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San Antonio, TX
Students enrolled: 448

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770 West Ramsey Road
San Antonio, TX 78216

(210) 349-1169
(210) 349-1247
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January 29, 2015
Horrible administration. Principal thinks she's above reproach and the children fear her. The school has had to open additional grade levels to keep attendance, and income, up, and the education is mediocre compared to other private schools is the area. As a parent, I'm disgusted at what this formerly fine school has become. No accountability, favoritism, and the constant pursuit of the dollar are what's going on here. Families are leaving in droves and we' re one of them.

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2014
The administration is ineffective. There are students with behavioral issues at this school that are not addressed effectively. The supervision provided to the students is inadequate further exacerbating the danger the students are placed in by the behavioral issues. There are plenty of other public and private schools in the city that provide a more rigorous curriculum, have proper supervision, and a principal that can actually perform the job he or she was hired to do with some grace and tact. Holy Spirit is not able to meet this criteria. Don't waste your time or money here.

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2014
I am a former student at Holy Spirit and will be a freshman next year in highschool. I personally think without this outstanding school, I wouldn't be the person I am today. I graduated with honors and, not to mention, a great class that had the BEST teachers. My classmates have experienced a great Catholic school environment that was, for the past 9-10 years, bully-free, extremely loving, focused on the students, and filled with fun. I love all the aspects of the school, but I do admit to some flaws that need improving. For example, I can tell you straight off the bat, that all of my classmates that went to after school care, myself included, agree completely with the person who commented on May 23, 2011. We all thought the same thing. THE ASC director made 3-5 cry everyday out of ridiculous punishment. For example, we were waiting for ''gym time'' and we were talking. Now so far she hadn't done anything yet, but we reached just one volume peak and she yelled that we had no gym time FOR A WEEK! We thought it was completely unfair for her to do that. Otherwise, this school is AMAZING in its academics, teaching, teachers, environment, and everything else; just needs to improve ASC.

- submitted by a community member
May 03, 2014
I'm genuinely confused as to the comments below. As for the carline issue, I'm scratching my head as I have driven a variety of different cars to pick up my kids (luxury to regular, old, beat-up family sedans) and NEVER have I encountered a difference in how teachers bring my kids to the car nor have a witnessed this with other families! As far as the principal is concerned, again I am confused. While, admittedly, we haven't had that much direct contact with her, she has always been friendly and approachable when I've had comments or questions. In fact, she offered a "Wednesday Words" session every month open to all parents to come and just talk about whatever was on their minds. Luckily, our kids haven't had behavior or academic issues, so we haven't had to deal with her on "tough issues". Also, we have been extremely pleased with the teachers! Yes, they can be "tough" with homework/project assignments, but our kids are thriving! We are so happy with the Catholic Identity and the spiritual values that are being taught! We came from another Catholic school in the archdiocese, which was ridiculously subpar academically, and can now only say how pleased we have been with Holy Spirit!

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2014
I am very displeased about this school. Although the parent involvement community has been good. There needs to be change in administration. The principal talks down to parents and to students. She is arrogant and likes to intimidate parents, students and staff. There are a few teachers who feel entitled and are "cliquish". During carline pick-up there are a few teachers who will not take the kids to their cars unless the parents drive a certain model or have a certain status. I was heartbroken to hear of the infinite issues regarding the principal and her lack of leadership skills and plan of action. She is tactless and has no faith in the children achieving. She is unprofessional, unethical and leads by fear! Did anyone check her previous employer? I think she needs to go back to Illinois!

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2014
This school has been disappointing in every way possible from the ineffective administration, to the inadequate curriculum, and the less than mediocre teachers.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2014
Please keep in mind that if you are on a waiting list, there are other nearby Catholic Schools that have great reviews without a waiting list. My family pulled my niece out because of cliquish (bullying)behavior that would go uncorrected by teachers and administration. God Bless!

- submitted by a community member
September 17, 2013
Why are there no recent reviews? Is someone taking them off? I just think it's suspicious that there hasn't been a review on this school since Feb. 2013!

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2013
Just for the record - Holy Spirit Catholic School is having an outstanding year under the leadership of the new Principal - who has 29 years of education experience - 12 as a Principal of a Catholic School and 7 in the Public Sector. (Great combination!)Curriclum allignment and professional Development are two major areas she seems to be focusing on this year. As a parent, it is evident that under her direction, HSCS is stronger today than it has been in the last 5 years. I think if you surveyed the parents today - you would see that the "extremely satisfied" category would be checked for solid academics immersed in our wonderful Catholic faith. I would not even consider sending my kids elsewhere. This community is a place I am proud our family belongs!

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2012
I have been so disappointed in this school this past year and wish we would not have waited 5 years to leave. Holy Spirit has fallen short in many ways and I am actually worried that our child will be behind when attending public school next year. Don't get me wrong, there are good teachers in every school and I love some of them here, but this school seems to have more than its share of inept teachers. The teachers focus more on what they can find that is wrong with a student instead of trying to discover how they can help them to become better, more mature students. They need to focus more on actually enabling their students. We are so happy to not be returning this next year. They need some direction and leadership.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2012
My family has been attending Holy Spirit school for many years. Yes, the school has been through a lot of changes the past few years. However, change is always good. The changes that have occurred have not affected my family or my children at the school in any way. Academically my children have been learning beyond their grade level. Spiritually, they have been nurtured with love and compassion. Their love for Jesus and one another radiates from their knowledge in faith. Overall, I believe the school is phenomenal. We are very happy at this school and would not go anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2012
So there's a new principal who will replace the previous inept individual. I am optimistic and believe she may just have what it takes to break up the current staff who has led this school to the dump! We shall see...

- submitted by a teacher
March 26, 2012
For the parent who posted the 4 star comment on 3/22, either you work for the school or have your head someplace else. You seem to have really personalized those comments about the VP and stressed how many hours she works. How do you know this and why do you seem to take the comments so personal? Many,many parents at Holy Spirit are unhappy. What about the multiple families who pulled their children out of the 4th grade mid-year this year? What about the numerous comments about how cold and uninvolved the VP is this year? What about the 1st grade teacher's aid who yells at the children in the lunch room. Really? You don't see any of this? I'm not buying it. These comments and experiences I know for a fact come from highly involved parents which is exactly why they are leaving the school! In addition, your last comment about praying for us. No need. I for one do not need nor want prayers that come from a self-righteous and indignant individual such as your response indicates that you are. Submitted by a parent

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2012
AHHH! Ignorance is bliss Are you kidding me? I was there for 4 years and only saw nothing but teachers roaming the halls and chatting away while the poor students were losing out. REMEMBER this school was once Blue Ribbon and has now lost that staus due to poor academics. The administration is by far professional. I still have friends who attend and say she is rude and does not respond to parents phone calls or emails. Please don't embellish and say that she is available-- By the way, you are right we were not happy and left your so called "awesome school" a year ago. What a complete difference between the schools--the difference is amazing!

- submitted by a community member
March 22, 2012
Holy Spirit Catholic School is a wonderful place for children to attend school and acquire a foundation for education. I have a child in high school who went throughout HSCS and is excelling in academics as well as being a well rounded child. We have a middle schooler attending this year and could not be happier. The assistant principal has stepped in and demonstrated excellence and professionalism where there was none due the inefficiencies and mistakes made by the former principal. She works countless hours, is available to staff, students and parents. Many parents today don't want to work "with" educators. They do not teach responsibility and everything is someone else's fault. They then lash out and post derogatory comments and blame the school......after all....it could not be their misbehaving child that is preventing EVERHYONE else from learning. No, it is much easier to blame the priest, principal, and teachers. If you are so unhappy at our awesome school....you can leave. We will pray for you.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2012
for the person that posted February 1, 2012: what is the school that you transfered from last year? I'd really apprerciate your response since i'm trying to find a good catholic school for next year

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2012
We are a family who transferred this year from another "troubled" catholic school with a principal that was "very qualified"; however her qualifications and yrs of experience still DID NOT make her a good principal. Every family has their own experience depending on their child. Ours has been amazing starting with the interim principal; whom I think is highly qualified and cares about the school. The staff is also commendable; we have worked closely with the elementary counselor and our child's teacher and both have been "absolutely phenomenal." They have been nothing but professional, caring and friendly w/ every experience we have had. I've had lunch w/ my child and the teachers get after the kids because they play more than eat and they have a limited lunch time. Don't we get after our kids for playing too much and not eatig when they are supposed to? Every experience is different so you have to see for yourself and not take the advise of everything written; including myself. We LOVE this school, the staff, the teachers and the families. You make what you want of every experience you have. If you get involved and effectively communicate you get good results.

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2012
We have been with the school for 4 years. We are very happy with the school. We have to respect everybody s opinion even though we do not agree with parents that have rated the school low. My son could not be happier. Academics are strong. Teachers are very good. The environment is great for the kids and as the result, the school has great kids. There have been changes in the administration and there is still a search for a principal. Having said that, the current staff has done a great job running the school this school year. Nothing is perfect, but bottom line Holy Spirit is a very good school.

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2012
I have been very disappointed with the academics of the school as well as the administration. I know many people that have left due to the administration but have been trying to 'wait it out" in hopes that it will get better. I know that all schools have politics but this one seems at the top of the heap. There is a lot of secrecy. The search committee consists of several staff members (have you ever heard of hiring your boss?!) and others that state that they have strict requirements for a new principal yet the current vice principal has been allowed to put her hat in the ring even though she isn't qualified according to these strict guidelines. Although a lot of aggravation revolves around the administration or lack thereof, my biggest concern at this point (one that will weigh heavily on my decision to return next year) is the lack of good teaching. My children are often yelled at, aren't challenged and very bored with busy work, and disciplined for silly things like talking in the lunch room. I pray that they get their act together in the very near future or we will be forced to look elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2011
First year here with two children. Teachers are good, academics seem to be decent but not to the level I would expect, and we have mixed feelings about the community. The kids like the school, but there are cliques (parental) that can be silly to deal with. It is pricey, and there is an almost constant demand for more money--sports, uniforms, meals, activities, presents, yearly registration, yearly commitment fee, monthly tithe to maintain "in parish" status etc. The volunteer program is managed loosely, at best, and some parents refuse to do their share--they sign up, for sure, and probably claim the hours, but don't show. The reasons to stay--outstanding teachers, good religious based education, and the relative safety of a private school education. Hopefully the administration will become more responsive.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2011
I really give the after school program of this school a rating of 0 because they do not care at all about the kids and the lady that runs the programs keeps saying she is not responsible for the kids .. so basically she just wants the parents money. Plus she even hates kids herself and has no college nor schooling as a teacher and does not want to have kids so why the heck does she work there in the first place?The kids are treated with no compassion nor sympathy and they don't realize that. I feel very bad for the children that have to go to that afterschool. Parents do not know tmost of these afterschool teachers have no good intentions with the children,and I believe no changes will take place not even with a new viceprincipal nor a new principal.

- submitted by a community member
May 30, 2010
The principal cares about, money only,but now she is going to retire,so the school will have a new principal who hopefully will be better.There is this mentality that the kids are just there to study but not to be cared about with kindness and respect. Teachers don't want to clarify schoolwork or answer questions of the students after school. The after school program's director cares 0 for the kids,she doesn't want to do anything for them. She denies the kids food if they forget to bring money from home and water if they forget to get their water. At times she and her staff refuse to wait with the kids if their parents haven't arrived,and often call the kids names and screams at them when kids are out of control. They can be very cruel. Terrible program!

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 04, 2010
With two major changes this year; both the Vice Principal and Principal no longer present, improvements should begin. Had these changes not been made, we would not re-enroll our child nor recommend Holy Spirit to others. The 'waiting list' mind set gets very OLD and is very disrespectful to the parents and children alike. Parental concerns had been approached in a cold and callous fashion with zero regard for what is in the best interest of the child; truely a very old school mentality. In this case of the changes made, change is a wonderful thing!!!

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2009
TThe house that Father Tony and Father Walsh built needs an overhaul. The school has been losing good teachers in the higher grades, and the (relatively) new principal does not adequately addresse parental concerns. The school's cirriculum lags behind in math relative to NEISD schools, but in other respects is roughly equivalent. If you live in an NEISD school district, then academically you can get at least and equivalent but often times better education, and put the private school tuition $$ towards saving for college. Principal is inflexible, which is not what parents expect in a private school environment, and makes inconsistent decisions with what appears to be a lack of sincere regard for parental concerns.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2009
I must agree with the parent from 9/19. We have seen a change in the administration and after working with children who are struggling, there are more resources in the public sector that are available to assist them with specific challenges. The parents involvement in the school and in your childs life is crucial. Holy Spirit encourages and requires your involvement. They are focused on your child succeding as long as you have the same goal, there should not be a concern. It's a great community to be a part of!

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2009
I'm a parent of two in the school and the previous review is completely wrong! The administration and faculty bend over backwards for the kids! However, if your child is constantly disruptive during lessons -- you will be asked to withdraw them. They don't need to put up with the behavioral disorders the public school does and it shows. The kids and teachers are focused on learning.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 11, 2009
I would NOT EVER recommend this school, administration and faculty does not consider the best interest of the children.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2007
Holy Spirit is a fantastic school! This is our first year here (2nd & PK4) and my kids love it! They both have very good teachers and the curriculum is very strong. We came from another catholic elementary school with higher tuition and lower academic standards and are extremely pleased with the strength of the teachers and the entire feeling the school gives off. My children have never been happier.

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2007
Holy Spirit is a wonderful school. My child attended Holy Spirit and received a wonderful education. She has since graduated from Texas A&M at College Station and is currently working as a chemist for a engineering firm in Austin. While my child attended Holy Spirit I worked as a teacher. The entire faculty and staff at Holy Spirit were professional dedicated people. I felt very sad when I heard that the principal that I worked with was no longer there. I feel that Holy Spirit Catholic School is going to miss Joanne Gawlik in the coming years!

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2007
The Academics are well above average-there are some good teachers doing excellent work...there are also some accidents waiting to happen.If your child is a girl she may do well in the middle school but if they are a boy(s) this is definitely not the place. It is run like a girls school and there is no apparent understanding of the functioning of the adolescent brain. The previous review of the principal is on the money.Her attitude is quite clear 'we have a waiting list' so we do not have to listen to your concern, much less work with you! You are very much left to feel like 'if you don't like it, leave'. Your child will get a good education,no doubt, but he/she probably not see school or learning as an adventure or source of fullfilment that it could be. Too bad really, there is a ton of money at this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2006
I love the parent involvment and the volunteer requirements.

- submitted by a former student
March 13, 2006
The school tuition seems to be a bit high.. This is my first year sending my little girl she is in Kindergarden She will be going into first grade next year and her younger sister will be starting Kindergarden.. The school itself seems to have a good academic program and my girl has had a chance to learn about music, art, and other extracurricular activities but most of all the cathalic back ground and teachings . The school seems to have and want a great deal of parent involvement, in my opinion this is great... Some times there is so much involvement that a parent may not be able to join in on every thing but it's nice that they ask and encourage the parents as much as they do. In my opinion this is a great school and hope that your children enjoy it as well.. Sylvia Moreno Bulverde TX.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
November 26, 2004
Great school. A little expensive but well worth it.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2004
Poor administration, losing all the good teachers. Families are great, but school is in need of an overhaul. In need of a new principal to turn the school around. Considering the price of tuition, they should have stronger teachers and a better principal.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
Parents tend to be clickish if you are not active in the parish. The school however is first rate. We have had our kids there for 9 years. Very good teachers and admin. staff. Tuition is some what expensive at over $4000.00 for 10 months non-parish rates.

- submitted by a parent

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Holy Spirit Catholic School
770 West Ramsey Road, San Antonio, TX  78216
(210) 349-1169
Last modified Holy Spirit Catholic School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Holy Spirit Catholic School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 38 reviews. Top