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Upper School

The Atonement Academy enjoys one of the finest academic reputations in San Antonio with a graduation rate of 100%, in addition to a 100% four-year college acceptance rate. Over the past several years, the graduating classes have been accepted by a variety of colleges and universities, including many prominent schools such as Stanford, the University of St. Andrews (Scotland), the Naval Academy, Boston College, Notre Dame, Rice, UC-Berkley, Duke, Washington and Lee, Hillsdale College, and the like. Additionally, students have been blessed with the acquisition of millions of dollars in scholarship funds. For example, the 2017 graduating class of 25 students was awarded over 4.1 million dollars’ worth of scholarships!

Our school, initially established as a grade school in 1994, instituted its upper school program with a small freshman class in 2004. We were recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School in 2005. Our inaugural class of 12 students graduated in June 2008. Our upper school maintains accreditation standards of the Texas Education Agency (TEA) through the Texas Catholic Conference Education Department (TCCED).

There are many factors that contribute to The Atonement Academy’s success. The Academy’s college preparatory program encourages scholars to develop intellectual ability, make moral decisions, and solidify commitments to Catholic values and attitudes. Students read classic literature, study the history of the world from the viewpoint of Western Christian culture, receive the fullness of the Church’s moral teaching without modification or embellishment, and are challenged to think for themselves and to write what they think. Our students study Latin, the language on which Western civilization is built, the knowledge of which assists them in the mastery of a range of studies from English grammar to literature to science to theology. Our program of study prepares scholars for living in this world and arriving in the next.

Upper scholars pursue a course of study that is specified by the administration and is guided in part by college expectations, in part by diploma requirements, and in part by The Academy’s educational philosophy.

Courses taken each year typically include Theology, English, Mathematics, History, Science, Latin and Music. As part of a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, all upper scholars take multiple AP and honors level courses. An analysis of testing data shows that students are achieving well above the national norm, with the mean score for The Atonement Academy students to be in the top 10% of scores nationally.

Student Body
Ninety-four students are enrolled at The Atonement Academy College Preparatory High School. With the opening of the new Upper School building, complete with a full auditorium, two gyms, and 5 laboratory rooms, the Upper School plans to expand to two-hundred fifty (250) Upper Scholars.

92% of the student body is Catholic and 8% come from other faith traditions. 57% of the student body is female and 43% is male.

Our faculty members demonstrate a strong commitment to their students and are highly involved in after-school academic and co-curricular activities. Every faculty member brings professional expertise and a commitment to the Catholic faith to the classroom. All faculty members take the Oath of Fidelity to the Magisterium during Mass at the beginning of school, and their oath is maintained on record in the school files.

Sixteen faculty teach in the Upper School, ten have advanced degrees, and one is an ordained minister. All hold the necessary and appropriate credentials as prescribed by the Texas Catholic Conference Education Department.

Dress Code and Uniform
All Upper Scholars must adhere to a specific uniform that can be purchased at Parker Uniform.  Students must wear the prescribed uniform when on campus and when representing the school off campus.

The Atonement Academy has a traditional program with a regular schedule. The format of the schedule is: seven (7) classes a day and Mass, five (5) times a week. The school follows a semester system and the program of study prepares the student for success in college. Programs are designed to meet the high standards of major universities in the United States.

Class Size
The targeted class size school-wide is 25 students per class, with a student to teacher ratio of 7:1. More advanced AP classes will be smaller, with an average of 10 students.

Honor Studies
As a general rule, students scoring above the 90th percentile are encouraged to take honors level classes which better challenge their intellectual abilities. Honors courses help prepare students for the AP examinations.

Advanced Placement Program
The advanced placement (AP) program at The Atonement Academy offers a college/university level curriculum for upper school students. AP courses assess students by college/university level standards. It is expected that students who sign up for AP courses will be highly motivated and will make the AP course and exam a priority. Advanced placement is offered in:

  • English Literature and Composition
  • English Language and Composition
  • United States History
  • Calculus AB and BC
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics I & II, and Physics C

Success in advanced placement courses allows students to earn college credits while attending The Atonement Academy College Preparatory School.

Interscholastic Sports
The mission of The Atonement Academy is to strive for excellence in the physical, the intellectual, and the spiritual virtues through a challenging course of classical and Catholic education. As such, The Atonement Academy recognizes the importance of interscholastic sports to the development of a young man and woman. Participation in team sports not only has physiological benefits, but it also develops the virtues necessary for success in the world: perseverance, compassion, teamwork, discipline, and hard work. Research has shown that 95% of Fortune 500 CEOs participated in high school athletics. All students participate in an interscholastic sport for at least two seasons, although most students find the experience so fulfilling that they participate for all four years.