably not. We need to find out why he is here?

- submitted by a parent

April 16, 2015
After 4 years of Holy Family Catholic school, I will be removing my child. This will be the end of the 2nd year of the new principles term and I can say without a doubt he has taken this school to an entirely new low. He lacks the compassion and motivation to keep the school together as a family as he disregards the students as well as his own teachers. Holy Family is now a business being run by a boss and not a leader or mentor. Until this changes, I do not see this school as a healthy environment for my child.

- submitted by a parent

February 12, 2015
My child attended HFCS for 5 years before we pulled him out. It was a big sacrifice for us to afford this school but we thought it was worth it. After all , it was a blue ribbon school! Like other reviewers said, the environment was militant and unforgiving. Sadly I didn't see the stress that my son was put under to live up to the schools "blue ribbon" reputation. It was awful. The teachers were cold and the administration even colder. I never realized this until we placed him in a different catholic school. What a difference!! He tells me every day how much happier he is. He even told me once that he had a nightmare that he had to go back to Holy family.

- submitted by a parent

September 19, 2014
What is going on here? Why are we hiring a divorced man who is living with his girlfriend, who was asked to leave his past employment at another Catholic school! With all the exceptional teachers coming out of college, don't we need to set out standards higher? We need to create a Catholic community that support our religious beliefs. I am very disappointed in this and other activities I see going on at the school. I am concerned with the administrations decisions this year!

- submitted by a teacher

April 22, 2013
It's very disappointing to see that some parents have had bad experiences at Holy Family. Unfortunately, that can happen anywhere. I have had children at Holy Family every year since the school opened (in August 2002) and we are pleased with the school. Are there days when we wish we were in charge and would tweak something at the school? Sure. Are there many more days when we are perfectly satisfied with the school, the staff, and our fellow parents? ABSOLUTELY. We and our kids are very happy at the school, and look forward to continued success. If considering Holy Family for your children, it's vital to visit the school, meet the new principal, talk to parents of current students. Based on the feedback here, there have been five positive reviews and three negative. Considering that people tend to be more vocal when they are unhappy, I'd say that this is generally a pretty good endorsement of the school.

- submitted by a parent

September 24, 2012
Congratulations to Holy Family Catholic School, a 2012 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. One of 50 schools in the nation, but the only Catholic school in Florida. This school is a hidden treasure!

- submitted by a teacher

April 16, 2012
I came across this website and was surprised to read negative comments about HFCS. My child has attended HFCS since Pre-K and is now in the 7th grade. Our experience has been excellent. The teachers challenge the children and hold high standards. Over the years there have been many creative projects that have sparked interest in geography, science, religion and culture. The experience level of the teachers is impressive. There are extracuricular activities for all interests - sports, chess, reading and math clubs, music, service clubs. Last year there was a drama production. There is even a support group called Rainbows for children who have suffered a loss. HFCS has been a kind, nurturing Christian environment for my child to grow up in.

- submitted by a parent

November 16, 2011
I made the unfortunate decision to place my two children at this school and I wish I had first read the review posted here from September 14, 2009. This school, for all it's "Christian" posturing IS militant and unforgiving. My children, by all objective measures, (even Holy Family's!) were smart, kind and well behaved kids, YET endured primitive disciplinary tactics in their middle school prgram, some of which are just coming to light now in therapy. If my review gives one person pause, then maybe it will offset some of the guilt and pain with which I am trying to live.

- submitted by a parent

May 29, 2011
My two sons just started in HFCS. They like the school very much. I feel I made the correct decission by choosing the school. All this time since my first visit seeking a placement I have all good nothing negative. The principal and the tutorial staff are awoesome. Pastor too very devoted to the school and keep track on devolopment.

- submitted by a parent
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September 14, 2009
My son went to HFCS from the time the doors opened until this past year. Our daughter was there for two years. We pulled our children out for many reasons ,one of them being that we felt the majority of their teaching staff and the adminstration are milatant and unforving. If your child doenst fit their mold then you don't belong. I can not recomomned this school.

- submitted by a parent

January 09, 2009
I am the parent of 3 children attending this school. It is a sacrifice for us financially, but the test scores speak for themselves. The school continues to be in the top 10% for ITBS scores in the Nation! I have seen my own children's scores increase every year. The teachers take great interest in the students and continually update me on their progress. Students not only excel academically but in other fields as well. The girls and boys basketball teams went undefeated and were tournament champs this year. Yes, some teachers give alot of homework, but I believe in setting high standards, especially if you are paying for a good education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
December 18, 2008
I am very unhappy with this school after several years of doing anything and everything to help my child succeed. They, simply, do not care.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
October 06, 2008
My daughter has attended since Kindergarten and continues to accelerate in all areas and her reading and other skills are far ahead of her public school friends. The education is very well rounded, classes are small and the right level of attention is there for each student!!

- submitted by a parent
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Holy Family Catholic School
9800 Baymeadows Road, Jacksonville, FL  32256
(904) 645-9875
Last modified Holy Family Catholic School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Holy Family Catholic School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 23 reviews. Top