Expanding Minds

HFCS Academics

Striving for Excellence

Holy Family Catholic School provides a Christ-centered education that strives for excellence and success for each student. We embrace a three-fold academic purpose:

  • To ensure mastery and application of basic academic skills.
  • To promote critical thinking, social growth, environmental awareness, and increased faith and understanding.
  • To offer challenging and stimulating enrichment opportunities to help students reach their full potential.

Our religion classes are designed to foster a deep understanding of Catholic doctrine; however, students of all faiths are warmly welcomed. In addition to religious education, our students participate in sacrament preparation and grade-level retreats. At Holy Family, we worship as a faith community, sharing in daily prayer, student-led weekly Mass, and other seasonal devotional activities.

We do not believe in a “one-size-fits-all” approach to teaching and learning. Various instructional practices can be seen in our classrooms daily, and we will often accelerate our curriculum based on student needs.

Outside our core curriculum, we offer challenging academic enrichment activities through meaningful field trips, school assemblies, and presentations by respected community leaders. We utilize technology through one-to-one Chromebooks in grades 4-8 and age-appropriate introductions in our primary grades through our computer and mobile iPad labs. We also use technology to embrace best practices in assessment and data gathering to monitor our student’s progress and academic achievement.

Our comprehensive academic program is centered around recognizing each student’s individual gifts and talents. We strive to create an environment where students are actively engaged in their learning and have experiences that will create memories that last a lifetime.

Sue Styren, M.Ed.Principal
PreS & PreK
Elementary School
Middle School

Holy Family Catholic School recognizes that each child is a gift from God and that each child has unique gifts given by God.  Each child learns differently, and our teachers are skilled at differentiating their instruction to meet the varying needs of each child in the classroom.

Multi-Tiered Student Support (MTSS)

HFCS provides a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) for our students. This tiered approach provides quality instruction to meet the individual needs of all students. This model combines a standard system of assessment with high-quality instruction. Varying levels of interventions and services are designed for struggling students. These levels are called tiers of instruction. The tiers are on a continuum that is fluid, as the student’s level of need dictates the level of support. This movement occurs through data collection and thoughtful analysis facilitated by the HFCS team, including the classroom teacher. HFCS teachers also create learning environments and lessons that address a variety of learning styles and interests. The primary goal is to provide resources for students who require it and differentiation for all learners.  

In grades Kindergarten through 6, there are support reading groups for students that meet specified needs. Students with Tier 2 and 3 supports get pulled out to receive resource support, while students in Tier 1 stay in their homeroom class for core instruction.  

Grades 6 through 8 have two leveled math groups and a third instructional resource group for three of the five school days. These groups are differentiated by readiness. As Tier 2 and 3 students receive resource instruction, Tier 1 students receive core math or accelerated instruction.  

Title 1 Services

Title I services are available for students who need extra reading support in grades K-5.  Our highly qualified Title teacher provides research-based instructional strategies in a small group, pull-out session to enhance the lessons that the classroom teacher is imparting to students.  

Ready for Success

When our students leave eighth grade, our graduates are ready for success anywhere. They excel in Honors, Advanced Placement, and International Baccalaureate programs and matriculate seamlessly into public, private, and parochial schools. Our traditional, skills-based, preparatory curriculum equips each student with the foundations needed for these paths or any other path they choose. This is enhanced by the expectation that our students think critically, explore, question, build, create, and ponder every facet of God’s great creations. Our curriculum meets the expectations of the Diocese of Boise and the state of Idaho.

After School Activities

Our after school programs offer not only child care but also high-quality extracurricular experiences, including sports and bible study. HFCS is now offering BLAZE, a Walking with Purpose ministry, that helps reach the hearts of girls with the love of Christ and the truths of our Catholic faith.

Student Pledge

Our pledge serves many purposes: to unite us, to guide us, to inspire us. It also promotes citizenship, enhances discipline, and increases our school spirit. Join us as we live our pledge to “represent Holy Family Catholic School

We live, we follow, we love like Jesus 
with our hearts, minds, and bodies.

We speak, we listen, we learn like Jesus 
with our hearts, minds, and bodies.

We serve, we respect, we act with courage 
with our hearts, minds, and bodies.

We represent Holy Family Catholic School 
with our hearts, minds, and bodies.