October 21, 2015
The Atonement Academy is a fantastic Catholic environment. My children have attended the Middle School and Upper Schools for the last 3 years, and I would have them attend no other Catholic school in the San Antonio area, because we are focused on a few things that are our priority:
1. Daily Mass, 2. orthodox Catholic teaching integrated into all studies and school life, 3. rigorous academic standards and top tier results, 4. a safe and loving environment with students who are good Christians to one another
5. small class sizes which allow teachers to really know and care about your child's progress; those same teachers, in the vast majority of cases, are also very willing to work with parents to help kids adjust and succeed with the course material
If these are your priority for your children, then you would love Atonement.
Now the difficulties. While these are not ideal, they were not a reason for us, considering our priorities, to put our children somewhere else.
1. Athletics are a low priority, and there is little investment, recognition or support of the athletic programs and coaching staffs, relative to other private schools in SA
2. There has been some turnover of teaching staff that has disrupted the learning experience of students, particularly in the Middle School
3. Most of the teachers and administrators are top notch, but, just as in any school, there are occasional duds, some of which were let go, it seems, during last year's school year, which was described in #2.
4. There is more homework assigned than may be necessary, and it is generally not coordinated between teachers. The handbook limits homework on weekends, but that is generally not followed or enforced.
My kids and I love Atonement. One of them mentioned, after a few months of attendance how much she loves going to mass every day! Another child has become so much more of a scholar, who enjoys learning, more than he ever did before attending Atonement Academy. It is an adjustment, for sure, and will instill a new level of discipline that would not exist at any other school, but that discipline will carry your child through the difficulties of High School and University success. It will also prepare them to live a joyfully Catholic witness as adolescents and young adults in the secular culture we face today. I, for one, would not want anything less for my kids.
- submitted by a parent