Why PK-8th

The Best Choice...the PK - 8th Model

At Holy Comforter, we value being a school that ends in 8th grade. Being a pre-teen and young teenager is difficult, and middle school students often feel stuck between childhood and adolescence. By allowing our middle school students to lead within our school, while still giving them the time to play, we find that our children are free to remain younger a bit longer, while they develop into mature young leaders. In essence, we create a community that preserves the innocence of childhood.

Advantages of PK - 8th

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  • Our environment allows students to experience age-appropriate activities and events without the influence and pressure of older students.

  • At Holy Comforter School, your child can be a child for just a little longer…

  • The middle school years aren‘t simply a prelude to high school but yield rich capstone and leadership experiences that prepare them for life itself.

  • We believe a foundation for lifelong learning is established in the elementary and middle school years.

  • Eighth-grade students are proud to take on their role as the seniors of our school campus, while they enjoy the opportunity of comfortably being their age.

  • Many students at a K-through-12 school can get lost “in the middle” but Middle School students at Holy Comforter School are the oldest on campus and enjoy many opportunities for leadership.

  • Students in our lower grades look to our middle school for leadership, and our older students display both maturity and confidence.

  • Research supports greater student achievement when students make one transition during their academic career before heading to college and suggest the most appropriate time for this transition is after eighth grade

  • A spiritual foundation and character education program equips students from the age of 3 with a solid base of morals and values.

... More Advantages

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  • A PK3 – 8th-grade model provides a unique opportunity for elementary students to benefit from the athletic program where younger students work with Middle School athletes and coaches, exploring interests and developing skills.

  • By the time your child is in 8th grade, the best “match” for high school is much easier to determine.

  • In Holy Comforter Episcopal School’s small environment, more children have the opportunity to play, experience and hone their skills on a variety of competitive, award-winning athletic teams where Middle School students are the star athletes.

  • PK-8th-grade students demonstrate higher achievement test scores, high school placements and freshman letter grades. (American Association of School Administrators, Revival of the K-8 School)

  • Teachers and administrators know children and their families by name.

  • The protected PK-8th school setting makes the entry into adolescence less stressful for both boys and girls. Middle School students can discover who they are, and confront the changes that come as they progress through adolescence.

High School Choices

During the early childhood and elementary years, parents make the school decisions. When selecting a high school, we find a family decision involving the student, along with the support of our team, yields positive outcomes. By 8th grade, a child’s strengths, learning styles, and interests are better understood, and determining the appropriate school match is more easily identifiable. At Holy Comforter, our high school placement team works with every student and family to identify potential high schools and provides guidance through the admission process. Our students emerge from Holy Comforter School confident and capable, ready for the challenges of high school and better prepared to explore college opportunities in the future.

Experiencing Change

After many years in the same school, 8th-grade students are often ready for a change. They are interested in experiencing a fresh environment that supports their interests before college and expanding their circle of friends. Holy Comforter students support one another during this process of change and growth as they move on to their respective high schools. United by their time at Holy Comforter, our graduates leave us having formed life-long friendships that will serve them as they grow into adulthood.