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Our History

 

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, an art room, a gymnasium, a music room, a computer lab, a 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 days. The Pre-K student-teacher ratio is 10:1  while the average K -8th grade ratio is 18:1.  

Our Principal

 

Dr. Becca B.Torregrossa is Principal of Holy Family School, which was effective August 1, 2020. Dr. Torregrossa joined 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.

Academic achievements.

 

HFS students have not only done well academically in the IOWA and COGATS testing, but in fact, last year with our 2020-2021 IOWA scores, in-school learning produced strong gains in academic growth. This growth was even more evident with the recently published report on learning loss produced by McKinsey and Company, a global management consulting research team that examined the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on education. According to McKinsey and Company, students across the nation experienced a learning loss of 4 months in reading and 5 months in mathematics for the 2020-2021 school year.  HFS’s 2020-2021 standardized test scores showed that students at Holy Family far exceeded a full year’s growth in reading and math. (See graphic below)