At Episcopal School of Jacksonville, the success of every student is our priority.
The Student Services department is poised to support students through counseling services that address students’ emotional health and well-being and academic support that coordinates accommodations for students with diagnosed learning differences.
On the Munnerlyn Campus, the Student Services Academic Support team includes two full-time Learning Specialists and a full-time Testing Coordinator, who coordinate accommodations and support for incoming and current students with diagnosed learning differences.
Individuals with learning differences who attend or seek to attend Episcopal will be supported with reasonable accommodations. For students with documented learning differences and mental health challenges that impact their academics, sharing documentation with the Learning Specialists allows Episcopal to put needed supports in place, inside and outside of the classroom. The process starts with the student receiving an evaluation from a school psychologist or other qualified provider. The Learning Specialists use the findings in the resulting evaluation to create an Accommodation Plan, identifying which accommodations and recommendations we can implement at Episcopal. Families meet with the Learning Specialist to review the Accommodation Plan and explain how the accommodations can be utilized. A Testing Coordinator provides daily support to students using accommodations on assessments.
Student Services staff members are dedicated to supporting the academic success of all our students. Support is available on an individual basis as well as in a small group setting and skill development often focuses on executive functioning, effective studying, and test-taking. The opportunity to work with a Learning Specialist is available whether a student is transitioning in and acclimating to the rigor of the environment, or if a student sees a gap between current performance and expected performance on a specific assessment or in a particular class. The Student Services team partners with students to help them understand that while their academic experience will not be without challenges, with the right support and guidance, students can build the skills they need to identify the roadblocks impacting potential success, and how to navigate around and through them. The process emphasizes student academic, emotional, and interpersonal growth and builds self-advocacy and awareness.
The Student Services team maintains a list of ESJ faculty who also provide tutoring services outside of their teaching duties. Students who have made an effort to visit their regular classroom teacher for additional support and continue to experience difficulty can request a tutoring referral for additional support. Since most recommended tutors are also ESJ faculty members, they have extensive knowledge of ESJ curriculum and faculty expectations, and they can recommend strategies that best facilitate success for the individual student.
Three full-time counselors are available to support the emotional health and well-being of ESJ students. Counselors are available by appointment or on a walk-in basis to talk with students and families about how to holistically address new and ongoing challenges that interfere with personal and academic success. Counselors also maintain relationships with community resources and can refer students to outside providers if a student would benefit from additional support.
Episcopal’s Health, Safety, and Well-Being effort is a long-term, community-wide program designed to involve and benefit students, parents, and faculty and staff. Key programming topics include stress, anxiety, mindfulness, physical health, bullying, social media, gratitude, diversity and inclusion, service, suicide prevention and high-risk behaviors. Since 2020, a Technology and Teenagers Grant from the Winston Trust also helps students begin lifelong education around how to maintain a healthy relationship with technology and has provided families with VIP access to SmartSocial’s educational content and resources.
The Director of Student Services supports Episcopal’s Awareness, Inclusion, and Respect (AIR) efforts and is a member of the AIR Steering Committee. The AIR Student Council meets regularly to plan programs and events for the student body that promote Awareness, Inclusion, and Respect. Faculty-supported Student Peer Groups also foster a sense of belonging for specific populations of students.