What makes us an Episcopal school?

Episcopal Schools believe in educating the whole person by developing discerning minds, healthy bodies and lively spirits. The pursuit of academic excellence is best realized when complemented by worship rooted in the Christian tradition, religious education, service and social responsibility, and within an inclusive community. 

The Chaplains are Episcopal clergy who lead daily prayer services in the Episcopal tradition, and Eucharist (a communion service) once a week. We use the Book of Common Prayer, the Hymnal 1982 and other Episcopal resources. While our prayers and scripture readings are rooted in the Christian tradition, our homilies and reflections are broad, offering opportunities for people to listen to and apply these messages to their own faith traditions. Time in Chapel is used as an opportunity for prayer, personal reflection, student leadership, music performances, birthday celebrations, guest speakers and for Division announcements. We applaud individual and collective victories, offer prayers for our community, mark traditions of each school year and encourage a commitment to ministering to the needs of a broken world.  

Religious Education
Because religion is so interwoven into the fabric of our humanity and human history, we believe it is vitally important for our students to be religiously literate. In an age-appropriate way, we study religions following the Episcopal model of balancing Scripture, tradition, and reason. We move from Godly Play (a hands-on method of studying Bible stories) to literacy of the Bible and Christian tradition, to study of World Religions (Grades 4, 8 and 11), and ultimately discussion of the moral, ethical and religious issues facing our young students. We focus on teaching students how to think, not what to think, developing intellectual empathy and compassion in our students. 

Service and Social Justice
The foundation of the Episcopal Church is built upon the principles of an active, Christian community. Shaped by Jesus’ call to love God and love our neighbors, we seek to instill a deep sense of social and civic responsibility, to reach out to those in need and address the systemic issues of injustice. It is an opportunity for students to impact and be impacted by their community, engage in diverse experiences, and connect classroom learning to real-world experiences. 

Inclusive Community
Through word and deed, All Saints' demonstrates and proclaims the unique worth and beauty of all human beings as creations of a loving, empowering God. We know there is a richness in diverse perspectives and we are committed to celebrating that which makes us each unique. We welcome diversity in the following ways: ideas, interests, abilities, racial and ethnic ancestries, socio-economic backgrounds, family structures, sexual orientations, ages, genders, religious traditions and political affiliations. 

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 6 frequently asked questions.

  • Is All Saints' a Christian school, Episcopal school, or an Independent school?  

    We are a Christian school in our commitment to living out the teachings of Jesus Christ as interpreted through the Episcopal tradition with its emphasis on scripture, tradition and reason. We are an Episcopal school in our commitment to regular worship, religious education, service learning and an inclusive community. Different than most non-denominational Christian schools, we strive to help confirm faith but not one that requires a conversion to Christian doctrine. We affirm, support, and give thanks for the religious and spiritual diversity present in our community, and encourage an individual and corporate relationship with God. We are an independent day school, accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest and the Southwest Association of Episcopal Schools. We are also members of the National Association of Independent Schools and the National Association of Episcopal Schools.
  • Does my family have to be Episcopal to attend All Saints'?

    No, in fact, the majority of our families are not Episcopalian. We welcome and affirm students from all faith traditions.   
  • What is Holy Eucharist? 

    The sacrament of Holy Eucharist -- sometimes known as communion, mass, or the divine liturgy -- is a service of thanksgiving. It celebrates Jesus' final meal with his friends and his words, "do this in remembrance of me." In the Episcopal tradition, Holy Eucharist is a sacrament. The consecrated bread and wine are outward and visible signs of God's grace and love. When we gather weekly, we enter into the story of Christ's life, death and resurrection and how we are to live until he comes again. This is a powerful acknowledgement and reflection of our commitment to community, placing God at the center. 

    Students in Grades K-12 attend a weekly Eucharist service. 
  • Does my child have to receive Communion?

    No. As a way to ensure inclusivity during Eucharist, all students kneel at the rails together to receive the Sacrament, a blessing, or a prayer.  
  • What does Episcopal mean?

    • From a functional standpoint, the Episcopal Church is Christian. It believes that the sacred scriptures demonstrate that God is deeply relational and uniquely revealed in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.  

    • The Episcopal Church is the American extension of the worldwide Anglican communion connected to the Church of England under the Archbishop of Canterbury. The leader of the Episcopal Church in America is our Presiding Bishop, the Most Reverend Michael Curry. 

    • The Episcopal Church believes in the goodness of God’s creation, including humanity and the Earth.

    • The Episcopal Church is liturgical, encouraging the critical study of Scripture following one's own conscience and guided by the wisdom found in traditional and contemporary thinking. 

    • The Episcopal Church is inclusive, following the example of Jesus Christ, who preached loving inclusion and against division. In that spirit, we invite all baptized persons to the Eucharist and encourage deep dialogue with Jews, Buddhists, Muslims, American Indians, and all faith traditions. We are called to be of one heart, if not necessarily one mind. This principle leads us to habits of open-mindedness, compassion, intellectual empathy, patience and listening. We seek common prayer, not doctrine.

    • The Episcopal Church is a community of service. We are called to the Great Commission of ministering to the needs of others. Following the example of Jesus, we approach the path of life by coming "not to be served, but to serve." 

    • The Episcopal Church affirms balance as a high virtue. We hold personal freedom and communal responsibilities in constant tension. We seek balance between social action and quiet, personal reflection. 
  • With what church and/or diocese is All Saints' affiliated?

    All Saints' was founded in 1951 as a preschool of All Saints' Episcopal Church in Fort Worth. Though still closely associated with the Church, we now operate on separate land and are separately incorporated with an independent Board of Trustees. There is an Episcopal Class of Trustees, with minority representation, that plays an integral role in ensuring the School maintains its Episcopal identity. The Rector of the Church is an ex-officio voting member of the Board and partners with the School on some of the most important events of the year including Kindergarten Matriculation, Senior Baccalaureate and Commencement. 

    More broadly, through, All Saints' Episcopal Church, we are members of the Episcopal Church of North Texas and the Episcopal Church of the United States.
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All Saints’ Episcopal School is a leading college preparatory day school in Fort Worth, Texas. Grounded in the Episcopal school tradition, All Saints’ offers programming of national distinction in the academic, fine art, athletic and spiritual disciplines, which brings to life our philosophy of promoting each student’s individual genius within.
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