We have two children at HFRS, one at North Campus and one at South Campus. Our experience at HFRS has been nothing but great. We have had wonderful teachers and our kids have been challenged in positive ways. There are great support staff personnel at both ends of the learning scale. There are lots of opportunities for extracurricular involvement for both students and parents. You really get a sense of family at the school. Best of all, kids are learning to put Jesus into their daily lives. Seeing an all-school mass will really warm your heart!
We have a 2nd grader at Holy Family and second our second child will start Kindergarten next year. Our oldest started Kindergarten in Utica Community Schools. UCS was OK, but it lacked a sense of community and did not have quite the academic rigor we were looking for. We switched after the year and repeated Kindergarten. At Holy Family, the teaching assistance in every class, breakdown into reading classes, and warm, welcoming environment were a stark contrast to our experience in UCS. Over our 2 1/2 years at Holy Family, we have been thrilled with the education, school environment and community of families.
Holy Family has provided a strong academic and spiritual foundation for my children. We have been blessed to have had this choice for our children. HFRS offers an academic challenge and sense of community that is second to none. We have chosen to embrace the rigor and encouraged participation in the various extracurricular opportunities that HFRS offers (from the arts to sports). We are confident that our children will be well prepared for high school especially after learning the systematic organization methods and homework/project time-management techniques taught and expected of the students. Students are expected to be responsible, accountable, and interactive citizens. Again, we are blessed to have had this school choice, and have made life long friendships along the way as have the children.
I have two children at HFRS, one at North campus and one at South campus. I am happy to say the school has been our second home for 6 years and counting. The parents are supportive of each other with the same interests including but not limited to a solid higher education for our children and a foundation of faith. My children are very happy with the friends they have made and the teachers and staff who not only teach them but also who love and care for them. The curriculum is challenging for both kids and the life lessons they are learning will help them grow to be leaders in our community. We feel very blessed to be able to give them such a strong foundation.
I have two children who attend Holy Family. We will not be sending them next year. At South Campus there is a complete disconnect with parents and a general lack of communication or care. Our current South Campus teacher is horrible and i generally get the feeling that she doesn't like children.. She should retire.
I would like to let all parents know that not all of the Holy Family teachers are catholic school teachers. In the 2013-2014 school year they began to outsource teachers from the public school system. They let long time experiencedl catholic teachers go to save money. But at whose expense? Just be sure this is what you want for your child.
I believe that Holy Family has great teachers. They are devoted to the students, and while a teacher can have a bad day, overall, Holy Family has the best. Middle school is not as difficult as the one commenter stated (withdrew last year), if your priority is to complain and put extracurricular activities in front of learning, then it was good that you left. Those comments regarding the new principal, he is going to do as the diocese advises, and being part of a catholic community that is what we must accept. Too much complaining, and not enough volunteering...are you a parent that's part of the problem? Sad to hear nothing but negative complaining, be adults and be part of the solution!
Wonderful! The school is a great place. The administration and teachers are caring, and they place the children first and foremost. Well worth every dime spent!
I went to holy family from 1-8th grade. I can honestly say I LOVED IT. I met so many great kids and I loved the staff. Sister karen made our year amazing and I really do wish I could have one more day at the school. Kids are nice, teachers are great, homework is reasonable and sports are good. I would recommend lacrosse :D 5 Stars for hofo. I can honestly say I did love this school and would never have wanted to switch. Yes it is expensive, but i'm glad i got to experience hofo. I go to Adams now and I can say it put me ahead of the game. I have a 3.3 gpa so im pretty average but holy family defiantly did do a good job prepping us. Go wildcats haha!
As a product of parochial education, we have chosen to sacrifice and enroll our children at HFRS. I have discovered the education to be challenging and progressive. As an involved parent, the current administration headed by Mr. Meyer's has provided an excellent pathway to the future for our children to be successful. Adaptation of the common core with the addition of much needed technology will provide our children with the tools and knowledge to compete with their peers as they head onto high school and college. Combining curriculum with faith based education is a program that is unbeatable. My husband and I are highly satisfied with the quality of education and faith being taught to our children. We will continue to be faithful supporters of HFRS, it is a first rate school.
As the previous post stated. Our first years were also wonderful. However, when we entered South campus, 4th grade homework was quite a bit. Then in 5th grade it was about 1-2 hours a night. NOTHING prepared us for this years 6th grade homework. This year 6th grade, we had an easy 3-4 hours nightly. Sometimes more if there were 2-3 tests the next day. My daughter was so overwhelmed that she had to give up activities to try and stay on task (never ahead). The teachers didn't seem to care. The administration never once looked into it after countless meetings and reviewing calenders. NOBODY cared, NOBODY listened and yet the school is down almost 100 kids in the last 2 years. Doesn't that raise a red flag? Why is it that administration is more worried about technology then it is about classroom size? Or even having ENOUGH staff members? Will the smart boards one day take the place of our teachers? I know I'm not interested in having my kids taught by a computer over a real life teacher. I want the sensitivy and warmth of a teacher. We are leaving over Christmas and will keep Holy Family, parents and their staff in our prayers.
Our experience at this school was wonderful in the early elementary years. You couldn't ask for a better community of dedicated parents and for the most part, teachers. Unfortunately, from 3rd grade and beyond it was disappointing, as we found a lack of communication in regards to homework and and the classroom, as well as a definite change in positivity and the attitude towards the students. There seems to be a lot of negativity in regards to how students are addressed rather than the guidance one would expect from a Catholic school. Each year it seems the teachers are piling on more and more homework to accomodate the higher MI educational standards, instead of adjusting their teaching methods.With the recent change in administration and the retirement of several wonderful teachers, it seems that the general atmosphere of the school is changing overall, and I am concerned for what this means for HFRS going forward. Going into the 2012 school year, it is already starting to look like a school that is very different than the one we enrolled our children in under the leadership of the previous administrator. I am not sure if we will continue past this year.
"The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts." C.S. Lewis I am a proud parent of 3 HFRS students, I am also a public school elementary teacher. I am a product of Troy Public Schools, k-12. I have an undergraduate degree with special education and social studies endorsements as well as a graduate degree in language art and literature. I have taught middle school in Berkley as well as substitute teaching in the Rochester Public School system. With all of that being said, I wholeheartedly DISAGREE with the previous review taking aim at the academic standards and quality of education at HFRS. Parents sending their children to Holy Family are not on receiving an awesome education they are receiving so much more in terms of educating the whole child. I have NEVER been to a school (and I've been to many as a consultant and a teacher) where the students are as respectful, hard-working, and morally balanced. Yes, I have seen the flip side to that coin, but it is the minority, not majority at HFRS. I encourage everyone of you to be free thinkers, ask the parents, interview the kids, don't make your decision based on the opinions of others.
HFRS touts their academic program as "second to none" I respectfully disagree. Having sent 2 children through 8th grade at HFRS and 1 one through 6th grade then moving to Hart, I believe I can honestly speak about both systems. Like so many HFRS parents, we too believed that all our children were brigher than average. After all, my kids were all straight A students. My oldest and youngest were both in "advanced" math and involved in FPS. Certainly they were ahead of the public school kids right? Wrong! Our eyes were opened when our youngest got a reality check at Hart. No longer was he in the top math class. There were kids who were leaps and bounds ahead of him - how could this be? He was in an academic program which was "second to none". If you hear nothing else, please hear a bit of wisdom which I overlooked for too long: TELLING IS NOT TEACHING AND MEMORIZING IS NOT LEARNING - then look at the work your son or daughter is bringing home. As to school atmosphere, kids are kids, don't be fooled into thinking otherwise. There are kids making good and bad decisions at both schools. A wolf in sheep's clothing is still a wolf, chew on that a moment.
Our son attended the North Campus K-3rd and then attended fourth grade at the South Campus. My husband lost his job and we were forced to enroll in Rochester Community Schools. While we had a very good experience at HFRS I must come to the defense of RCS as there are some disparaging and very undeserved remarks in earlier reviews. My son now attends Hart Middle School and previously North Hill Elementary. The cirriculum is very demanding (I think it was revised some years ago) the teachers are amazing and very dedicated. My son has made nice friends and we couldn't be happier!
My children all went to Holy Family and received a great education. They were very well prepared for high school. The faculty and staff at Holy Family are very dedicated and go above and beyond to help students and families. There are many extra-curricular activities available for students. The parental involvement is excellent and provides so many opportunities for the students. The tuition that we paid was one of the best investments that my husband and I have ever made. I would highly recommend Holy Family.
I am a former student of Holy Family Regional School. It is a great school, but there is a TON of homework. In order to survive this school it is easier to start here at a young age. I can't imagine going to a public school and jumping into Holy Family in the 6th or 7th grade. Yes, they do have some petty rules, but it is for the students' own good. Most of the teachers are great and the former principal was amazing! Unfortunately, she recently retired so I don't know how the school will turn out in the future. Both of my sisters go there today and are doing well. The littlest one has made more friends than ever and has excelled in her work. I would definitely recommend this school if the student is willing to put in the effort. Holy Family made me who I am today and I was seriously disappointed going into a public high school. It was so easy, the kids fooled around, and the teachers were only willing to help when they were getting paid by the hour. (Stoney Creek) Shhhh...... Heck, please send your children to a private high school like Holy Family. It is for the best.
Great experience at North campus (K-3) Not so great at South campus (grades 4-8) May be looking elsewhere for middle school.
One thing is clear about this school...the staff is extremely dedicated to the well being of every child. The teachers are there because they want to teach and nurture the children, not because they have tenure or a good pension plan. The class sizes may be a little bigger, but there is a teacher and an aide in every class, plus an ample amount of support staff to assist. This is an excellent school.
I am very pleased HFRS. My child previoulsly was at West middle school, where in 1 year I saw how his academic skill decreased, but I was lucky that I finally found an openning at Holy Family and was able to move my student. The teachers here are great and very involved with the students, my child loves this school and has improved greatly academically. There is no greater thing for a parent to see that your child is happy when leaving for school in the morning, and happy when he comes back in the afternoon and shares all the new interesting things that he is learning in school each day. The teachers are well qualified and really enjoy teaching. HFRS is a great school that I absolutely recommend. The Principal is wonderful because while being able to enforce the school's rules is very well liked by the students. HFRS really offers a great learning environment.
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