The mission of Holy Spirit Catholic School is to develop independent, life-long learners who can and will live for Christ.
Holy Spirit Catholic School has an enrollment of 350+ students in kindergarten through 8th grade and a preschool of 75+ students. Class size range from 18-26 students. We are a tuition-based school supported by a strong parish membership consisting of families, singles, older adults and fundraising through an active Parent Association (HSPA). The area surrounding Holy Spirit consists mostly of single family homes. The school is located near a regional center of business, retail and professional services and is closely accessible to major interstate roadways
Holy Spirit was established July 15, 1981 by Archbishop Ignatius J. Strecker. The property on which Holy Spirit Church and School are built was donated to the Archdiocese by the Brulez family, long-time Johnson County residents. The land has a history of its own. In 1857, the United States signed a treaty with and gave the Holy Spirit land to a Shawnee Indian named Hummingbird. The land was subsequently bought and sold several times until the Brulez family presented the land to the Catholic Church in 1970. Ground breaking for Holy Spirit Church and School wing took place on June 5, 1983. A year later on June 3, 1984, the facility was dedicated by Archbishop Strecker. Father Bob Pflumm was the founding pastor.
Holy Spirit Catholic School was the first school to be built in the Archdiocese in 25 years. It opened in the fall of 1984 with an enrollment of 115 students, kindergarten through third grade. Those 115 students were the result of one-half day kindergarten class and one class of first, second and third grades. Sister Kathleen Condry, of the Ursuline Order of Paola, had the distinction of being Holy Spirit's first principal.
The original plan was to add an additional grade each year. However, due to high demand for additional grades, the plan was modified and construction began on junior high classrooms and a new school office. Then in 1990, a second class per grade level was added, thus doubling the size of the school. In 1990, Holy Spirit Catholic School graduated its first eighth grade class.
Additional facility construction began in 1999 to include a state of the art computer lab, music room, art room, audio-visual room and gymnasium for the 2000-2001 school year. In 2004, a preschool was established, and subsequently, the construction of two additional kindergarten classrooms, two Catechesis of the Good Shepherd classrooms, a technology office and a preschool classroom occurred.
Holy Spirit Catholic School provides a faith-infused, rich, challenging curriculum in a community rooted in the history and Traditions of the Catholic Church. The school nurtures students' God-given gifts, cultivates a life-long thirst for knowledge, and prepares students to embrace their world through lives of faith, service and leadership.
Three core tenets drive the Holy Spirit education experience:
FAITH: Our fundamental task is to is to educate the whole person and integrate our Catholic values throughout all we do in daily life. By recognizing the uniqueness and individuality of each child created in God's image and likeness, we guide them to discover and develop their God-given gifts.
KNOWLEDGE: Holy Spirit Catholic School is fully accredited by the North Central Association AdvancEd Model and the Kansas State Department of Education. Holy Spirit students consistently ranks among the highest in the county on standardized tests. We are proud that our graduates are prepared to move onto any high school of their choice. Many of our graduates are able to enroll in advanced level courses at those high schools.
COMMUNITY: A faith-filled education begins with parents as the primary educators of their children and is fostered throughout our school and community. Families are encouraged to participate in weekly school liturgies and to volunteer in a variety of Church, school, and community efforts. Recognizing that our community extends beyond Holy Spirit, we strive to be the hands and feet of Christ to others.
Combine the Traditions of our Catholic faith with contemporary, research-based instructional strategies that enable students to become all that God created them to be
Be a premier Catholic educational community in the greater Johnson County area
Be of service to others as God has asked of us
Graduate faith-filled students who exemplify Christian values in all aspects of their lives
Provide financial accessibility for families who seek a Catholic education for their children while maintaining the school’s fiscal stability in order to serve future generations