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CORE is a philosophy at HIES that anchors all global learning opportunities, on and off campus, across all grades PK3-12. CORE represents a “True North” for the student experience, in and out of the classroom, realized through specific-intent programs as well as broader, community-wide themes for thinking and learning.

HIES Global Students in Bolivia

Global Education at HIES

The mission of the PK3-12 global education program at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School is to prepare students who have the knowledge, dispositions and skills to act ethically and creatively in the world. It is an education to competence, compassion and conscience centered on the human dignity expressed in our relationships with and obligations to family and community, both locally and abroad.


Program for Global Citizenship

Our three-year program for rising sophomores centers on the cornerstones of servant leadership, diversity and inclusion, and citizenship. Read more about this signature Global program.

Travel Programs

Travel Programs

Travel can be a powerful form of experiential learning and our travel programs at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School offer students an opportunity to develop skills and attitudes essential to global citizenship. Read more

Round Square

Round Square

Holy Innocents’ is a proud member of Round Square International, an association of nearly 180 schools - on six continents - and in over 50 countries. Read more

Global Scholar

Global Scholar-in-Residence

The mission of the Global Scholar-in-Residence (GSR) is to create opportunities to develop a global mindset among HIES students and faculty. Through classroom study, field trips, hands-on activities, and other unique learning experiences, students learn about important global issues brought to light by a noted artist, scientist, academic, activist or other practitioner. Learn more about this year's Global Scholar-in-Residence

US Students in Bolivia

Teaching to Global Competence 

Global competence is multifaceted and includes cognitive, socio-emotional and behavioral domains. Globally competent students understand that the world is a system in which their actions have consequences. They perceive the interconnectedness of humans with the natural environment, understand history as an ongoing story with many threads, appreciate the value and challenges of policy-making to solve big, complex problems and are attuned to the differences and similarities of cultures. This requires curriculum planning that focuses on “lifeworthy” and “lifeready” learning with topics, themes and questions that are generative and rich in action, insight, ethics and opportunities for our students to apply new learning in new contexts.

At HIES, our students should bring their heads, hearts and hands to learning in the spirit of discovery. As such, we believe global competent youth should learn to:

  • Investigate the world beyond their immediate environment by examining issues of local, global and cultural significance

  • Recognize, understand and appreciate the perspectives and worldviews of others

  • Communicate ideas effectively across diverse audiences

  • Take effective action for collective well-being and sustainable development, both locally and globally

To develop these competencies, the Global Studies Department works closely with the Office of Professional Learning to coordinate training in the use of Project Zero-inspired visible thinking and teaching for understanding techniques, shared inquiry methods and project-based approaches to learning. Our PBL work in particular focuses on the S.A.G.E. framework, emphasizing Student voice and choice, Authentic work, issues of Global significance, and Exhibition to a real-world audience. Professional development monies can be used toward coursework or conference participation in these areas, such as those offered through our membership in the Global Education Benchmark Group (GEBG) and the Independent Schools Experiential Education Network (ISEEN) or for professional learning visits to GEBG, ISEEN and Round Square schools. Additionally, once every three years, HIES faculty at can enroll in our spring Smoky Mountain Seminar, a 2.5-day training in cross-cultural and international experiential education facilitated in partnership with Where There Be Dragons and hosted at Elohee Retreat Center in Sautee, GA.