Mission and Vision
Holy Spirit Episcopal School offers an exemplary education for infants through grade eight that develops the whole child while achieving academic excellence in a dynamic Christian-based environment.
Holy Spirit offers a nurturing classroom environment and a consistent level of academic excellence in curriculum and instruction in each of the school’s divisions. Your child will receive age-appropriate programs for interactive learning in all areas with distinct benefits:
- A low student-to-teacher ratio.
- Highly-qualified and experienced faculty.
- A creative thinking and experiential classroom environment.
- Essential life and social skills, including community service opportunities.
- Foreign language enrichment.
- Contemporary math and science curricula.
- Chapel services combined with Christian Education designed for children of all ages.
- Integrated language arts and vocabulary development.
- Open communication between parents and staff.
Service for others, collaboration, strength in character, and a caring community
A culturally diverse community, self-reliance, tolerance and acceptance, opportunities for leadership, and global awareness.
Dedicated faculty, every student's potential, differentiated instruction, individualization, academic excellence, and fine arts.
Lifelong learning, well-rounded students, enrichment opportunities, independent and inquisitive learners, fitness and wellness, and Ecolink.
Episcopal traditions, a Christian foundation, compassion, integrity, and unity of spirit.
The goal of our Early Childhood (EC) center is to provide a safe, nurturing environment for children ages infant through three-year-olds. Our facilities include a gross motor room and an age-appropriate playground. Your child will be offered numerous opportunities for active play, social interaction, spiritual growth, and individual nurturing.
The goal of the Primary School (PS) program is to provide the most enriching environment possible for our students. We place enormous value on your child’s intellectual exploration and personal growth. Our teachers are experienced, caring, and strive to foster a sense of self-confidence, independence, and intellectual curiosity in every student.
The Lower School (LS) program for kindergarten through fourth-grade students builds on the core subjects of language arts, math, science, and social studies. Spanish and health/fitness complement the academic programs, while fine arts classes offer creative expression through music and art. Enrichment programs will provide your child with opportunities to address real-life situations within the school and global community.
Our Middle School (MS) offers an exciting, safe, and supportive atmosphere for students in fifth through eighth grades. The fifth and sixth-grade programs are designed to help transition students into Middle School in preparation for high school. The Middle School’s research-based program is designed to meet the needs of your early adolescent learner. Your student will experience a rigorous high-school prep academic program, as well as numerous character development programs that support healthy adolescent growth.
- Our age-appropriate programs build esteem at every developmental stage of a child’s life.
- We build esteem in our youngest students by providing a safe and secure environment that is full of love, nurture, and encouragement.
- We build esteem in our Lower School students by providing a strong foundation for academic performance and numerous opportunities for experiential learning.
- We build esteem in our Middle School students by providing challenging academic programs and enrichment activities that foster character and confidence.
- Our students graduate from Holy Spirit Episcopal School as whole and passionate learners who are ready to find their path in the world.
Beyond The Classroom
Holy Spirit offers numerous enrichment programs and opportunities that promote whole-child development. These activities include athletics and fitness, performing and visual arts, student government and leadership, academic competitions, community service, outdoor education, and a unique cultural exchange program with Costa Rica. Some programs are described below.
Holy Spirit’s athletic programs develop your child’s physical skills, sportsmanship, leadership characteristics, and ability to work as a team. We offer a variety of sports for children in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade through our Youth Sports program. Beginning in fifth grade, your student will have the opportunity to compete in one or more Junior Varsity and Varsity sports throughout the school year. Visit our web page at www.hses.org to view the sports offerings.
Visual and Performing Arts
We inspire confidence through our visual and performing arts program. Music and theater arts classes develop an appreciation for performing arts and offer your child a chance to perform before an audience. Students develop an appreciation of visual arts through understanding art theory, history, and the principles of art. Your Lower and Middle School student may participate in various art contests throughout the year.
Cultural Exchange Program
Holy Spirit’s Costa Rican Cultural Exchange Program promotes understanding of different beliefs, cultures, and heritage. Your student will participate in our “Welcoming Ceremonies” when students from Costa Rica visit our school. In Middle School, your child may travel to Costa Rica, and you might host Costa Rican exchange students in your home. These experiences develop a global awareness and appreciation for diversity that serve students well throughout their lives.
Ecolink (Environment, Community, and Outreach) is our outdoor education program which develops respect and understanding for our environment, encourages students to pursue mental, physical, and spiritual challenges while developing leadership, cooperation, and tolerance. Your child will have experiences within various types of ecosystems throughout the United States.
Extended Care Program
We offer an extended care program for additional academic and enrichment opportunities, and for children of working parents. Your child can make the most of the afternoons by participating in one or more of the after school programs offered. The programs may include: ballet, computer technology, lower school sports, Marvelous Math, piano, study hall, and tumbling. The study hall option gives your child the opportunity to complete his or her homework which allows for more family time in the evenings. Our staff takes an active role in activities and your student is well-monitored.
Holy Spirit Episcopal School is accredited by the Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools (SAES). HSES is one of eighty-five schools spread across five states and eleven dioceses of the region accredited by SAES. We are approved by Texas Private Schools Accreditation Commission (TEPSAC), www.tepsac.org, and recognized by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). SAES serves Episcopal schools, richly diverse in location, size and scope, throughout the states of Arizona, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. SAES is the only Episcopal accrediting association in the United States and the only denominational accrediting association recognized by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). It too complies with the Commission’s Criteria for Effective Independent School Accreditation Practices, which thoroughly reviews and evaluates its accreditation standards, criteria, and procedures. The Standards of SAES reflect the Association’s commitment to promoting high standards of education, developing programs that improve knowledge and skills in leadership, governance, administration, teaching and learning, and spiritual formation. The Key Standards and supporting accreditation information may be found at www.swaes.org.