President and Head of School
A Welcome from Our President and Head of School
Holy Spirit Preparatory School is an independent Catholic school offering a classical education to grades pre-K-12 with a focus on forming our students in virtue. Here at HSP, we believe that a truly Catholic education strives for excellence in all areas of life. We believe in objective truth, goodness, and beauty, and we work to preserve the heritage given to us by the great saints of Catholic tradition.
If you’re considering joining our family, you might recognize that society is becoming unmoored from the virtues that built Western Civilization. At HSP, we arm our students to think critically and live in a dignified manner by cultivating their intellectual gifts and moral sensibilities through rigorous formation.
At HSP, we remain rooted in the Holy Catholic Church through a robust spiritual and sacramental life, starting with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass held every day on our campuses. Our academics draw from the liberal arts tradition and focus on Latin roots, training in logic and argumentation, philosophy, theology, and the natural sciences.
Our program infuses classical education with cutting-edge technology and innovative curriculum, offering classes in computer science and advanced mathematics.
In order to nurture students’ God-given wonder, we introduce them to the beautiful art of the Catholic tradition, including Gregorian chants, classical music, painting and drawing, and more. We also seek to cultivate the great virtues of humility, industriousness, and fortitude through our athletics program.
A school should be intimate, like a family—not a coldly efficient factory. A school should espouse the eternal and noble truths preserved in the Deposit of Faith—not the political ideologies of this fleeting generation. A school is a place where students pursue and encounter the Divine Logos, the font and foundation of our reason and intellect, endeavoring to reach excellence in all things for the glory of God.
This is what we strive for at HSP. We are always looking for families who want to be part of something larger than themselves – a communion of joy committed to forming rigorous leaders grounded in the Logos, alive with the fire of the Holy Spirit, and proclaiming the love of God in their families, colleges, vocations, and in the world.
Hal Plummer President and Head of School
We seek to create a unique communion of joy among students, their families, and our faculty and staff, in the context of a pre-eminent pre-K2 through 12th grade Catholic college preparatory school. We want to prepare our students for a lifetime of happiness by inculcating in them three foundational virtues.
First, we want them to have a deep and abiding faith in God’s blessings and love for them.
Second, we want them to exercise prudence – the ability to make good decisions for the rest of their lives – by obtaining a rigorous academic foundation, accompanied by the use of their own powers of reason.
Finally, we want them to embody magnanimity – a greatness of character and of soul – such that they may go through life with a spirit of courage, a spirit of joy, a spirit of kindness, and a spirit of generosity.
We strive to be the preeminent pre-K2 through 12th grade Catholic college preparatory school in the country, graduating young men and women who personify the Portrait of the HSP Graduate.
First planning meeting takes place between Monsignor Dillon and parishioners to strive for a Catholic Education of Excellence
The school is founded at 4820 Long Island Drive, with only six classrooms and 75 students in grades K-5. Monsignor Dillon, president and rector, holds Mass every day in the halls, keeping the school grounded in the Faith.
The school expands its class offerings up to the 8th grade, serving 430 students.
The school receives SAIC accreditation.
The school breaks ground on a long-envisioned high school campus at 4449 Northside Drive (adjacent to Holy Spirit Catholic Church). Two buildings are constructed in nine months, and the campus is named after the Archbishop of Atlanta, John F. Donoghue.
9th and 10th-grade classes open on the new campus. Now with two campus locations, the school community votes to change the school’s name to Holy Spirit Preparatory School.
Upper School opens.
With the addition of the Upper School, Holy Spirit Preparatory School receives SAIC and SAC accreditation.
The school celebrates its first high school graduating class.
Holy Spirit Preparatory School launches a learning program designed to meet the diverse learning needs of students in its community so that families can keep their children in the same school setting regardless of their educational needs.
The school is recognized by the Cardinal Newman Society as one of the top 50 Catholic high schools in the nation for “overall excellence in Catholic identity, academics, and civics education.”
Holy Spirit Preparatory School is named a Top 50 Catholic High School for the second consecutive year.
The U.S. Department of Education names Holy Spirit Preparatory School a Blue Ribbon School.
The Lower School and soccer field are renovated.
Kyle M. Pietrantonio is named Head of School, Monsignor Edward J. Dillon named Rector, and Joann G. Jones elected Chair of the Board.
Holy Spirit Preparatory School is named a Top 50 Catholic High School by the Cardinal Newman Society.
Varsity Boys Basketball team wins GISA State Basketball Championship.
Holy Spirit Preparatory School receives the Catholic Education Honor Roll distinction from the Cardinal Newman Society.
Holy Spirit Preparatory School is selected as the Best Private School in Buckhead and the first official Fine Arts or band program was formed.
The official STEM Department is created.
Throughout its growth, Holy Spirit Preparatory School has strived to remain faithful to its original vision of a close-knit community dedicated to Catholic discipleship and holistic classical education. Holy Spirit Preparatory School’s traditions remain rooted in expressions of the Faith, allowing each child to flourish in an atmosphere of encouragement with opportunities for academic, spiritual, and emotional growth.
Benefits of an Independent Catholic School
As an independent Catholic school, Holy Spirit Preparatory School has complete control of its curriculum and teaching, which are founded on the best practices of centuries of Catholic education and implemented with our students’ individual needs in mind.
Holy Spirit Preparatory School students have the unique privilege of preparing for and receiving their First Communion, First Reconciliation, and Confirmation through their school alongside their classmates and friends. In other Catholic schools, students are required to receive these sacraments through their parish.
As an independent school, Holy Spirit Preparatory School has the flexibility and autonomy to control its class sizes. And by maintaining direct control of hiring and compensation practices, we can attract and retain the best teachers in Catholic education.
Our Faculty & Staff
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Listed in the Official Catholic Directory and approved by the Archbishop of Atlanta as an independent Catholic school, Holy Spirit Preparatory School is owned and operated by a Georgia 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. While the school is not sponsored, financially supported, or otherwise controlled by any religious order or congregation, the Legionaries of Christ provide the school with a Head Chaplain who oversees the spiritual and sacramental instruction for the students and faculty of the school. The Head Chaplain is approved by the school’s Board of Trustees and reports to the Head of School.
The Board of Trustees
As a self-perpetuating entity, the Board of Trustees is charged with the governance of the school. The Board defines the school’s mission and strategy, manages its financial resources, and oversees the Head of School. The membership of the Board is currently comprised of the Pastor of Holy Spirit Catholic Church, the chaplain for Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cancer Home, three current Holy Spirit Prep parents, five parents of HSP alumni, and one Holy Spirit parishioner. The Head of School and Head Chaplain also serve on the Board as non-voting, ex-officio members.
The Board currently operates through four official committees: the Executive Committee, the Facilities Committee, the Finance Committee and the Strategic Planning Committee. Only current members serve on the Executive Committee. The remaining Board committees are comprised of current members and other members of the Holy Spirit Prep community.
Meetings of the Board and Board Committees
The Board of Trustees generally meets on the Upper School campus several times every year. The Board committees adopt a meeting schedule that suits their requirements.
The Board currently operates through four official committees. Only current members serve on the Executive Committee. The remaining Board committees are comprised of current members, as well as other members of the Holy Spirit Prep community from time to time. Below is a list of the Board committees and a brief description of each. School-related matters not listed as committee responsibilities below are considered either by the Executive Committee or full Board and are managed by the Head of School.
Composed of the Chair of the Board, the Rector, and other members of the board, the Executive Committee reviews matters for consideration by the full Board and serves in an advisory capacity to the Head of School. Joann Jones currently serves as chair of this committee.
This committee advises on the school’s physical plant and its properties, which include its major buildings, athletic fields, and undeveloped land. Board Director Neil Johnson currently serves as chair of this committee.
This committee oversees the finances of the school, reviewing and approving the annual budget and supervising policies and procedures regarding school income and expenses. Board Director David Cusimano currently serves as chair of this committee.
Strategic Planning Committee
This committee works closely with the Head of the School and other Board Committees to craft and execute long-term strategies for the school. Director Frank Hanna currently serves as chair of this committee.
Accreditations, Associations & Affiliations
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Holy Spirit Preparatory School is an independent Catholic college preparatory school in north Atlanta. Our Christ-centered environment prioritizes educating the whole child to be successful not only in future studies, but also in his or her unique vocation.
Portrait of an HSP Teacher
At Holy Spirit Prep, we are committed to providing students and their families with teachers who:
Embrace and live the teachings of the Catholic faith;
Pray daily, attend Mass faithfully, and contemplate the beauty of Creation;
Emulate the person of Jesus Christ, our model of an ideal Catholic school teacher;
Model the virtues we seek to develop in all of our students;
Instruct our students according to the best practices of Catholic education;
Demonstrate genuine love for our students, their parents, and colleagues in every interaction;
Build relationships founded on mutual trust, respect, and goodwill;
See every interaction with our students as a valuable moment for teaching;
Cherish our students for their unique personalities and talents;
Craft inspiring lessons that encourage learning as an inherently good, life-long endeavor;
Present the Truth as objective, knowable, and a gift from God;
Challenge and support our students to make the most of their God-given potential;
Welcome partnership with parents, who are the primary educators of their children;
Achieve courteous, proactive communication with our students, their parents, and colleagues;
Utilize available technology purposefully to enhance our students’ interest and learning;
Exhibit intellectual curiosity and enthusiasm across all disciplines of study;
Strive always to develop professionally and to improve their mastery as teachers;
Embrace opportunities to coach sports, sponsor clubs, and lead service apostolates;
Encourage students through their presence at athletics and arts events;
Maintain an interest in being of service to their students long after graduation day;
Pray that God’s will be done in the life of every student they have taught;
- Aspire to be saints themselves who in turn inspire students to a life of communion with God and their loved ones.
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