A School with a Mission

Our legacy spans 60 years in the development of Catholic youth with faith-based values and high academic accomplishments. Our goal is to ensure that each child is prepared-both spiritually and intellectually-to succeed in high school as well as becoming responsible Catholic Christians throughout their adult lives.

Celebrating 55+ Years of History

After World War II, the northwest side of Peoria grew rapidly and the Diocese of Peoria decided to create a new parish. On April 6, 1956, the first shovel of dirt was turned for a chapel and the first six classrooms of Holy Family School.

Holy Family Parish School opened on September 10, 1956, with an enrollment of 265. Three Benedictine Sisters from Nauvoo, Illinois, and three lay teachers staffed the school.

Due to the rapid growth of the parish, six additional classrooms and a cafeteria were completed in January of 1960. Construction of a convent followed, and by May of 1961, the Benedictine Sisters moved into their home on Wagner Lane. They staffed the parish school from 1956-1991.

In October of 1979, the Conventual Franciscan Friars of St. Bonaventure Province assumed pastoral care of the parish, until 2022. Today, Holy Family Parish School has an enrollment of over 130 students from preschool/pre-k through eighth grade.

Our facilities

Holy Family Parish School is home to sixteen classrooms and has over 130 students, providing ample space for individual and group learning experiences. The students attend weekly Mass in Holy Family Parish, located just across the parking lot from the school.

Each of our classrooms has a Smart Board, providing interactive learning experiences for each class. Our school is 1:1 technology with each student from K-8 assigned a Chromebook.

The gymnasium is a busy place with Morning Prayer, assemblies, gym classes, dance class, band, boys and girls athletic events, and school and parish fundraising events.

Breakfast and lunch are prepared on site and served daily in the cafeteria. Men’s club hosts a monthly Fish Fry a St. Joseph’s Breakfast, among other fellowships, activities, and fundraisers.

Holy Family is blessed with ample green space for a playground, as well as a soccer & track field. Holy Family School and parish families use the facilities for school events, picnics, exercise, games, and just for fun.