Holy Spirit Preparatory School

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Holy Spirit Preparatory School
Address
4449 Northside Drive
Atlanta, Georgia, (Fulton County), 30327
United States
Coordinates33°52′38″N 84°24′42″W / 33.87722°N 84.41167°W / 33.87722; -84.41167Coordinates: 33°52′38″N 84°24′42″W / 33.87722°N 84.41167°W / 33.87722; -84.41167
Information
MottoMinistrare non Ministari
(To Serve not to be Served)
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Established1996
ChairpersonJoann G. Jones
PrincipalTommy Curtin, Upper School; Andrea Cruz, Lower School; Mary Agrippina, Preschool
Head of schoolKyle M. Pietrantonio
ChaplainFr. Jason Brooks
Staff153
GradesPK-12
Athletics conference1 AAA
Mascotcougar
NicknameCougars
Accreditation(s)Southern Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
USNWR rankingTop 50 Catholic High Schools in the USA
Newspaper'The Paraclete'
AffiliationIndependent Catholic School
Director of Admissions and MarketingLiz Winkler
Associate Director of AdmissionsCindy Sexton
Website
 
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Holy Spirit Preparatory School
Address
4449 Northside Drive
Atlanta, Georgia, (Fulton County), 30327
United States
Coordinates33°52′38″N 84°24′42″W / 33.87722°N 84.41167°W / 33.87722; -84.41167Coordinates: 33°52′38″N 84°24′42″W / 33.87722°N 84.41167°W / 33.87722; -84.41167
Information
MottoMinistrare non Ministari
(To Serve not to be Served)
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Established1996
ChairpersonJoann G. Jones
PrincipalTommy Curtin, Upper School; Andrea Cruz, Lower School; Mary Agrippina, Preschool
Head of schoolKyle M. Pietrantonio
ChaplainFr. Jason Brooks
Staff153
GradesPK-12
Athletics conference1 AAA
Mascotcougar
NicknameCougars
Accreditation(s)Southern Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
USNWR rankingTop 50 Catholic High Schools in the USA
Newspaper'The Paraclete'
AffiliationIndependent Catholic School
Director of Admissions and MarketingLiz Winkler
Associate Director of AdmissionsCindy Sexton
Website

Holy Spirit Preparatory School is an independent, Roman Catholic preparatory school located in Atlanta, Georgia and was established in 1996, originally as the Donnellan School.[2] It is located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta.

Location and administration[edit]

The students in Kindergarten through 6th grade are located on a multi-acre site at 4820 Long Island Drive. The Preschool program is located at 4465 Northside Drive on the lower level of Holy Spirit Catholic Church adjacent to the 57,000 sq ft (5,300 m2) Upper School campus which opened in the fall of 2005.

Although an independent Catholic school it is closely tied to Holy Spirit Parish and the pastor of the parish serves on the Board of the school.[8] It is led by its Head of School, Kyle M. Pietrantonio.[3]

Curriculum[edit]

Holy Spirit Preparatory School offers a classical curriculum in both Greek and Latin, and instructs students in Catholic theology as well as typical college preparatory subjects and numerous electives.

An assigned faculty mentor, tutorial support, and a Philosophy department are distinguishing features of the program. Specialized academic offerings include Ethics, Genetics, Forensic Science, Lyceum, Anatomy & Physiology, Robotics, Theology, Canon Law, Constitutional Law, Aeronautics, Musical Theatre, One-Act Play, Radio Station; and Honors, AP, College Level, and College courses.[4]

The school's Classics department describes its program as being "designed around an awareness of the historical significance of the Greek and Latin languages as foundations for the Western intellectual tradition and the history of the Catholic Church."[5]

Upper School students are also required to complete community service and "school service" hours in order to graduate.[4]

Athletics[edit]

The school offers a number of student athletics programs, including cross country running, soccer, archery, baseball, basketball, cheerleading, golf, , tennis, track and field, and volleyball.[6]

Holy Spirit Preparatory School also field a football program. However, unlike any other sports at Holy Spirit Preparatory School which participate in the GISA AAA, the football team participate in GFC (Glory for Christ, homeschool league). In 2010, Holy Spirit Prep football team won the GFC State Championship.

House system[edit]

Holy Spirit Preparatory School has a house system. There are four houses, each named after Ecumenical Councils, and each house has its own mascot and color:

Holy Spirit's house system divides students randomly into four groups. There is competition between these houses in order to win a grand prize of going to Six Flags over Georgia at the end of the year. The house point system works by enforcing positive behavior, such as volunteering for service opportunities, holding the door, helping a teacher carry something, cleaning the teacher's boards, etc. However house points can also be deducted from a student for using negligent behavior. There are also House competitions (like field day) in which members of each house competes in events, whether sporting or academic in nature.[9]

Ranking and accreditation[edit]

Holy Spirit Prep has been repeatedly named as one of the top fifty Catholic high schools in the country by the National Catholic High School Honor Roll.[7][8] In 2009 the Lower School was named as a National School of Excellence by the US Department of Education [10][11]

The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools[9] and the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) and is a member of the Southern Association of Independent Schools and the Georgia Association of Independent Schools (GISA).

Holy Spirit College,[10] an outgrowth of the preparatory school, is a Georgia Non-Public Secondary Education Commission authorized degree-granting institution,[11] and it is accredited by the American Academy for Liberal Education.[12] Dr. Del Kiernan Lewis serves as Provost of the college and is advised by a Board of Visitors.[13]

History[edit]

The school was established as an independent Catholic school in 1996. In 1999, the Legion of Christ became associated with the Donnellan School. In 2002, the school broke ground on a new Upper School campus adjacent to Holy Spirit Catholic Church. In 2006, the school celebrated its first graduating senior class. Holy Spirit Prep is recognized by the Archdiocese of Atlanta and listed in the Official Catholic Directory as a lay sponsored Catholic school independent of any religious order or congregation.[14]

External links[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Council on Accreditation and School Improvement. Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. [1]
  2. ^ Anderson, Erika."Holy Spirit Preparatory School Announced; Ground Broken For Donoghue Upper School." The Georgia Bulletin. Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta. 18 December 2003. [2]
  3. ^ Pietrantonio, Kyle. "Message from the Head of School." Holy Spirit Preparatory School
  4. ^ a b "The Upper School." Holy Spirit Preparatory Academy
  5. ^ "Classics Department Philosophy." Holy Spirit Preparatory School
  6. ^ "Athletics at Holy Spirit Prep." Holy Spirit Preparatory School
  7. ^ "2008 Catholic High School Honor Roll." Catholic High School Honor Roll. [3]
  8. ^ "2010 Catholic High School Honor Roll Top 50." Catholic High School Honor Roll. [4]
  9. ^ "Institution Summary: Holy Spirit Preparatory School."
  10. ^ Holy Spirit College
  11. ^ "Directory Of Authorized Schools." Georgia Non-Public Secondary Education Commission. [5]
  12. ^ "Accredited and Chartered Member List." American Academy for Liberal Education. [6]
  13. ^ "Welcome from the Provost." Holy Spirit College
  14. ^ Renner, Gerald. "Turmoil in Atlanta." National Catholic Reporter. 3 November 2000. [7]