Episcopal schools have delivered a model of excellence for 300 years.
Did you know the first Episcopal school in the United States opened in 1709 and still operates today? Our model has withstood the test of time and today, All Saints' builds on the four major tenets of an Episcopal school model to deliver a uniquely Episcopal experience to our families. To learn more about the principle qualities of Episcopal schools, visit the National Association of Episcopal Schools website.
The consistent and purposeful opportunity to gather is a hallmark of the All Saints' experience. Chaplains, who are Episcopal clergy, lead daily prayer services in the Episcopal tradition and a weekly Eucharist service (a communion service). 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 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.
What is unique? We attend Chapel with greater frequency than most Episcopal schools across the nation.
- Early Childhood students attend Chapel four days a week
- Lower School students attend Chapel five days a week with a Wednesday Eucharist service
- Middle School students attend Chapel four days a week with a Wednesday Eucharist service
- Upper School students attend Chapel three days a week with a Wednesday Eucharist service
Through word and deed, All Saints' demonstrates and proclaims the unique worth, beauty and dignity of all human beings as creations of a loving, empowering God. We believe a diverse and inclusive community is an essential component of a high-caliber education because it provides authentic learning opportunities that inspire rich, open-ended dialogue.
From the beginning, Episcopal schools were established, not solely as communities for Christians, like a parish church, but as ecumenical and diverse ministries of educational and human formation for people of all faiths and backgrounds. As evidence of this, only 12% of our student body is Episcopalian. This intentional pluralism is intended to create a culture of belonging where every voice counts, every viewpoint is respected, and each person has a place at the table.
What is unique? Different than most faith-based schools, Episcopal schools welcome people of all faiths to the table, classroom and Chapel.
Teaching with a balance of faith and reason builds ethical, open-minded leaders who live with profound purpose; therefore, we focus on teaching students how to think, not what to think, developing intellectual empathy and compassion in our students.
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 religion 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, and ultimately discussion of the moral, ethical and religious issues facing our young students.
What is unique? All students, PreK - Grade 12 attend a Religion class each year, and our Religion classes are developed to be as rigorous as all other core curriculum. Religion is taught from an academic standpoint so as to honor all members of the classroom.
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 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.
What is unique? All Saints' provides age-appropriate service learning opportunities from Age 3 - Grade 12. Examples include a partnership between our Early Childhood and an Ethiopian preschool, Kindergarten's annual Salvation Army Angel Tree project, Middle School graffiti abatement, or Upper School seniors partnering with local organizations for design challenges.
- Is All Saints' a Christian school, Episcopal school, or an Independent school?
- Does my family have to be Episcopal to attend All Saints'?
- What is Holy Eucharist?
- Does my child have to receive communion?
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- With what church and/or diocese is All Saints' affiliated?
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