Capital Campaign

Holy Comforter Episcopal School seeks funding for the last facility of our PK-8th grade program, The Commons - Performing Arts Center and Cafe. This facility will feature a full size dining hall and will also be utilized as a performing arts space. The building will offer additional classroom and meeting spaces and allow the Student Center to become solely a space for physical education and athletics. The Commons, which will complete the colonnade that surrounds our courtyard, may also serve as a high school cafe should the school decide to expand its enrollment in the future.
 
The blueprint for our future is clear. We are committed to securing the school’s future that meets the needs of an ever growing, innovative school community while preserving the traditions that make us “Holy Comfortable.” Reaching these goals will require unprecedented generosity and support from the entire HCES community. We know by accomplishing these objectives, we will advance HCES to unrivaled levels of excellence, further establishing Holy Comforter Episcopal School among the very finest independent schools in the Southeast. We invite you to partner with us, making this blueprint a reality.

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Would you like to learn more? To make a pledge or for more information, please contact Holly Wilbourn, Director of Institutional Development at (850) 383-1007. 

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Holy Comforter Episcopal School seeks funding for the last facility of our PK-8th grade program, The Commons - Performing Arts Center and Cafe. This facility will feature a full size dining hall and will also be utilized as a performing arts space. The building will offer additional classroom and meeting spaces and allow the Student Center to become solely a space for physical education and athletics. The Commons, which will complete the colonnade that surrounds our courtyard, may also serve as a high school cafe should the school decide to expand its enrollment in the future.
 
The blueprint for our future is clear. We are committed to securing the school’s future that meets the needs of an ever growing, innovative school community while preserving the traditions that make us “Holy Comfortable.” Reaching these goals will require unprecedented generosity and support from the entire HCES community. We know by accomplishing these objectives, we will advance HCES to unrivaled levels of excellence, further establishing Holy Comforter Episcopal School among the very finest independent schools in the Southeast. We invite you to partner with us, making this blueprint a reality.

Hide the Healthy

As all parents know, lunch can be challenging whether it’s packing daily lunches or providing a variety of healthy options through catering. The Commons will allow HCES to overcome these obstacles parents face each day. The Commons Cafe will offer full service dining where we “hide the healthy” in freshly prepared foods with direction from an on-site nutritionist.  Students will also be able to “get their hands dirty” by planting a community garden in a farm to table concept for agricultural learning. 
 
The Commons will offer a warm and inviting indoor dining facility that will protect students from the outside elements while still offering a community gathering space for students, teachers and parents to dine together. On beautiful days, students can still eat outdoors on the covered outside patio, preserving those HCES traditions.

STEM to STEAM

We were ahead with STEM and now we will lead with STEAM. The wave of future economic prosperity lies in a workforce that is well-versed in rising job markets such as science, technology, engineering, arts and math. STEAM removes limitations and replaces them with wonder, critique, inquiry, and innovation. 
 
In 2012, Holy Comforter Episcopal School opened the Knight STEM Building, a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) teaching, and is the only building and program of its kind for a PK – 8th grade independent school in the Florida panhandle. 
 
The Commons: Performing Arts Center and Cafe, will offer greater hands-on opportunities in the “arts” elevating our STEM program to a STEAM program. With a full performing arts theatre and dedicated classroom space for the fine arts, brain-based learning opportunities will be available for students from PK3 – 8th grade. The latest research reinforces that when children receive sequential music instruction, it can impact their proficiency in language, reading, math and cognition. 
 
The Commons state-of-the-art performing arts facilities will feature a full stage, acoustical paneling, theatrical lights and state of the art sound equipment, teaching students all components of a fine arts education. Two music classrooms will be located directly behind the stage where students will engage in the art of reading music, playing an instrument, musical theater, set design and choral instruction.
 
This new space will offer additional opportunities for our performing arts productions without the disruption to our physical education classes and athletic program, therefore, elevating both our fine arts programs and our championship athletic program.