Hear From Our Military Families
Our military family has moved place to place every 2-3 years, leaving friends behind and moving our entire household to another. With each move, our boys go through the strain of learning the ins and outs of a new school system, new teachers, and even very different cultures. Growing up is hard, so finding friends and a safe, dedicated place to learn is paramount. Holy Childhood has been wonderful for our 4th grader! He started several weeks after classes began, and was hesitant and nervous about another new school. The class actively welcomed him on his first visit, and when he started school they folded him right into the class, and he found great friends and attentive teachers the last 2+ years. No one singles him out for a different accent, or not growing up in the community, or when his active duty family member cannot attend an event because of military requirements. All you need bring is your smile and a willingness to learn, and the family at HCS will do the rest. Thank you for great memories our family can take to our next adventure!
Parents Don and Marie
It is not easy when moving a family of school-age children, especially in the middle of the school year. In 2013, my son Rocco switched schools a month into the school year. The Holy Childhood faculty and staff could not be more welcoming…they even let Rocco spend the morning with his “would be” class (a nice opportunity HCS provides to possible incoming students). When we picked him up after the few hours his exact words were “I am coming back tomorrow!” Rocco was immediately welcomed by the class as were we by the teacher. The teachers were simply amazing as well. Because of the advanced English (vice his previous public school), the teacher spent extra time not only with Rocco but with us as well to ensure we all understood the material. A couple of years later, when the public school district opened a new elementary school, we asked Rocco if he wanted to try to the “new” school…no chance! Simply put, the teachers, students, and families at Holy Childhood are amazing! They are welcoming, kind and live by the values they teach. Rocco has thrived at Holy Childhood like we had not seen in him in any PCS change of school.
Yvette and I would recommend HCS to anyone who is serious about education, values and religious education! You and your team are awesome!!!
Parents Michael and Yvette
Every few years we tell our children it is time to pack their belongings, leave behind familiar schools and great friends to go to our next base. It’s always a very stressful time. Once we arrived at Scott AFB, we were blessed with the opportunity to chose between public or private schools. Our oldest son was going to Mascoutah High School and we thought that our other children would go to the public school as well. But then we happened upon Holy Childhood School. Our children had not attended a private school before so we were curious about the school and to be honest, the fact that there was bus service to the school was a huge factor for a busy family with 6 kids. We took a tour of the school to meet some of the teachers and to see if HCS was going to be a good fit for our kids. We learned that HCS is one of the most affordable private schools in the area and after praying about it, we decided that Holy Childhood was the place for us. It has been one of the best decisions we have made.
The Holy Childhood family has been very welcoming. We are part of the big Catholic community in Mascoutah. The families, students and teachers are amazing. We love the sports programs that offer the kids small teams with individualized attention. The band and choir programs are fantastic and we enjoy hearing the students sing during daily mass on Tuesdays and Fridays. The class sizes are small and intimate. The students get to know one another and become great friends not only with students in their class but in all the other classes as well. HCS has a wonderful program called “Buddies” where older students are partnered with a younger student. This program fosters love, care, empathy, and understanding while allowing the kids to have a fun time with each other.
On a personal note, I have made many wonderful friends through volunteering at the school. Volunteering leads to being even more involved and aware of my kids activities. Every time I go to the school I have students come up and hug me and say hello. The teachers, secretary, and principal are genuinely glad to see me and appreciate my help however big or small it might be. Holy Childhood is so friendly, welcoming and loving. We love the school and will be very sad to leave.
Please don’t pass on the opportunity of Holy Childhood School without giving it a serious look. I feel passionately that you will love HCS.