Our Mission & Beliefs

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide a strong foundation for lifelong learning by engaging the mind, body, and spirit in a nurturing community grounded in Episcopal history, tradition, and identity.


What We Believe

  • Students are safe at EDS: emotionally, socially, and physically. A comfortable, safe environment promotes student learning.
  • Students’ confidence and self-esteem are enhanced by positive academic and social experiences.
  • Students are exposed to a variety of academic and enrichment experiences using instructional practices which meet the needs of a range of learning styles.
  • Students become confident, self-directed, life-long learners through a deep commitment to continuous improvement, as well as developing a realistic self-assessment process for judging the quality of their own work.
  • Students are valued as individuals, each with a unique set of intelligences: physical, social, emotional, spiritual, and intellectual. We also see them holistically, the sum of these various intellects, and seek to assess them accordingly.
  • Students are provided with a variety of opportunities to demonstrate mastery.
  • Students demonstrate their mastery and understanding of essential knowledge and skills by applying both to new problems and situations.
  • All students can learn.
  • Decisions concerning the policies, practices, and culture of the school are made in a manner that is consistent with the school’s mission.
  • Advancing the mission of EDS is the responsibility of all constituents: students, teachers, administrators, parents, trustees, and Emmanuel Episcopal Church.