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About HFCS

We are a community united in one purpose – educating our children!


The mission of our Roman Catholic school is to promote excellence in education, spiritually, academically, and physically – for the whole person, thereby nourishing the gifts uniquely given to each by God.

Holy Family Catholic School is a private, tri-parish, Roman Catholic primary school located in beautiful Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. We are proud to be a part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Boise’s education system. We offer families quality, accredited, and affordable elementary and middle-school education programs from Preschool through 8th Grade.

Our families are at the core of our program, participating in all aspects of our school community. Our teachers and staff understand and promote the distinctive elements of a meaningful Catholic school environment. We integrate the Gospel messages of Jesus and the teachings of our Catholic Church through a well-rounded curriculum that promotes academic and personal growth.

In partnership with our parents, we strive to provide our students with a truly Catholic (Universal) education and prepare them to engage their world with confidence and faith.

History of Holy Family

Holy Family Catholic School opened its doors in 1996. HFCS started as a K-3 program with only 56 students. Each year since its opening, our school grew one grade each year until it reached Preschool – 8. Today we have over 225 students enrolled.

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HFCS’ history did not begin at the opening of our doors in 1996; it started three years before. In 1993, a small group of parents sat around a kitchen table and reminisced about the Catholic schools that graced our area from 1903-1971. It was during this conversation that the “vision” of HFCS originated. The Immaculate Heart of Mary Academy, St. Pius X grade school, and St. Thomas grade school closed suddenly in 1971 when the sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary were called to return to their mother house. At that time, over 700 students were transferred into the local public school system. The founders of HFCS desired to bring back the gift of Catholic school education for their children and the children of this community.

Opening HFCS was an uphill battle all the way, even though there was strong parish support from all three local parishes: St. George’s in Post Falls, St. Pius X, and St. Thomas in Coeur d’Alene. Fr. William Gould (St. George’s), Fr. Andy Schumacher (St. Pius X), and the late Fr. Mike Logan, C.SsR. (St. Thomas) met with Diocesan officials. The late Fr. George Rassley, C.SsR., had been an adviser since the school’s inception. At this meeting, it was agreed that a Catholic school could be established in the North Idaho area that would operate under the umbrella of the Diocese of Boise, upon two conditions: (1) the first year’s operating expenses had to be in hand prior to opening its doors and (2) the school had to be self-supporting, with no direct subsidy from the local parishes or the Diocese.

These stipulations made the task of opening the school extremely difficult. After many hours of fundraising over the next two years, and raising over $225,000 in this short period of time, the doors of Holy Family Catholic School opened in September of 1996. St. Thomas Parish graciously offered the use of its center, the previous St. Thomas Catholic Elementary School building.

The challenge of starting the school strengthened the resolve of the founding parents, new staff, and the HFCS community. HFCS is proud to be an Idaho “model” Catholic school, the first in Idaho to be completely self-supporting and to develop what we call the Parental Covenant. This document is the parents’ promise to play a significant role in their child(ren)’s academic and spiritual education and growth.

As HFCS grew in the subsequent months and years, the need for a permanent home became apparent. After years of fundraising and a capital campaign, in October 2003, the school had raised enough money to break ground on its new school facilities. On September 7, 2004, Holy Family Catholic School opened in its new 34,000 square-foot school building to 225 Pre-K through 8th-grade students.

Today, HFCS is a thriving community focused on providing a high-quality, faith-based education to all students who seek one. We strive to educate the whole child. That is, we aim to carefully guide students in their intellectual, physical, social, spiritual, and service pursuits. Our mission is “to promote excellence in education – both spiritually and academically – for the whole person, thereby nourishing the gifts uniquely given to each by God.”

Enrollment is open to children from all faith traditions, Catholic and non-Catholic alike. HFCS admits qualified students of any race, color, gender, ethnicity, national origin, or disability (if reasonable accommodations can be implemented by the school). Parents are encouraged to participate in a school tour as well as asked to attend a family meeting with the principal to begin the admissions process.

We invite you to visit Holy Family Catholic School and experience firsthand our faith-driven, academically challenging learning environment.


Holy Family Catholic School is accredited by the Western Catholic Education Association (WCEA).

The WCEA is “a private educational accrediting agency” with a mission to “promote quality Catholic education for students in our member elementary and secondary schools through an accrediting process that assures the primacy of faith formation and educational excellence”.


Partners in Faith

We believe each person to be a child of God and that it is our responsibility to help each one discover a deeper personal relationship with God and with his or her faith community.

Parental Covenant

This partnership is the heart of the Holy Family Catholic School Parental Covenant, as it is of the life of our whole school.

School Relationship

This partnership is designed to strengthen the relationship between the family, the school, and the Catholic Church (or any other faith community to which the family belongs).