The Atonement Academy believes that the primary responsibility of a school is the careful and deliberate formation of the intellect. A student at The Atonement Academy is expected not only to master facts but will also be pushed to understand completely the essential elements of a subject. We seek to instill in our students discipline of mind so that they will be capable of approaching and mastering any intellectual task. As Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman said, the goal of an education is to give “a man a clear, conscious view of their own opinions and judgments, a truth in developing them, an eloquence in expressing them, and a force in urging them….to go right to the point, to disentangle a skein of thought to detect what is sophistical and to discard what is irrelevant.” We accomplish this task of intellectual formation through a rigorous Catholic and classical curriculum.
Our approach to education is not going unnoticed. In 2005, The Atonement Academy was named a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. In 2008 and 2012, The National Catholic High School Honor Roll named The Atonement Academy as one of the Top 50 Catholic secondary schools in the United States. Our school was considered along with over a thousand other nominees for this prestigious award. The recognition was based on outstanding success in three categories: academic excellence, Catholic identity, and civic education. In May 2011, the Catholic Education Foundation announced that the academy had completed the Foundation’s Catholic School Identity Assessment With Distinction, the highest possible rating. Locally, we were recognized in 2010 and 2011 by San Antonio Magazine as one of the 10 Schools that Make the Grade in San Antonio.
The Atonement Academy stands out as being the only school in the Archdiocese of San Antonio to serve the entire spectrum of school grades: From Pre-K4 through Grade 12.