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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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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.