Student Life

The House System

The House System serves as a platform for interscholastic competition and collaboration throughout the school year. At Holy Spirit Prep, students are placed in a House which they will call their own for the rest of their lives. The House System also provides the scaffolding for our Student Government, with 34 total leadership positions available to high school students. Friendly competitions occur regularly throughout the year, as all four houses compete for points with the ultimate goal of being crowned the “Winning House” at the end of the school year.

House Leadership

  • Head Boy: Davis Braun
  • Head Girl: Alexia Riley
  • House of Nicaea President: Melany Menay
  • House of Lyons President: Lilah Sell
  • House of Trent President: Jose Villazon
  • House of Chalcedon President: Betsy Trenado-Bautista
Davis Braun

Davis Braun

Head Boy

“I am thrilled by the honor of being elected to the position of Head Boy. I have attended HSP since 6th grade, and I chose to run for the position because I felt that taking on the role would allow me to grow as a leader. Having been elected, I hope to serve our school community to the best of my ability. I will strive to be a good role model for fellow students as I work with student leadership to exemplify the virtues of faith, prudence, and magnanimity that have been instilled in me by the staff and teachers at HSP over the years.”

Alexia Riley

Alexia Riley

Head Girl

“I am delighted and honored to serve as the Head Girl for Holy Spirit Preparatory School’s class of 2024! I have attended HSP since Pre-K, and have long aspired to become Head Girl. The virtuous, nurturing environment that HSP fosters has allowed me to grow socially, academically, and spiritually, and has provided me with opportunities to gain valuable leadership skills. As Head Girl, it will be my privilege to lead others by example, helping them succeed socially, academically, and most importantly, spiritually – by living out our school motto: ‘ministrare non ministrari.’ HSP has been blessed this year with a dedicated student leadership council, and together we will work to ensure the House system is run with enthusiasm and excellence!”

The Four Houses

House Motto
Semper Melius
“Always better”
Patron Saint
St. Jude
Council of Lyons
March 31, 1272
House Motto
Veni vidi vici
“I came, I saw, I conquered”
Patron Saint
St. Thomas Aquinas
Council of Chalcedon
Oct. 8 - Nov. 1, 451
House Motto
Veritas, Virtus, Triumphus
“Truth, Virtue, Triumph”
Patron Saint
St. Peter
Council of Nicaea
325 AD
House Motto
Sapientia Vitam Dat
“Wisdom gives life”
Patron Saint
St. Anthony
Council of Trent
1545 - 1563
Lilah Sell

Lilah Sell

President — House of Lyons

“I am absolutely honored to serve our school as this year's President of the House of Lyons! I have attended Holy Spirit since eighth grade, and I have always loved the house system and how it fosters joy and builds community within the Upper School. This year I am very excited to work alongside the other house presidents and my Lyons leadership board to bring excitement, community, and healthy competition to everyone at the Upper School! I am very thankful for this opportunity and hope to make it memorable for everyone!”

Menay Melany

Melany Menay

President — House of Nicaea

“I am honored to be Nicaea's President for the 2023-2024 school year! I entered Holy Spirit Prep in seventh grade, and every year I have loved being part of such a welcoming community. The house system has provided me with a way to be social with students outside of my grade and gives me a better understanding of leadership. This opportunity has helped me learn more about God's plan for me and those around me. I am excited to make this year memorable for everyone and to bring the House spirit to life!”

Betsy Trenado

Betsy Trenado-Bautista

President — House of Chalcedon

“It is with great joy that I have the opportunity to serve as Chalcedon President for the 2023-2024 school year! I have been a part of the Holy Spirit Prep family since 7th grade. I am most looking forward to the service project this year, and I can't wait for every Chalcedon member to be a part of it. I am also incredibly excited to work with the rest of leadership and make new memories with my House this year. I will cherish this new leadership skill and proudly use it for whatever the future holds. I thank God and the HSP community for this great opportunity!”

Jose Villazon

Jose Villazon

President — House of Trent

“I am excited to be the President of the House of Trent this year! I have been at Holy Spirit since preschool and became part of the House of Trent in 5th grade. The role of House President means being a good leader for my House, doing everything possible to put Trent in the best position to win the House Trophy, and keeping morale high. With this year's leadership team, I am confident we will be able to win many House competitions and, most importantly, the House trophy. I look forward to making this an excellent year, and I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to be Trent's President!”

Clubs & Apostolates

Our many clubs and apostolates meet before, during, or after the school day, depending on the club members and sponsor. Some groups also go on field trips or do other types of weekend work (e.g. serving at a soup kitchen on Saturday mornings).

Lower School Clubs

Boys Club (Grades 1-8)

The goal of Boys Club is to teach boys the importance of leading by example. In the club, each age group has a specific role to play as they learn to support one another: 6th-8th grade boys are trained to be mentors and examples of virtue for the 1st-5th grade boys, while the middle school boys help the younger boys prepare presentations and organize games for them. The boys will also be given opportunities to serve communities in need. Email Father Andrew at agronotte@lm-kzmn.com for more information.

Girls iFaith (Grades 1-5)

Girls of faith come together to better know and love Christ – and each other.

Gymnastics (Grades K-5)

Professional instructors teach beginning fundamental skills of gymnastics with exercises on the uneven bars, floor, vault, and balance beam. Please visit www.airbornegymnasticsclubusa.com for more information.

Playball (Grades K-5)

Students learn new sports and activities in a non-competitive environment with kind and patient coaching. Games and skills practiced include: basketball, baseball, soccer, tennis, golf, hockey, frisbee, throwing, catching, ball control, balance, flexibility, running, jumping, and more. *Inclusive modifications are always available. Please contact us prior to your child’s first lesson at http://atlantaplayball.com/schools.

Robotics (Grades 3-5)

Stemtree Robotics helps students apply their knowledge and skills of basic science, model construction, computer programming, and problem solving to explore engineering and robotics. Program costs are as indicated and inclusive of student material: (e.g., laptops, tablets, robotics kits, etc.) student progress binders, software, USB drives, and student assessments. Stemtree will provide all supplies that are needed to conduct sessions. Visit www.stemtree.com/buckhead for more information or call 678-819-2386.

Spanish (Grades 1-5)

The Spanish enrichment program by Brilliant Bilingual consists of weekly hands-on immersion-style Spanish. The program uses a 21st century learning approach, which includes virtual reality field trips to Latin America, online learning subscriptions and parent guides for home support, fluent certified world language teachers on staff, and much more! All learning materials included.

Middle School Clubs

Boys Club (Grades 1-8)

The goal of Boys Club is to teach boys the importance of leading by example. In the club, each age group has a specific role to play as they learn to support one another: 6th-8th grade boys are trained to be mentors and examples of virtue for the 1st-5th grade boys, while the middle school boys help the younger boys prepare presentations and organize games for them. The boys will also be given opportunities to serve communities in need. Email Father Andrew at agronotte@lm-kzmn.com for more information.

Girls ECYD Challenge (Grades 6-8)

ECYD Challenge is a club for 6th–8th grade girls of faith to come together to better know and love Christ – and each other, as they share Christ’s love through service projects.

Robotics (Grades 6-8)

Stemtree Robotics helps students apply their knowledge and skills of basic science, model construction, computer programming, and problem solving to explore engineering and robotics. Program costs are as indicated and inclusive of student material: (e.g., laptops, tablets, robotics kits, etc.) student progress binders, software, USB drives, and student assessments. Stemtree will provide all supplies that are needed to conduct sessions. Visit www.stemtree.com/buckhead for more information or call 678-819-2386

Spanish (Grades 6-8)

The Spanish enrichment program by Brilliant Bilingual consists of weekly hands-on immersion-style Spanish. The program uses a 21st century learning approach, which includes virtual reality field trips to Latin America, online learning subscriptions and parent guides for home support, fluent certified world language teachers on staff, and much more! All learning materials included.

High School Clubs

Alpha Phi

A girls’ sorority dedicated to acts of service. Projects include: visiting soup kitchens, running a blood drive, and raising money for non-profit organizations.

Chess

A club that meets regularly to engage in the timeless battle of chess. Members also compete in a variety of tournaments throughout the year.

Current Events and World Cultures Club

This club meets to discuss world cultures and issues affecting societies around the world.

Delta Omega

A boys’ fraternity dedicated to anonymous acts of service on campus.

F1 Club

A club dedicated to introducing students to engineering, project management, branding and marketing, and teamwork through the lens of F1 racing.

Future Business Leaders of America

A group focusing on the financial markets, including paper trading accounts where students compete against each other for financial returns.

National Art Honor Society

A group focused on promoting the visual arts throughout campus and creating art for special campus events.

National Honor Society

A nationwide invite-only organization for high school students. Selection is based on four criteria: scholarship, leadership, service, and character.

Overbooked

A book club where students read a monthly book, then gather to discuss it.

Spanish

A club celebrating the Spanish language, culture, and cuisine.

Two Hearts Club

A support group for students coping with the loss or illness of a parent.

Apostolates

Pro-Life

Charism: Bury the dead, respect life

  • Supports the pro-life cause in various ways such as monthly rosaries, pro-life debates, participation in the Atlanta Right to Life speech contest, and a trip to the annual Washington, D.C. March for Life

St. Joseph’s Cohort

Charism: Shelter the homeless

  • Throughout the school year, students will engage in assisting the underprivileged through works of home repair and construction in the Atlanta area, and will also have the opportunity to continue this work during a one-week summer trip out of Georgia.

St. Vincent de Paul

Charism: Clothe the naked, feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty

  • Focuses on the neediest of Atlanta – the hungry and homeless. The group gathers clothing for needy families and partners with the Atlanta Food Bank with visits to the soup kitchen and homeless shelter.

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