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Academic Support

Every Resource for Every Student's Success

At HIES, we do everything we can to provide each student the guidance he or she needs to thrive as a scholar and as an individual. From grade-level deans and advisors, to division chaplains and counselors, to learning resource professionals and student health personnel, our students have every resource, and every advantage, to succeed in school, and in all areas of their life.

Primary School Student
Lower School Student in Class
Lower School Science Student

Learning Resource Department

Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School is committed to serving a diverse student body and developing the dignity and worth of each member of the school community.  
While the Learning Resource Department spans each division of Holy Innocents’, the Strategies class (described in further detail below) is offered in grades 3 through 10.

Primary School

Recognizing the enormous span of developmental levels at this age, the Primary School strives to meet the needs of each individual student using a diversified approach. There is a Primary School learning specialist who assesses each student, identifies learning issues, and works individually with students who require remediation.

Lower School

The goal of the Lower School Resource Department is to support students who learn differently, to guide teachers in making accommodations for these students, and to educate parents on dealing with learning differences in their children. The learning specialists may observe, assess, conference, and make recommendations utilizing internal or external support. For first and second grades, a learning specialist is available to provide internal, interim support for students with learning challenges. In grades 3-5, existing students may qualify to take the Strategies class by way of teacher recommendation and a psycho-educational evaluation that reveals a diagnosis of a learning disability. The class provides the planning, organization, study skills, and content support necessary for Lower School students with diagnosed learning differences and disabilities to be prepared for success in Middle School.  

Middle School

The Middle School Learning Resource Department strives to provide supports to students with learning disabilities that have current psychoeducational testing on file. This is provided through monitored support during the weekly tutorial periods as well as through the Strategies class, which meets four times a week in the place of a student’s world language course. Our Strategies classes (provided in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade) are open to students with documented language-based learning disabilities.  Students are taught self-advocacy skills, executive functioning skills, and academic skills in context in conjunction with their learning profile and accommodations. The Learning Resource Department works closely with students, parents, and teachers to provide a team approach to building student success and independence.

Upper School

Students with documented learning differences continue to receive support in the Upper School. The Strategies class is offered in grades 9 through 12 to provide support and guidance to some of those existing students who have documented learning differences so they may better navigate the rigors of our college preparatory curriculum.

Additional Support


Middle School advisors are the main communication link between home and school. Students know to seek out their advisor when having difficulties in any area of school life, while parents are encouraged to turn to this educator when concerns about their child arise. Advisors receive grade reports from their advisees' teachers and conduct conferences with the students' parents. Students begin their day with an Advisory period, and end the school day four times a week with a tutorial period supervised by advisors.
The Advisory system in the Upper School ensures that throughout a student’s high school career they will have at least one adult who knows them well. The faculty advisor follows that student throughout their four years at HIES, monitoring grades and academic progress and watching for signs of emotional distress or social difficulties. 


In the Middle and Upper Schools, Deans are assigned a specific grade so that a close-knit community might be developed within each grade level.  Deans advise and support students on a variety of issues, including academics, discipline, and overall wellness. In effect, the grade-level Dean is the principal for his or her grade and the first point of administrative contact for students and families.


Lower School homerooms provide the students time to settle into the school day, gather materials, and share time with classmates and the teacher. Often homerooms will have “morning meeting” to bond, counsel, and focus for the day’s activities.  At the end of the day, homerooms come together again for a “tutorial” period to begin homework, get extra help, or take advantage of the time to gather materials needed for home.