In 1971, financial constraints forced the closing of St. Andrew School in Rochester, Michigan. Nearly a decade later, on September 3, 1980, the doors were re-opened when, with a new name, Holy Family Regional School (HFRS) welcomed 128 students from the supporting parishes of St. Andrew and St. Irenaeus. Over the next 13 years, the HFRS student population grew to 562 students and the supporting parishes expanded to include St. Mary of the Hills and St. John Fisher Chapel. A waiting list for student enrollment grew with each passing year.
The 1994 Accreditation Self-Study of HFRS recommended an investigation of expansion feasibility. The initial town hall meeting in May of 1995 led to vicariate-level meetings in April 1996. By that time, discussion was underway to address the insufficient number of seats available for students in Catholic schools throughout the Pontiac Area Vicariate. In 1997, a task force determined that expansion was appropriate and the Vision 2000 campaign was initiated to address the need for 1,000 additional elementary school seats. Holy Family Regional School would receive 750 of them, creating a total availability of 150 seats per grade level, K – 8.
In December of 1999, the Archdiocese of Detroit Board of Consulters approved the construction of a state-of-the-art facility to house HFRS students in grades 4 – 8. The South Campus would be built on the grounds donated by St. Mary of the Hills Church on John R Road in Rochester Hills, Michigan. Also approved was a $725,000 renovation plan that would remodel the media center and add additional student bathrooms to the existing North Campus.
The established plan of growth was to expand the school from the lower grades up. A successful job fair was held in January 2001. The spring and early summer of that year were spent interviewing and hiring additional teachers to staff the two campuses. Grade-level picnics were held in early June and July so that current and new families could become acquainted.
The dream to provide Catholic school education for a greater number of students in the Rochester area became a reality when Holy Family Regional School proudly opened as one school, one administration, one faculty and staff, one student body, and two campuses on August 30, 2001. The faculty and staff numbered 74, the student population 939, and Sacred Heart of the Hills became the fifth supporting parish.
A full day Kindergarten program was added in the 2006 – 2007 school year to address the needs of the community. A new Young 5 program was established at the beginning of the 2010-2011 school year. In September of 2010, the 10th year since the expansion and the 30 year anniversary of the founding of Holy Family Regional School, HFRS was blessed with 1,071 students.
With love, confidence and pride, HFRS proclaims that “Jesus Christ is the Reason for Holy Family Regional School.”