Academics

Holy Spirit Preparatory School Academics

At Holy Spirit Preparatory School, we offer an education dedicated to the formation of the human person through Catholicism and the Classical Liberal Arts tradition. Our goal is to shape our students intellectually, physically, and spiritually so that they may better know God and ultimately find happiness.

Our Approach to Education

The Holy Spirit Preparatory School approach is grounded in five central commitments:

This means that our students study diverse subjects within the liberal arts tradition, receive instruction in the faith, and are encouraged to practice physical education that equips them to live their best life – Mens sana in corpore sano!

Our curriculum emphasizes the essentials of writing, thinking, and argumentation (the Trivium) through studying selections from the Great Books. The academic rigor across our programs encourages a strong work ethic and prepares students for whatever vocation they are called to.

From preschool art to high school philosophy, every subject we teach is imbued with a wonder for God’s creation and a recognition that He loves each of us and has created us for a purpose. We believe that every human being is created in God’s image and thus endowed with rational and moral faculties, which the Catholic Faith can guide us in developing.

Our Lord Jesus said, “How is a man the better for it, if he gains the whole world at the expense of losing his own soul?” We desire not only for our students to succeed at HSP and beyond, but to have a healthy spiritual life guided by a love for Christ.

He is the way, the truth, and the life. We teach our students that the universe is intelligible because it proceeds from the Divine Author. Our students learn the perennial truths preserved through the millennia by the saints, and in this process, they learn to recognize, seek, and desire Truth Himself.

“No one in the world can change Truth. What we can do and should do is to seek truth and to serve it when we have found it.” – St. Maximilian Kolbe

Classical education is rooted in the Trivium: grammar, logic, and rhetoric. Together, these three areas of study enable us to communicate effectively and think critically about the world around us. In teaching our students to master the Trivium, we equip students to preach the Gospel in whatever sphere God has placed them, whether they are priests, politicians, engineers, or artists!

6 Months - PRE-Kindergarten

Preschool

At the Preschool level, all classes study the same curriculum and celebrate Feast Days together. We believe that each child is created in the image of God, and have fashioned a compassionate learning environment that best encourages and challenges our youngest students.

5 specials (STEM, Art, Music, Creative Movement, Faith)

60+ students

3 before and after school programs

Weekly visits to the chapel

Holy Spirit Prep Preschool

Fostering growth, curiosity, friendship, and faith

Kindergarten to grade 5

Lower School

Our Lower School provides students with an authentically classical Catholic education from Kindergarten - 5th grade. We cultivate a nurturing environment where students can grow in their relationship with Christ and develop the skills needed to succeed in school, and in life.

All teachers and assistants trained in the Orton Gillingham method

All students play an instrument

Students attend Mass weekly

81% of students participate in athletics

Amy Wingate

Our children are truly flourishing in the environment! We are pleased with the quality of education, the friends they have made, the teachers, the helpfulness and kindness of everyone on the team, and the wonderful priests on the campuses. Go Cougars!

Amy Wingate
Parent of Lower School, Middle School, and High School Students
Grade 6 to 8

Middle School

For many students, Middle School is a time of tremendous growth and change – intellectually, emotionally, physically, socially, and spiritually. At HSP, our goal is to make these years formative, fun, memorable, and enriching.

Block schedule provides more instructional time in core classes

Multiple course levels to support varied learning levels

All students either play an instrument or sing in choir

92% of students participate in athletics

Don Hoyer

My goal as a History teacher at Holy Spirit Prep is to guide students as they develop their reading, writing and critical thinking skills, broaden their appreciation of the art, culture, philosophy, and literature that has formed our modern world, and recognize God's Providence at work through the course of History so that students confidently embrace their role in the world bolstered by the rich tradition of our Faith.

Don Hoyer
Middle School History Teacher
Holy Spirit Prep Middle School

Developing well-rounded thinkers who seek God and seek to make a difference

Grade 9 to 12

High School

The High School program at HSP provides students with a variety of experiences inside and outside the classroom that test their knowledge. We encourage them to think critically and not conform to the ways of the world.

Average class size of 15

Academic elective tracks in Liberal Arts, STEM, or Fine Arts

Students can attend Daily Mass before school and weekly Mass as a high school

16 Varsity sports teams

Vincent Ceyssens

Vincent Ceyssens

I love getting to know the students and challenging them to be the best they can be.

Vincent Ceyssens
High School Science Teacher