I am a student and as a student I recommend you do NOT send your son or daughter here. Socially, it's horrendous. You either fit in with the "popular" group or are bullied by them. The academics are not challenging, and the sports program is sad. Bullying is not addressed at all. Basically, they say "Don't bully" and then turn a blind eye to all the bullying that happens. I hated the school and am so glad to be gone. The saddest part is I don't even have any friends from HSP left - that's how bad the social environment was. I went there from second grade to sixth grade before moving to a much better school. I can only say - I'm glad I'm gone.
We have not had a perfect 5-star experience in all categories, however, my child's overall experience as a middle school student has absolutely been 5-star excellent! The teachers are gifted, determined, resourceful, compassionate and challenging. The social environment and the culture of the HSP students is better than any parent could hope for in a major metropolitain area. I believe the administration's biggest concern should lie in the retention of the outstanding teachers, particularly at the upper school. We intend for our child to graduate from HSP and we pray that the current upper school faculty will still be in place and going strong, and perhaps include a few great additions. The administration would also do well to encourage the parent volunteer association leadership to take a more active role. It seems they are depending on "the grapevine" to get the word out about important events and initiatives. But I stand by my 5-star rating because my child's academic, athletic and social experience has been fantastic. Furthermore, it is my personal opinion that the more negative reviews on this site stem from a focus on the parent's experience, and not the student's.
Quite a few families are not returning to this school next year and we are among them. I am glad someone brought up the subject of medicating the children to make them fit in. We have seen testing and medication brought up with numerous families. Attend any birthday party with children from this school and you will quickly learn that the parents are not happy with the direction that the school is going in. It is a very "in the box" school so if your child is a multisensory learner or a right brained learner, HSP might not be the best choice. There is no effort go teach your child the way your child learns; in a nutshell it is "this is how we teach and this is what you get." Once we started looking at other schools we quickly figured out that academically the school is not on par with other schools. As far as the teachers and staff, they are so loving and caring. I cannot say enough good things about the way they treated our children.
Our son is graduating this year after 12 years at Holy Spirit. He exceled on the sportsfield and accademically through hard work, but we know that the wonderful teachers at Holy Spirit and the learning environment based on strong ethics and Catholic values has played a major role in making him what he is today. In particular, we are very happy to see the direction that the school has taken under guidance of the new adminsitration, and are excited to see what lies in the future for HSP. I know that ur son will always be a proud alumnus of HSP. We, as parents, are confident in the knowledge that he has the tools to take on bigger challenges out there to succeed as a human being, and child of Christ.
Without a doubt HSP has had some growing pains. However, I have not regretted sending my children there. I have been a parent here at HSP since 1999! The last two years have been challenging but I am convinced the Board along with a great President have listened and implanted changes, all for the better! My children have done really well there, Academically, socially and spiritually. Their College options have been amazing, and they are working with my rising Senior so she too will have great options too. Three of my children have learning disabilities, each and every one of them have been catered too. I must stress, their learning challenges are very moderate, they must work a little harder but can keep up. This is not the school for a child with extreme disabilities as this is a school with high academic standards. This school has a warm friendly atmosphere. Everyone pretty much knows everyone, if this is what you are looking for in a school, coupled with strong academics, ethics, a spiritual life, access to warm and caring teachers, tutoring included in your tuition, this is the school for you. I gave the school 4 instead of 5 stars, its close but not there yet!
HSP works with each student to ensure that they achieve success, based on what the student views as success. The smaller class sizes, the wide range of classes, the ability to participate at a high school level in sports, and the religious based education have greatly benefited our daughter. The school offers a great, safe environment for students to mature into young adults with great sucess when they go to college.
HSP is a fantastic school. The previous two (maybe) posters are so wildly inaccurate that I really must seriously wonder about their bona fides and agenda. My child has been there for a decade (K - 9). We are no "insiders". We have never encountered an iota of any of the things alleged in the preceding comments. I would know if they existed at HSP. They don't. There's no bullying. Nothing even close is tolerated. There is no "anxiety"among the students. This is not just inaccurate but laughable. I have never seen a more happy, friendly, warm, kind, good bunch of kids anywhere. HSP really is a terrific, special place. My child has benefited so much in every way from attending. It is one of our greatest blessings to have found it. There are disgruntled people everywhere. A few kids have turned out to be troublesome after coming to HSPS and have not been allowed to return. Unfortunately, that is often unavoidable to maintain a sound, loving, nourishing, welcoming environment of excellence, and to avoid the very types of problems alleged, falsely, in the preceding comments. Pay no heed to those comments for any accurate assessment of HSP. Go see it for yourself. This all will be clear.
My children have attended Holy Spirit Prep since preschool. My oldest is going to college next year - with more college acceptances and scholarships than we ever expected. My younger one is on track to do the same thing. Holy Spirit has a small, warm community that is rare. The teachers and administrators go to extraordinary efforts to help their students do their best - both in academics and as people. Sending our children to Holy Spirit Prep is the best decision we ever made as parents.
A true gem of a school. Stellar academics; the Classics; deep faith; great college placement; broad extracurriculars; all in a small, caring environment and one of the loveliest neighborhoods in Atlanta. We started in kindergarten and have been there ever since. My now 9th grade daughter translates to and from Classical Greek, is in the National Latin Honor Society, runs in the state track championships, and talks with me about Demosthenes and DNA as maturely as an adult. Exactly the education I wanted for her. And she is a normal kid. She has accomplished this because of HSP the terrific teaching and high expectations, but also the nurturing environment and individual attention that all receive there. HSP is one of the few schools in the country that offer Classical Greek and Latin. Graduates land at Harvard, Yale, Ga. Tech, and the like. But HSP is not a pressure cooker; it is like a big family. The students are very good kids--happy, kind, welcoming, and supportive, across varied abilities and backgrounds. The place exudes warmth. The staff are accessible and responsive; the facilities are great. We are very blessed to have found HSP. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
Holy Spirit Prep is committed to helping each student discover his or her best self. Our school engages and supports the entire family creating an environment of positivity that is unlike other school communities. You can be confident that HSP will prepare your child for college and for life. Our graduate attend some of the nations finest universities and each student is viewed as an individual masterpiece of our creator.
I beg to differ too... Holy Spirit is only good if your child is "normal" and fits in the box (or if you keep your child medicated to fit in) It simply amazing how they wonder why there's such high anxiety in the school among the students & bullying that is not addressed equally from child-to-situation. There is clearly favoritism and disadvantages if you don't fit their small-framed mentality. Oh, and we are from a Catholic upbringing and our children were baptized at the hand of Monsignor - - - bears no weight on how they treat you. Classic and complete - NOT. There is a lot of smoke and mirrors at this school. Hence, why we left!
Beg to differ with the previous reviewer about leaving before HSP changes were implemented. We left this year along with three other families we know. It is no secret that this school is struggling. There are other Catholic and private alternatives in the area with a better reputation and quality of education and academic life.
As a father, I can only hope that our children are nurtured, encouraged and supported to grow, learn and be fulfilled beyond the capacity of their own individual capabilities in a Catholic environment which teaches them to love themselves and others, understand that God loves them. Holy Spirit Prep so FAR SURPASSES other schools in the area across these dimensions. Parochial Catholic schools are often Catholic in name only. Private schools are so focused upon their reputation that student development and success is a means to their reputation. HSP Teachers are unbelievably dedicated and amazing, class size is intimate to allow focused attention on the students, curriculum is customized and challenging. Our children have attended for 6 years and flourished. Above all - the community is second to none. Too often we have heard from other families who have left, how they regret and miss the HSP community. Many have returned. Do your homework and look at the test scores and college placements. HSP far outpaces any of the other alternatives. HSP is focused upon enabling Scholars and Saints. Most of the negative reviews here are families who left before many of the current changes.
We have had a great experience at Holy Spirit! We started this school honestly not knowing anyone but wanting a small classroom environment. We have been very pleased with the overall education and family-feel of the school! The administration and teachers all truly seem to care about each child and their individual needs. They develop the whole person - not just academics. Our child has made wonderful friends, and we are confident that his school is giving him a strong academic foundation as well as reinforcing the same high morals that we also teach at home. We have been very pleased!
Holy Spirit Prep is a great school. Our children have attended HSP for the past seven years. What separates HSP from the rest is that the school offers a complete education -- mind, body, and spirit. HSP teachers have continuously worked with our children to make sure they receive individualized attention in areas where they excel and where they may need extra help. HSP's success in molding our children is visible every day, and can be statistically verified by the much higher than average standardized test scores and advanced placement testing. While no school is perfect, and HSP does not pretend to be perfect, HSP is a wonderful school that has provided extraordinary benefits to our children and family.
I am a graduate from Holy Spirit Prep. The second semester of my first year at Holy Spirit Prep my dad lost his job after the 911 incident. We were going to have to switch schools, but the school administration gave me a scholarship that amounted to $200 thousand dollars from elementary school to my senior year. I am so appreciative to the school and the people who run it with amazing generosity and zeal for our Christian values. This school has given so many opportunities to students just like me. Moreover, it is incredible to see how this Catholic school has more recently opened its doors to foreign exchanged students from China to give them an opportunity to receive a Catholic education. It is incredible to see how much they appreciate being able to learn about Christ at school and to witness some of the students be Baptized and Confirmed into our faith. This school is truly mission driven. I am so happy to continue being a part of this school through our great Alumni Association, which holds monthly social, service and spiritual events for alumni to get back on campus. Simply check out our alumni profiles on the website to see how we, the graduates, have turned out.
Our overall experience at this school was horrible and I would not recommend it for anyone. The return on investment is also poor. We had to spend money on private tutors after the $20K tuition to learn Mathematics.
In my earlier review today, I had intended to write that coaches were well qualified. All three coaches that have worked with my kids have been knowledgeable in their fields and focused on the kids. They have helped them learn, work hard and become better team members
I go to Holy Spirit's Upper School. It's not a perfect school, but I wouldn't expect it to be. The Upper School has not been around as long as other private high schools in the area, so I don't think it is fair to compare Holy Spirit in that way. Older schools obviously have larger endowments and more resources than newer schools like HSP. That is one of the reasons why tuition is so high. Since HSP is small, everyone knows everyone. There are some really great teachers at Holy Spirit who I feel lucky to have been taught by.With regard to college acceptances, Holy Spirit has had students accepted to Yale, Harvard, Notre Dame, and several other highly selective institutions. I came to Holy Spirit in ninth grade. I really love my grade, and I am so glad I decided to come to Holy Spirit. I couldn't have made a better choice.
What are some of these parents talking about? Why don't you just look at the national Iowa testing! My son has been there since preschool and he tests in the 95+ percentile and was accepted into the exclusive Duke TIP program. The lower school faculty makes sure gifted children like my son receive the advanced and customized learning enrichment they need. The school has advance math and overall performance programs. Some families do leave because of the tuition. It is high but it has been worth it. I would recommend Holy Spirit to any parent with a gifted child.
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