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HSP Named A Top Catholic High School in US

Posted: 10/31/2014

Holy Spirit Preparatory School has been named a 2014 School of Excellence by the Catholic Education Honor Roll. This marks the school’s fifth consecutive School of Excellence award, which recognizes national leaders in Catholic identity and academic excellence among the nation’s Catholic high schools. Holy Spirit Prep received the award first in 2007, 2008 - after which the award shifted to a two-year award cycle – 2010, and 2012. Holy Spirit Prep is one of just two Catholic high schools in the state of Georgia to receive the honor.

Catholic Education Honor Roll Schools of Excellence are marked by the integration of Catholic identity throughout all aspects of their programs and excellence in academics.

“We are grateful to the Cardinal Newman Society for confirming and honoring the mission our dedicated team of faculty, staff, and administration work so hard to achieve, “said Head of School Kyle Pietrantonio. “Tirelessly and with love, the team commits to guiding our students to achieve their God-given potential in all areas, while forming them into faithful, prudent, and magnanimous young men and women poised for a lifetime of happiness. It pleases me greatly for Holy Spirit Prep to achieve this special distinction this year.”

Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory of the Archdiocese of Atlanta was glad to hear the news, “My heartfelt congratulations are extended to the entire Holy Spirit Preparatory School community as the school has once again been named to the Catholic Education Honor Roll. The commitment of the entire school community to our Catholic ideals, beliefs, and practices remains a benchmark of excellence long-established at Holy Spirit Preparatory School. May God continue to bless your school, the students, parents, benefactors, teachers, and administrators!”

“HSP’s plan of formation encompasses the whole child – body, mind, and soul. It’s a unique program, driven by an exceptional and devoted faculty and staff, that produces incredibly talented, well-formed, and happy graduates,” said Joann Jones, Chair of HSP’s Board of Directors. “After seeing the quality of HSP’s graduates, I couldn’t imagine sending my own children anywhere else.”

Patrick J. Reilly, President of The Cardinal Newman Society, says that since its inception 2004, the Honor Roll has been a useful tool for families and donors in recognizing the quality of a Catholic education, “The Honor Roll schools are a reminder that Catholic education is getting better every day—not only academically, but in the renewal of Catholic identity—and we are delighted to see the increased level of competition among the schools that participated in the program this year.”

Dr. Diane Starkovich, Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Atlanta, extended her congratulations to Holy Spirit Prep, “Congratulations to Holy Spirit Preparatory School for again being recognized as a member of the Catholic Education Honor Roll. With a commitment to continually advancing its Catholic mission and identity, Holy Spirit Prep maintains its status as a school of excellence in the larger Catholic community.”

In addition to being named a Catholic School of Excellence since 2007, the U.S. Department of Education named Holy Spirit Prep a Blue Ribbon School in 2009.

Founded by the Acton Institute in 2004, the Catholic Education Honor Roll was assumed in 2012 by the Cardinal Newman Society, a national nonprofit devoted to promoting and defending faithful Catholic education. The Society seeks to fulfill its mission in numerous ways, including supporting education that is faithful to the teaching and tradition of the Catholic Church; producing and disseminating research and publications on developments and best practices in Catholic education; and keeping Catholic leaders and families informed.