About This School
In 2008, Atonement Academy had 10 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Texas average is 15 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
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Atonement Academy Reviews
Great school, great academics, and great Catholic teaching. While the academics are very rigorous and strict it helps to prepare students for college.
The Atonement Academy is a great school for my kids and it is a great place to work. I have been a substitute teacher there, and my kids are in high school and elementary at the Academy. (They are PK-12). We love religion classes, the Mass every day, the consistent discipline, and the general atmosphere in which children are loved and educated yet not coddled. My kids ahve plenty of time for a host of extracurricular activities, but make no mistake: there IS homework almost every night and they have time for TV and electronics only on weekends. (Not a bad thing!)
The school has a great faculty, 50% with degrees beyond a BA. The teachers are, in fact, not new every year: this year, for example, I counted on 9 new teachers in a faculty group of 37. That is NOT high turnover when you consider the low wages paid by any Catholic school that does not get a subsidy from the diocese (like Antonian here in SA). How can a school pay teacher salaries of they aren't sure whether parents wil pay tuition on time? How
On that note, I am not a member of the parish, but the parishoners can get great financial aid if they ask (and they don't have to prove it -- just ask). Also, the school will work with you if you can't pay your tuition on time, but they can't read your mind: COMMUNICATE with the office, not the cop-out of the internet! It's amazing how many parents will whine about "running the school like a business" when it comes to tuition, but these families are often the first to have their atheletic clubs and satellite TV providers have their payments "up front" and not bat an eye! There is HUGE wiggle room -- I have two friends who are behind several months on tuition, but one of them works at the school to help whittle down the balance and the other is being given 4 extra months to pay. Only one is a parishioner, BTW.
Compare tuitions -- it's so reasonable, even with the high enrollment fee (and that is to avoid any required fundraisers). How do youthink the fabukous gyma nd new athletic fields have been managed? By running a busienss so that all of our kids can benefit!
Overall, I must say that every school certainly has weaknesses and strenghts, and the Atonement is not perfect. But after being at three other schools with my four kids, I must say that this one, by virtue of its leading kids to salvation and sound academics as well as its work to build in extracurriculars to help retain students, is the best we have come to expect!
This could be one of the best Catholic schools in San Antonio. Having been fortunate to have had a Catholic education, myself, I do value the importance of a Catholic education for my children. Unfortunately, what has been a disappointment through the years of sending my children here are the following:
1. I have seen families who disagree or want to challenge a policy by going to appropriate administration. They are heard, but, rarely have I seen a parent's request be acted upon. If anything, most of those families, who have had true concerns, have been blackballed, talked about, and have now left because they were fed up. I have seen parents, who have been there for years, and when having to tell that they will no longer be sending their children to this school, they are not asked out of concern why, or, what can we do to help, which truly has been sad to watch. Also, I have talked to parents whose children still go there, and, maybe they are unhappy about certain school policies, but, they would not dare approach the head priest or other administration, out of fear. When a parent's voice does not count, it is a helpless feeling.
2. High turnover of faculty- year after year, is very frustrating.
3. School is run more as a business, with little regard to most families needing to work out financial payments. ie: if you don't pay by 1st, they charge your credit card which they keep on file. If your cc does not have room to charge that amount, then the consequence is payment is due for the entire year. With identity theft being so high these days, it is never a good idea to give ANYONE their credit card to keep on file. They do allow for parents to let their banks to draft a check and send to the school, as long as it arrives to them by June 1st. It's understandable that school is a business, but, when it parent's needs are minimized, it hurts. We do want the best for our children and want them to attend Catholic school. There is very little wiggle room, when a family has a financial crisis. And, believe me, at one time or another, this will happen. It does not mean a family who has been loyal to sending their children here and making their payments, is trying to get out of paying. From time to time a family will not be able to pay by the first of the month, for whatever reason. How do think paying the entire year upfront, as a penalty, will make a parent feel like this is even a win win situation? Yes, you can go to administration to talk to them and may be the lucky one, or not.
4. You must now purchase your children's school books. New for 2009-2010 school year.
4. Again, if the school would make families not feel so fearful to speak out. How? By truly listening and helping and letting parents TRULY have a say and a vote on making suggestions. Also, get to know your parents by names, make them feel they are part of the community. When families who are already a member of the church and school are respectfully fearful to speak out, when they are frustrated, it feels wrong.