Why the PK3 – 8th Grade Model is Best for Children


Contributed by Nena Martinez, Director of Admissions

As the Admissions Director at HCES, people often ask, “Why a PK – 8th grade school when there are so many other options out there?” As a parent of adult children, a teacher and an administrator, I know it’s the strongest possible model for all students, especially the 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. It’s the key to our graduates’ success, and now more and more research and growing anecdotal evidence proves this to be true.

Even the public school world is realigning itself to the K-8 Model.

“In North Carolina, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools transitioned eight elementary schools to K-8 schools, with an analysis showing positive academic and behavioral results.



Contributed by Beth Kelly, PK4 Assistant

Ok, to give a little background information…..I help supervise our PK4-K friends on the playground before school begins.  I usually stand near the playground structure.  When the time gets close, I walk up to the doors and check the clock inside.   Students may enter the building at 8:05. When 8:05 hits, I turn and say, “Happy Friday!” (or whatever day it is.)

Not on this Friday. 

Welcome! Make yourself at home here.


Maybe it is my generation that pulled me back from wanting to jump in with both feet when it comes to a “blog.” Maybe it is the name itself – blahhhggg…. Could “they” not have thought of a more creative name than blog? It’s like someone was clearing their throat during the brainstorming session and everyone agreed that it was the perfect name. I would like to offer suggestions to “they”, but I think it is too late. Maybe I will blog about that…