Holy Spirit Preparatory School

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Holy Spirit Preparatory School
4449 Northside Drive


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
MottoMinistrare non Ministari
(To Serve not to be Served)
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
CEEB code110-151
RectorMsgr. Edward Dillon
PrincipalJocelyn , Upper School; Peter Schultz, Lower School; Faith Rummelsburg, Preschool Director
Head of schoolKyle Pietrantonio
ChaplainFr. Juan Hernandez
Grades6 months-12th
Color(s)Green and Gold         
Athletics conference1 AAA
AccreditationSouthern Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
USNWR rankingTop 50 Catholic High Schools in the USA
AffiliationNational Catholic Educational Association[2]
Director of Enrollment ManagementKristina Wilhelm
Office of AdmissionsMaryLynn Llop

Holy Spirit Preparatory School (abbreviated HSPS or HSP) is an independent, Roman Catholic preparatory school located in Atlanta and Sandy Springs, Georgia. It was established in 1996, originally as the Donnellan School.[3] It is located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta.

Location and administration

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.[citation needed]

The elementary campus is in Sandy Springs while the preschool and upper school are in Atlanta.[4][5]

Although an independent Catholic school, it is closely tied to Holy Spirit Parish. The pastor of the parish, Monsignor Edward Dillon, serves on the school board.[6] The Head of School is Kyle M. Pietrantonio.[7]


Holy Spirit Preparatory School offers a classically inspired curriculum in both Greek and Latin, and instructs students in Catholic theology as well as typical college preparatory subjects and numerous electives. With respect to the high school curriculum:

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.[8]

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."[9]

Upper School students are also required to complete community service and "school service" hours in order to graduate.[8]


The school offers a number of student athletics programs, including cross country running, soccer, archery, baseball, basketball, cheer leading, golf, swimming, tennis, track and field, and volleyball.[10]

Holy Spirit Preparatory School also fields a football program. The team recently participated in the Glory for Christ (GFC) league, winning the GFC State Championship in 2011.[11] At the close of their 2013-14 season, Holy Spirit Prep announced they would return to the Georgia Independent School Association's football league.

House system

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

Holy Spirit's house system divides students and teachers 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 a door, helping teachers carry things, or cleaning the boards. House points cannot be deducted. Students in middle school and junior high can earn personal house points, or "green points," which are awarded to both the student and the house. Points earned by high school students, or "gold points," are only awarded to the house. Teachers may not earn house points. There are also house challenges in which members of each house compete in sporting and academic events[12] Administrators, the Head Boy, and Head Girl are placed in a neutral house, called the "green house" or "House of Switzerland." The Head Boy and Head Girl cannot earn house points. The House of Switzerland never participates in house competitions. Each house has a house government led by the house master, the house president, and the house vice president.

Ranking and accreditation

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.[13][14] In 2009 the Lower School was named as a National School of Excellence by the US Department of Education.[15][16]

The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools[17] 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,[18] an outgrowth of the preparatory school, is a Georgia Non-Public Secondary Education Commission authorized degree-granting institution.[19] Dr. Matthew McWhorter serves as Academic Coordinator of the college and is advised by a Board of Visitors.[20]


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.[21]

See also


  1. ^ AdvancED. "AdvancED-Find Accredited Institutions". Retrieved 2015-09-29.
  2. ^ NCEA. "NCEA School Locator". Archived from the original on 2015-09-25. Retrieved 2015-09-29.
  3. ^ Anderson, Erika."Holy Spirit Preparatory School Announced; Ground Broken For Donoghue Upper School." The Georgia Bulletin. Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta. 18 December 2003. [1]
  4. ^ "Contact Us." Holy Spirit Preparatory School. Retrieved on January 7, 2019. "Upper School Campus 4449 Northside Drive Atlanta, GA 30327" and "Lower School Campus 4820 Long Island Drive Atlanta, GA 30342" and "Preschool Campus 4465 Northside Drive Atlanta, GA 30327"
  5. ^ "Zoning." City of Sandy Springs. Retrieved on January 7, 2019.
  6. ^ Board of Directors
  7. ^ Pietrantonio, Kyle. "Message from the Head of School." Holy Spirit Preparatory School
  8. ^ a b "The Upper School." Holy Spirit Preparatory Academy
  9. ^ "Classics Department Philosophy." Holy Spirit Preparatory School
  10. ^ "Athletics at Holy Spirit Prep." Holy Spirit Preparatory School
  11. ^ "2011 GFC Football Season". Glory for Christ Website. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  12. ^ School Handbook, page 56
  13. ^ "2008 Catholic High School Honor Roll." Catholic High School Honor Roll. [2]
  14. ^ "2010 Catholic High School Honor Roll Top 50." Catholic High School Honor Roll. [3]
  15. ^ O'Kane, Stephen (17 September 2009). "Four Catholic Schools Awarded Blue Ribbon Title". Georgia Bulletin. Archived from the original on April 19, 2012. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
  16. ^ Torres, Kristina (15 September 2009). "A dozen Georgia schools earn national Blue Ribbon honor". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
  17. ^ "Institution Summary: Holy Spirit Preparatory School."
  18. ^ Holy Spirit College
  19. ^ "Directory Of Authorized Schools." Georgia Non-Public Secondary Education Commission. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-04-15. Retrieved 2013-01-10.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  20. ^ "Welcome from the Academic Coordinator." Holy Spirit College
  21. ^ Renner, Gerald. "Turmoil in Atlanta." National Catholic Reporter. 3 November 2000. [4]

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