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Holy Family Catholic School

Private | PK-8 | 243 students


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Posted October 7, 2014

My boys attend this school and i really like the school. My oldest started kindergarten at this school and at the beginning of the school year my son had a really hard time adjusting. With the help of Ms. Belanger, Ms. Bishop, Mrs. Wyatt, and Ms. Spencer my son has transformed into an excellent student and now he really loves going to this school. My 4yr old attends now and they both are doing very well. Ms. Hemmer is amazing and she's on top of everything. Ms. Hawkins can be a bit intimidating but she her heart is with these kids and it shows. It's hard to read the bad reviews because i haven't experienced any negative issues with this school. I do agree with some of the comments about a make over but overall i'm please with Holy Family and would recommend this school to family/friends.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 7, 2014

I am a former student who went to Holy Family in the 1980's. I can honestly say that they taught me how to write good papers. There was a strong emphasis on reading. That helped me throughout my life and gave me the foundations I needed. Glad to see the school is still open.

Posted February 11, 2014

Teachers of the school have no patience for the children you received several phone calls for the little things never received any positive feedback from your childs teacher. the children are not challenged. I would not recommend the school for parents who care about the childs education or their future in education.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 17, 2014

Poor teaching... The school is extremely outdated, books, computers, ... The school needs a complete turnaround.. Last year, teachers were not completely certified, this year's teachers have no patience for our kids.. IT IS SAD!! I would not recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 30, 2013

My child went to Holy Family for two years. I was very pleased with the curriculum and the teacher in the 3rd grade, but 4th grade was a huge disappointment. My child consistently talked to me about the things that the teachers were saying not only to her but also to other students. I found the comments to be disrespectful, inappropriate, and sometimes downright factually incorrect. I think the administration spends too much time tolerating those students with behavioral problems and ignored the students who strived to do well. There's an overall negative and tense atmosphere at the school and the teachers seem to be intimidated and too scared to speak out. I knew it was time to go when my child said to me "I don't know why they call this place Holy Family. There's nothing holy about it." Incidentally, my child is a straight A student at HFS, but when I went to remove my child from the school and place her elsewhere, she scored very poorly. What does that say about the academics?
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 6, 2013

I am currently a senior (8th gr.) and I honestly can say I STRONGLY DISLIKE this school. Many people like it, but I think that teachers don't even like it. They say we as students are disrespectful. And the principal even told us we were the worst 7 and 8 grade in her years of being principal. My class cant never learn anything because my teacher talks to much and puts everyone to sleep. We hardly use our textbooks exept in math English science social studies. Also they have mice. And they know it. The teachers are very disrespectful. Well not all of them. Shout out to MR. MERCER for being the best science teacher in the world and understanding us as children.

Posted September 15, 2011

My baby LOVES this school, always ready to go.... It was a great choice and so glad I decided to send her.... Keep up the good work Mrs. Hawkins....
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Posted August 30, 2010

I attended Holy Family from Kindergarden - 8th grade. I didn't appreciate the school at the time but now I am grateful to the teachers and my parents for sending me there. During my tenure I couldn't stand having to wear uniforms, I felt like the school was out of date, stern and expected way to much out of the students. It wasn't until I visited the surrounding high schools and found that even as a struggling student in Holy Family, I was leaps and bounds ahead educationally from my public school counterparts. Holy Family prepared me for life. I made it through high school, college and graduate school and currently am fairly successful. Holy Family taught me life lessons and the people that I have met during my tenure at HF are the most positive, successful people that I have ever met in my life.

Posted December 16, 2009

I would rate holy family over the chart it is the best school i have ever went to. I loved the teachers and the pastor father damamin he was so nice and mrs. Hawkins she was awesome. I was a student there for 8 years untill i had to leave but i want to go bac. All i have to say is that school taugh me alot about religion and being a better person...U guys well always be in me heart..............
—Submitted by a student

Posted November 17, 2009

I rate Holy family School ver highly. When we could not afford the school fees, Mrs Hawkins still took us in and 3 of my kids where accomodated without paying school fees. My 2 year old at the time was accepted into the school so that I could work. It has made a big difference in her life. To all the places we have moved to since then her teachers have always commented on how organized, respectful and deligent she is and this is because she had the right foundation. Today, we have found our feet because of the opportunity the school gave us to do so and we will continue to contribute to the school with the hope that other kids can be given an opportunity. My kids were taught love with a firm descipline. I am happy that the school still continues in its catholic tradition of descipline.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 24, 2009

This is an excellent school. Some parents expect the school to do what they should be doing with their kids at home. The principal truely cares about these children and their futures. She is stern but loving. Some parents want to complain about what the school and teachers are not doing but you and your child will get out what you and your chilld put into their education. My daughter has been a student here since the First grade and she is now in the 7th and my son is in his second year in PreK-4. The staff are professional and curteous and if a teacher is not right the Principal will take care of the issue. I even tried to put my kids in a school closer to my home for convience but after 3 months I put them back into Holy Family. Because its not about convience.
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Posted October 25, 2007

I am a former student.I can say I learned so much from my years there however I have never been so streesed out.The teachers are rude and very disrespetful to the student there always talking down on them making them feel so low.
—Submitted by a student

Posted August 20, 2006

I am a recent holy family alumni and I was very impressed with the acedemics. However, the teacher to student respect could use quite a bit of tuning up.The critism turned to insults very often,like saying we will met very many people that can talk rings around us and would be the laughing stalk of high school(major beatdown of self-esteem.) They were extremely money hungy and were into the game of manipulation. I thought community service was service in the community, but it's really having you do what the teachers don't feel like most of the time and that's the only thing that counts. The teachers sometimes has to let us learn from experience than a shaking finger. The students had to respect out of fear of authority and not of love.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted May 3, 2006

I was very excited about Holy Family, but was disapointed as the year went on. My child is in PK4 and she has learned very little. They are suppose to have homework on Tue & Thurs., typically homework is coloring. I was expecting more writing and counting. To me this is just daycare and not school. I can say that the teachers are caring.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 22, 2005

I was very exicted when my daughter joined this school, the principal convinced my that they would work with my child, because she had reading difficulties, well that was a joke she went through 2nd grade w/flying colors, we were happy, come third grade, her teacher said she should have failed 2nd grade, because she or anybody else fromthe 2nd grade was not ready to read. Their teachers are not certified, they are mostly appointed by the principal, being God lead, the staff is rude, the principal is always hyper, and too much yelling at the kid, overall I was not impressed w/this school, Iam desperately seeking another school, the classroom size is too large my child has 34 kids in her class w/1 teacher, and sometimes an aide. Art has not been implemented yet, and music, is just learning a song, to encourage your child to come to Sunday mass.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 15, 2005

I used to like the school a lot until the 8th grade. The curriculum for 8th graders is very week. Some of the teachers are very insensitive with the students and fail to understand that criticism can be damaging if it is use as an insult and only to make the student feel inferior. The principal used to be more caring and involve with the students. Now she seems more concern in making the school look good instead of working for the students on their behave. Mr.Buttler, the math teacher is the best educator the school has. He is a strong asset for the school. The principal is not too friendly, she is always walking very tense, and it doesnt seem that she enjoys what she is doign.
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Posted April 13, 2004

I will recommend this school to anyone interested in quality education. The dedication of the staff is the key for the success of the children. Personally my child has benefit from the knowledge, discipline and experience of educators like Sister Evelyn and Mr.Butler. The principal considers the school as a family and treats each child like a member of her own. The children work hard in this school and learn daily, but also they have time to socialize and enjoy making good friends. The children in this school are very good with each other, you can feel their happiness when you walk the halls. This school is not about money, it is about helping your child to get ready for his or her future in every aspect, religiously, academically and socially. It is an excellent choice for your child.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 20, 2003

I think the school is very good. My child has learned so much in the short period since school has started. I like the fact that it is not one of those schools where your child is just another number. They really care about all of the students their. Mrs. Hawkins runs a tight ship but it's all for the good and safety of every child at Holy Family. She is not the kind of principal who just sits behind her desk, she visit and sit in on classes constantly and continually stirves to bring out the best in the kids academically.
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Ethnicity This school State average
Black 100% 35%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 12%
Two or more races 0% 4%
White 0% 42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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2200 Callaway St
Hillcrest Heights, MD 20748
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