Holy Rosary School

4142 42nd Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 937-7255

(out of 10)

Private Grades K-8 492 students 14 students/teacher (WA avg is 17)

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About this school

Holy Rosary School is a private middle school in Seattle. The principal of Holy Rosary School is Kris Brown. 492 children attend Holy Rosary School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Multiracial. The student to teacher ratio at Holy Rosary School is 14:1. West Seattle Montessori is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 84% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 6% %
Multiracial 6% %
Asian 5% %
Black, non-Hispanic 2% %
Hispanic 1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.8% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    I am a recent alum (I graduated less than 5 years ago) and I would say that Holy Rosary really prepared me for high school. Due to the quality of my history and religion teachers my core classes in high school were a breeze because I had already learned most of the content at HRS. What the school lacks however is a solid math program. What really left me behind some public school kids was the fact that HRS did not offer Geometry in the 8th grade. The highest math you can get to at HRS is Algebra 1. As a student who was applying to competitive STEM schools not being able to take two years of Calculus in high school put me at a disadvantage to students throughout the country. While Holy Rosary was a great school when I was attending I have heard from my family and other HRS students how much HRS has changed for the worse since I graduated. While the faculty overall have been wonderful recent principals have not. I would also have to agree with previous reviewers that there is not any support for bullying at Holy Rosary as was my experience when I was attending. -- A recent HRS Alum

  • (2 years ago)

    I've done recess volunteer work and will continue to up to when my last grand children will graduate. The students are active with lots of games and running around. Some do get hurt at times but they bounce back and continue with the activities. I have yet to see bullying. And there are no wimps either. Good discipline and excellent faculty.

  • (3 years ago)

    Holy Rosary has a bullying problem that no one wants to talk about. My children were treated with cruelty by some teachers and many students. We were active members of the church and finally had to pull out because of the mental anguish it caused our children.

  • (4 years ago)

    great school great community feel and amazing families and kids. could not be happier with holy rosary

  • (4 years ago)

    Wish I could give this school more stars! In a sea of failing public schools Holy Rosary is a God send! We left the "best" public elementary school in the district to enroll in Holy Rosary and immediately realized how behind my Kindergarten child was. He had more academic improvement in a week at HR than he did in 2 trimesters in public school. In some cases you get what you pay for. In the case of Holy Rosary you get much much more!

  • (6 years ago)

    Our son recently graduated from Holy Rosary School. The transition to high school has been seamless. He was well-prepared academically socially and spiritually. We are so grateful to all of his teachers and the administration for their commitment to students first and foremost. The curriculum is challenging environment is supportive and Catholic social teachings are taught by example. Excellent school!

  • (6 years ago)

    Outstanding faculty and staff dedicated students and parents supportive parish community - all make for a superior school. Holy Rosary is always looking at ways to improve. They do an excellent job updating programs. Their music and art programs continue to grow and expand. I love Holy Rosary and recommend it highly. I can't imagine a better school anywhere!

  • (6 years ago)

    This is our child's 5th year in Holy Rosary. We are pleased with the education our child is receiving. We like the emphasis on values which I think a lot of schools seem to be lacking. The teachers are truly dedicated and do not see their jobs as careers as more of their calling. There is also a good sense of community within the school. For a good affordable Catholic education this West Seattle institution cannot be beat!

  • (6 years ago)

    HR is plagued with very large classes. The seats are in rows facing forward. HR counts on memorized curriculum. There is not enough student discovery. HR is about 15 years behind the curve. I would say it is long on structure and short on innovation. The school commission and parents club are passive and provide little direction. Overall HR is not keeping pace and I would suggest alternative schools after the third grade.

  • (7 years ago)

    I'm a former student of Holy Rosary West Seattle. I'm now in my 3rd year at the University of Washington. I suggest Holy Rosary to parents that are interested in their children developing strong morals. These morals are born at Holy Rosary with confidence because the school creates and functions much like its own small community. When I attended public High School after graduating from HRS I was shocked at the disrespect students had towards teachers and the lack of importance they placed on finishing homework. Holy Rosary taught me good life-long habits in thinking politely about others and gave me a work ethic I can always turn to. I highly suggest Holy Rosary as a beginning place for your child's education.

  • (7 years ago)

    Academics are 'fair'. Curriculum is tepid. Not enough math and science teachers certified to teach the subject. No labs no hands on experiences. CYO sports are very well attended. The music program is below acceptable standards. Very unimaginative curriculum and student complaints largely go ignored by the administration. Art is also a long suffering program. THe teacher can't relate to young vibrant students. HR derives its success from the upper middle class values of the parents. HR starts with good students and does no great damage to them until they can transition to HS. Classes are too big and individual student attention is hard to come by. Overall underresourced crowded safe and unimaginative curriculum. I lean neutral to a low good.

  • (8 years ago)

    This is our first year at Holy Rosary and I can't say enough good things about the school. The principal is outstanding and the sense of community that the school enjoys is wonderful. I'm not Catholic - but absolutely love the education my kids are receiving. We do not use the after school program but our friends rate it highly. If you live in West Seattle (or even near West Seattle) this school should be on your list to visit.

  • (8 years ago)

    This is our second year at Holy Rosary after transfering from another Private School. We are very happy with the school teachers and programs. Holy Rosary is more than just a school it is a community that teaches its students about being confident compassionate members of society. There are many activities afterschool for the students to participate in. The class size is larger than other schools but that is the norm with Catholic education. The faculty at the school is fantastic and always approachable.

  • (8 years ago)

    Class sizes are way too large for learning some teacher student ratios..30 1 Teacher skills vary from superior to marginal.

  • (9 years ago)

    Our child has been attending this school for 4 years now. He loves it there. Everything has been very positive. We are hoping to send our second child to there this fall.

  • (10 years ago)

    I am an 8th grade student at holy rosary currently. The academic program at holy rosary is great especially in junior high. Art and music and drama are not noted very much we dont have a drama program and music is a required class and optional band. the teachers are great and the parents are always involved in everything. my overall experience was only ok because its sometimes hard to have fun because they push academics so much harder then art Also there are quite a few rules that have that really arent necessary considering they cause more conflict then we had before they made them. Also very few field trips. very little hands on activities i think.

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