The Episcopal Day School strives to provide each child with a superior academic education. We believe this is best achieved when children have the opportunity to acquire a solid foundation in the core academic subjects of English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies with enrichment courses in Music, Spanish, and Computer.
We provide challenging learning experiences to help our students transfer and apply the knowledge and skills they acquire to new problems and situations they encounter. Our students are encouraged to compete in a number of academic competitions such as spelling bee and science fair.
Academia is paramount at the Episcopal Day School, so we require all our elementary teachers to have college degrees and state accreditation. Their passion for teaching incites a love of learning in our students. From early on in their education our students begin excelling, and by the 6th grade our children are scoring on average at an 8th grade level. The data in the chart below is based on EDS students’ average scores in the core subjects of Math, Reading, Language and Science.
Computer Lab (3K-6th)
In 3K, students begin keyboarding skills. By the time they reach 6th grade, they are proficient in Word, PowerPoint, Excel, creating brochures, presentations and more.
On-Campus Library (3K-6th)
Students visit our library weekly to check out books. Reading is a major focus through the Accelerated Reader program which begins in 1st grade and ramps up heavily in 2nd.
Music (All Grades)
All students learn to read music as well as play and perform a variety of musical instruments.
PE & Recess
All grade levels have daily recess. 5K-6th grades enjoy 45 minutes of PE every day.
In 5K, students have Spanish class once a week. 1st-6th grades are offered 2 mastery levels of Spanish twice a week.
Science is taught at every level at EDS. Beginning in 4th grade, students attend Science classes with Mrs. Morfitt. Our students perform at the Superior level at the Private Schools’ Science Fair and continue to receive numerous awards each year.
EDS has children from many faiths. Chapel, which is an integral part of our day, is based on the faith and doctrine of the Episcopal Church. However, part of our approach is to respect the traditions of all our students even as we practice our Christian faith.
Children attend daily chapel services with the goal of learning to respect each other regardless of individual differences. Attendance and participation at daily Chapel service is required of all students and faculty. Parents, relatives, and friends are invited to worship at any of the services and/or programs throughout the school year.
2K - 2 Year Old Program
Our 2K program offers a literacy based preschool curriculum. Each month students are read two different theme based storybooks that are followed by activities that relate to the theme of each book. In these activities children learn how to play along with other two-year-olds by taking turns, sharing, and developing communication. The purpose of our 2K program is to develop reading and math readiness through oral language and immersion activities that teach social skills.
Our 2K program offers a positive social and emotional experience in a safe and loving environment.
Routines and smooth transitions are extremely important to the development of our young two year olds. We offer consistency and responsiveness to help our young students develop secure attachments.
3K - 3 Year Old Program
Our 3K program offers a loving Christian based environment where children develop spiritually, socially, intellectually and physically. Children are encouraged to become independent and self-reliant as they make choices and decisions throughout their day.
Each class in made up of different learning centers. We also have circle time and small-group instruction. This helps the children explore and discover in their own way.
3K is all about having fun while learning at a place where you can call home. Students will also enjoy outdoor play, recess, tea party, physical education, computer, music, library and nature trail.
4K - 4 Year Old Program
The 4K curriculum integrates literacy, math, science, art and music into monthly themes. Each theme is explored and studied using special books, music and art projects that are incorporated into the lessons and learning centers.
Pre-school students use the Harcourt Reading curriculum. This program integrates early literacy, science, social studies, and health skills. Math is embedded throughout the day and the curriculum used is Harcourt. The Handwriting Without Tears curriculum is used to teach handwriting in a fun and unique way.
At the core of every activity designed for the children is the belief that children learn best through active engagement with the task and by using all their senses to explore and grow.
Our daily schedule includes
Whole group activities to help children gain social, academic and gross motor skills
Independent play in centers aligned to the monthly theme
Small group instruction to reinforce academic skills
Daily participation in children’s chapel service.
Once a week children attend physical education, music, computers and library classes. Once a month, children participate in a unique lesson in our Nature Trail provided by our Science teacher.
5K - 5 Year Old Program
The 5K curriculum is designed to instill a natural curiosity and a love of learning, a sense of responsibility for one’s own work, and the basic skills of reading and writing.
Students receive daily instruction in reading, mathematics, science, and social studies. In addition, students attend a daily chapel service and take Spanish, physical education, computers, library, art and music classes.
Classes combine whole group, small group and individual instruction allowing teachers the opportunity to work with the children as they progress at different rates.
The 1st grade curriculum integrates reading, language arts, spelling, math, social studies & science. The students are emerging from phonics into reading, as well as mastering their math facts and learning how to apply them to math problems.
Many of the skills taught in first grade establish an educational foundation that is built upon throughout the elementary years.
The students have many new experiences in first grade including switching teachers for certain subjects, eating outside at lunch and playing on the big playscapes like the pentaweb. They also get to participate in various day school special events only for 1st-6th graders.
Special Interest classes include Music, Physical Education, Computers, Library, Spanish (3 levels available) and Nature Trail.
Second grade offers an excellent curriculum enhanced by authentic learning projects and field trips.
The Reading/English-Language Arts curriculum integrates reading, phonics, spelling, vocabulary development, dictation, grammar, composition, and creative writing. Students are encouraged to strive for Accelerated Reader certificates because of the high success rate of this research based program.
Our math program combines an algebraic approach with the development of a firm foundation of basic math skills. We use Otter Creek Rocket Math and Greg Tang, a computer assisted math program for algebraic enrichment and to reinforce basic facts.
The social studies program combines history, geography, economics, and political science. Concepts become more meaningful through the student-run snack store, pen pal letters, a manufacturing/marketing project with recycled items, and field trips.
Second graders study life science, earth science, and physical science, using hands-on investigation, insta-labs and field trips. They also learn about local birds and wildlife through guest speakers and observations made on campus and on the nature trail.
Some “firsts” for second graders include cursive, multiplication, and assisting with chapel services.
Third grade is a year of developing personal responsibility. Students use a planner to plan their homework assignments and daily expectations. They organize their work and announcements in their communication-to-parents folder. They keep track of their personal accelerated reader goals and points.
They learn how to use the writing process to communicate effectively. They are introduced to a new reading strategy with the Junior Great Books program.
Students are challenged with higher level thinking skills in math. Math facts are reinforced with programs such as Otter Creek Rocket Math and Greg Tang, a computer assisted math program for algebraic enrichment and to reinforce basic math facts.
Third graders study life science, earth science, and physical science. They also learn about measurement, the human body, and the physics of sound using hands-on investigations. The focus in Social Studies focuses on communities. Lessons are enhanced through technology.
We are committed not only to establishing concrete knowledge and skills in the core subject areas, but also we are devoted to cultivating strong characters in our students. Our goal is to create classroom environments that nurture discovery, creativity, and mutual respect among all students. Our job as the teacher is to provide learning opportunities for students to capitalize on his/her strengths and talents as they work toward achieving success in all areas: Reading, Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, and Spelling.
Students in 5th grade receive daily instruction and authentic opportunities in reading, mathematics, science, and social studies. In addition students attend daily chapel service, take Spanish, physical education, computers, library, music class and Nature Trail. We are devoted to cultivating strong characters in our students.
Our classroom environment nurtures discovery, creativity, and mutual respect among all students. We work closely with our students and provide learning opportunities so they will capitalize on their strengths and talents.
The 6 th grade curriculum is designed to help students acquire a sense of responsibility for their learning and behavior as they are preparing for graduation. They learn organization skills, self management skill, and how to become independent workers and learners. This helps them prepare and succeed in middle school.
Students receive daily instruction in language arts (reading, writing, and grammar), mathematics, science, and social studies. They also have special classes which include Spanish, physical education, computer, library, and music. Students attend a daily chapel service.
Classes use small group, whole group, and individual instruction when needed. This allows students to learn in different classroom settings. The teacher is able to monitor the students, progress and work with students’ progress and work with those who need reinforcement.
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