Holy Spirit Preparatory School is an institution of excellence and tradition along with community, education, faith, and love. It is structured and disciplined and full of love from from the teachers, staff and parents.
I would give this school even more stars if I could.
We have one daughter in preschool and another in first grade. Both started at 2 years old in the Mothers Morning Out program. The school just seems to offer everything: exceptional academics (several recent alumni are at Harvard among other impressive schools), a supportive community, a safe environment, and a competitive athletic program. And I can't say enough positive things about the teachers. After 6 years I am so fond of each teacher every year. They ALL genuinely love the kids and their workplace - it makes for such a happy environment. Any time I have ever had a concern, the teachers and administration have been very receptive and welcoming.
Yes, there is a good bit of homework. But it seems to be practical and never busy work. The teachers have high expectations from the students and I appreciate that. I am paying a lot of money for my kids to be well prepared for college.
Yes, it is a faith-based school. Catholic, in fact. The kids are taught respect, discipline, spirituality, honesty and integrity. And for the students who are not Catholic, I have seen them treated very respectfully.
Just like anything, you get out of it what you put into it..... This school thrives on parent involvement. There is a very active Parent Volunteer Association which plans events all throughout the year - for students, teachers, and families. It's a great way to get to know other parents and kids. Parents are always welcome on campus at any time during the day.
I feel so grateful to have found this school but what really matters is how happy my kids are because of this school. The best thing you can do is visit HSP and talk to the kids.
Updated from an earlier review...although we still feel this school has alot of great qualities, what we are experiencing is parents who are willing to do whatever it takes to insure their child gets preferential treatment, whether it be during the regular school hours or for extracurricular activities. Many of the kids who have been at the school for a long time feel a sense of entitlement and often their behavior, be it bullying or just acting out, is overlooked by the administration. We feel there is no accountability for actions and that honesty is not a valued virtue by some of the parents, and therefore, their children. We strive to teach our children to practice the Golden Rule and would expect this same environment at HSP. So far, we have been disappointed. The teachers are wonderful but it does seem, as a few posters have mentioned, that as long as your family gives enough money to the school, etc., your child's bad behavior is tolerated. We work very hard to afford the tuition at HSP and still believe it is the best school for our children but would like to see a little more accountability on the part of the parents, children and administration.
A few years ago, they had a big problem with drug at the school. Parents were not notified of the problem. Generally, the student body is average. Upper school students have to deal bullying from their peers and the administration will not address the issue with fairness to all party involve. It's all about status and how deep is your funds...
I can't say enough wonderful things about this school. My 2 children have been there since Preschool and into 5th grade. The academic rigor along with the small environment and nurturing faculty have set an environment for my children to thrive. I am especially impressed with the Seton Center gifted program. It inspires the accelerated learners to "think outside the box" instead of just getting an "A".
We are new to HSP this year with one child in first grade and the other in Pre-K2. There are no words to express how thrilled we are with the experience thus far. Our first grader is receiving the accelerated academic program he needs to reach his full potential while developing spiritually in his Catholic faith. Our toddler loves the preschool and his teachers. The preschool has exceeded our expectations with the loving teachers who truly care about the children's development academically, socially and spiritually. Communication at all levels is outstanding at HSP. Teachers reach out consistently to let you know how your child is performing while the administration is friendly and open to suggestions for improvement. Great school with wonderful families and staff. Go Cougars!