September 17, 2015
Updated review, after a little over a year at Holy Spirit Prep:
(initial review is dated January 27, 2015)
We continue to LOVE THIS SCHOOL!
As previously mentioned, our son is considered Twice Exceptional, which means that, while being academically gifted, he has the challenges of being Dyslexic and having ADHD. Additionally, he has some OT issues, including Hypotonia (neurologically based low muscle tone), which causes low endurance, and in turn slows his metabolism and results in him struggling with fitness and athletics. It can be difficult -- he is very successful academically and socially at school, but generally has to work twice has hard as everyone else to accomplish this. But at HSP, his talents are celebrated and his weaknesses are supported.
Here is a recent "only at HSP" moment:
During a required one mile run in P.E., our son was only half way through his mile when all the other boys in his class finished theirs. Rather than leave him to run by himself as they all looked on and laughed, every boy in his class chose (without adult instruction) to continue running laps with him until he finished his mile. Later, when he emerged from the locker room, the entire class cheered and congratulated him as if he were a game winning quarterback!
At a lot of schools, a "quirky," nonathletic (but bright, funny, kind, handsome and absolutely delightful) kid like ours might be bullied or ostracized. Not at HSP. This school does not just celebrate seemingly perfect kids that everything comes easily for, as can be common in the Atlanta private school market. They also mine and polish those "diamonds in the rough" kids, who offer a wealth of untapped value. It's a strategy that will ultimately benefit not only my son, but the school and our community.
- submitted by a parent