Preschool through 8th Grade
Preschool (3-4 years old)
Holy Family School offers an early introduction to faith, socialization, fun and age-appropriate education through our full-day and half-day preschool programs, which is open to the families of Holy Family School and Church and the Lehigh Valley community. The programs are designed to prepare your child for kindergarten by establishing a loving and caring Catholic environment, encouraging your young one to grow in an awareness of his or her self and others through the love of God. Our preschool also seeks to assist your child in developing awareness that he or she is unique and capable of limitless knowledge while developing social skills.
For the 2023-2024 school year, Holy Family School continues to offer full-day pre-K for 4-year-old children. This consists of a Monday through Friday program, from 8:10 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. (doors open at 7:45 a.m.) In addition to a full curriculum that includes classes in Art, Library, Physical Education Music and Spanish the children will have rest time daily immediately following lunch. Packed lunches are brought in from home or hot lunch can be ordered in advance. Lunch is eaten in the cafeteria or outdoor pavilion, weather permitting.
Aftercare is also offered for the full-day Pre-K program, from 2:45 to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the low cost of $6 per hour.
In addition to the full-day Pre-K for 4-year-olds, Holy Family also offers a 3-year-old and 4-year-old half-day program (children must be 3 or 4 by September 1 of the year of attendance and must be potty-trained; no pull-ups for any of our Pre-K programs).
You have a choice of the following Pre-K programs:
- Four-year-old half-days - 3 days (Mon., Wed., Fri.) - AM Session only from 8:15 to 11:30 a.m.
- Four-year-old full-day - Monday through Friday, 8:10 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. (doors open at 7:45 a.m.)
Your child will thrive at Holy Family Preschool, under the direction of Mrs. Susanne McMullan and her staff. For more information or a personal tour, please call 610-759-5642.
Primary Classrooms (K- 3rd Grades)
Our elementary classrooms include full-time Kindergarten through third grade. Their classrooms are located on the first floor of the school. Holy Family School is proud of its lower teacher-to-student ratio. The current ratio is approximately 25 students per teacher. In addition to daily religious and academic instruction, the subjects of art, music, physical education/health, library, computer technology and Spanish language are taught by specialized teachers. Children attend Mass every other week, on Holy Days and other special days.On those days, our seventh-grade students team up in a buddy system with our Kindergarten students, walking with them to Holy Family Church and sitting with them during Mass.
Our Kindergarten students blossom in their class, learning to read, write and understand basic math skills and an appreciate for art and literature. Our first-grade students become proficient readers, writers and basic mathematicians, with an emphasis on beautiful handwriting along the way and building a strong foundation for continued academic success. Our second graders prepare for the sacraments of Penance and First Holy Communion, while at the same time learning how to write in cursive and continuing to expand their education in math, science, reading, literature, social studies and more. Our third graders, while developing enhanced skills in literature, geography, history, and science are also concentrating on mathematics that includes multiplication, division and beginning-level geometry.
Our elementary students, under the guidance of gifted teachers, build a stronger faith in God, self-confidence, a healthy independence and enhanced self-esteem.
Intermediate Elementary (4th-5th Grades)
Consisting of fourth and fifth grades, our Intermediate students continue their religious and academic journey by moving up to the second floor of Holy Family School. As an introduction to the years to come, they begin to change classes for a few subjects. Fourth grade changes classrooms for science, social studies and math, with a concentration on long division, fractions, decimals, percentages, geometry and algebra. Fifth-grade students change classes for science and social studies, and are grouped for math according to their ability. Our teachers are using the challenging Sadlier Math. While academics become more challenging in these grades, students are also provided the opportunity for more service activities, athletics, extra-curricular activities and social events, all of which provide them opportunities for continued growth in faith, maturity, self-confidence, and academic success.
Middle School (6th- 8th Grades)
Holy Family School's 6th, 7th and 8th Grade students, many of whom have been with our school their entire academic years thus far, have matured into intelligent, respectful, philanthropic individuals who are now preparing for the next stage of their lives - high school. While each student is assigned to a homeroom, with the average class size still maintaining a low student-teacher ratio (currently the homeroom class size averages 16 students), the students in our Middle School grades are changing classrooms for every subject, including Math (Pre-Algebra and Algebra), Science, Religion, Spelling/English, Literature, and Social Studies. The students continue to receive specialized classes at least once a week as well, in Computer Technology, Art, Music, Physical Education, Health, Library and Spanish.
The Catholic faith is not isolated to our religion classes, but plays an integral role in all of the major subjects. With literature, for example, book analysis from this perspective is integral in developing critical thinking skills with a Catholic World View; if a character behaves a certain way, students analyze the behavior as either cooperating with and adhering to the beliefs and doctrines of Christianity, or they determine it is in contrast to those doctrines.Students also examine what virtues a character might possess.
In 7th Grade, our students begin their religious education to prepare them for the Sacrament of Confirmation in 8th Grade. One of the most beautiful traditions at Holy Family Church occurs on All Saints Day in November each year. After choosing their favorite Saint (whose name will become the students' Confirmation name), and learning all they can about the life of that Saint, the students, dressed as their saint of choice, stand at the altar of Holy Family School and briefly share with the congregation their knowledge of the life of that saint. After the Mass, the 7th Grade students return to the school, entering our "Heavenly Hallway" that has been beautifully decorated by our student and parent volunteers, where children in all grades have the opportunity to meet the real-life versions of their favorite saints.
Holy Family School has an active Student Council, comprised of 6th, 7th and 8th Grade students for officer and commissioner positions and 4th through 8th Grade students as representatives of their respective homerooms. Our 7th and 8th Grade students also participate in the Academic Bowl every spring, competing against other Catholic schools in our district.
Our Middle School teachers care about their students during the summer months as well, providing them with required reading lists that keep their minds active and engaged.
There are many opportunities in Middle School for our students to participate in service activities and charity projects. Fiesta Day is one example, a fun event completely created by the students and enjoyed by the entire school, raising money for an appointed charity. Other examples include raising money for the poor through World Mission, collecting food for our local Food Bank, and more.