I graduated from Atonement. Most of my classmates no longer attend Mass. It looks great from the outside, but it ends there. I was so turned off by the religion taught there that I almost lost my faith too. Girls are second class citizens there. Our team had to wear the boys old stinky shoes while they got new ones. Several of the teachers were bigots and made comments about minorities. Ask where there grads get into. There is one or two smart families that boost their stats. The rest all go to UD or maybe A and M if they get in. And don't challenge them - they will just kick you out. It happened to a couple kids in my class. Actually, they are the only ones who are doing ok in college.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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