What is the Episcopal difference at St. John's Episcopal School?
Episcopal Schools gain their identity and mission from what is found in the Scriptures, what we have learned in our tradition, and from reason that springs from communal dialogue. In these arenas, we discover Jesus teaching that human beings are created to live into full membership in the Reign of God. Jesus defines the Reign of God as a time not a place. It is a time on this earth when at last hunger and hatred are overcome by wisdom; isolation and injustice eradicated through service; and when fear is erased by love and mercy for all.
Episcopal schools are most distinctive when they are true to this mission and when they do so in the graceful and inclusive manner which is the hallmark of the Anglican approach to education over the centuries.
Episcopal schools are created to be communities that honor, celebrate and worship God as the center of life. So, St. John's exists to be a model of God’s love and grace. We exist to serve God in all persons, regardless of origin, race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, socio-economic status, age, religion, family structure or any other identities and preferences. We “strive for justice and peace among all people and [to] respect the dignity of every human being.” These principles are the basis on which identity and vocation are to be defined in Episcopal schools. It is also a distinguishing characteristic of St. John’s that we seek to integrate religious and spiritual formation into the overall curriculum and life here.
Above all, Episcopal schools exist not merely to educate, but to demonstrate and to be in constant dialogue about the unique worth and beauty of all human beings as creations of a loving, empowering God.
What are the principal qualities that distinguish a school as Episcopal?
* Adapted from the National Association of Episcopal Schools, of which St. John's Episcopal School is a member.
In practice, we strive for these principles and ideals to be expressed through:
Academic Excellence, achieved through an organic partnership between students, parents and teachers.
Creative Worship that is inclusive, draws fully upon the liturgical resources of The Episcopal Church, and is a regular part of school life for all faculty and students.
Community Service, in which reflection, prayer, and matters of the spirit are honored and cultivated and the physical, mental, and emotional health of all are supported and nurtured.
Religious Formation and Study that is meaningful, academically substantive, and age appropriate; and in teaching the Christian tradition, celebrates other faith traditions.
Social Justice, which is the integration of the ideals and concepts of equity, justice, and a just society throughout the life of the school; the embracing and honoring of diversity; and the inclusion of community service and service-learning as an integral part of the life of the school.