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.
Horrible. From the administration to the teachers (only a few great ones have retained positions) - and the lack of leadership comes from the top! Communication is poor; their level of academics is substandard compared to other schools. I don't know why HSP has their nose in the air; the elitist attitude stinks and there are SO MANY other great, nurturing schools out there with better technology and techniques to actually teach different levels of children! They have a "one-fits-all" mentality. Teacher retention is low and it's a hush-hush community - NOT a family atmosphere. Everything they say and the way they handle situations is very scripted and very cold. I wouldn't send my kids back here if it were the last private school on the planet. Looks good from far, but is far from good. Expensive and NOT worth it - look elsewhere! We wasted 3 years of our children's lives here...
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.
The school lost too many wonderful and supportive faculty/staff and students/families over the years. It was a fabulous school YEARS ago, as well as a beautiful campus and facility. Sad! Hoping Mr. P can turn it around!
This school is a hidden gem compared to other Atlanta private schools and Catholic schools in the area. A strong Catholic education is the foundation of this school. Committed to valuing every child as a gift from God and wiling to teach all children so that they can reach their highest potential. Worth taking a second look...
Ask yourself a couple of questions....why has the class size dropped so dramatically (especially 9th grade, 2013) and why are they having to bring in foreign exchange students to fill the gaps? Do your homework and ask questions.
Strong academics and traditional Catholic values are the foundation for this school. Our family couldn't be more challenged and happier in this environment.
There is a lot of teacher turnover in this school. Parents serving as coaches bordering on abusive. If you are considering the resource program at this school, ask a lot of questions. Ask what the qualifications are of the teachers. Are the students in the resource program Catholic? What will the tuition be? Get it in writing. The school raised the resource tuition right before school started this year and again during the school year. Does the school remediate or just accomodate? Do they use a multi-sensory approach? If you have a child coming out of Schecnk or the Speech School there are better options in Atlanta.
Please read all the postings before you decide to send your children here. There were many more comments that seem to have been deleted from this space. That is not fair. After 4 years our family was been very unhappy with the level of instruction and environment HSP offers. Teachers come and go every year and seem to leave under secretive circumstances. This school is NOT part of the Atlanta Catholic Archdiocese. Don t walk away Run away
I do not have an upper school child, but my daughter is a student in the lower school at HSP, in the first grade. She loves school, talks often about what she has learned from day to day, and has never wanted to leave at the end of the day! I have watched her grow in leaps and bounds and am very happy that we found our place at Holy Spirit Prep. I love the smaller class size and appreciate that all the teachers know and greet her on a daily basis, not just her own teacher. It's a very safe, nurturing environment that all parents should consider for their younger children.
School is way behind in math and language arts, especially in middle school. My child is struggling to catch up at a new school. Ask questions. I wish I had. Very casual atmosphere with a lot of behavioral, teasing and bullying issues. Spanish and Religion was great. The rest, not up to par. Not worth the money, in my opnion
I have worked at other schools in the Atlanta area, and I have been so happy teaching at Holy Spirit! It is a wonderful school that finds a way to challenge children while also giving extra support to those who need it. The teacher turnover is no worse than any other school, and all the teachers I work with have a background in education.
Our family loves Holy Spirit Prep! We have 2 children on the Lower School Campus and couldn't be more pleased with our experience over the past 5 years. The teachers are nurturing and genuinely care about forming the whole child. Classes are academically challenging and the learning is individualized. Technology is on the rise with one to one chromebooks being used in the Middle School and Promethian Boards and Ipads used in the lower grades. This school has a real family feel that we haven't found anywhere else in the Atlanta area. Thank you Holy Spirit!
In life's major decisions in regards to your child, it is important to complete due diligence on all sides of the avenue coming and going. We are going into 5 years with a gifted child who has challenged and supported to succeed. I will too say you have to give or yourself to make successes happen at any school. Its life's circle of influence. It is too hard to accept when it is your child that may be having the problem.
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