Abby McMillan has children at Holy Child Catholic School in Tijeras, New Mexico
How long have you been at your school? What grades are your children in?
Our family has been at Holy Child Catholic School for 11 years. Our son started in the pre-k class and is now in 8th grade. We also have a daughter in 1st grade and our youngest will be in kindergarten next year.
How did you learn about your school?
We have been parishioners at Holy Child since 2005 and that is how we knew they were starting the school there.
Why is it worth paying tuition when public schools are free?
Tuition is always something we discuss as a family each year but know how important a strong foundation is for our children. The parish always helps struggling families and scholarships are available as well, which we are so very thankful for.
What made you choose your school over other schools in your area?
The schools in our area are all public and though my husband and I did not grow up here in New Mexico, we see how public schools are failing to give children a good education. Holy Child is the closest Catholic school to us and we absolutely love it there. It is a small, very family oriented school. Everyone knows everyone and families become close.
How would you describe your school to a parent who is considering applying?
We have referred other families to Holy Child and it is easy to say all good things about it. First, I love how the children attend Mass and start their day off with how we would want them to learn the Catholic faith. The classical curriculum they study has been so wonderful in many ways. Teachers are always available and understanding. Small class sizes always benefit the students and their relationships seem to be stronger. If financial assistance is needed, it is available. These are some points to bring up when one is considering a new school.
What are your thoughts on your school’s teachers? Your children’s peer group and other school families? Catholic identity? Culture? Curriculum?
The teachers at HCCS are excellent. They have brought endless amounts of wisdom and taught in unique ways to help each child learn in ways that best suits them. We have known some of the teachers there for many years and have become friends. The school is very small and I love that we can become close like a family. My son has grown up with most of the same kids and everyone looks out for one another. The older kids teach the younger ones by creating an example just as the teachers have always done. I love how their Catholic faith is the center of learning and growing. Each year the students learn about an new era in history and then on family gatherings, share with the other grades what their part in history is and how it is all connected to our Catholic faith. The classical curriculum they learn has taught in a perfect sequence. We are so very proud of how our children have grown in every way. They understand very well that their efforts are for the greater glory of God.
What is the most important reason you stay at your school?
The most important reason why we send our kids to Holy Child is the strong foundation they receive in all areas. Catholic faith, academics, and how small and close the school families are. We owe a great amount of gratitude to all of the amazing teachers, Principal Martinez and Father Granito for leading them.