The Hancock Way

For over 65 years, Hancock has been extremely successful in providing our students with a solid educational foundation. Whenever we try to explain how we accomplish this, invariably the words “The Hancock Way” are used. It is a combination of so many factors, some that are tangible and some that are not. It is a feeling, an approach, an attitude, a philosophy, a mindset, and an atmosphere.

One factor in the “Hancock Way” is structure. It has been proven that our orderly classroom procedures create a learning environment that works and nurtures our students. There are rules and expectations that are in place that put our children on the right path to learning. Structure and consistency contribute to a safe, nurturing environment.

Our Articles of Incorporation state that, “The corporation's purpose and curriculum shall be premised on (a) Judeo-Christian principles, (b) a fundamental education in the areas of reading, writing, and arithmetic, science and the arts, and (c) the emphasis of moral character and integrity in its students, faculty, and staff.“ Where God is present, family is valued, and parents are considered an important part of the educational team, students can thrive.

The strength and expertise of our faculty has produced a curriculum that is strong and vital. The “Hancock Way” produces students who have mastered the skills that are important and necessary for their grade level and their future. Our students respect their teachers, and they have teachers who are there to support their efforts and guide them in their journey. Teachers are also encouraged to learn and grow their professional skills. We endeavor to facilitate that growth by providing workshops, bringing in speakers, and making our teachers aware of research in education and philosophies which generate thought, discussions, and new teaching ideas. The administration recognizes the difficulty of the teachers’ jobs and supports them in any way possible.

Maybe it is difficult to explain the “Hancock Way,” but it is there in each and every student who goes through our grades, and it is in the heart of every teacher. Our students will continue to be given roots to grow and wings to fly!

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Hancock Day School is characterized by strong academics, personalization, adherence to quality standards, autonomy in choosing a well-rounded curriculum, and adherence to our school mission.

Hancock Day School is a proud member of:


The Southern Association of Independent School (SAIS) is one of the largest independent school organizations in the United States. SAIS is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). The mission of SAIS is to strengthen member schools by providing high-quality accreditation processes, comprehensive professional growth opportunities, and visionary leadership development programs. SAIS is a membership organization of over 375 independent K-12 schools, representing over 200,000 students.


Georgia Independent School Association (GISA) is a non-profit association of private, independent, and parochial schools throughout the state. The mission of GISA is to advance excellence and collaboration among Georgia’s independent schools by serving the professional growth, advocacy and interscholastic needs of member schools.


The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) has over 1700 schools world-wide with over 569,000 students attending NAIS member schools. With that in mind, NAIS provides a wealth of information to independent schools like us through well documented research and discovery of the best practices and cutting edge strategies found around the globe.

In 2019 the school was recognized as an Exemplary High Performing National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.


Board of Trustees

The Hancock Day School Board of Trustees is the guardian of the school's mission. It is the Board's responsibility to ensure that the mission is relevant and vital to the community it serves and to monitor the success of the school in fulfilling its mission. In addition to stewarding the mission, the Board is responsible for promoting the school's vision and for fostering a culture that embraces our core values of honor, integrity, respect, community, and academic excellence. The Board is accountable for both financial stability and the financial future of the institution, engaging in strategic financial planning, overseeing operating budgets, and participating actively in fundraising.

Members of the Board make a significant contribution to Hancock Day School and its students. The vitality of the school depends on their commitment and caring leadership. Members of the Board are trust holders of all that is important to the life of Hancock Day.

Mrs. Ashleigh Headley, Chairman

Mr. John Manly, Vice Chairman


Mrs. Katie Chancy

Mrs. Rachel Hasselle

Mr. Scott Howard

Mrs. Carolyn McIntosh

Mr. Brent McCullough


Mr. Travis Thomas, Treasurer

Mrs. Neilie Dunn, Secretary


Mr. Mitul Patel

Mrs. Hilary Shipley

Mr. Cody Tharpe

Mr. Timothy Walmsley

Ex Officio, Head of School: Mr. Jim Hoye



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