In the early 1900s, Father Peter Fuengerlings, pastor of Holy Family Church, believed the future belonged to children and education was of the utmost importance. He asked the Missionaries of the Most Sacred Heart Sisters in Reading to establish a parish school.
In September 1910, the sisters opened the doors of HFS with 40 students on the second floor of the church on Center Street. The sisters resided in quarters on the second floor adjacent to the classrooms until a convent was built in 1928. That second floor school was replaced with the current HFS building on November 16, 1954.
In 1956, a gymnasium was added to the school, and it continues to be used extensively for local sports and drama programs for the school, the parish and Catholic Youth Activities.
HFS carries on the mission of Catholic Education with 26 lay faculty. Within the school there are 17 classrooms, a library, art room, gymnasium, music room, computer lab, resource room and a medical suite with a full-time nurse. There is also a beautiful chapel, where our faculty meets every morning for prayer before their school day begins.
Missionaries of the Most Sacred Heart priests have supported the mission and maintained the school buildings, playground and grounds, with the cooperation of many dedicated and generous parishioners, alumni, parents and benefactors.
In the 2020-2021 school year, total enrollment (K -8th grade) is 183, with an additional 11 children in Pre-K 4 yr old five day. The Pre-K student-teacher ratio is 10:1 while the average K -8th grade ratio is 18:1.
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Becca B.Torregrossa as Principal of Holy Family School which was effective August 1, 2020. Dr. Torregrossa joins Holy Family School after serving as principal for the past two years and a teacher for twelve years at Monsignor McHugh School in Cresco, PA. A lifelong educator, Dr. Torregrossa earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from East Stroudsburg University along with her Elementary Education Certification. She later achieved a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the Pennsylvania State University and was awarded her Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership from Gwynedd Mercy University. Dr.Torregrossa and her family are members of Most Holy Trinity Parish in Cresco, PA.
HFS students consistently score well above average on Iowa Tests of Basic Skills. Students regularly place in local, district and diocesan academic and athletic-based contests.