Teachers have an excellent focus on educating the students. They instill values, respect, and the desire to be all that they can be to take their education to a higher level. Children succeed here and holiness is present.
I can't say enough great things about Holy Family. Both of my kids are students and both have had some special needs that have been more than addressed by the teachers and faculty. There is no school perfect for every child or family but if you want your child to get a top-notch, competitive Christian education then this is the school for you. The frequent remarks regarding class size baffles me...I have neices and nephews in the Rochester public school system and they are the exact same class sizes as HFRS. For all of you that complain...get out of the Rochester District and see how large the class sizes are in other districts. My friend teaches 4th grade in Warren...she has no assistant and 40 kids. Now that's something to complain about.
I read every review posted including the unfavorable ones. It's baffling to read comments related to large classroom size or that students weren't prepared for high school. It makes me wonder if those people have HFRS confused with some other school! In my school days there were 4 rows of 10 kids (40 per class) with 1 teacher and it worked fine! There was no such thing as teacher's helpers! There is no better-run school on the planet and we feel very blessed to have Sr. Karen at the helm along with many talented teachers on staff. Both of my children have attended HFRS since kindergarten; one is now in high school and the other is in middle school. Both are way ahead of their peers thanks to the cirriculum at HFRS, have a strong Catholic faith and high morals. It has been so worth the financial sacrifice!
My son started attending HFRS in the second grade, he had gone to public school prior to that. What a difference HFRS made! Our son has blossomed academically and spiritually. He is challenged in his school work and takes great pride with how he performs. The staff are amazing people to work with and the parents are very involved. The class sizes are large, but the staff manage this extraordinarily well! I cannot image my children going to any other school and I am excited for my two younger children to start!
We have a 1 st grader at the school and so far the school is bringing the best out of him. We have had wonderful classroom teachers that were able to balance the kids and make learning/school a positive experience! The class size is big , but having 2 teachers inthe class the whole time make it work!
My daughter has learned more in the first month at this school then she learned all year at her previous school. Her class size is large, but she seems to get plenty of attention and the teacher seems to know exactly how she is doing in each subject. Each class has an assistant for 3/4 of the day. The families at this school are very involved in their children's education. It is a wonderful learning environment!
Very poor academics. Public schools offer a higher level of education compared to this school. They have lost many families in the last 3 years due to the quality of the teachers and school. They are so behind compared to other schools in the area. The teachers are under qualified. There are just too many kids in each class. It's ridiculous.
After attending Holy Family from kindergarten all the way through eighth grade I would say my experience there was something that I will remember for years to come. I struggled in many academic areas, but always had someone right there to help me understand and guide me through. I do not ever remember a time that I ever felt left behind or alone, because there was always a teacher or Sister Karen there to tell me that giving up just was not an option. Sister Karen was determined to know her students and their families and I remember her going out of her way many times to help my family in times of need. Holy Family is more than just a school. It truly is a family who is there for support and guidance both spiritually and mentally.
I have two students (K and fourth grade) at Holy Family and I don't think they could be at a better school. The teachers in the lower school are excellent,professional and put the kids first. My kindergarten was placed with a different teacher for reading and writing and is now reading at a 2nd grade level. They really take their time placing kids at the different reading and writing levels so they can be sure your child gets the challenge that is right for them. I know that if you are unsure about the placement for reading you could just ask and they will be more than happy to adjust if appropriate. Kids are excited to transition to So.Campus where a beautiful building/gym/cafe/lockers and another set of great teachers are waiting for them. Sister Karen sets the tone at this no tolerance for bullies school. You won't find a better school.
I can not say enough about Holy Family School. The staff and administration have a wonderful leader in Sister Karen.
I graduated from Holy Family, and go to Notre Dame Prep. now, and I feel like Holy Family has put me very far ahead of most of the kids there. Having been a student at Holy Family, I can say I liked all of my teachers and really can't pick out any one that i would say was bad. The negative reviews really aren't very justified
Excellent educational experience! High expectation set for all students! Holy Family has prepared my child for High School and beyond. My child has always been made to feel important and unique. I thank God everyday for this wonderful school!
I am quite disappointed with paying the high tuition. I was expecting my child to be taught manners, religion, and academics. Neither of which have happened. Many of the students and parents feel that their children are entitled and give not very much respect to the teachers, peers, or fellow parents. The school does not follow a competitive curriculum with the Rochester School District and I will be sending my child back to public schools next year. Sadly, I wish I had more faith in the public school system before I threw my money away.
Holy Family is a GREAT school! My grandson, SAM, is enjoying kindergarten and his wonderful teacher, Ms. Spisak. Sr. Karen is a superb administrator. Thank you for providing an exceptional Catholic School experience!
I am very surprised to read this response. Both my children attended Holy Family School and continued to excel in the Honors and AP programs at Catholic High Schools. Both my children recieved acadmic acholarships from a variety of colleges. One would think this would be a difficult challenge if they came from a school where only basic stuff was being taught. I think this person is not telling the whole story in regards to the child, or children involved. There children may have been behind in high school, but who knows what type of students they were and what type of parental support the children received from home!
I have had three children at Holy Family - all with very different needs and abilities. Each one has had great success academically, spiritually and socially. The children are respectful of one another and staff, parents and children alike are kind and community-minded. Like many non-public schools Holy Family administers the IOWA test which is a nationally normed exam. Our school ranks extremely high in the upper quartile, scoring better than 85% of schools nationwide. Students leave Holy Family prepared for high school and more. High schools consistently comment that Holy Family students are highly prepared to succeed and perform well in high school placement exams, honors and AP courses. I am grateful for Holy Family administration, staff, families and children. There are few places with the right stuff coordinated so well. There is no doubt that the Holy Spirit smiles on this school.
I had the unfortunate experience of sending my children to Holy Family. It was the biggest mistake. The teachers are under qualified and don't care about the children at all. The main concern of this school is not the education but the bottom line. How much money you can give or raise for them. The school is far behind of the times as far as computers, language, reading. They have lost many families in the last 3 years because of the teachers attitudes and their lack of knowledge. Some classes have close to 35 kids in 1 class. The teachers are unequipped mentally and academically to handle it so they take their grievances out on the kids. There is no second language offered untill 4th grade and even then it is very weak. Public school is far superior to this particular school. For child's sake, pass on this school.
My child has attended Holy Family since Kindergarten. I have been pleased with the school administrators. The majority of the teachers are extremely dedicated to the students. I am not as happy with some of the middle school teachers. They are rude and sarcastic in the classroom. They also seem to be the least creative of the teachers. Just an observation. I have no regrets in my choice to educate my child at Holy Family.
Jesus Christ is the reason for Holy Family School. Our children attend Holy Family for the excellent academics and faith based discipline. The faculty & staff are top notch - this starts at the top with Sister Karen. We have children at the lower elementary through middle school and have been extremely happy with our decision to send them to Holy Family.
This school was a terrible choice for my children. They were bored in class because the teacher was teaching them very basic stuff. When they go into high school they will be very behind.
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