As you can read from the reviews enclosed on this school, this school is very controversial. Unfortunately, the administration allows and contributes to a school with a very toxic environment. The faculty doesn t stay very long, once they find out the direction the school is going in (downward spiral) they move out quickly. We were misled as to the educational capabilities the school could provide. Worst decision we ever made for our children, once we paid, we tried to register for high school classes and realized there was no process, no room, no good quality teachers the math and science expertise is absent from this school and there is no attention to writing skills - a critical element for every child. Carefully evaluate your educational decisions for your children - good first step looking here to see the "real" scoop. Good Luck and move to an established institution - Newly formed schools like HSP are a dangerous choice - pick a 100 year old institution. There is a reason they are not affiliated with Atlanta Area Association of Independent Schools (AAAIS) - they don't want to be regulated or controlled, the administration can do whatever they chose - DANGEROUS!
I have 2 children at HSP and it would be impossible for me to be any happier with our decision to send our children here. We have been at the school for 4 years and are constantly amazed by the staff, the school, the education my children are receiving, and the Catholic morals they will have with them their entire lives. The staff's credentials are absolutely amazing and FAR above what I would have expected from Elementary teachers. They have many enrichment programs for advanced students needing additional stimulation as well as programs for students that need extra support in particular areas. The only complaint we ever had about the school was regarding the need for rennovations at the lower school (including our muddy soccer fields). However, that thought is a distant memory! The school underwent an amazing renovation over the summer and is now absolutely beautiful - including astro-turf soccer fields!! This school is a bit pricier than other local Catholic schools - BUT WORTH EVERY CENT AND MORE! In the hustle and bustle and stresses life deals us every day, our child's education is the one thing my husband and I NEVER worry about. How can you put a price tag on that?!?!!?!
We have had an amazing experience at Holy Spirit. The teachers are fabulous and my children are thriving in this positive, individualized environment. The dedication of the teachers and administration to help each child reach their fullest potential is outstanding.
I am also very disappointed with this school. The athletic program is very weak. They still use parent coaches. You spend $18,000/yr and they can't afford to hire real coachs? The baseball diamond is a disaster and they rent space to play football. Their football league is not sanctioned. Everyone is crowded into one basketball court. If you want sports avoid this school. Overpriced !!! Go to Blessed Trinity or Marist.
Great school! We loved the overall experience at Holy Spirit. Lovely families and great education. One negative was when we moved out of state with a great deal of advance notification. The school would not refund our prepayments. We lost a lot of money! Don't sign their contract or pay unless you are DEFINITELY going to be at the school! Their contract doesn't seem clear on this, disappointing from a Christian school.
I have always had the highest regard for Holy Spirit Prep and I believe I always will. However, I was shocked and horrified at the behavior of our President and Headmaster at a varsity basketball game last week in our gymnasium. We were playing a local rival school. The players on the court and the student cheering sections were competing fiercely throughout the game. Suddenly, very near the end of the game, the Headmaster walked to the visitor cheering section and physically pulled a very young student and preceded to throw him out of the gym. Apparently, the Headmaster did not like the morph suit the student was wearing for some reason. When a female parent from the visiting school came to the Headmaster to understand what was going on, he physically grabbed her and was screaming at her. Luckily the incident cooled down before it escalated because a number of visiting parents (a few men) came to the lady's rescue. The Headmaster then proceeded to scream at one visiting parent after another. After completing these actions the Headmaster gave high fives to some students in our cheering section. I don't believe the actions or the celebration with our students were appropriate.
We chose Holy Spirit Preparatory after looking at several private schools in the Buckhead area. This is our second year at the school and we couldn't be more pleased with our choice. Our child has a warm, caring teacher who "gently" coaches her to excel. She is doing work one grade level higher in both math and english. When our friends with same age children at other schools discuss what their children are learning, we are always amazed that it is the work our child was doing last year. As a Catholic school, religion is an intricate part of their teaching philosophy but it is not obtrusive. Our child is thriving with the perfect mix of religious and academic education.
My two children attend this school. I have always been impressed with the staff and the level of individualized attention each student receives. I am writing this review today because they have impressed me beyond words today. All of my son's teachers and the success director met with us to see how they can make my son's learning experience even better. He is very bright but not a traditional learner. He needs more of a tactile (Kinaesthetic learning) learning environment. They will be infusing more of this style into his curriculum. It is so amazing to me that I literally have a team of educators behind me, helping and guiding and yes even some prayers to boot! It may not have the fanciest facilities, but it sure is the very best where it counts.
HSPS is a very unique and special place.Our daughter attends and we are so impressed with the supportive and dedicated faculty and friendly atmosphere.The individualized education is wonderful but what impresses us the most is observing our child serve selflessly in the community.All the students live up to the school's motto "to serve,not to be served".These children demonstrate what can't be measured on test scores: Love for God,respect for life ,forgiveness, and service to others.There truly is nothing like it!
Holy Spirit Preparatory inspired my daughter to imagine what she could achieve. She has been academically challenged and shown the value of both leadership & service. Her attendance at HSP as they say "has made all the difference"
HSP has been phenomenal for our entire family. The National Blue Ribbon and Top 50 Catholic Schools recognitions are wonderful, but don't even begin to convey what a marvelously caring educational and formational institution this school is. Our daughter has blossomed under the guidance of the fine teaching and coaching staff, and we deeply appreciate the administration's desire for personal connection with all the families. The upperclassmen, especially those who've been here since elementary school, are incredible role models for younger students, and you couldn't ask for better examples of successful, faithful adult role models than those employed by HSP. Day to day, HSP's excellence is fully evident, but in a crisis, that's when we're reminded to be on our knees every day thanking God for this place. Our only regret is that we didn't know about HSP sooner.
Education is so comprehensive at Holy Spirit Prep. Students graduate from this program ready for anything (and everything!). Holy Spirit Preparatory School is a National School of Excellence, and ranks in the Top 50 Catholic High Schools. The school president makes an effort to know families and students personally. The faculty is hand picked, extremely talented, and fully dedicated to the students. Graduates of HSP have received acceptance letters from top universities and colleges throughout the nation. I only wish that my children could attend all the way through, from Pre-K until graduation, but at the very least I hope they will be able to attend for their high school years and graduate from HSP. Absolutely excellent!
Having worked at this school for 8 years, i can truly say there is not a more dedicated and caring group of teachers, administrators and staffers. This school has won the Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and is ranked in the top 50 National Catholic Schools for the third year in a row. Our students are taught academics and character building every day and they learn the Christian/Catholic Code of Ethics for life long practice. Its also important that every student is treated as a child of God with his/hers own talents and gifts.
Ultra Catholic school with ties to Legion of Christ without admitting it. President is all about control. Many nice teachers, but they are stressed due to the administration. Lower school is neglected, no hot water in building, soccer field is all dirt, playground equipment not fixed when broken. Be aware of you are looking to go to this school, you will only be a number. Not worth the $
The upper school has a rotating schedule which is confusing to children and parents. The online calendar of assignments are not standardized each teacher enters the information in their own way so it's difficult to track what exactly has been assigned for the children to do for homework. And the athletic calendar is in disarray for one afterschool activity, you may have to pick up your kid at 5:30 one day and 6:30 the next, but the kid finds out at 4:30 that day and if you ask the coach what the schedule is (the online calendar being no help), they don't even know. I think it's great that they're trying to give kids more freedom, but in instances like these it just comes off as a lack of communication and organization at best or disregard for working parents' time and a child's need for structure at worst.
While the school has a great teaching staff, a beautiful campus, and classy facilities, the overbearing religion department pushes for catholic education in all parts of daily life at the school. Expect mandatory religion classes with zealous, dogmatic teachers everyday, prayers said 3-4 times through the day, and mandatory mass once a week. Do not expect your children to enjoy this school if they're not catholic.
Holy Spirit has been the best choice we could have made for our son. After a disappointing experience at another school because of his learning disability, my son is now excelling both in and out of the classroom, This is due to the caring and compassion of the wonderful teachers and administration. The school community as a whole is supportive and fosters a love of learning. The variety of classes offered is amazing, as well as the numerous extracurricular activities available to students. We just can't say enough about how pleased we are with our decision.
Teachers take a genuine interest in students, and the school increases growth of the person as a whole. A great place to become a better Catholic, a better Christian, or just a better moral person.
There are so many opportunities here. If you have your heart set on learning something like Japanese, HSP will provide a way.
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