FAQ

List of 19 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. What is different about an "Episcopal" School?

    As an independent Episcopal School, we are able to blend challenging academics in a warm, nurturing environment supported by basic Christian values and teachings. While our Christian beliefs are the underpinning of everything we do, differences are welcomed and respected.
  • Q. Do we have to attend an Episcopal church for our child to be admitted?

    No. Holy Comforter Episcopal School welcomes children of all religious, ethnic, and social backgrounds. In fact, our teachers come from various Christian denominations.
  • Q. How old does my child have to be to attend?

    Children applying in PK3 or PK4 must be 3 or 4 before September 1st in the year of enrollment. Children applying for Kindergarten must be 5 before September 1st.
  • Q. What are the hours of your program?

    PK is a five day program and offers an academic half-day. The school day begins at 8:05 and children may be picked-up by parents at 11:45am (before lunch). PK students may extend their school day with LUNCH BUNCH (until 2:45pm) and then with EXTENDED DAY (until 6pm).

    There is also an optional EARLY DROP OFF beginning at 7:30am. Kindergarten is a full academic day (8:05 – 2:45pm) with Before School (Alpha) and After School (Omega) extensions optional.
  • Q. Are your teachers certified?

    All HCES teachers are fully qualified in their fields and over half have advanced degrees!
  • Q. Do you provide meals?

    We don’t have a dining hall at this time. Children pack in their snack, lunch and water bottle (optional) daily. There is a catered lunch option available to parents which utilizes local restaurants who deliver to the school. The EXTENDED DAY program provides a light snack to children who stay after 3:00pm.
  • Q. Is there financial aid?

    Yes, HCES offers need-based financial assistance to families who apply for, qualify, and merit financial assistance. No scholarships for academics, athletics, or the arts are given and we do not participate in any state or federal programs
  • Q. What about VPK, McKay or Opportunity Scholarships?

    With VPK, the state of Florida reimburses child care providers of 4yr old children for a few hours daily, reducing the cost to families. We do not accept money from any state or federal program and believe that our programs far exceed the requirements mandated by the state.
  • Q. What curriculum do you use?

    Our PK program adapts the Land of the Letter People, a comprehensive, thematically organized kindergarten program for use in our PK classes. This curriculum successfully immerses children in reading and writing and focuses on phonemic awareness and phonics, but integrates science, math and social studies with active, hands-on learning.

    See our Curriculum Guide for more detailed information.
  • Q. What "extras" will my child receive?

    In addition to their classroom instruction, beginning at PK 3 our students also receive weekly Specialist Instruction in Art, Music, Spanish, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math in the Lower School STEM Lab beginning in PK 4) and Physical Education (twice a week). The Media Specialist also works with all students helping to instill a love of reading and stories and an understanding of modern research and intellectual property.

    All children participate in a Chapel Service three days a week, taking their turn to lead Chapel on Fridays. Separate services are held by age for Middle School, Older Elementary (2nd - 5th) and PK – 1st grade. PK 3 students have “little chapel” in their room on Monday and Wednesday mornings, but join their older friends on Fridays for the student-led services.
  • Q. Do the children get recess?

    In our preschool, because this is a developmentally appropriate program, children have time for unstructured play both inside and outside every day. The early childhood playgrounds have been specially designed for young children and have shade structures. Children who stay in the LUNCH BUNCH or EXTENDED DAY will have additional outside playtime, weather permitting, as a part of each program. Older students have 20 – 30 minutes of outdoor playtime on developmentally appropriate playgrounds during the school day and additional time if they stay for the Afterschool program (Omega).
  • Q. What about testing?

    We do not routinely test preschool children, however we have a guidance counselor on staff who specializes in our youngest students if some testing is needed. Standardized testing begins in the 3rd grade. We use the ERB which is normed nationally to both public and independent school populations.
  • Q. Is the campus secure?

    We take the safety of the children entrusted to us very seriously. In addition to a highly trained security officer on campus, there are procedures in place for emergencies and all entrance doors are secured by card access control.
  • Q. Are parents welcome?

    Yes! There are many opportunities for parents to be involved, both in the classroom and the school. Parents who volunteer or chaperone are required to take the Safeguarding God’s Children class online.
  • Q. Do all students wear uniforms?

    The uniform is mandatory for all HCES students except PK 3. There are many uniform options available through Lands End, Buckhead and locally at GWillies. The Parent Association also runs a Uniform Exchange which provides gently used uniforms for an even exchange or any piece for $1.
  • Q. Is my child ready?

    Readiness for school varies by age. As a part of the application process, we will spend time with your child through Play Days or Shadow Days and check for basic readiness.
  • Q. Where do the students attend High School?

    Our Middle School Guidance staff works closely with 8th grade parents and students to review choices for High School enrollment. Traditionally, HCES grads have chosen both public and independent High Schools. College matriculation data is available.
  • Q. Will the teachers talk to me?

    Parents are partners with the school and are included in their child’s education. Through scheduled formal conferences, informal communications via email or phone, class newsletters, and class webpages, parents stay “in touch” with their child’s teachers.
  • Q. My child is special!

    We agree! “Holy Comforter School believes that each child is a unique creation of God...” is in our Mission Statement and we live it each day. Our teachers specialize in accepting children where they are and encouraging and challenging each child to achieve their potential through Differentiated Instruction, utilizing cutting edge technology and time tested teaching methods.
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Holy Comforter Episcopal School | 2001 Fleischmann Road | Tallahassee, Florida 32308 | 850-383-1007
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