School Details

Holy Spirit Preparatory School

4449 Northside Dr, Atlanta, GA 30327
(678) 761-7992
NR

(out of 10)

Private Grades PK-12 601 students 8 students/teacher (GA avg is 14)

Test Scores by grade

About this school

Holy Spirit Preparatory School is a private high school in Atlanta. The principal of Holy Spirit Preparatory School is Kyle Pietrantonio, whose e-mail is kpietrantonio@holyspiritprep.org. 601 students attend Holy Spirit Preparatory School and identify as Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. The ratio of students to teachers at Holy Spirit Preparatory School is 8:1. The Galloway School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 9% %
White, non-Hispanic 76% %
Multiracial 3% %
Asian 2% %
Hispanic 10% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.8% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.7% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    I beg to differ too... Holy Spirit is only good if your child is "normal" and fits in the box (or if you keep your child medicated to fit in) It simply amazing how they wonder why there's such high anxiety in the school among the students & bullying that is not addressed equally from child-to-situation. There is clearly favoritism and disadvantages if you don't fit their small-framed mentality. Oh and we are from a Catholic upbringing and our children were baptized at the hand of Monsignor - - - bears no weight on how they treat you. Classic and complete - NOT. There is a lot of smoke and mirrors at this school. Hence why we left!

  • (8 months ago)

    Beg to differ with the previous reviewer about leaving before HSP changes were implemented. We left this year along with three other families we know. It is no secret that this school is struggling. There are other Catholic and private alternatives in the area with a better reputation and quality of education and academic life.

  • (9 months ago)

    A terrific unique gem of a school. Stellar academics the classics deep faith great college placement in a small friendly environment and one of the loveliest parts of Atlanta. We started in kindergarten and have been there for a decade since. My now 9th grade daughter translates to and from Greek is in the National Latin Honor Society runs in the state track meet and talks with me about Demosthenes and DNA--at her initiative and as maturely as an adult. Exactly what I have wanted from her education. And she is a normal kid. This has come from the excellent teaching and high expectations at HSP and the nurturing individualized attention that all students receive. HSP is one of the few schools in the country that offer classical Greek and Latin. College placements are always impressive with kids landing at Harvard Yale Ga. Tech and the like. But HSP is not a pressure cooker; it is like a big family. The students are extremely good kids-- happy balanced kind supportive across varied interests and abilities. The place exudes warmth. The staff are accessible and responsive. The facilities are great. It really is a special place. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

  • (10 months ago)

    As a father I can only hope that our children are nurtured encouraged and supported to grow learn and be fulfilled beyond the capacity of their own individual capabilities in a Catholic environment which teaches them to love themselves and others understand that God loves them. Holy Spirit Prep so FAR SURPASSES other schools in the area across these dimensions. Parochial Catholic schools are often Catholic in name only. Private schools are so focused upon their reputation that student development and success is a means to their reputation. HSP Teachers are unbelievably dedicated and amazing class size is intimate to allow focused attention on the students curriculum is customized and challenging. Our children have attended for 6 years and flourished. Above all - the community is second to none. Too often we have heard from other families who have left how they regret and miss the HSP community. Many have returned. Do your homework and look at the test scores and college placements. HSP far outpaces any of the other alternatives. HSP is focused upon enabling Scholars and Saints. Most of the negative reviews here are families who left before many of the current changes.

  • (10 months ago)

    We have had a great experience at Holy Spirit! We started this school honestly not knowing anyone but wanting a small classroom environment. We have been very pleased with the overall education and family-feel of the school! The administration and teachers all truly seem to care about each child and their individual needs. They develop the whole person - not just academics. Our child has made wonderful friends and we are confident that his school is giving him a strong academic foundation as well as reinforcing the same high morals that we also teach at home. We have been very pleased!

  • (10 months ago)

    Holy Spirit Prep is a great school. Our children have attended HSP for the past seven years. What separates HSP from the rest is that the school offers a complete education -- mind body and spirit. HSP teachers have continuously worked with our children to make sure they receive individualized attention in areas where they excel and where they may need extra help. HSP's success in molding our children is visible every day and can be statistically verified by the much higher than average standardized test scores and advanced placement testing. While no school is perfect and HSP does not pretend to be perfect HSP is a wonderful school that has provided extraordinary benefits to our children and family.

  • (11 months ago)

    I am a graduate from Holy Spirit Prep. The second semester of my first year at Holy Spirit Prep my dad lost his job after the 911 incident. We were going to have to switch schools but the school administration gave me a scholarship that amounted to $200 thousand dollars from elementary school to my senior year. I am so appreciative to the school and the people who run it with amazing generosity and zeal for our Christian values. This school has given so many opportunities to students just like me. Moreover it is incredible to see how this Catholic school has more recently opened its doors to foreign exchanged students from China to give them an opportunity to receive a Catholic education. It is incredible to see how much they appreciate being able to learn about Christ at school and to witness some of the students be Baptized and Confirmed into our faith. This school is truly mission driven. I am so happy to continue being a part of this school through our great Alumni Association which holds monthly social service and spiritual events for alumni to get back on campus. Simply check out our alumni profiles on the website to see how we the graduates have turned out.

  • (11 months ago)

    Our overall experience at this school was horrible and I would not recommend it for anyone. The return on investment is also poor. We had to spend money on private tutors after the $20K tuition to learn Mathematics.

  • (1 year ago)

    In my earlier review today I had intended to write that coaches were well qualified. All three coaches that have worked with my kids have been knowledgeable in their fields and focused on the kids. They have helped them learn work hard and become better team members

  • (1 year ago)

    I go to Holy Spirit's Upper School. It's not a perfect school but I wouldn't expect it to be. The Upper School has not been around as long as other private high schools in the area so I don't think it is fair to compare Holy Spirit in that way. Older schools obviously have larger endowments and more resources than newer schools like HSP. That is one of the reasons why tuition is so high. Since HSP is small everyone knows everyone. There are some really great teachers at Holy Spirit who I feel lucky to have been taught by.With regard to college acceptances Holy Spirit has had students accepted to Yale Harvard Notre Dame and several other highly selective institutions. I came to Holy Spirit in ninth grade. I really love my grade and I am so glad I decided to come to Holy Spirit. I couldn't have made a better choice.

  • (1 year ago)

    What are some of these parents talking about? Why don't you just look at the national Iowa testing! My son has been there since preschool and he tests in the 95+ percentile and was accepted into the exclusive Duke TIP program. The lower school faculty makes sure gifted children like my son receive the advanced and customized learning enrichment they need. The school has advance math and overall performance programs. Some families do leave because of the tuition. It is high but it has been worth it. I would recommend Holy Spirit to any parent with a gifted child.

  • (1 year ago)

    The school lost too many wonderful and supportive faculty/staff and students/families over the years. It was a fabulous school YEARS ago as well as a beautiful campus and facility. Sad! Hoping Mr. P can turn it around!

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is a hidden gem compared to other Atlanta private schools and Catholic schools in the area. A strong Catholic education is the foundation of this school. Committed to valuing every child as a gift from God and wiling to teach all children so that they can reach their highest potential. Worth taking a second look...

  • (1 year ago)

    Ask yourself a couple of questions....why has the class size dropped so dramatically (especially 9th grade 2013) and why are they having to bring in foreign exchange students to fill the gaps? Do your homework and ask questions.

  • (1 year ago)

    Strong academics and traditional Catholic values are the foundation for this school. Our family couldn't be more challenged and happier in this environment.

  • (2 years ago)

    There is a lot of teacher turnover in this school. Parents serving as coaches bordering on abusive. If you are considering the resource program at this school ask a lot of questions. Ask what the qualifications are of the teachers. Are the students in the resource program Catholic? What will the tuition be? Get it in writing. The school raised the resource tuition right before school started this year and again during the school year. Does the school remediate or just accomodate? Do they use a multi-sensory approach? If you have a child coming out of Schecnk or the Speech School there are better options in Atlanta.

  • (2 years ago)

    Hmmmm my negative review has been removed. So much has been said by this action.

  • (2 years ago)

    Please read all the postings before you decide to send your children here. There were many more comments that seem to have been deleted from this space. That is not fair. After 4 years our family was been very unhappy with the level of instruction and environment HSP offers. Teachers come and go every year and seem to leave under secretive circumstances. This school is NOT part of the Atlanta Catholic Archdiocese. Don t walk away Run away

  • (2 years ago)

    I do not have an upper school child but my daughter is a student in the lower school at HSP in the first grade. She loves school talks often about what she has learned from day to day and has never wanted to leave at the end of the day! I have watched her grow in leaps and bounds and am very happy that we found our place at Holy Spirit Prep. I love the smaller class size and appreciate that all the teachers know and greet her on a daily basis not just her own teacher. It's a very safe nurturing environment that all parents should consider for their younger children.

  • (2 years ago)

    School is way behind in math and language arts especially in middle school. My child is struggling to catch up at a new school. Ask questions. I wish I had. Very casual atmosphere with a lot of behavioral teasing and bullying issues. Spanish and Religion was great. The rest not up to par. Not worth the money in my opnion

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