An UNOFFICIAL Parents' Guide to the HFCA Class of 2018

Excerpts from the HFCA Parent-Student Handbook - please refer to the full handbook for a complete updated version. 

Parents as Partners

As partners in the educational process at HFCA, we ask parents: 

To set rules, times, and limits, so that your child:

- gets to bed early on school nights

- eats a healthy breakfast

- arrives at school on time, and is picked up on time at the end of the day

- dressed according to the school dress code

- completes and submits assignments on time and reviews daily

- is provided a proper place for completing homework assignments and studying for exams

- for after school parents, ensures that all assignments are completed, and are reviewed with the child at home

- has a nutritional lunch with them every day


A parent should call the school by 9 am each day of the absence.

Important Numbers

Office  (718) 969-2124

Afterschool  (718) 969-0177 (230pm-630pm only)

Parish Rectory  (718) 969-2448

23 Key Benefits of Catholic Schools 


  1. Parents choose Catholic schools for their children because of high academic standards; values-added education and a safe school environment.
  2. Catholic Schools stress the value of self-discipline and commitment. 
  3. Catholic Schools encourage family input and involvement in the ongoing education of their children. Research shows that such a partnership results in higher attendance rates and lower dropout rates. 
  4. Catholic School students score significantly above the national averages on standardized testing. 
  5. Research shows that because of a greater emphasis on homework and study, Catholic School students develop more effective writing skills. 
  6. Catholic School faculty members are qualified professionals committed to bringing out the best in their students as they grow in knowledge, skills, and values. 
  7. Faculty and staff are role models who share their faith, their talents, and their time. 
  8. The Catholic School curriculum normally meets state regulations and guidelines. 
  9. Association and accrediting agencies help provide programs and instruments for internal and external evaluations on an ongoing basis 
  10. Catholic Schools have an excellent success rate in educating minority students. 
  11. Catholic Schools encourage each student to accept the challenges of being a better person in tomorrow's world. 
  12. The emphasis is on participation by all students. 
  13. Standardized test scores and a high college acceptance rate reflect that the Catholic School students are self-disciplined, self-motivated, responsible, and creative. 
  14. Appropriate social and cultural activities, under school sponsorship, provide relaxation and creative outlets. 
  15. Catholic Schools represent affordable excellence; there is an emphasis on efficiency and accountability. 
  16. Tuition cost is often supplemented by the parish, so the Catholic community shares the cost of education. 
  17. In addition to a strong program in the "basics," as well as challenging programs for gifted students, Catholic Schools add the significant "plus" of religious, moral, and spiritual development. 
  18. Catholic Schools help students understand that each person is unique and valuable. 
  19. Catholic Schools strive to create a special bond among the students, the home, the school, and the church, so that all share the strong sense of community.
  20. In Catholic Schools there is a mutual respect among students, faculty, and administrators which generates an atmosphere of care and concern. 
  21. Catholic Schools join with the family to help students understand their special place in the family, the Church, and society. 
  22. Students explore their faith through classes and activities in Scripture, Sacraments, Church, and morality. 
  23. While not all students who come to Catholic Schools are Catholic, all share experiences of faith and values.