Holy Family Catholic Academy

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Holy Family Catholic Academy is the only internationally and nationally recognized school in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. The Academy has been honored as an International Baccalaureate World School, the first middle school in the State of Illnois to become STEM Accredited, is a US Department of Education Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and has a nationally certified outdoor classroom. HFCA prepares students in 2-year-old preschool through Grade 8 to become global thinkers and leaders grounded in their faith.
Students learn to cultivate critical thinking and problem solving skills through a commitment to innovation, inquiry learning, and applied technology.
HFCA serves as a model for meaningful change in Catholic education, the Archdiocese of Chicago, and the global community.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.AdvancED
International Baccalaureate (IB) World School
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-8
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedReading and literacy issues and learning behavior
Year Founded2002
Awards Blue Ribbon School - Selected in 2017

Student Body

Total Students524 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 31%
Students by Grade Holy Family Catholic Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers59 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio9:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size20 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Uniform consists of navy pants/skirts and polo shirts)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition NotesPlease contact Deb Atkins for tuition information. Financial assistance is available.
% on Financial Aid
Admissions DirectorDeb Atkins


Total Sports Offered6 sports
SportsBasketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Golf, Track and Field, VolleyballBasketballCheering,
Cross CountryGolf,
Track and FieldVolleyball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.7 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Chess, Choir, Girl Scouts, Robots, Year Book

Club or Organization:
Boy Scouts, STEM Classes

School Notes

Holy Family Catholic Academy is nationally and internationally recognized for its commitment to engage learners with relevant, real world situations that impact local, national and international communities. Holy Family Catholic Academy`s unique program offers a faith-based community of students, teachers and parents working together to create a nurturing, stimulating environment for learners in 2-year-old preschool through Grade 8. Hallmarks of our program`s "thinking curriculum" include:
  • An average student-to-teacher ratio of less than 10:1.
  •  Inquiry-based learning, an engaging, student-centered approach, expands teaching beyond the textbook and develops critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Differentiated instruction, a framework that promotes the use of varied instructional approaches to engage, challenge and maximize learning for all students in the classroom.
  • Full-Day Kindergarten program which provides twice the classroom time than traditional half-day programs.
  • Integration of the arts into our curriculum including music, art and Spanish language instruction.
  • An emphasis on literacy--focusing on reading and writing skills in addition to math and technology literacy.
In 2018, HFCA became the first school in the Archdiocese of Chicago and the first known school in the northwest suburbs to be accepted as an International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme. IB Certification moves our curriculum from "best practices" to "next practices."

IB aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring global citizens who are motivated to succeed. The IB framework:
  • Encourages students to think independently and drive their own learning.Provides academic rigor to all learners.
  • Emphasizes students` personal development.
  • Engages students with people in an increasingly globalized rapidly changing world.
The IB framework provides our teachers and staff with:
  • Significantly more professional development.
  • Access to IB`s online curriculum centre with publications and teaching materials.
  • The opportunity to participate in worldwide forums with other IB World Schools who share HFCA`s commitment to a higher quality, challenging and global education.
In 2017, HFCA became the first middle school program in Illinois to become STEM Certifed through AdvancED.  In order to earn STEM Certification, HFCA had to demonstrate adherence to the AdvancED STEM Standard as reflected by the school`s performance across 11 rigorous STEM Indicators. The certification process provides a rigorous evaluation and continuous improvement process, supported by research-based tools and resources. Achieving high scores across the indicators certify that students have been equipped and trained to be innovative, creative and systematic problem-solvers across disciplines.
  • IB aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring global citizens who are motivated to succeed. The IB framework:Encourages students to think independently and drive their own learning.Provides academic rigor to all learners.Emphasizes students` personal development.Engages students with people in an increasingly globalized rapidly changing world.
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