We transferred our junior to ACP mid-year and it was a great choice. We are new to the area and spent time touring the other schools in the community. We compared academics, sports, and the arts. ACP offered him everything and more. He was welcomed from the first day and has become a part of the community quickly. The families we have met have been warm and welcoming. We were looking for a great drama program, but also wanted strong academics. Our son has been offered many options for courses, with multiple options for level of difficulty. The college planning is already in full swing and the tools they offer to assist the process are very effective. The drama program is amazing! The students are experiencing great theater, learning about teamwork, and all with their faith.
We had four children (1 son and 3 girls) who graduated from Antonian College Prep High School and our experience was awesome. All of my children were in the National Honor Society, in sports from football to softball, and in many other organizations. They received many awards for academics and athletics. The teachers were excellent! My children were molded into wonderful young adults and they grew academically and spiritually. My husband and I sent our children to Catholic schools all of their lives and it is wonderful to see how their Catholic faith grew over the four years that they were there. Each have continued serving God through ACTS retreats which is what they were able experience at the school years ago.. All four of them have graduated from different universities with honors and all hold excellent jobs. Antonian definitely prepared them for college!!
Antonian was a "Place called Home" when my children attended ACP and it still is for many students today. Every school has its ups and downs but Antonian was a place where things could be worked out. We are proud and blessed parents who thank Antonian for working with us in partnership in molding our children into wonderful young adults! Go Apaches!
If your child is a top 10% student, they will remain one wherever they attend, and I would recommend sending other than Antonian. My child and those that were in top 10 accomplished this with the help of teachers but the administration policies and procedures worked against them continually. The administration will lie to you at a drop of the hat. The registrar made significant transcript errors for years and when confronted, lied or denied the errors. Once errors were revealed, the administration fixed, apologized but left that person as registrar. Continual mistakes occurred, and if you weren't diligent as a parent they would not be caught. Special treatment is given to specific sports and athletes, including recognition and placement in classes. If you question the school, the administration wont hesitate to deride or in act retribution on your child, active or passively. I have had longstanding teachers at the school tell me that strange things go on with the grades. The school misappropriates dedicated money to what they want. They had to reimburse our booster fund when confronted. When they cant explain why the have done something contrary to acceptable behavior they use the term," the archdiocese tells us to do it this way", and expect you to leave it alone. They discipline favored students differently than others. This last May before graduation a group of seniors vandalized the school. The school described it as class A misdemeanors'. Some wealthy students were in this group and were allowed to graduate with the rest of the students that followed the rules all the years the attended and exhibited good christian behavior. The counseling office in general is not knowledgeable or proficient in what they do, and instead of researching a question for you, will preferably give you inaccurate information. A new principal was hired last year, but the same administrators were left on staff, so not much has changed.
My child was exposed to some excellent teachers and individuals, but the way the schools, curriculum, athletics, discipline and finances are handled it negates their work.
Yes, there are things that need improvement. Yes, there is anxiety about the changes by the new administration being put in place. However, this school is 1,000,000 times better than St. Anthony CHS. Parents need to give thanks their kids are attending Antonian and are not at Saint Anthony.