Mission: The Atonement Academy strives for excellence in the physical, the intellectual, and the spiritual virtues through a challenging course of classical and Catholic education.
The Atonement Academy believes that the primary responsibility of a school is the careful and deliberate formation of the intellect and of character. 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, while putting the knowledge gained in context to the Truth and man’s role in the world. 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.
Our school recently ranked #1 on the list for “2017 Best Catholic High Schools in San Antonio Metro,” by niche.com. Ranking factors include SAT/ACT scores, the quality of colleges that students consider, student-teacher ratio, Catholic school ratings, and more. Data sourced from the U.S. Department of Education, Niche users, and the schools directly.
The Atonement Academy is committed to excellence in Catholic education and has been recognized once again as achieving this end as a 2017 Catholic Education Honor Roll school. The Catholic Education Honor Roll (CEHR) is a national program recognizing schools committed to strong Catholic identity. Recognized schools commit to and model the Principles of Catholic Identity in Education which The Cardinal Newman Society has derived from Church teaching and guidance on elementary and secondary education. They are: Inspired by Divine Mission; Models Christian Communion; Encounters Christ in Prayer, Scripture, and Sacrament; Integrally Forms the Human Person; and Imparts a Christian Understanding of the World.