Holy Name Parish School has a special mission that sets it apart from public schools and most other private schools. In addition to supporting a complete academic curriculum, our school is a faith community that integrates religious instruction, value formation, and faith development into the academic education of the students. Welcome to Holy Name Parish School from Principal Chisholm The mission of Holy Name Parish School is an extension of the overall evangelization mission of the Catholic Church. This School is about life. We believe that every facet of life is important, spiritual, physical, intellectual, and emotional. We believe that every child is unique and valuable because all life comes from God. We believe that we have helped a child to become more human, more accepting of others, more helpful and more able to believe in the ultimate value of life - then we have prepared the child for life. FOUNDATION The Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston founded Holy Name Parish School in 1953. Today the school is staffed by approximately 50 dedicated lay faculty and support staff. The Sisters of St. Joseph have given us a great beginning and their charism continues to be a significant part of our school. Under our lay leadership, the spirit of the Sisters of St. Joseph continues. ACADEMICS & SPECIALS Holy Name Parish School offers students an exciting, faith-based core curriculum from Nursery through Grade 6 with a rigorous course of study designed to further academic achievement. Holy Name Parish School is an NEASC accredited school in good standing. Using research based best practices, teachers engage students in units of study that not only build a solid foundation of literacy and numeric skills, but also encourage students to develop critical and creative thinking and sharpen their problem solving abilities. In addition to the core curriculum, students are offered the opportunity to expand their learning through art, music, and physical education. All students from Nursery through Grade 6 participate in a Spanish language program. Our library offers the students the opportunity to do research projects and to obtain books for reports and reading for pleasure. The continuous upgrade of our technology room has enhanced our students’ educational experience by giving them access to a variety of technological tools preparing them for future challenges. Our fully equipped science room strengthens the students’ scientific knowledge and provides an excellent environment to explore the many hands-on activities that are provided in the science curriculum. Each classroom is equipped with computers and students are encouraged to work collaboratively on projects to enhance their educational experience. EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES In addition to offering a solid educational program, Holy Name Parish School tries to afford every child the opportunity to participate in some extra curricular aspect of school life. Holy Name Parish School offers students a wide variety of extra-curricular activities to complement their classroom learning experiences. There is something for every student at Holy Name Parish School, including Student Government, Co-ed Basketball, Eagle Extras, Band, and Drama. All parish children are encouraged to participate in one of the parish liturgical ministries such as being an Altar Server, member of the Youth Choir, lector and/or Mass helper. Several cultural, musical, educational, and value-based programs are presented during the year through our Enrichment Program. During the course of the year students attend various field trips that correlate with their field of classroom study. Each year the sixth grade class has the opportunity to visit Agassiz Village Environmental Camp in West Poland, Maine for four days, whereby students participate in a hands-on science program focusing on a sensory awareness approach to environmental education. FACILITIES Holy Name Parish School houses Nursery - Grade 6. All children enjoy an outdoor playground. The school has two auditoriums, one that is also used as a gym/lunch room. Our Library, Music Room, Art Room, Spanish Room, Extended Day rooms, Science Lab, and state of the art Tech Room support our strong curriculum. The students have access to our beautiful and stately parish church and on site Chapel for activities centered on the sacraments and spiritual services. More information on Holy Name Parish can be found HERE. SUPPORT SERVICES Holy Name Parish School is proud to offer a Full-Time Nurse on staff, a Computer Technician and Technology Coordinator, a Learning Coordinator and Learning Coordinator Assistant and Classroom Aides in the lower grades. We are fortunate to offer an Extended Day Program and a Hot Lunch Program. The Home and School Association is our main fundraiser organization and all of our volunteers have been approved through the C.O.R.I & VIRTUS training process. Our volunteers are among our greatest assets. Due to their dedication and generosity, we are fortunate to be able to offer a far-reaching education to our students, both in and out of the classroom. AVERAGE CLASS SIZE Nursery: 15 – 20 students daily (one full-time teacher, one full-time aide) Pre K: 18 – 22 students (one full-time teacher, one full-time aide) K2: 18 – 22 students (one full-time teacher, one full-time aide) Grades 1-6: 18 – 22 students per grade CONSULTATIVE SCHOOL BOARD The Holy Name Parish Consultative School Board is a group whose members are selected to participate in decision-making in designated areas of responsibility. Usually these areas include planning, policy formation, finances, selection of a principal and development. The consultative school board serves as a vital role by aiding the pastor and the principal in implementing local school policies. NON-DISCRIMINATORY POLICY Holy Name Parish School admits students of any race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin, in administration of educational policies, admission policies, and scholarship programs.