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1198 Redmond Avenue
San Jose, CA 95120

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June 24, 2014
My third child will enter Holy Spirit School this year and he can't wait! Every year we wonder if we have made the right choice by sending our three children to HSS and every year's back to school night confirms that this is the environment we want for them - a place for them to grow and thrive; to be educated in their faith and academics; to be nurtured and appreciated for their individuality; to be held responsible for their actions; and to recognize their role in their community. These are two of the things teachers have said to us: "My job is to make your child love to learn." "Children make mistakes and we will love them through it as they grow." We are very happy at Holy Spirit and so are our kids!

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2014
We are extremely pleased with the school, in particular with the quality of the teachers. My son is currently in first grade and the progress that he has made during the year is amazing. As many boys of his age, reading is not his forte, but the teacher he has is just wonderful. His reading has improved so much that so far he has read more than 35 books! I also like the fact that the school uses a lot of the current technology that is available for education. Math has been always easy for my son, but the teacher uses apps and other programs that are adaptive, so my son constantly feels challenge. At the beginning he felt troubled, because he used to believe that he didn't need to try that hard in Math, but now, he is really engage with learning and curious about learning what is next.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2014
After searching high and low for a school, I stumbled upon HSS. From the extremely helpful office staff, amazing teachers and families, we have truly been blessed to be a part of such a wonderful school and community. My son entered PreK this year and has blossomed. The quality of education that the students receives ranks high. I recommend this school to anyone in the South San Jose area. My son will continue his elementary/middle education as a Coyote!

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2014
Great community. Great teachers. Wonderful academic programs with great new system to help bridge the gap in all levels of learning.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2013
Leaving Holy Spirit school is very sad. I was very connected with a number of families. We were disconnected with everything else. The school itself is mediocre. There is no attention put on the individual child and how they relate to other children. It's a mean environment for kids and even worse for the parents. My children were in some classes for years with parents that were still asking me who I was, because they couldn't be bothered to look up at an unfamiliar face. I knew who they were. When we left we realized there are normal nice families and kids can be asked to be kind to each other and when expected to they will.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2013
We enrolled my son last year in Kindergarten and we couldn't be happier about our decision. He attended an outstanding early development center, so the bar was already high. But the teachers at Holy Spirit have been wonderful and the principal too. I will definitively recommend it to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2012
I read many of the reviews and simply stated the negative reviews are wrong. This is a Catholic School that holds to high standards of being actively part of the greater community. They have high standards for academics as they are preparing you for Catholic High Schools and eventually university. The teachers overall are awesome - this is not a job to them - it's a vocation. They often get paid less than public school teachers who are in the system well past their prime. They can hire and fire based on performance which is nice to see. If you have a problem child - public school is probably better for them. They won't get away with anything at Holy Spirit. Church and spiritual teaching is very important and is a big part of the school. Yes, parents are expected to volunteer so as to lead by example for their children. No absentee parents allowed. The school is by no means perfect but they are well ahead of the public schools that are underfunded, overcrowded and understaffed. It's a great school - I have 2 children presently at the school and 1 who graduated and is now at Saint Francis. I would highly recommend sending your chrildren to Holy Spirit if they can get in

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2012
At one point I had 2 children at HSS. One of my children attended this school for 9 long years and is now in high school and doing great. My child was well prepared although she 'lost' a year in math due to a really bad teacher. Academically, the teachers and standards are ruthless. There is no grace, forgiveness or second chances here! They select only the cream of the crop here either at the entrance process or by self-elimination because of the rigidity. Kids get in trouble for running and kicking the ball at recess!!! Our child made a lot of friends there. Spiritually, my child and her friends were jaded and very cynical and weren t afraid to mock prayer time or going to mass. The children saw a disconnect in what they were being taught spiritually, and what they actually saw in action. If social and spiritual development is as important to you as academics, look somewhere else. Be prepared to participate in endless fundraisers, 40 volunteer hours are MANDATORY, there are parent cliques and the receptionists are very partial to people they like (except for the brunette that works Fridays and has a smile for EVERYONE). Snooty attitudes abound! My other kid is happy elsewhere!

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2011
My older son went to HSS from kindergarten and graduated two years ago. Because of the great teachers and strong curriculum he was very ready for the rigors of high school. The school also does a fabulous job of developing a positive character in all its students. HSS has a new principal this year who has been the assistant principal. She is an experienced educator and administrator. The kids and parents love her.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2011
My daughter has just completed Pre-K at Holy Spirit. She has learned so much this year. All her numbers, letters and their sounds, and has much improved penmanship. She LOVES her teacher Mrs. D'Amico and the aids, Mrs. Moyano and Mrs. Matalone are nothing short of saints to her.. They give lots of attention and direction to the children and model responsible, kind and compassionate behavior. My daughter seems to have become more attentive to other's feelings and has more confidence. We have been extremely pleased with the whole school and have found the school staff and other parents very warm and helpful. As for the play area, Pre-K uses the Kindergarten area when the Kindergarten is in class. They make do with what areas they do have and it is fenced in with a play structure and plenty of "grass."

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2011
My daughter had a wonderful experience with the screening process. The teachers were compassionate, kind and friendley. My daughter tends to be shy but really felt comfortable with the teachers. We have heard that Holy Spirit School is a wonderful community and we cannot wait to send our daughter in the fall!

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2011
My child also went through the Kindergarten screening process at Holy Spirit School this spring and had a blast. The teachers and staff were welcoming and warm but did not talk down to and baby him. The teachers explained in easy to understand terms what was going to happened to the group of parents and kids in the Library before having the kids say bye to their parents and line up and walk to the Kindergarten classroom. Only 2 kids out of the 14 seemd to not understand what was going to happen and were afraid to leave their parents. My son grabbed the hand of one of the teachers and went on his way. He enjoyed meeting the teachers and new friends. My goddaughter is at the school as well. She is developed into a compassionate young woman who tutors neighborhood kids from the public schools and she has received acceptance letters from all three Catholic high schools she applied to.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2011
No place for the kids to play outside. Have no bully policy. Principal does not have enough experience.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2011
I would agree with the posts below about the shiny campus comments as well as the school praising itself for its values. If you look closely at this school, as others have mentioned, you start to see that it can fall short of living its values which is disappointing when you consider this is a good part of what you are paying for at a Catholic School. You can get a better value overall attending high ranking public schools or for a competitive private school - Almaden Country School.

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2011
We had a very unpleasant experience w/ the Kindergarten screening process at Holy Spirit School. My son felt a bit intimidated by having to join a group of 14 kids plus 2 teachers for the screening test. He had never neen t the school before and did not know anyone there. He refused to enter the classroom and no one from the Holy Spirit staff reached out to engage him and try to make him more confortable. The staff member coordinating the process could only suggest that he was too young for Kindergarten. She had never met my son before and jumped into her own conclusions based on a 5 minute event. I expereinced a very unfriendly environment for a school that praises itself for values, sense of community, parents and teacher working toghether. I guess the tale that they only have a "pretty campus" remains true.

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2011
Don't just look at the shiny campus!!! Look at the stuff, teachers and their attitude. We have found that they are quite "full of them self's" and not as warm as caring as other schools. We decided to go with another school. So, look around and just don't be fooled by the shiny new campus.

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2010
My daughter goes to this school and she loves it! The teachers are wonderful and I really think it is a good community to be a part of. We are looking forward to many more years here!

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2010
My review is with regards to Holy Spirit's Summer School Program. Our son attended this past summer (2010) and we were very disappointed. The charges for the program are ridiculous. They charge you buy 2.5 hours sessions that are then summed up to a full day. The prices were outrageous compared to other private summer school's in the area. The program is only 4 weeks long. The teacher for my son's class was not present for at least one week. Random people (relatives, grandmother's) took the class in her absense. I did not see that my son had worked on anything until the 3rd week of summer school. The before and after school daycare was very disappointing. The children were not really allowed to play outside and the children seemed very down. Finally, there was no way to contact anyone directly during the school day. Not recommended for summer school.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2010
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- submitted by a student
February 06, 2010
the principal is focused on young kids with 'GOOD MORNING COYOTES' and mostly ignores the older kids. He rarely comes into the classrooms and can have an angry temper. Mrs Cully was better.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 21, 2009
My son has started Pre-K at Holy Spirit in San Jose this year, and so far, I'm very pleased. The teachears have a great of deal of experience with childern, and provide a caring and loving environment. The academics are at a high level, but it's all done in a fun environment. I have noticed a good progress in my son's skill level (such as upper/lower case letter writing) in just 3 weeks. He comes back home happy and fired-up, so I know that he's enjoying the experience. I have researched a number of schools, and this one is a keeper.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2008
The new principal this year is amazing. He is definitely making the school become the best it can be. New after school programs are being added. As far as academics, all of the teachers in middle school are wonderful, however some people have told me that the science teacher makes it hard for the students to learn. The academics are challenging which is good. Uniforms are strict, which is a plus. All of the students get along. I ve had another child graduate from HSS and he is doing great in high school because he was well-prepared. I would definitely recommend you sending your child here.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2008
This school has a new pricipal this yr. and looks promising and very pro-active. There is already a new activity for students to be involved such as the 'Odyssey of the minds' I think they need to expose the students in this kind of activities. I noticed a change in academics more rigid than before and hopefully teachers will be more creative in terms of quality teaching. I like how the students are thought to be good and responsible person. They attend mass and encourage family ties on sundays. Students practice camaraderie among others which I find very positive. The schools is kind of strict (which I like) in terms of clothing discipline for the kids but I think they should implement it to the parents as well to avoid confusion on the kids, 'cause i see other moms wearing tank tops & short shorts when picking up their kids.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 03, 2008
This school has a new pricipal this yr. and looks promising and very pro-active. There is already a new activity for students to be involved such as the 'Odyssey of the minds' I think they need to expose the students in this kind of activities. I noticed a change in academics more rigid than before and hopefully teachers will be more creative in terms of quality teaching. I like how the students are thought to be a good and responsible person. They attend mass and encourage family ties on sundays. Students practice camaraderie among others which I find very positive. The schools is kind of strict (which I like) in terms of clothing discipline for the kids but I think they should implement it to the parents as well to avoid confusion on the kids, 'cause i see other moms wearing tank tops & short shorts when picking up their kids.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2008
The teaching throughout the years, I have found, to be inconsistent. Some teachers have great personalities and explain concepts well, while others don't explain the concepts as thoroughly as needed. The language arts and math sections, I feel to be lacking. Since many teachers are coming and going (in the middle school) this is to be expected. Also, there is practically no extra curricular activities available. The uniform rules are also very strict. Shirts must be tucked in at all times and crew socks must be worn at all times. Despite all of the negatives, the school has many positives. The students are extremely friendly, warm, and accepting. Cliquishness is rare. In addition, students in middle school receive laptops (Macs) that can be used for student assignments at home.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 19, 2008
We have had one child graduate from HSS and another in a lower grade (elementary). We found the academics challenging (esp middle school) , and the office staff friendly, as are most of the teachers. From the facility standpoint the buildings being new are in excellent shape though space is limited as far as play grounds and parking is sometimes difficult. The kids are friendly though with the social mechanics of some of the parents sometimes it becomes a matter of which parent is in which social/fiancial circle rather than which child gets along with another. The school does get expensive but it is still not like sending your child to Harker. There has been a change in the administration and staff this year so some of these issues may change.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2008
The school has good academics, but is behind in math. Some of the teachers do not teach very well and make it hard to learn. The school also does not support social activities. They do have after school sports, but there is not enough practice time because the school is too small. The school is also very expensive.

- submitted by a student
December 03, 2007
I currently have two children enrolled in 3rd grade and kindergarden at HSS. We love the school and our children love their teachers. The academics are demanding. Mistakes are expected, but excuses are not permitted. Kids are taught time management and organizational skills early on. In addition to the tuition expense, families are expected to donate time to the school. The teachers are fantastic and are very responsive to parental questions/concerns. We have found the other parents quite pleasant. If you place a high priority on your child's quality of education and are an active participant, you will find the school community very warm too.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2007
My daughter has been in Holy Spirit since kindergarten. I am extremely pleased with the school. It is a great community and you feel you are part of a family. The moral and education levels are outstanding.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2005
The teachers are good and the academics are great. This schools system is rigid and sometimes darn right unfriendly. Some of the teachers are difficult to work with and administration backs them blindly. After school sports is fair with little room on campus to do them. The parking is enough to make you rip your hair out each day. The school is 6 years new and the buildings and classrooms were built very well with bright rooms and lots of windows. Hot lunches are good but pricey. The science department is excellent and reading and vocab is stressed. The office staff is always helpful.

- submitted by a parent

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Holy Spirit
1198 Redmond Avenue, San Jose, CA  95120
(408) 268-0794
Last modified Holy Spirit is a Private school that serves grades K-8
Holy Spirit Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 31 reviews. Top