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Holy Spirit Preparatory School

Private | PK-12 | 601 students

Holy Spirit Prep is best known for its faith filled close-knit community.
 
 

 
 

Living in Atlanta

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $637,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,120.

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 15 ratings
2013:
Based on 8 ratings
2012:
Based on 12 ratings
2011:
Based on 2 ratings

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Posted October 22, 2010

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2010

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!


Posted October 17, 2010

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.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 27, 2010

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 $
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2009

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2009

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2009

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2008

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.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 29, 2008

There are so many opportunities here. If you have your heart set on learning something like Japanese, HSP will provide a way.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 26, 2007

Geart school with caring staff. Catholic classic and complete.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2007

This school has been our best decision. We compared it to 4 other Catholic schools in our area and because of the small class sizes, this was the obvious choice. Tremendous formation, ethical and academic, personalized to my child's needs and challenging her strengths. Leadership opportunities and many extracurricular programs before and after school. Variety of socioeconomic families keep this a humble and Christ-centered setting. I am confident that when my child is faced with what the world will throw her in adult life, she will be equipped for success. This school is not full of stressed out academic 'machines' but rather bright, positive, well-rounded, uniquely talented, future leaders with a formed conscience who are, as a result, getting into top colleges and universities. In the lower school they begin personalized learning programs. The upper school offers numerous AP classes taught by local College professors. Level of Parent Involvement is by choice.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 76% 44%
Hispanic 10% 12%
Black 9% 37%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school High Academic School
Faith-based School
Public School
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 98% (2013)
Percentage of students going to the military 2% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation 55% Out Of State
45% in-state
61% public
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Chinese (Mandarin)
French
German
Italian
Spanish
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Top 50 Catholic HS (2013)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Science
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Engineering
Visual arts
  • Architecture
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Math club
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • Technology club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Performing arts
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Industrial / graphic design
Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Drama club
  • Literary magazine
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Cooking club
  • Gardening
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:05 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:20 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Kyle Pietrantonio
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
  • lwinkler@holyspiritprep.org
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 2 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman Catholic
Associations
  • NAEYC
  • NAIS
  • NCEA
Fax number
  • (678) 623-0550

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Classical (e.g., focuses on the "classics")
  • College prep
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Multi-aged
  • STEM
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Arts (all)
  • Engineering
  • Foreign languages
  • Global
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Performing arts
  • Religious
  • Science
  • Service learning
  • Visual arts
  • Writing
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Engineering
  • Industrial / graphic design

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Archdiocese of Atlanta
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Archery
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
Girls sports
  • Archery
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Book/reading club
  • Boy scouts
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Cooking club
  • Cub scouts
  • Drama club
  • Foreign language club: Spanish
  • Gardening
  • Girl scouts
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Literary magazine
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
  • Math club
  • Pro-life
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • Sea Cadet
  • Technology club
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

Photos

School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • As a school modeled on the classical tradition, Holy Spirit Prep aspires to connect our students with timeless knowledge and along with their families mold them into the next generation of exceptional thinkers. As a Catholic School, Holy Spirit Prep strives to form and fill each heart with Christ's love so students can enjoy the unique futures to which Christ calls them. Our graduates have gone on to study at some of the most prestigious colleges and universities.
School leaders can update this information here.

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Students typically come from these schools
High Academic School
Faith-based School
Public School

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$5000 - $20000
Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Tax credits

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
55% Out Of State
45% in-state
61% public
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
Summer college prep programs
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
4 year college - 98%
Military - 2%
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4449 Northside Dr
Atlanta, GA 30327
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Phone: (678) 761-7992

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