15 September 2014

The Atonement Academy: A School of Excellence


The Atonement Academy College Preparatory School has been named to the School of Excellence Honor Roll — a distinction held by only five other schools in Texas — and one of two Catholic high schools in San Antonio to earn the prestigious award this year. Since 2001, the Honor Roll has recognized excellence in Catholic identity, academics and civic education at Catholic high schools across the United States. The Atonement Academy won the award in 2008, and again in 2012.

The Cardinal Newman Society announced the list of schools recognized by the Catholic Education Honor Roll as 2014 Schools of Excellence in a news release this morning.  Since 2004 the Honor Roll has celebrated quality Catholic education throughout the United States, and Honor Roll schools receiving this designation are marked by the integration of Catholic identity throughout all aspects of their programs and excellence in academics. This year seventy-one schools received the honor of being named as a School of Excellence, and an additional nine received the distinction of Honorable Mention.

Academy headmaster Walter Spencer remarked, “We are humbled as well as privileged to be in this group of less than five percent of the Catholic high schools in the United States.  This recognition underscores our efforts to maintain our Catholic identity as well as to carry on the tradition of rigorous Catholic education. We are grateful to our students for helping us achieve this honor and to their parents, who make many sacrifices to keep Catholic education a priority for their families.”

“Since competition began in 2004, the Honor Roll has been a helpful tool for administrators, families, and benefactors in recognizing the quality of a Catholic high school education,” said Patrick J. Reilly, President of The Cardinal Newman Society. “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.”

This year’s Honor Roll schools are diverse: large and small, new and long-established, highly selective and those with open enrollment admissions policies, as well as a variety of tuition rates. The common trait is an institutional commitment to providing a truly integrated and faithful Catholic education across all disciplines and in all areas of student activities.

The Atonement Academy has an enrollment of 572 students in grades PreK-4 through 12 and was founded in 1994.  The high school was added in 2005. With a mission to “strive for excellence in the physical, the intellectual, and the spiritual virtues through a challenging course of classical and Catholic education,” the school builds into every student’s routine daily Mass, rigorous academics, and opportunities for participation in sports and a variety of extracurricular activities. The Academy is the parish school of Our Lady of the Atonement Catholic Church, founded in the Archdiocese of San Antonio in 1983. The pastor is Father Christopher G. Phillips and the academy headmaster is Mr. Walter Spencer.

Mr. Walter Spencer, Headmaster,
announces the award to the Upper School students.