Award Year: 2014

Holy Spirit School

322 Cannons Lane
Louisville, KY, 40206-3094

(502) 893-7700

Mrs. Doris Jean Swenson, Principal at time of Nomination

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In partnership with parents, Holy Spirit is committed to empowering students by providing a learning environment that encompasses formation, academic excellence and personal responsibility.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 95%
  • Hispanic: 1%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Two or more races: 2%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
First grade friends learning together.

First grade friends learning together.

Holy Spirit School has been serving the community of St. Matthews for over 75 years. The school has seen multiple renovations that provide the campus with a gym, full media center, dining hall, science lab, preschool, and classrooms K - 8.

An annual review of test scores led the school to incorporate several initiatives, beginning with a school-wide organization program that encompasses teaching students how to study.

Summer reading had been a part of the curriculum for many years and a school-made math workbook was implemented three years ago. This, along with the addition of Simple Solutions for math, led to a significant increase in math scores for all grades. Summer retention of skills was found to be higher. This improvement was the impetus for the addition of Simple Solutions for grammar.

Technology is a major part of the curriculum at Holy Spirit. Students in grades K - 5 have daily access to a computer lab and an iPad cart. Grades 6 - 8 are involved in a 1 to 1 iPad initiative. Along with daily learning apps, these students utilize the iPad for their foreign language study with the use of Rosetta Stone. Students select the language of their choice to study with benchmarks of achievement required for accountability.

Holy Spirit strives to maintain the traditions of the Catholic faith by hosting an annual May Procession and Lenten stations/prayer services, preparing students for sacraments, incorporating pastor led Education Days for all students, and monthly value sessions.