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.
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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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!