From staff reports

Holy Spirit Preparatory School has been named one of America’s top 50 Catholic high schools by the Catholic High School Honor Roll.

The Honor Roll provides a powerful resource to parents and educators by acknowledging those schools that best maintain high academic standards, uphold their Catholic identities, and prepare students to actively engage in the world.

Holy Spirit’s Upper Campus, which contains the high school, is located on Northside Drive in Buckhead and its Lower Campus is located on Long island Drive in Sandy Springs.

This is the first year that Holy Spirit Prep was eligible for consideration and the first year that any school in Georgia has been recognized nationally in such a manner.

“We are proud and grateful to be named one of the top 50 Catholic high schools in America,” said Holy Spirit President Gareth N. Genner. “Our dedicated faculty and staff as well as our committed and supportive parents make Holy Spirit Prep a special place. We thank the Catholic High School Honor Roll for this distinction. We look forward to continuing our commitment to academic excellence, Catholic faith formation and exceeding the high expectations of our students, parents and alumni in the years to come.”

Nearly 1,300 Catholic high schools were invited to apply to the Honor Roll by completing surveys that measure academic excellence, Catholic identity and civic education. With this high level of competition, inclusion on the Honor Roll indicates outstanding success in each of the disciplines examined.

“I am grateful that we have been recognized by the Catholic High School Honor Roll as one of the top 50 Catholic high schools,” said Holy Spirit Board Chairman Monsignor Edward J. Dillon. “This honor is fully the result of our dedicated teachers and staff for their hard work and commitment to Catholic education.”

Overall, 25 states are represented on the Honor Roll and Holy Spirit Prep is one of only two from Georgia ever to be named to the top 50.

“I share my delight in celebrating with Holy Spirit Prep the recognition that it receives today,” said Diane Starkovich, Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Atlanta. “Whenever an outside agency recognizes a school’s academic excellence, Catholic identity and civic education, the local community must be commended for its commitment to the students it serves. I extend my congratulations to the administration, teachers, staff, parents and students of Holy Spirit Prep.”

In addition to its high school, which graduated its second class in 2007, Holy SpiritPreparatory School offers programs of instruction for students in its Preschool beginning at age 2, and at the lower school for kindergarten through 6th grade. Holy Spirit Prep’s upper school includes a 7th and 8th grade junior high and a 9th to 12th grade High School.