Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School develops in students a love of learning, respect for self and others, faith in God, and a sense of service to the world community. - HIES Mission Statement
Begun as a small, parish pre-school in 1959, Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School has grown into one of the largest independent schools in Metro Atlanta, as well as one of the largest Episcopal schools in the United States. A fully accredited, college-preparatory day school for 3-year-old through 12th-grade boys and girls, HIES occupies 49 acres, with separate Primary, Lower, Middle, and Upper School facilities, a fine arts building, two modern gymnasiums, and sprawling athletic fields and facilities.
At every level, HIES offers an enriching program based on the Episcopal education tradition of inclusion, scholarly exploration, and respect for self and others. Academic expectations are rigorous. The arts, physical education and community service are also emphasized as important aspects of each student’s development.
HIES prepares students not only for the next step in their academic careers, but also for success and satisfaction in all areas of their lives. Students develop strong foundations to address life’s challenges while pursuing personal goals and gaining valuable experience in the areas that most interest them.
The goal of HIES is to provide an atmosphere that encourages students to reach their full potential and become involved and responsible citizens.
Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School offers an educational program encompassing academics, arts, athletics, and spiritual formation. Through opportunities to grow intellectually, spiritually, physically, and emotionally, students develop their individual worth and dignity. The challenging academic program prepares students for higher education and emphasizes learning as a pathway toward ethical leadership and a commitment to the common good. The school provides a welcoming and supportive environment, embraces the differences inherent in a diverse community, and embodies the inclusive Episcopal tradition of respect for the beliefs of others. Holy Innocents’ is an active community of faith engaged in local, national and international service to others.
Students of color make up 10% of the overall student population. Of the self-identified non-Caucasian students at HIES, 61% are African American, 14% are Latino, 10% are Asian, 4% are Middle Eastern, 2% are Native American, and 9% are multiracial.