Holy Name School – Academic Excellence Rooted in Catholic Values Established in 1959
For nearly 60 years Holy Name School has made a difference in the lives of students through providing an education of academic excellence rooted in Catholic values. Discover the difference that dedication generates – the dedication of the school’s director, the school’s staff and faculty, and the school’s parents. The growth and development of our students, from pre-kindergarten through grade 8, results from Catholic and family values that are woven into the fabric which is Holy Name School.
A new educational dimension to parish life began in the late 1950s with an appeal letter to parishioners from Pastor Monsignor William H. Harrington announcing the ambitious goal of creating Holy Name School whose primary focus would be offering students the opportunity to grow in their awareness of their Catholic faith and to develop a relationship with God who created them. The cornerstone of Holy Name School was blessed in 1959 and construction of the projected eight classroom structure was underway by September of that same year. The school was designed by the prestigious, church-oriented, architectural firm of Maginnis, Walsh & Kennedy of Boston.
Holy Name School’s very first faculty members were nuns from the Sisters of the Holy Union of the Sacred Hearts, better known today as the Holy Union Sisters. They established the strong, Catholic foundation that continues to be an emphasis and is at the core of all academic instruction at Holy Name School. Since August of 2005, all students at Holy Name School have had the opportunity to participate in the weekly celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, opportunities for confession, and monthly prayers and Adoration on the First Fridays.
Holy Name School (1) provides a Catholic education within an atmosphere of academic excellence, while providing Catholic values, it challenges its students to do their best, to nurture their gifts and talents, and to develop curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking; (2) strives to produce confident, competent, and caring individual who can work cooperatively, show respect for one another, and who demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of Catholic values; (3) creates an environment which affords many opportunities for children to accept one another as members of the Body of Christ, where learning experiences are greatly enriched by the uniqueness and giftedness of each individual. These experiences should always be true and genuine reflection of the authentic Teachings of the Catholic Church to which the school is dedicated.
We acknowledge that the support and cooperation of parents and members of the Holy Name Parish family are essential to the life and growth of our school. We are all united in a common goal to provide for the religious, intellectual, physical, and social development of each child.
Holy Name is a vibrant school offering an array of interesting and special programs which include: Weekly in-school Masses; Computer lab with 30 stations; iPad cart with 30 iPads for classroom use; Chromebook cart with 28 Chromebooks for the use of our Middle School students, Web-Based IXL Math and English Language Arts Programs; Physical Education classes; “Music in the Morning” program; Middle School Science Fair; Art, Music, Computer, Spanish classes Pre-Kindergarten through grade 8; Instrumental Program – Grades 4 through 8 in Violin, Viola, and Cello; Cultural and Educational field trips; Co-ed classes from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8, Full and Part-Time Pre-Kindergarten; Before and after school extended care; Hot lunches available daily; and so much more. Holy Name School is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Its first accreditation was issued in 2003; Holy Name School was awarded a second 10 year accreditation in 2013. Its third accreditation experience will be in 2023.
In summary, rooted in traditional Catholic education and supplemented with many opportunities to have fun, Holy Name School is best described as a place that exudes a warm, caring, loving family atmosphere where there is a feeling of familiarity and comfort for students and parents. The more you know about Holy Name School, the more you will understand the benefits of our approach and our dedication to quality education and to our students. If you wish to read information that is updated weekly and sent to parents, or to see pictures of everyday classroom and school happenings, please check our website www.hnsfr.org and our Facebook page – Holy Name School Fall River. Please free to call us (508-674-9131) for a visit to see for yourself what a difference academic excellence rooted in Catholic Values makes.