The Episcopal experience is framed by the understanding that spiritual growth is an essential part of human growth.
In keeping with the tradition of the Episcopal Church, we require our students to think critically, explore their individual faiths, learn by questioning, and accept that knowledge of the world and spiritual development are eternally intertwined.
Episcopal is a member of the National Association of Episcopal Schools (NAES). NAES defines an Episcopal school as the following, all of which ESJ strives daily to embody:
Episcopal schools are known for educational excellence. As embodiments of the Christian faith, they serve God in Christ in all persons, regardless of origin, background, ability, or religion and “strive for justice and peace among all people and [to] respect the dignity of every human being”. This intentional pluralism is also a distinguishing hallmark of Episcopal schools.
In addition, Episcopal schools:
- Come together for regular chapel and worship services that are creative, age-appropriate, inclusive, and grounded in the traditions of the Episcopal Church.
- Value and emphasize a community life in which the physical, spiritual, and emotional health of all are supported and nurtured.
- Engage in a study of religion that is academically substantive, age-appropriate, and fosters dialogue with other faith traditions.
- Integrate the ideals and concepts of equity, justice, and a just society throughout the life of the school. Community service is an integral part of the life of the school.
Spiritual Life on Campus
- Weekly Chapel services for all campuses
- Comprehensive theology curriculum including the study of scripture, theological exploration and ethical living
- Prayer times, services for special occasions, Bible studies and devotional groups
- Character development and values woven throughout the fabric of every aspect of the Episcopal experience
- Serving others through school and community service, mission trips, and outreach
Commitment to Service
One of Episcopal’s founding principles that still guides us today is that our graduates are prepared for a lifetime of leadership and service to others. Students are required to complete 100 hours of community service to graduate, but many students go above and beyond this minimum requirement.