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San Antonio, TX
Students enrolled: 551
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15415 Red Robin Road
San Antonio, TX 78255

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(210) 695-2240
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December 02, 2014
The Anglican use Mass at Atonement is beautiful and exceptional, and is about as close as you can get to the traditional Catholic Mass as it used to be performed. I have been to many other Masses (including the one suggested below), and the Mass at Atonement I enjoy the most. It is not only about appearance. But the only way is to know is for you to go for yourself and make an informed decision and not one based on an obvious Internet troll's 1-star review simply because he or she doesn't like it. And don't make your choice based on my opinion. Go see for yourself. Some who have had a bad experience for whatever reason constantly try to bring this place down. It's doing pretty well actually...to say the least. And there does appear to be many trolls posting on this forum.

- submitted by a community member
November 22, 2014
Not worth it. The Anglican (use) clergy only value appearances. Go to Great Hearts (or any other school in the city)!

- submitted by a community member
November 19, 2014
Thank you for the insight into early admission dates. My daughter is transferring from another university to Rice this spring-- something she could not have achieved without her previous educational background. They obviously felt as much when considering her application. The initial review is meant to show our family's gratitude to the institution for its part in helping her finally reach her intended goal.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2014
Accepted into Rice in October? That is truly early admission! Most early admits don't find out until December. I guess the school is better than i remember.

- submitted by a community member
October 20, 2014
A fantastic school in every way. If you are looking for great education for your children that is rewarding, enriching, and unique, then this is the school for you. I enrolled both my daughters here after researching all the other private schools in the city. I have never most experienced anything other than thankfulness that I chose this school for my daughters. My eldest has just been accepted into Rice University.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2014
As the comments show, you'll either love the school or hate it. This school is one of the last remnants of what was once a good thing we all had going but took for granted. Most of the complaints truly are exaggerated if not outright inaccurate. Everyone does have a right to his or her own opinion. Unfortunately, technology has made anonymous complaints very easy whether true or not. This school is utterly fantastic on numerous levels. And it is only getting better. Those that disagree have their reasons I suppose. But usually the ones completely satisfied have better things to do than write posts on Internet forums. It took a lot for me to actually chime in, but the record needed to be set straight. It is not an exaggeration that this is the best school in San Antonio. Other schools are great at many things as well. Most are not. But this one is the best for the right reasons. The school puts the students first. Its mission is without question solid. The staff are extremely professional and love their job. The students develop a bond with each other for the rest of their lives, only being outdone by the Aggie solidarity, which says a lot. Those are the facts. Trust me.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2014
I went to school here for two years, 7th and 8th grade and thought I liked it. My parents sent me to Central Catholic for high school and looking back now it's one of the best things that has ever happened to me. It opened my mind to bigger and greater things, as Atonement likes to lock their people in their own world. They basically preach that anyone that doesn't believe their religious and political views are evil and are condemned to hell. The teachers are rude, and have very illogical class policies. Daily mass, religion, and choir are forced on you. Athletics are pathetic and there is little to nothing to do outside the school, as in clubs, etc. So unless you want to end up doing something with religion or music, steer clear. Please. You have been warned.

- submitted by a community member
September 18, 2014
I love Atonement. I graduated a few years ago, having attended all fourteen years (Pre-K through 12). It's a place where I truly felt at home; with the Lord, as well as my classmates and teachers. I loved daily Mass and I miss it. The high school academically prepared me for college and I'm at the top of most of my classes. The workload isn't so heavy if highschool gets you used to it. It also helped me build the backbone I need to defend my faith - college can be a very liberal place, but I know the love of God and I know how to show it to others without being defensive or pushing people away. I loved many of my teachers there. You can see how good their hearts are. I remember them always willing to go the extra mile to help a student out, even if it wasn't related to their class specifically. Like any school, there were some duds over the years...but the good always outweighed the bad, Graduates have gotten into places like St. Mary's, A&M, UT, Rice, Notre Dame, Hillsdale, I even had a friend who was interviewing for Yale. Atonement is a blue ribbon school - if you use your education correctly, you can go places. Many grads are either done or on their way to getting degrees.

- submitted by a community member
June 13, 2014
Don't trust the administration of this school. We had our children enrolled for nearly 10 years at the Atonement Academy. We are very devout Catholic family and were undermined as parents of our children. Our children were advised against our requests and our family decisions. They say that they are family oriented and that family comes first; however, they will have no problem telling your children that you are wrong. This destroys the family unity and for a larger than the 2.3 child family, this creates much discourse within the family. We used to be the greatest advocate of AA and would hear stories of the gossip or the administrative over-reaches, and excuse away. Not any more. Our family unit has been greatly altered by a "Catholic" school who should have supported parents instead of "cottling" to disgruntled teenagers. They will take your money and use it to access the minds and attitudes of your children. Beware.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2014
My kids go to this school for a year now. They've been to many Catholic schools both in Ohio and California whenever we moved. I am able to compared the quality of education they provide to our kids and honestly, this school met beyond my expectation. I was skeptical at teh beginning due to the daily mass and my kids also had a hard time for the first few weeks and they both cried about it but after our support and encouragement and they get used to it, they now just not like the school, they love it! I also asked my kids about the quality of education, they both said it is far way advance compared to other Cathlic schools they went. My 5th grade daugter is already learning transversals in Math which is an introduction to Geometry and my son only learned it during freshman. We sent our kids to Catholic school because we want them to be successful and have a good foundation with cosistent discipline both from home and in school. Techonology is not always the answer to learning. The kids have computers at home already and we do not want them spending to much time in computer instead of intearactie learning. I realy love the teachers for being consistent, teach sudents on acntbility

- submitted by a parent
January 02, 2014
Hi, I'm a high school student at AA. There's a lot of reviews coming from parents and I don't see a lot from actual students coming from there. I personally love the school. If you want your child to have a good foundation of his/her religion as a Catholic, I absolutely recommend this school. AA teaches the students great reverence for the Mass and the Eucharist. I don't know where parents got the idea that they destroy your childhood here. When I first came to the school, everyone was reaching out to me. What drew me to the school was the Mass. The liturgy is so beautiful. They teach the students to sing their best for God, and therefore have one of the best choirs in the area, if not the best. Going to Mass every day for so many years, imagine how many graces your child will be getting going to this school. AA not only prepares the students' minds academically, but also spiritually. Plus, I attended their last graduation of high school students. The school gave a total of 3 million dollars of scholarship for the 17 students alone. The school absolutely wants the best for the students. Read the Vatican's review. If you send your child to this school, your child will thrive.

- submitted by a community member
June 29, 2013
The Atonement Academy is very clear about who they are and make sure that you know and follow their ways. I have been a part of Catholic Education my entire life and never encountered this "type" of school. The school was not a fit for our family. I am not sure it is a good fit for most families. They are the only Catholic school in the area and I think people try to make it work for them by going along with the way they do things. Children are not put first in this school. Daily Mass, beautiful buildings, and their strict interpretation of Catholism are first and foremost. My children were extremely unhappy but it took me awhile to catch on that the change in their personalities was due to the stress of this school's environment. The approach of the teachers is outdated: busy seat work, not hands on, and rarely do the children leave their desks. The technology is nonexistent- no computers in classrooms. If you are looking at this for your child- please dig deeper than the invitation to Mass and tour of the school. On the surface it looks and seems wonderful- look closer. If you send your children, watch closely and make sure the Atonement ways don't break their childhood spirit.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2013
First and foremost, this school is CATHOLIC. If you are looking for an outstanding private education only at Catholic school prices, move on; it is CATHOLIC. If your child behaves and he or she is willing to work very hard every day, he or she will grow in wisdom and stature.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2013
I went to Atonement for all of high school, and I cannot give a worse review. It is ruled by an authoritarian priest who, by his own admission, believes that learning Latin is more important than learning essential modern skills such as computer usage. He and other administrators believe in teaching the high school-level students responsibility, and they attempt to do so with unreasonably strict discipline and uniforms, by giving them roughly the same amount of freedom as they do to a 3rd grader, and giving a homework load equivalent to what you would expect in a state university. The academics could be exceptionally good, if they administration did not require the students to spend so much of their time on daily Mass, and mandatory religion and choir classes for all students, at all grade levels. If you send your child here for high school, expect that by the end, they will be: -a incapable of any religious or philosophical thought not approved by the Vatican; -unable to comprehend that people who disagree with their religious, political, or social views are anything but stupid or evil, and -completely lacking the skills and self-reliance needed for college or employment. Student

- submitted by a community member
August 11, 2012
While the Atonement Academy appears to be an architecturally beautiful location to introduce the youth of today's generation to more conservative values that center around the principles of Christ, it undoubtedly misses its mark. In the younger grades the teachers are exceptional, however, the higher the grade the more the bureaucracy of the school comes into play, and the morals suddenly vanish. Instead of encouraging a freedom of thought, of expression, they instill rigid discipline to conform to what is their perception of a good "Catholic". The administration in particular the deacon and the priest are at the forefront of this, and parents wishing to ensure their child doesn't have a rough time at school, also conform. The parents of the high school students as well as the administration are no better than high school students, involving themselves into catty affairs with teenagers half their age. The Atonement is not a place for intellectually stunted children, but at the same time, is not the place for parents wishing to instill actual religious values into their children.

- submitted by a community member
June 02, 2012
Very good school. We sent our girl to this school last year and she loves to be there everyday. Daily Masses is a big plus. School teaches lot about moral life and religion which is a must for any catholic/christian kids.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2012
hey! listen up!! all i've heard about this school is that it worries all about money and scares children into doing well. its the total opposite!! yes, we go to mass everyday, but after a few weeks, youre used to it. i went to a school where i was non-stop bullied and stereotyped and pressured for grades. here, at atonement, my classmates love and respect me and im allowed to work at my own pace. sometimes the homework is a bit heavy or i struggle a little more on one subject than others. but doesn't that happen at all schools? and people say its all stuffy and loser-ish because they don't have a strong sports program. but the school's still fairly new. no more cliques, no more bullies. at this school everyone REALLY does love everyone. i came to atonement and i'm never going back. -A STUDENT

- submitted by a community member
February 28, 2012
After months of researching/ visiting local private schools, my husband and I decided on the Atonement Academy for our Pre-Kindergartener. Both of us feel we could not have made a better choice. Our son loves going to school everyday, has made great friends and feels comfortable. His teacher is outstanding, she keeps in contact with us, let's us know daily his behaviors and what the class is doing. She is accessible and responds promptly. All of the staff is friendly, professional and genuinely care about the students. I am shocked to read some reviews about "being financially motivated" or being "shaken down", this is certainly not the case as we have NEVER felt that way. I would honestly recommend this school to anyone and am sending our younger son to the Academy next year.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2011
I've read a few reviews that are inaccurate and show hints of the poster knowing little about the Atonement Academy. For instance, one poster complained of the school being primarily financial motivated and pressuring parents for money using fund raisers as tool to beat them over the head with. There are only two fund raisers per year and I have never felt pressured to make any donations to either. While I pay full tuition, I have a friend who was laid off and combined with other factors was not able to afford the tuition. The Atonement staff made arrangements for their child to stay at the academy, effectively charging no tuition. I am one of the, if not the youngest fathers at Atonement, I am lower middle class and I have always been treated with respect and felt welcome. While I mainly wanted to rebuke the comments that less than accurately reflect the school, I also want to note that I thoroughly investigated schools as far as Houston and that my research has paid more dividends then expected by choosing Atonement in several aspects.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2011
We wasted tens of thousands of dollars in this school, when the surrounding schools (public and private) are so much better. When I first saw Atonement I was impressed with the European fa ade and beautiful uniforms, but I found out later that the core values are rotten. What matters here is money, not the person. Children are treated harshly and given massive amounts of homework which robs them of a normal childhood. The social relations among the students are unpleasant. There are clicks, unfriendliness, gossip and bullying. I learned that I don t have to waste so much money or overwhelm my kids with homework to educate them, I just need to get involved; they will do fine if I spend quality time with them regardless of the school.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2011
I went to this school for most of my life. And let me tell you. I wish I hadn't . From the outward appearance of Atonement, it is a very beautiful, well brought up school. But as a student, the teachers expect way to much out of there students. They expect children to act as if they were proper adults. And this school is ALL about the cash. The tuition is WAY to high. And they think that the school is going to grow... HA! as if. The teachers are rude, unorganized, grade harshly, and pretty much the opposite of what a good Catholic SHOULD be. They randomly throw tests at you and you have to stay up until 12 o clock at night studying for them! I would not recomend this school for ANYONE.

- submitted by a community member
September 17, 2011
I went to this school for two years, and though I made some good friends, I was constantly stressed out and crying due to the amount of homework and teachers. This school is a patriarch, where if you are male, you are more important. I got sent to higher authorities for not bringing my book to class once, and was constantly looked down upon in my math class for not understanding something I have never been good at. I left church everyday feeling like a horrible person, something that NO ONE should feel that way after church. Students visibly straightened up and acted completely different when the priest or deacon walked around. The school is too busy spending the money from fundraisers on gardens and outside appearances than providing warmer uniforms for the winter and books. Teachers compared the grades of males and females, and it was just not fun. I would NOT recommend this school for your children unless you want cold, judgmental teachers, and to be paying an arm and leg for tuition so they can make a nicer outside appearance instead ensure your child is being taken well care of.

- submitted by a community member
May 31, 2011
My son was an average public school student. He started at the Atonement Academy in Middle School (6th) and is now finishing his freshman year. The first year was a struggle for him, but he is flourishing academically and socially. This is the kind of school where you need to stay out of the teacher / student relationship. I may not always agree with everything, but he needs to fight his own battles and he is becoming more of a man everyday. The academic program is rigorous. I have never had anything but productive feedback from his very competent teachers. Everyone at the school knows my child and is interested in his success. I truly appreciate the fact that this is a very orthodox Catholic shool and I don't think it is a good fit for everyone with daily Mass, formal uniforms & no-nonsense discipline. If you want your child to spend his days with other high-calibre students from strict families with high parental involvement, then this is the place for you. Otherwise there are lots of other schools to choose from. I think this school is worth every dollar. Although there are plenty of wealthy families in this school, there are also plenty of middle class families.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2011
Our family has just finished their first year at Atonement. I say this as it takes a total partnership between family and school for children to succeed here. I do not find this to be a short-coming of the school. Yes Atonement is quite rigid, but I find that there is sound reasoning behind each of the rules. If your child is not willing to work for their education, this is not the school for you. I believe no finer school can be found for any amount of tuition. Only once during the school year did I feel that the amount of homework was overwhelming for one of my children (I have two attending). However, the work load WILL REQUIRE good time management skills if one wants time for extra-curricular activities. The Administration and staff may not hold every parents hand individually, but it is because they are busy WORKING to give my kids the best education possible. I think it is also noteworthy that we are Lutheran, and I have never felt like we were not part of the Atonement family. All the tools for children's success are here. If there are failures, they rest in the goals, and work ethic, of the students and their families.

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2011
Atonment Academy is no more expensive than any other Catholic school here in San Antonio. At other Catholic school there are required "donations" which makes absolutely no since to me. Yes they upped their tuition $50, but again all the school do. I am not sure if you do realize that there is a tuition cap for families, so if you have more than 2 children at the school, the rest go for basically free minus the enrollement cost. I am not really sure what is wrong with having very high expectaions of our children. That is why we are sending our children to private school, so they get a better educatioation. I personally would rather sacrafice in my own wants and pay for my child to have a better future.

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2011
My wife and I are both products of Catholic education, and we think this school is exceptional. The curriculum is top notch and challenging to the students preparing them for a lifetime of learning. Teachers care about the individual students and it shows in their frequent, though not required, attendance of student activities. The only complaint that I have had is that they depend on room moms to communicate some activities with parents. This has proven to be ineffective, but has since been corrected. I'm not sure I understand the complaints about fundraising in a Catholic private school. It is asked, but not required, and I have been able to participate in some and not others. I am not an outcast, and appreciate the efforts to raise funds for the school outside of straight tuition. I respect the efforts of Atonement Academy in providing my children with a rigorous Catholic education preparing them to be the leaders of the community in years to come.

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2010
I gave this school a 1 because it is a total misrepresentation of what it claims to promote. If you are looking for a school built around CHRISTIAN values, you are looking in the wrong place here. This is a school where MONEY talks. Conformity and fundraising is what this school is all about. You are expected to open your wallet up wide here at the many fundraising events they hold and solicitations come often. If you don t crack your wallet often, you are treated as a second class citizen (a very Christian attitude). For the money you fork out here, you would think that they would have smaller classes for more one on one education but you can expect 25-30 or more students with one teacher and NO aide. Conformity rules here. If you are a YES MAN/WOMAN and want your kids to be, you will love this school.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2010
We are more than pleased with the education and Catholic environment at The Atonement. Our job transfer brought us to SA, and when we looked for a school with daily Mass required of all students, this was the ONLY place in town. Hard to believe for such a Catholic town, but our visit confirmed that the old school traditions were the right fit for our family. New admin team is young, bright, welcoming. Never had the feelign that newcomers weren't welcome, and got to know a family that has been at the school 10+ yrs. No place is perfect, but if you want a sound education, discipline, and if you know how to be a parent rather than a BF to your kid, this is the place.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2010
I have had my family enrolled in AA for several years. Yes, it's hard --the students work to achieve Blue Ribbon grades. The classes are very large (25 to 30 students). After many years of observation, as a parent, it is best to stay at the periphery. If you go with the flow then it will be a satisfactory experience. AA strongly encourages conformity in both parents and students. It is not a sign of weakness to disenroll but, rather a matter of finding the right fit. "Dfferent strokes for different folks." 90% of the students are well mannered and polite. The remaining 10% exude haughtiness and sense of entitlement, and seem to get away with things that other students do not, which is giving AA the reputation of a snooty, elitist school. If confomity works for your family, then AA is the right "Stepford" school for you..

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2010
I am a high school student at the Atonement Academy, and I have been enrolled since I was in 5th grade. Never have I been in a class with more than 26 students, and never have I felt that my homework was overwhelming. I am almost an Eagle Scout, I participate in at least two sports teams a year, and I have time to have fun with friends. My parents have never been responsible for my homework, and we get time at school to at least start our homework - of course some kids prefer to raise h--l instead. Oh yes, then they are invited to leave midyear. Lots of our kids are military and leave b/c they are transferred,& some do in fact flunk out. We can't help those w/ bad study habits, needing remedial work or undisciplined kids--sorry. Don't slam my Blue Ribbon School!

- submitted by a community member
May 22, 2010
Catholic and classical curriculum are the hallmarks of an education at The Atonement Academy. It's definitely not the place for weak students and even weaker parents. Kids have plenty of time to be kids as long as use their time well at school. Not the place for being spoon fed and never having homework. The nasty remarks about the large family dynasties and the UNTRUE statements about teachers and class size sound like sour grapes. We have 2 kids at the school and have spent 6 years there with lots of other happy families.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2010
We have two children in the Atonement Academy, and we are absolutely thrilled with the school. It can't be stated too often that this school is not for everyone, but if you want a thoroughly Catholic environment, a commitment to the teachings of the Church, dedicated teachers and administrators, and academic rigor, I can't imagine a better school. Also, our children and we as parents have made so many great friends at the school. It's a blessing to find so many people who share our values.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2010
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January 08, 2010
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December 17, 2009
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no rating December 12, 2009
My daughter made her first straight 'A' report card this quarter (five of them were 100's) I still remember the day you accepted her....her math placement test score was concerning; therefore she needed extra help. Now she is getting excellent math scores after a year with The Atonement Academy. Since attending your school she has grown into a responsible and confident young lady. She always had it in her to do well, but you and your staff brought it out of her. The work load and expectations had me worried at first, but in the end I think it may have been what she needed to prove to herself she could do it. I am very grateful for everyone's dedication!

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2009
The AA is what it is...strict, stern and traditional. Parents carry the burden of part-time home schooling because homework is heavy without a doubt. Of course kids thrive here. Children are resillient and survive (sometimes thrive) even in abusive enviroments. If this is your image of what a Catholic should be, by all means enroll your children here.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2009
I am now in middle school at the Atonement Academy, and I have been attending this school since Pre-Kindergarten. I love it here. No words can describe how blessed I am to go to this school. I thank God that my parents decided to keep me in the 'bubble' and protect me from public school. In no way do I believe that the Atonement Academy is a cold, cruel place. I hope to be able to attend this school until I graduate at 18, and I am excited.

- submitted by a student
September 14, 2009
I have had two children enrolled at Atonement for four years now. Coming from a public school myself, it is everything I could want for my kids. They are learning so much more than I did at their age with regard to academics. Their faith, and knowledge of it, has inspired me, (I often feel that they are teaching me in this aspect). They do have higher expectations than many schools for the same age range, but my children have had no trouble with keeping up due to the great teachers they have had and the parental envolvement my husband and I are committed to. I can not say enough positve things about The Atonement Academy. If you are committed to the Catholic faith, and your children... I would highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2009
This is our 6th year at AA. 4-9th grade! I feel so incredibly blessed to have moved to SA as a Military Family and find a school here like this! Our child is an average student that totally works hard and excels because the bar is set high. I have older children that we had to put in public school at our last duty station because no Catholic Schools were available after 6th grade. So I do know the difference! I love the teachers, the principle, and Father Phillips makes the school what it is. If you are looking for spiritual formation of your child along with a great education and a standard of excellence, The Atonement Academy will not disappoint you. I am so grateful we found it and have stuck with it. We also love that it is a Parish School and Affordable. Mass everyday! Nothing better than that.

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September 14, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2009
Our family is very happy at the school not only because of the discipline and academic standards but mostly because of the spiritual formation in the Catholic faith the children receive. I wish I had known at my children's age what they know now about their faith! What a blessing it is to have daily Mass and to lern so much about their faith and the sacraments. The teachers and administration are exceptional and are great human beings interested in the well being of the children, what more could I as a parent ask for. The school is not for everyone for some it may seem a little too rigid but for us it is a great fit and I would recommend it to anyone who seriously is interested in the spiritual and academic formation of their children.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2009
My daughter arrived at AA (from public) one year behind in Math. Thanks to the caring, educated teachers at AA, she not only caught up, she excelled! YES she works hard. YES she has lots of homework. And YES she realizes the positive impact her AA education will have on her future.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2009
We're very satisfied with the education our children are getting, and the environment of the school is exactly what we were looking for. It's Catholic, affirming for our children, and academically challenging. We have three children in the school, including one in the high school, and I can't speak highly enough about what Atonement is doing for them. I know a few of the parents of former students who have published their complaints here, and it's the typical 'blame somebody else' attitude. Atonement isn't for everybody. It's for the families who are serious about real education. Lazy kids will feel the heat. Our children are fairly average, but they're able to excell here because we encourage them work at it and they know we support the program, the administrators and the faculty.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2009
The Atonement Academy is a tough school! The studies are rigorous and require daily parent guidance to keep kids on track. Both the english and math are a whole grade ahead and the math has daily homework of 30 problems. The Catholicism is strict with a Anglican bent and can seem over the top; however, the priest, Fr. Phillips, is a very good orator and teacher. The times I have gone to daily mass he has impressed me with his practical homilies that speak to the lives of the children. Mr. Johnston, the headmaster, is responsive to parental concerns and very involved with all workings of the school. The sport programs are in their infancy - most of the coaches are parents. Overall, this is a very good school for college prep - not too expensive, either.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2009
While I appreciate the strict disciplinary standards(this was the main reason we chose private over public), I find the teachers cold and distant. Their resumes may be impressive but all of the knowledge in the world means nothing if the teacher cannot relay that information in a way that children can grasp. Minimal time is spent in class actually learning. Subjects are skimmed over in class and the parents are left to do the teaching through massive amounts of homework. We strongly believe in parental involvement in our child's education but we shouldn't be the ones TEACHING the subjects hastily brought up in class. Our child has earned straight A's due to our 'Home Schooling' instead of the 'Teaching' of AA. One other note I do not understand, if the Catholic faith is such a selling point of the school, then why do most families attend Mass at other parishes.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2009
If you want a strict, cold, and institutional education for your child this is your school. My child made some great friends and is a year ahead but at what cost. We went to the school for 4 years and it got progressively worse over the years. Great new teachers are turned mean, defensive about you concerns, and ridged within a year. My child is going to public school (best in SA) this year, when I talked to an administrator they said they had really great teachers that make learning fun...never heard that at atonement. We had some good times at atonement but our last year was hell to get through. I give them 3 stars.

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July 19, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2009
Where can a Catholic family go to have their children educated and nurtured after having had the benefit of homeschooling for several years? That was my looming question, and we were so happy to visit and have our kids at The Atonement for the past three years. We belong to another parish, but we love having our children learn about their Catholic heritage at the Atonement. They are getting a fabulous education, too. Our kids had to work hard the 1st year, but they caught up and are learning so much about time mgmt too. For our family, this school is where our middle and high school needs will be met: an accelerated, accredited education and has a great college acceptance record already. Yippee!

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2009
I have two children at the academy, and I am so very pleased with their growth as young Catholics & scholars. As others have indicated, the school is not for everyone: it is Catholic (daily Mass req.), kids have homework, schoolowrk, and discipline. For our family, it works well. Our kids get the 'warm & fuzzy' love at home, and we pay tuition for the rigorous academics and religious training. It saddens me that so many people blast away at the school when it is not a good fit. Wish they would realize that, like any relationship, it must be a good match and it takes prayer and patience and love to work!

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2009
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May 17, 2009
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April 06, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating March 17, 2009
We have four children attending the Atonement Academy; the two oldest for about 5 years and would not take them to any other school. Yes it was a difficult transition from public school because of the academic demands, but they are all doing very well. This is a scholl that challenges them academically as well as spiritually. It places responsibilities on them to be on time, dress properly, abide by the norms and be respectfull of others, just like normal society. Have been very fortunate since none of our children have ever had to spend time in detention or been disciplined due to attendance or poor behavior in school, and most of the families we know at the scholl would tell you the same. The school leadership is tops. While any organization is not without problems, they are Willing to listen and be proactive. The best Catholic school in SA.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2009
We have two children going to school at Atonement this year, and we wish we had our money back! The school is very over-rated. Some of the PhD teachers are great, and it's obvious they are in the right place. These few teachers love their subject matter, and they love their students. It shows. However, having a school full of PhD teachers does not equate to superior education. The teachers that have defensively posted on this site are probably the same ones that are teaching my children. The ought to become humbled by the poor ratings on this site, instead of becoming so defensive. I give this school 3 stars for being average, because despite all the PhD's running around, they still manage to be under-performing. My expectations were much higher at the beginning of the year. Now I can't wait for summer to be here so we all get a break!

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2009
If you want your children to develop good study habits and receive a high-quality education, send them to The Atonement Academy. If you want them to have 'fun', send them to Disneyland.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 28, 2009
The teachers are well educated adults but not educators. My family used tutors that are actually public school teachers to keep up with the ridiculous homework load. The students spend many Saturdays in detention for silly things like tardies and leaving your top button undone. Detention costs $35 to $50 too.I left because I was miserable. It's nice to be in a school where the kids are happy.

- submitted by a student
no rating January 24, 2009
We attended AA and the only I can said it's great school, teachers are great well educated with masters degree, doctors degree. Excellent Education, Excellent Values, beautiful mass, and for the ladies who is not agree with Latin Please this is great for our children. We love the school and I have 3 daughter attending in kinder, 5th and 7th. For all people who are not happy find a different school and please do not talk just because probably your children can make it in ours.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2009
The 'fortress Catholic' attitude may be wonderful for some, but don't believe that AA has a 'classical' education, by any means. Beside the obligatory study of Latin, any other remnants of a liberal arts model left when the new 'Academy Administrator' became the de facto Headmaster. Wonderful liturgy, but total lack of intellectual content.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2009
After seeing the post regarding 'unqualified' teachers, please see the school website to discover that all teachers have BAs and almost half have a MA or PhD. Perhaps the problem is that we do not emphasize fun. Because our goal is to have 100% of our students go on to great colleges and succeed, we probably fail at teaching 'fun'. I like to think that my classes can be fun, of course! And I have a great relationship with my students -- but it is definitely professional. As a parent I really don't want my kids having 'relatioships' with teachers. That's what their peers are for! If fun is not a requirement for you and your family,but strong academics in a Catholic college prep environment are, come and see for yourself!

- submitted by a teacher
December 31, 2008
I have made lifelong friends at the AA and the teachers were very nice. However, only 2 of them were qualified to be teachers. The administration doesnt care about its students as long as the parents are paying them money. Going to public school now has changed my life only for the better. Unless you completely agree with the bias ways of the administration 100%, I wouldn't even go on the campus. This is a never-been-so-sure-in-my-life unequivocal dont ever go there ever!!

- submitted by a student
no rating December 05, 2008
I was a former student at AA, and an A-B student, the work load was ridiculous and the enviornment wasn't fun at all. The teachers dont even try to build relationships with the students and all it is is strictly 'work'. A little discipline isnt that bad but they just take it way too far. As far as sports and extra curriculars go it's not good at all. I'm very happy in another Catholic high school, where the teachers care about the students and are allowed to have FUN. One thing the AA taught me was to be thankful to go anywhere else. Oh, and the school seemed great at first just like it does to everyone else after a year you'll see.

- submitted by a student
November 10, 2008
I just graduated from the school, and now that I am in college, I can honestly say that all that homework was well worth it. I watched as my classmates (many of whom attended Catholic schools) struggled to get ready for our first mid-terms. They also struggled with the first papers they had to write, staying up most of the night wasting time because they didn't know how to get it done. I also encourage my new friends to go to some of the daily masses. I don't make it every day, but I definately gained a love for the mass from my time at Atonement. Anyway, I will be coming back at Thanksgiving to tell my teachers how much they helped me, and that yes, 'they were right!' - a former and very grateful student

- submitted by a student
September 21, 2008
The AA is not for everybody, prospective parents take note and proceed with caution. Excessive homework and large classes dominate the curricula. We don't care that our children were ahead of their public school peers or cousins. We have one shot at parenthood and want happy/balanced kids. They now attend a Catholic school that is authentic and nurturing Praised by Jesus!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2008
This is a fantastic school where the staff are truly interested in the education and spiritual growth of the children.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2008
As the father of three children at the Atonement Academy (the oldest, now a sophomore and has been enrolled since pre-k) I can attest to the fact that there is no other educational institution that comes close to the Academy in every area imaginable. The religious structure, discipline, academic foundation, experience and education of the faculty speak to the success of this school. I agree with those that have said the Academy isn t for everyone. Those that prefer the public school methodologies for education should definitely not apply.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2008
This is our son's third year. He had a great summer and naturally wasn't excited about going back to school, that is until Open House. The teachers have worked very hard in preparation of the first day of school. The students were welcomed with enthusiasm and a joyful spirit. Our world is not perfect and to expect a perfect school is asking a lot. You can not find a better school in San Antonio or the Texas Hill Country that offers a more challenging curriculum, with quality teachers that sincerely care about your child. I can drop my child off in the morning feeling secure that my child will be with a community that will encourage him to be the best that he can be. This school teaches the whole child; spiritually, mentally and physically. In chosing this school, I was very impressed with the upper class students' manners and courtesies.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 17, 2008
Our children attended AA from PreK through 6th, we had hoped that our children would graduate from there. We did everything we knew how to do to help our children be successful and well adjusted. When we left AA, after 7 years nobody bothered to inquire why we left (is that authenically Catholic?). We spoke to administratin at the beginning of the school year, but we found they were difficult to reach - phonecalls/emails were easily not returned. Our personal experience was that the environment at the Academy was not friendly or open.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2008
As the father of two AA students (and counting), I thank God for this wonderful, unapologetically orthodox, authentically Catholic school. Sadly, it seems that most parochial schools are almost designed to destroy the faith of their students. AA could not be more different from such institutions. I could not be happier with this uniquely excellent school. There can't be more than a handful of educational institutions in the world that compare favorably with AA. As for the naysayers, well, I suppose even Tiger Woods has his critics.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2008
My daughter is going into kindergarten this year and was in pre-K at the Atonement Academy last year. Last year she was so excited to be at the school and looks forward to coming back. Last year, of her daily activities were educationally nutritional and her teacher was always gracious and accomodating towards her and towards me. I love the fact that the school strives to educate my child as a whole person, physically, intellectually, and spiritually. The daily mass is a blessing and Father Phillips makes sure that the sermon reaches the children at all levels. If you do not believe that your child is a whole and undivided person, you would probably be better served at public school where morals and decent comportment are not expected. If you want a school where your child is truly valued and their welfare is of concern to everyone there, go here!

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2008
My son has attended private school throughout his entire education and I have been extremely pleased with the results in his increased maturity, self discipline in his studies, and overall development as a young man...this was until I enrolled him in the Atonement Academy. Atonement seems to have a very good grasp of what it takes to educate and develop younger students but then loses focus and ability in their instruction of high school students. Additionally, the staff is underpaid and overworked, thereby resulting in a lack of attentativeness and respect towards their students - one of the main reasons I like private schools. Lack of communication and unresponsiveness is the main complaint I have with the faculty. I have left messages directly with the staff via their secretary, through phone messages and via email. Not once have my messages been answered.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2008
As I was saying in my last review the Atonement spoils itself. The principal does everything the priest tells him to do and always spouts nonsense whenever the students ask him questions. He believes that people should suffer and not complain about or try to do anything to stop it. Most of the teachers are tempermental or too full of themselves to listen to students. They will assign five tests on the same day and if a student complains or tries to object they will brush him/her off. The handbook changes every time the administration feels they want more power and if you try to express your opinions publicly they will ban you from all school activities that are in the least bit 'fun'. I warn you do not go to this school, unless you want your child to be a theologian.

- submitted by a community member
May 13, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating April 16, 2008
Atonement is a no nonsense school. The school is very much a reflection of Father Philips . He believes in a strong spiritual foundation is as important as a strong educational foundation. As such, the kids go to mass every day and the material the students do in class is challenging for most. It is not for every child and parent however. Neither the kids, nor the parents will be coddled. I love the school, while my wife is not as enthusiastic, because she thinks they get too much religion. What we both cannot deny is that the kids are way ahead of their peers in similar grade levels elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2008
Excellent, fantastic school

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 25, 2008
Well above average school. We are not Catholic but we wanted a solid college prep program for our son and he is getting it. He does not like mass each day and as Lutheran's do not feel he should be forced to go, but it isn't going to hurt him. This school has excellent honor system, very good academics, a student body of kids who have parents who CARE at it shows. Uniform and rule enforcement outstanding. Boys and girls have separate classes until 9th grade; makeup rules, hair cut rules, moral behavior rules excellent. This school's administration KNOWS how to effect learning. Some teachers are outstanding, others a bit young and naive. Students are taught personal responsibility and 'blame game' is not acceptable, which is the way it should be. If you are a parent who wants to blame teachers for your kid not learning, don't bother to apply.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2008
This is a fantastic school -- we have been here for eight years and see incredible development and growth with each subsequent year. It is interesting to see and read the applause as well as the criticisms. Obviously, people (parents, students, and teachers) either love the place or hate it! Obviously, it is NOT for everyone -- best bet: drop in for a visit at the weekeday 9:15 student sMass, then ask for an impromptu visit! Rather than believe too many glorious reviews or ignorant, ill-informed opinions, you should see for yourself!

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 07, 2008
What can we say, Atonement is a fabulous school, all the effort put into the way it looks, all the PHD faculty, Wow! It is a great school, but, for very intelligent children. Our kids tried it for a while, but, our kids are just average. It is sad that this school is not equipped to handle 'regular' kids. One would need to exceed in music or academics, that is about it. If you have children who want to excel in sports or other, this is not the place to be.

- submitted by a parent
January 02, 2008
Please think carefully before putting your children in this school. Music program is the only good thing about this school. The hallways and lobby are decorated beautifully and that seems to be their main focus: outward appearances.

- submitted by a parent
January 02, 2008
I am so happy and relieved to be out of the Atonement Academy. It's been going downhill for the past three-four years. All they focus on is their music and they brag about how fabulous their choir is. Which may be sort of true, but they hardly seem to care quite as much about other, more important areas of learning, like, science for example. Their curriculum is shaky and inconsistent. They have zero fine art classes besides music. Their selection of extra curriculars is lacking. They boast about having teachers with PHD's, but these teachers seem to have trouble communicating with students who aren't as smart as them. They also like to talk up the fact that they have Daily Mass. This nearly is the only good thing about the school. Thankfully, I was able to leave and go to another private school and was overwhelmed by the differences.

- submitted by a student
December 26, 2007
My children attended AA for three years, with each subsequent year being more disappointing than the last. Originally, we bought into the school's concept of a classical education, where children are taught to think and not learn by rote memorization. This goal was not realized as each year the curriculum changed and many core subjects were not the focus of the administration. The school excels at music and religion. Science and Social Studies were at best taught once a week. Math and English are slightly better than average. Without parent or teacher purchases, teachers are not necessarily supplied with all the tools needed to support the curriculum. ie full Science Labs, use of computer labs, more current/variety books. While my family made many wonderful friends and my children experienced spiritial growth, AA is not what we would recommend for families looking for academic consistency and challenge.

- submitted by a parent
December 20, 2007
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- submitted by a community member
November 09, 2007
It was refreshing for our kids to spend the last three years around kids who love the Lord, their teachers, their studies and each other! We attend a different Catholic Church across town, but we have always been made to feel welcome! And the PTC loves its volunteers! I don't know what 'Dissappointed' (sic) was talking about -- maybe gossip and rumors!

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2007
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November 04, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
October 18, 2007
The Atonement Academy is a school where they strive in excellence of the spiritual physical and intellectual development of the student. i am a student and member of the student council here at the atonement. this school does exactly what it says they do. yes they strive for excellence and even though they may not do it in the manner we want their overall intentios are good. the development of this school has grown drastically. edcuation and religion comes first followed sport which are not doing to well. as said before their intentions are for our benifit but the manner in which they are doing it may not be the best. sports are lacking, hours have been extended and with ten periods a day homework takes most of the students time. from previous experience students would like more time after school to do things they love and not homework.

- submitted by a student
October 18, 2007
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- submitted by a student
August 15, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2007
This school/church provides a deeply Catholic environment for my children. It is also not ashamed of our rich heritage in classical western culture as evidenced in the classically based curriculum. If you want a place you can trust to enrich your child's Catholic faith and appreciation of our great western civilization. On the other hand, it has had its growing pains. The curriculum and faculty are stabilizing and improving with each year. Extracurricular options are minimal and the sports program is still small but growing.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2007
Sports and other extracurricular activities are not a priority. Parent involvement is scarce and its always the same people helping and getting credit for helping. Events are very unorganized. Unless you give time or money your voice is not heard.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2007
Education is a priority at Atonement Academy. Our son is in Kindergarten there and we are continually impressed by what goes on at AA. He is learning to add double digits, reading above the first grade level, learning Spanish, and learning far more than I expected about the Catholic faith at his age. All the children participate in choral. There is also art and our son participated in the soccer team this past fall. We plan to enroll our daughter this fall for Pre-K and another daughter will follow the year after. We are VERY satisifed with Atonement Academy. Be expected to be an active participant in your child's education. There are many, many family events to attend and while attendance is not required, it is expected. We have yet to go to any function that we have felt has been a waste of our time or money.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2007
The school has been perfect for my kids. The school takes a non nonsense approach to education. They go to mass daily, have a very active music program and the level of work they do is well above what I ve seen at the local public school. My oldest has a measured IQ of over 135 and by the looks of it there are plenty of others equally capable or better. The school is not for everyone however. Discipline problems are not tolerated. If you are a parent looking for a school to straighten out your child s academic or disciplinary problems, this is the wrong school. If a student cannot behave and is disruptive the school will quickly take action. The school seeks to provide the produce students that are of sound mind, sprit, and body. It does exceedingly well at the first two and moderately well at the other.

- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2006
I put my son in the PreK program. He had never been in daycare and I knew he would need time to adjust. I mentioned this to his teacher on orientation night and she said she understood. I had to withdrawal him after less than a week because they could not handle him and they didn't have time to let him adjust. There were 28 kids in his class and one teacher and one aid. The attention and patience my son needed to adjust could not be given. It was extremely disappointing. I lost a lot of money out of that. If you know your kid may need time to adjust don't send them there.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2006
The much touted 'Classical Education' is deteriorating. The curriculum has changed 4 times in 4 years. However, it's the only private school in the area and public is worse.

- submitted by a staff
August 11, 2006
The lower grades are doing very well and the education is great for them. However, as a former student, I can say that the middle and high school are terrible. They decided to begin the high school too early, resulting in a loss of interest in the older students. I served on the student council and it was an uphill battle trying to get anything approved. We asked for hallway decorating, dress down days, spirit week and class t-shirts, but alas all were rejected. But that was not the only problem. The principal did not know what was required for the classes in high school. We ended up learning something competly different from the required ciricullum.

- submitted by a former student
May 22, 2006
This school [is] not interested in any views other than thier own. They are not interested in the well being of the children or the education they recieve. I would think long and hard before enrolling my child at this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2006
The quality of education is absolutely outstanding and challenging. The facilities are beautiful.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2006
Our children have just completed their first year at The Atonement Academy. They were in PK and K. We are very pleased with their progress over the school. Our children are further along in their education than other children in our neighborhood of the same age. My kindergarten child can read books rated at 2nd grade. Her math skills are also exceptional. A college friend of ours who has a daughter in kindergarten at another private school cannot even read or do math past single digit addition. Our PK child can already do that. We are very pleased with the school. Our only complaint is that even though many parents get involved in the school, it would be nice if all parents would give a minimal effort in helping out when help is requested. This is not a public school where you dump your children and forget about them.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2006
Atonement Acadamy is not only wonderful academicly, but the care and concern for the children is above and beyond. Teacher's at the Academy are there not for the money,but for the love they have for God and his children. If people feal that this is not what the Academy stands for they have the option of choosing another school for their child and allowing one of the other numerous children on the waiting list an opportunity that will be appriated for years to come.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2006
The Atonement Academy is a Wonderful school. My daughter is in kindergarten and is doing extremely well. I love that they have an advanced curriculum and that the incorperate religion every day. I think God is one big factor that is missing in schools today. The teachers and higher ups are very well qualified and truly care about the school and its children. Music and spanish are taught several times each week. They have athletics each day and a few extracurricular to offer. You can tell that the parents are involved and aware of the things going on in their children's live. This is a wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2006
I would think long and hard about enrolling your child in Atonement. It is all about the money to this school. For example, they have mandatory concerts a few times a year. I could go on and on about how they will nickle and dime you to death. Also, if you are enrolling a girl, you might want to see how girls are treated as 'less than' at this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2006
Priorities are wrong - money is going into the expansion project and into fancy furnishings. Money is not being used to recruit and retain teachers.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2006
The academic program at The Atonement Academy is very strong. The curriculum is classical with a emphasis on the Latin language and classical cultures. The music program is excellent but the focus is on choral music not instrumental. There have been a number of students who couldn't handle to academic rigor and needed to return to the public school system. The sports program is just getting off the ground but is having a strong start. The children start their day by attending a beautiful mass and are feed spiritually with good things. Discipline and safety are very high and the recently built facilities (high school, gymnasium and library) are first class. My 3 children are all very happy with the school and are being challenged.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2006
Academic program is superior. Availability of extracurricular activities for upper classmen is somewhat limited but then again, what does anyone expect from a private catholic school where academics is more important than extracurricular activities! Parent involvement is, of course, depends on how much the parent wants to be involved with their children's education. Teachers and administrators encourage parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2004
Great School! Great People! (teachers and parents) It's worth the drive.

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September 09, 2003
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Atonement Academy
15415 Red Robin Road, San Antonio, TX  78255
(210) 695-2240
Last modified Atonement Academy is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
Atonement Academy Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 111 reviews. Top