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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!!
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.
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
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!
This is a fantastic school where the staff are truly interested in the education and spiritual growth of the children.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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