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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The quality of education is absolutely outstanding and challenging. The facilities are beautiful.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Priorities are wrong - money is going into the expansion project and into fancy furnishings. Money is not being used to recruit and retain teachers.
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