Quick FAQs


Thank you for your interest in HFCS. We look forward to meeting you and helping you throughout the admissions process.

The following is a list of responses to frequently asked questions about admissions. If you have additional questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us or visit our Student Life – FAQs page.

Complete the following form online by clicking here. We will contact you to schedule a time and date that is convenient for you.  You can also attend an Open House event:

February 7, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. for Preschool/PreK

February 28, 2019 at 9-11 a.m. and 5-7 p.m. for all grades

March 19, 2019 at 9-11 a.m. and 5-7 p.m. for all grades

HFCS welcomes all families, regardless of faith denomination, who are seeking a high quality, faith-based education. During Mass, we welcome non-Catholic students and guests to come up to the minister at Communion and receive a blessing.  All students are required to attend Religion class daily and Mass weekly at the school.

You can find out about our tuition and fees by clicking here.  Tuition assistance is available.

If your child is accepted, the New Student registration fee totals $485:

  • $325 New Student Fee
  • $60 Curriculum Fee
  • $50 Technology Fee
  • $50 Facility Fee.

Enrolling in a FACTS tuition payment plan allows you to select a payment option that best suits your financial needs. The plans listed below are offered by HFCS. Depending on the start and end date of each plan, they may not always be available.  Please work with our Business Manager, John Loutsis, to ensure that your individual needs are met.

Monthly Payments

  • Spread your tuition balance over monthly installments. 
  • Payment Methods Offered: Credit Card, Automatic Bank Draft

Quarterly Payments

  • Pay your tuition over 4 quarterly payments. 
  • Payment Methods Offered: Credit Card, Automatic Bank Draft

Semi-Annual Payments

  • Pay your tuition in 2 payments.
  • Payment Methods Offered: Credit Card, Automatic Bank Draft

Full Payment

  • FACTS is a quick, secure method for paying your tuition balance in full.
  • Payment Methods Offered: Credit Card, Automatic Bank Draft

At any time, you can bring a payment to the HFCS office and that payment will be applied to your FACTS account.

HFCS understands that a Catholic school education is a gift that leads to a brighter future, and we know that this gift represents a significant investment and commitment of time, talent, and treasure for any family. HFCS works with families on a confidential, individual basis to ensure that qualified students are given every opportunity to attend our school. Learn more about tuition assistance.

A child entering Preschool must be three years of age on or before September 1st of that school year.

A child entering PreKindergarten must be four years of age on or before September 1st of that school year.

A child entering Kindergarten must be five years of age on or before September 1st of that school year.

A student entering First Grade must be six years of age on or before September 1st of that school year. HFCS will make exceptions to first grade enrollment in line with Idaho state law.

HFCS admits qualified students of any race, color, gender, ethnicity, national origin, or disability (if reasonable accommodations can be assumed by the school and parents in partnership).

Children who are performing near or below grade level are referred to our Title 1 program based on the Istation assessment (new IRI), MAP testing, classroom performance, and/or Teacher referrals.  This placement is reviewed regularly and children come in and out of the program based on their needs.  Progress monitoring and frequent communication with parents are key elements in the Title I program.

Sometimes, a situation requires more intense intervention.  The Student Success Team provides support and intervention to students who are not responding positively to whole classroom or individualized strategies.  The team will collaborate individually with teachers to ensure that students’ needs are being met appropriately.

When the student’s application and all supporting documents have been received, the student has been assessed (if applicable), and interviews are completed, the principal reviews the file and renders a decision. Offers of acceptance are sent regularly throughout the registration/enrollment season.  In the off-season, decisions are usually rendered within two weeks.

We typically have waitlists for our Preschool, PreKindergarten and Kindergarten programs. We may have wait lists in other grades, depending on the number of applicants and available space. We encourage new families to adhere to the application deadlines and to complete their application, along with supporting documents, as soon as possible.  While wait lists seem daunting, they are a great way to ensure that your child has a place at HFCS as soon as possible!

There are several instances where pre-admission testing is required for placement:

  • Kindergarten:  students are assessed by the Kindergarten teacher for readiness
  • Home schooled:  students are assessed with the MAP survey test in Math, Reading, and Language Arts; and (depending upon age and availability of recent records) students may be required to take classroom assessments as well.
  • Students whose school records are not readily available will be asked to take the MAP survey test in Math, Reading, and Language Arts.

Applications are assessed using several components, including but not limited to:

  • Timeliness and completion of submission
  • Current family priority
  • Family’s prior/current relationship with the school
  • Evidence of family support of HFCS mission and philosophy
  • Family involvement in local parishes:  St. George, Pope St. Pius X, and St. Thomas the Apostle
  • Family involvement in other local church communities

The admissions decisions include:

  • Acceptance!
  • Probationary Status
  • Waitlist
  • Application/Admission Declined

 

Absolutely not.  We firmly believe that every child should be welcomed, regardless of a family’s financial means.  The grant and aid paperwork is completed only after a student is admitted.  However, requests for financial assistance must be made in a timely manner following acceptance (within one week) in order for an award to be considered.

Yes, we welcome home schooled children in to our student body. Our high level of parental involvement, strong academic standards, and vibrant Catholic school atmosphere support a home school parent’s vision for a child’s education.  Home schooled students will be assessed before being placed in a grade level at HFCS.  We also ask parents to share as many educational records as possible with the school.

  • Religion: Finding God, Loyola Press, 2006; Circle of Grace, Archdiocese of Omaha, 2007
  • Language Arts, Reading, Spelling: Reading Street, Scott Foresman, 2008 (Pre-K-6)
  • English: Writer’s Choice, Glencoe, 2000 (6-8)
  • Science: FOSS Next Generation (adopted for 2019-20)
  • Social Studies: Harcourt, 2007 (K-6), Holt, Rhinehart, & Winston, 2007 (7-8)
  • Handwriting: Handwriting without Tears, followed by Keyboarding without Tears
  • Math: Origo Stepping Stones (PreK-1); McGraw-Hill Everyday Math (2-5); McGraw-Hill Glencoe Math (6-8).

Learn more here

Holy Family Catholic School is proud to be accredited by the Western Catholic Education Association (WCEA).  All of our teachers are certified and highly qualified to teach.

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Academics

Our school provides academic programs to educate the whole child in an environment where students are respectful, responsible, and safe.

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We go out of our way to make the admission process enjoyable for prospective students and their families. So take a deep breath, relax, and get started whenever you are ready.