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.
Our children have attended Holy Spirit Preparatory School for the past six years. This school is wonderful and we couldn't be any happier with our children's education. We highly recommend Holy Spirit for parents who want their children to obtain a complete education.
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.
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.
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