WHAT IS AN EPISCOPAL SCHOOL?

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Episcopal schools have a long history of education that is characterized by academic excellence, inclusivity, social involvement through service to others, and valuing the innate potential that every child brings to the world. St. Patrick’s is proud to be one of over 400 Episcopal elementary schools in America that provides an exceptional education to children of families of all faiths, traditions, or none. We believe that there is something to be valued and respected living in a community that proclaims the unique worth and beauty of all human beings.

The St. Patrick’s School believes that young people should be encouraged not just to share what they have with others, but to understand the issues and complexities of society and to consider what their individual responsibilities are and to take action. The objective of an Episcopal School like St. Patrick’s is to foster an education which seeks not only to develop each student academically and socially, but to prepare each student spiritually to live a creative, humane, compassionate life as a contributing member of society.

Principles of Good Practice in an
Episcopal School

The main tenants and upholding principles of an Episcopal School are:

  • An Episcopal School is comprehensive and inclusive.
  • We teach respect for other people's beliefs.
  • We look for the values that unite people rather than those that divide.
  • Wherever individuals are on their journeys of faith, they are welcome.
  • Our rites and traditions embody the common values of our school community.
  • An Episcopal School values reason as a way of true understanding.
  • An Episcopal School has a concern for the well-being of society.
  • A concern for society is a part of the school ethos and part of the values that we impart to the young people with which we work. The school helps students to understand that they don't exist apart from society, but are called on to help and serve others.