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The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) has announced that Olivia Long, an eighth-grade student at HSES, is a recipient of their State Recognition Award for overall exceptional academic achievement and for receiving outstanding ACT scores in English and Reading. 

Duke TIP is a non-profit organization sponsored by Duke University that supports academically talented students in grades four through twelve. To qualify, candidates must score above the 95th percentile on grade-level standardized testing and take the ACT or SAT, an above-grade-level testing designed for college-bound eleventh and twelfth graders.

Olivia participated in the 7th Grade Talent Search during the 2017-2018 academic year along with more than 59,000 Duke TIP enrolees nationwide. She scored in the 97th percentile in English and 88th percentile in Reading, qualifying her to receive a Duke TIP Medal of Honor and to participate in their highest level of programs offerings.

We are very proud of Olivia for accomplishing this outstanding award and qualifying for such an elite program sponsored by Duke University.


Kindergarten through fourth-grade classrooms organized this year's cultural day with a variety of exhibits from various countries around the world. The colorful displays included artwork, food, attire and other elements to represent each country's cultural traditions. Students traveled with their passports to each destination and experienced engaging lessons on the different traditions and cultures. Brazil, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Italy, France, Vietnam, China, Bolivia, Lebanon, India, England, and Scotland were among the many countries displayed.

HSES Cultural Day

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Duke TIP Program Recognizes HSES Student

May 02, 2018
The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) is honoring seventh-grade student, Evan Long for his exceptional ACT score and academic abilities. Evan is invited to attend the Grand Recognition Ceremony at Duke University in North Carolina on May 21.

Duke TIP is a nonprofit organization that supports academically talented students in grades four through twelve. To qualify for the 7th Grade Talent Search, candidates must score above the 95th percentile on grade-level standardized testing and take the ACT or SAT, an above-grade-level testing designed for college-bound eleventh and twelfth graders. 
Evan exceeded ACT scoring standards to join the Grand Recognition Ceremony, the highest Duke TIP honor that only 4 percent of students participating in the 7th Grade Talent Search are able to achieve.

We are extremely proud of Evan for accomplishing this exceptional award and achieving an outstanding ACT score that ranked him nationally in the 93rd percentile for college-bound seniors.
Way to go Evan!

New Trends for Primary School Literacy

August 01, 2017

Our brilliant Primary 4 teachers graduated from Rice University’s School Literacy & Culture Weeklong Institute last week. The three ladies attended an early childhood program to deepen their reading and writing competencies and discover innovative teaching techniques.

Ms. McKim, Ms. Kyburz and Mrs. Stevens shared the training with early childhood and elementary teachers from across the country. Not only did they collaborate with a dynamic group of professionals but they also built key relationships with School Literacy and Culture mentors and Creative Writing Camp instructors.

The Primary School teachers are excited to apply their new reading and writing practices with their curious learners and create a hands-on classroom environment.

First Place at PSIA

May 22, 2017

HSES took home three “First Place” titles, one “Second Place” title, three “Third Place” titles and “Sixth Place” in the Middle School Division – the only school in Houston to rank in the top ten – at the PSIA State Competition.

Ten HSES students participated in the academic tournament that took place on May 6 at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. We are very proud of their hard work and dedication during the qualifying process and final round!

And the Award goes to…
Talya Hood – First Place, On-site Drawing 8th grade
Rebecca Bi – First Place, Mathematics 6th grade
Savannah Tutor – First Place, Ready Writing, 5th grade
Rebecca Bi – Second Place, Number Sense 6th grade
Evan Long – Third Place, Spelling 6th grade
Olivia Long – Third Place, On-Site Drawing 6th grade
Joseph Bi – Third Place, Mathematics 3rd grade
Victor Marchon – Ninth Place, Vocabulary 5th grade
Lawton Paddock – Ninth Place, Spelling 4th grade
Davis Wall – Preliminaries, Impromptu Speaking 8th grade
Elliot Arntz – Preliminaries, Ready Writing 3rd grade
Holy Spirit Episcopal School – Sixth Place, Middle School “A” Division
Mrs. Dawn Owen – First Place, PSIA Saints Instructor

The PSIA (Private Schools Interscholastic Association) State Meet hosted around 2,600 contestants from more than 250 schools across Texas. The students from diverse lower and middle school grade levels competed in a wide spectrum of subjects including mathematics, social studies, science, writing, art, reading, music, and more.

Go Saints!

A Living Wax Museum

April 21, 2017

Fourth grade presented their first annual Living Wax Museum at Palmer Hall with engaging, project-based learning for all!

The students researched their historical figures and changed into characters with fun costumes and colorful exhibits. The fourth graders awaited to come alive and recite their glorious speeches with the push of a “play” button.

HSES students (including the curious primary scholars), staff and guests browsed through the museum intrigued to watch these characters in action and discover their achievements. HSES was very proud of its fourth grader’s hard work and leadership.

Seven Students Win First Place in PSIA District

March 06, 2017

Seven HSES students placed First, and four placed Second, in the Private Schools Interscholastic Association (PSIA) District Meet on Saturday, March 4. These 11 students have advanced to the State Competition that will take place in Fort Worth, TX in May.

Of the 25 HSES lower and middle school students that attended, 22 achieved a winning placement in 43 different events. The HSES contenders participated in diverse categories, including Math, Spelling, Writing, Speaking, Science and Drawing, among others.

The PSIA program inspires students to achieve their highest academic goals and rewards their success with competition incentives. Scholarship awards are provided for students who excel in the State competition to support their dreams and academic future.

We congratulate Mrs. Dawn Owen for enlisting HSES in Fifth place among 18 schools and leading our students through this journey to academic excellence!

CLICK HERE to view the HSES Participation in PSIA District Snapshot.

Four Students Attend National History Bee Finals

February 20, 2017

Holy Spirit Episcopal School (HSES) hosted the Regional Finals of the National History Bee on February 17 and received more than 500 students that competed for a place in the Finals. History Instructor, Shannon Shrader, organized the event and ensured all details were in place for the competition.

Mrs. Shrader also prepared the ten HSES middle school students who participated in their grade divisions, including the four students that qualified for Nationals in Atlanta which will take place in June.

At the Regional Finals, students participated “in three rounds of a fast-paced and interactive buzzer format” that covered topics from ancient Greece to video games such as Pong and the Legend of Zelda.

Congratulations to HSES regional competitors Audrey Hudson, Kyle Hodges, Mason Price, Murphy McNew, Evan Long, Mitchell Shadden, Blake Petry, Davis Wall, Kennedy Havens, and Eleanor Carter. Good luck to our national competitors Mason Price, Evan Long, Mitchell Shadden, and Kennedy Havens. And thank you to Mrs. Shrader and the Holy Spirit Community for empowering our students!

Our "History Bees" are Buzzing!

Math Enthusiast Represents HSES

February 07, 2017

Sixth grade math genius, Evan Long, attended the MATHCOUNTS Greater Houston Chapter Competition on Saturday, February 4 and placed among the top half of the local student pool.

Although Evan did not make it to the State Competition round, he applied excellent mathematical skills and numbers agility to represent HSES with accuracy and poise. Evan hopes to participate again next year and build a team of math peers to place HSES in the final round.

MATHCOUNTS is a non-profit organization that provides engaging math programs for students in sixth through eighth grade throughout the US. Each year, more than 140,000 middle school students of all levels participate in state and chapter competitions to empower their math aptitudes and reach their full potential.

Growing Through Learning

November 11, 2016

Grace in 7th grade transitioned from a fear of learning to an absolute love for learning. She joined Holy Spirit Episcopal School (HSES) four years ago after attending a private school that offered “a rigid environment focused on breeding perfectionism,” explains Mary, Grace’s mom.

Grace is not only succeeding in academics, but she’s also maturing thanks to the social, emotional learning approach provided in each of her classrooms. “It is a comforting feeling when I leave her every morning in the care of her teachers, knowing she is in a safe, spirit-filled setting,” mom confesses, “while at the same time she is receiving the powerful preparation for her future.”

When Grace’s parents selected HSES, they were looking for strong academics within a nurturing, Christian environment. The curriculum’s differentiation model to fit each child’s learning needs is what allows Grace to shine comfortably. “She has the opportunity to grow individually by being involved in her learning as opposed to before when she was expected to just memorize,” says Mary. She also recommends HSES to families seeking a dynamic learning approach instead of a “one-size fits all or cookie-cutter approach.”




HSES admits students of any race, creed, color, national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded, or made available to students at the school. The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, national or ethnic origin in the administration of educational or admission policies, scholarship programs, athletics or any other school-administered programs.

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