This school has declined over the years and is in need of a new principal.
Very happy with this school. Tons of parent participation, academically superior to neighboring public schools, excellent teachers and principal. Feels like you are setting your childup for academic success.
We are new to this school with one child attending. I read the prior reviews stating that new families are not welcomed and this is simply not the case. Has every parent rushed to make us feel welcomed...well no...but most have been very welcoming. We love the environment. As for the education, one should remember that parents have the primary responsiblity for educating their children, not schools. From what we have seen so far the education and curriculum provided are right on par. If your child is gifted, find a program for gifted kids. If your child needs learning assistance, find that assistance. I believe the program here is well rounded and will provide the basis for an excellent educational experience.
I am very disappointed with this school. It is not academically up to par with the neighboring private or public schools. Either your child fits the mode or they don't. Period. Do not expect any accomodation whatsoever. The concentration is too much on complying with the uniform policies and too little on providing a challenging academic program. Many of the parents are unwelcoming.
This school has room for much improvement. This will only happen if students are accepted if their parents want a Catholic education for them and not because they want the prestige of going to a private school.
I am a former student of Holy Spirit, and I can honestly say that this school has helped me improve my body of knowledge and has prepared me well for high school. However, despite the great educators here, there is no place for the gifted. Everyone is in the same classes, receives the same assignments, and as a result, there are no programs for students to truly excel and be the best they can be. If your child is extremely smart like I was during my tenure at Holy Spirit, I highly recommend looking at other schools before this one. They deserve better.
Holy Spirit School a 4.5! Well above average, with room for improvement. We've 2 kids here and love it! Regarding some issues. Yes, HSS is best for students falling near mid learning curve. Extremely gifted might not be challenged. Special needs kids will need to seek outside tutoring or help. All the staff gives extra time/help to those who need it, but there are no special programs for special needs kids. - HSS is firstly a Catholic school. Parochial not private. Sometimes HSS really doesn't fit, but if you want a faith based education, attend mass, and participate fully you will have a happy child ready for success at any HS. - Class size avg. 32 - Want to 'fit in' and be welcomed? Participate and Volunteer!! Fantastic arts program, new computer lab, and new math teacher. Excellent sports program. Go Bears!!
I have two children at Holy Spirit and can honestly say that I am completely happy with their education from all perspectives. I am especially happy with the whole Holy Spirit School community and parish. I went to public schools for elementary school, high school, UCLA and beyond and can attest to the fact that the kids are getting a quality education. Many of the parents do not share my views with respect to math, but I can assure any parent that the math skills they are learning will translate easily to advanced placement courses in high school. I took Calculus in the 11th grade and the math skills they receive at Holy Spirit can prepare any student to take Calculus in the 11th grade. The kids also have a wide array of extra-curricular opportunities, including sports and academic decathlon that is appealing. I highly recommend Holy Spirit...
My oldest child will graduate from HSPS this year after having been there since kindergarten. I originally had concerns about class size and whether the academics were superior to public schools. While there were peaks and valleys along the journey like at any school, I can say without hesitation that I would send my child there again. The school community and ties to the parish create a nuturing environment that cannot be duplicated. We have mostly long tenured talented faculty who want to teach in this environment. Academically it all seems to come together by the time they get to the 8th grade. I frequently hear about HSPS alumni who are leaders of their classes and are flourishing at Christian Brothers, St Francis and Jesuit. I have two more kids to go through and I am resting easy knowing that this is clearly the best school for our family.
As a parent at this school I can honestly say that both from an academic as well as a religious point of view, this school is seriously lacking. If you are interested in your children getting a good education, this is not the school. It is a lack of leadership and vision from the top down.
Our children are doing quite well at Holy Spirit in all aspects: spirtual, social, and academic. I like that school has a great athletic program as well as a great fine arts program. We've met some very nice families and have cultivated some great friendships. It is a close-knit community. It does require parent participation but that is a great way to get to know other parents and the staff.
I'm a parent with three kids in the school and have to say that while my kids like the school - I'm not sure the education they are getting is any better than the two public schools in Land Park (crocker riverside/sutterville) The school is fine for kids that fit into the 'holy spirit mold' but for kids that are above, below or off center from average the school may noe be the best choice. The cirruculum is limited. There is a large contingecy of second and thrid generation families at the school. Overall the school is not all that welcoming to new families that are not connected by their tenure of being old land park families. This can be daunting for those that do not have thick skin. Parental support is strong and expected. Class sizes are huge with 36 kids in a class.
This school is the best. Activities are fun for kids and rigorous schooling. Grrreat!
I'm the parent of a Kinder student and my wife and I love the school. Scholastically and from diversity views we really enjoy it. I would recommend it to anyone.
I'm a student that is in 7th at Holy Spirit School. I would definately recommend the school for the younger primary grades through 5th grade But I would not recommend Holy Spirit for the middle school. I have enjoyed being at Holy Spirit but as you get older the teachers don't quite understand us that we are mature and need to be taken with more understanding. Overall, I have enjoyed my stay at Holy Spirit.
The feeling of belonging and unity at Holy Spirit school is unparalleled! The Holy Spirit 'family' has welcomed us with open arms and we are extremely happy, as are our children, with our choice. They are learning Spanish, all the different realms of sports and physical fitness (including yoga last year!), on top of science and computer lab and, most importantly, what it means to be a Christian of Catholic faith. Most classes have a full time T.A. and/or parent volunteers spending time in the classrooms, after-school activities, field trips, etc., which makes the large class sizes inconsequential. We thank God we are lucky enough to have our children attending this school and the best part is - they absolutely love it!
Holy Spirit is a wonderful school with great teachers. We have two children in the school and have been so happy with their education. As for the concern with the class size, that has not been a problem for us. The classrooms are under control and the students are very well behaved. The students get a lot of individual attention. Many of the classrooms have full time assistants. There is a great sense of community here. We couldn't be happier with our decision to send our children to Holy Spirit.
Holy Spirit offers an excellent catholic education. The school community is like no other in the area. The parent commitment is outstanding!
I am a parent and parishioner who is trying to send my child to Holy Spirit. We went to the Open House and were very impressed with the Kindergarten teacher as well as the campus. The only concerns were the class size of the Kindergarten class (36 kids) and a lot of the parents seemed 'cliquish'. The parents were not too friendly with the obvious new parents.
Holy Spirit School provides a great foundation for our children, while the academic offerings cannot compete with the variey of public schools, the academics are solid, ethics are reinforced and children are guided toward academic independence and personal responsiblity. In addition, their are a variety of sports programs offerred on campus.
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