ABOUT HOLY SPIRIT ACADEMY
Our Mission: “Holy Spirit Academy is a private high school in the Catholic intellectual tradition offering an integrated academic program. The school’s Christ-centered approach to education fosters an environment grounded in the Truth, which prepares students for a life at the service of others. Through the action of the Holy Spirit and with the intercession of Archbishop Fulton Sheen, the academy strives to help students realize their God given purpose, instilling in them confidence to enrich the current culture.”
We will welcome transfer students into grades 9-12 for the 2019-2020 academic year and invite prospective students for the 2020-21 to the school.
Holy Spirit Academy is a NAPCIS Member. Click here to learn more.
Holy Spirit Academy is:
-Tuition rate for 2020-21 is $7,490, significantly lower than most private Catholic high schools in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Metro Area.
-Nearly 60% of families were awarded financial aid for the 2019-2020 school year.
-We offer both need-based and merit-based scholarships.
-Students participate in daily communal prayer, attend Holy Mass weekly, and have regular access to the Sacrament of Confession.
-We follow a Liberal Arts curriculum rooted in the Classics (e.g. Homer, Euclid, Herodotus, Aquinas, Dante, Shakespeare, Chesterton, and others) in the Catholic intellectual tradition.
-All faculty and staff take an Oath of Fidelity to the Magisterium of the Church.
-We are located on the campus of St. Henry Catholic Church in Monticello, a northwestern suburb of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Metro Area.
-We draw students from towns and schools as far west as Annandale, and as far east as Maple Grove. -We have several families who utilize car pools to coordinate travel to and from the school and extracurricular events.
The Venerable Fulton J. Sheen: Patron of Holy Spirit Academy
Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen exemplified a life that is studious, prayerful, and devoted to preaching the Truth to the modern world. His humble Midwestern beginnings encourage students to be confident that sainthood can be achieved by anyone. Bishop Sheen’s dedication to a relationship with the Lord and commitment to authentic, classical, Christ-centered education exemplify the mission of Holy Spirit Academy.
At Holy Spirit Academy we attempt to embody the words of Archbishop Sheen regarding the task of education: "The Christ-mind, looking at the field of education, insists not only on training for the intellect but also demands training of the will. It adds to the purely worldly end of educating (training for citizenship and service) the Divine goal (training for Christ's sake and for the salvation of souls)."
Testimonies from our students:
"An integrated education is one that gives true perspective on the relationship of each subject to another. This is absolutely the case at HSA where, in each class, especially throughout senior year, I found common themes that I have come to realize are fundamental in a human identity: the desire for happiness, for love, and the importance of searching for fulfillment in the right places. I will never forget the day my geometry teacher was explaining the Pythagorean Theorem to the class, and she started tearing up at the theological symbolism revealed in the shapes and proportions. The integration between classes became so clear to me, that I knew there was no way to separate Astronomy from Art, or History from Theology, and so on, because all things work together to point to Truth, Goodness, and Beauty...The unique depth of the Catholic Faith lies in it proclaiming the Incarnation, that God’s Word was made flesh, died, and destroyed the power of death over humans by overpowering it, thus clearing the way for man to be united with God. HSA most differs from other schools by its focus on Christ. It is one thing for a school to say that, it is something else for it to actually be carried out. For me, the culture of HSA opened my mind to conversations and moments of intellectual inspiration that I had never before considered. The depth of the education was so profound that Truth was seen as the focus in everything, from Mass/Lauds before school, to cutting class time for confessions and Stations of the Cross. Most of all, I see this deep conviction of spirit it in each and every one of the teachers. In their words and actions, I see Christ. The teachers at HSA are like smaller examples of the Incarnation, for everything they do involves their undying efforts to engrain deep truth into the minds of their students." -HSA Senior, class of 2020
“When asked by many people if I like my high school, to be able to answer with a laughing heart and an honest smile that, “No, I do not like my school, I LOVE my school!” is something I have come to appreciate more and more as my time continues at Holy Spirit Academy.” ~ HSA Student
“I really enjoy Humanities where we learn both history and literature through great books.” ~ HSA Student
“Latin has really helped me learn the roots of the English language.” ~ HSA Student
“The school isn't solely devoted to memorization but rather life skills that we can use in everyday life. The environment of the school is great because everyone knows each other and the teachers actually care about our opinions.” ~ HSA Student