Engaging mind, body, and spirt at EDS

The Episcopal Day School has an exceptional curriculum which exceeds North Carolina’s state requirements and has been approved by the Southern Association of Independent Schools.

We expose students to a variety of academic and enrichment activities using instructional practices which take into account a variety of learning styles.

Learning at EDS:

The Episcopal Day School has an exceptional curriculum which exceeds North Carolina’s state requirements and has been approved by the Southern Association of Independent Schools. We expose students to a variety of academic and enrichment activities using instructional practices which take into account a variety of learning styles.

What sets us apart?

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“Fruit of the Spirit”

This character education framework was designed by EDS teachers. Using Galatians 5: 22-23 as a guide, teachers developed and gathered ideas for promoting a different Fruit of the Spirit each month (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control) in classrooms, in Tuesday and Thursday chapel services, and throughout the school. This program is woven throughout the EDS curriculum.


Spalding Phonics

Provides instruction in phonics and the 72 phonograms in the English language that is explicit, systematic, interactive, diagnostic, and multisensory. Students learn phonemic awareness, phonics with handwriting, spelling rules, and writing high-frequency vocabulary words.

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Project-based Learning / Individual Projects

Project-based learning is a dynamic approach to teaching in which students explore real-world problems and challenges. With this type of active and engaged learning, students are inspired to obtain a deeper knowledge of the subjects they’re studying. Students may also choose to complete an individual project in which they research a topic of interest and share the results of their research with their classmates through a presentation style of their choice (i.e. Power Point Presentation, display, oral report).


Thinking Maps

Eight specific visual patterns are used to help organize thoughts and information. Visualizing thinking allows students to have a concrete image of their abstract thoughts. Visual representations enhance the brain’s natural ability to detect and construct meaningful patterns. Thinking Maps reduce anxiety by providing familiar visual patterns for thinking and working with complex ideas and situations, and allowing them to begin writing with little hesitation.

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The Early Childhood Program (ECP)


Developmentally appropriate experiences are offered within a respectful, warm and loving atmosphere.

Children are exposed to print and language through whole language experiences and through our unique Spalding Phonics program.

Students are instructed in writing using modern manuscript, which offers an easy transition to cursive writing in 3rd grade.

Children are guided to be socially and emotionally confident, creative thinkers, and effective communicators.

Episcopal Day School offers the following classes to meet the needs of our Early Childhood students:

Preschool:  Social/emotional skills are valued and nurtured.  Fundamental cognitive and school readiness concepts are taught through individual and small group activities that nurture problem-solving skills, creativity, and teamwork. Chapel, Spanish, Music, Physical Education, Library, Art, Tech Time, and Character Education classes enrich this program. 

Kindergarten Preparatory:  Social/emotional skills are valued, and the ability to self-regulate is evident.  Cognitive concepts are reinforced through more structured and formal activities to promote deeper skill building; reading, math, and fine motor skills.  Students work more independently or with peers on more in-depth projects and tasks.  Chapel, Spanish, Music, Physical Education, Library, Art, and Computer classes enrich this program. 

The following curriculum resources support the Early Childhood Program at EDS:

North Carolina Foundations for Early Learning and Development , The Creative Curriculum for Preschool, Pearson OWL Literacy Program for Kindergarten Preparatory, National Association for the Education of Young Children Program Standards 

Click here for EDS Early Childhood Program class structure.

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K - 5th Grade

Learn about each grade by clicking on the icons for a printable PDF.


Specials Classes



Episcopal Day School students are given instructions in basic art, art appreciation and art history.  Original finished products are created using various media and hand-made projects are completed with quality and longevity in mind.

Art history studies for grades 1 through 5 include Ancient Egyptian Civilization, The Middle Ages, The Renaissance, North Carolina Arts and Crafts, American Art History and 20th/21st Century Art.  Students are provided with hands-on activities to further their understanding of each historical period.

Grade 4 and 5 students are offered membership in The Episcopal Day School Art Club.  Throughout the years our art club members have been involved in altruistic projects within our school community, such as scenery for the Christmas concert and the annual auction fund raiser.

The children are encouraged to recognize art in nature and our environment, and to value art and artistic expression in our daily lives. Art fosters improved spatial reasoning, visualization, fine motor skills development, and creative thinking.  Most importantly, is the self-confidence that is developed in students through the work they create.


The goal of the computer/technology skills program at Episcopal Day School is to provide students with the essential knowledge and skills they need to be active learners in a technologically sophisticated environment.

The curriculum is a balanced instructional program with a continuous progression of skills from preschool through grade five.  Students develop these skills in the areas of keyboarding, word processing, graphic programs, data analysis with spreadsheets, desktop publishing, information gathering from the internet, the use of multimedia software for presentations, and coding with iPads.  Students are also taught the responsible use and application of technology.

Class work is done independently, and collaboratively, as a means of acquiring, integrating and applying technology in a variety of ways.  A graduating fifth grader will have all the skills needed to: use a word processor to complete a writing assignment, produce a spreadsheet to display and analyze data, access telecommunications to find information for research purposes, and create a presentation using multimedia software.

Our computer lab has nineteen networked Dell computers with 20″ flat panel screens, two color printers, and school-wide access to the Internet. There is also a new Makerspace where students have an opportunity to explore their own interests; learn to use tools and materials, both physical and virtual; and develop creative projects.


The ability to speak and write Spanish is an invaluable skill for the 21st century. Our goal is to lay a foundation for further study of the Spanish language.

Our Spanish program focuses on communication in an environment that does not separate the language from the culture.  The classroom is designed to surround students with everyday activities and vocabulary.  The vast world in which Spanish is spoken is brought into each student’s experience by way of historical celebrations, stories, games, holidays, map study skills, music and art.

Our mission is to teach Spanish, the language and the culture, in an enjoyable and positive manner, focusing on communication and appreciation of the similarities and differences between our two cultures.

Resource Support Program

The resource support coordinator offers academic services to students who have been referred by a classroom teacher since they are in need of additional academic, social, or emotional support.

The resource support coordinator also functions as a consultant to the classroom teacher, providing assistance with specialized student instruction as well as suggestions for curricular differentiation and class projects/lessons.

Finally, the resource support coordinator is responsible for school-wide testing throughout the school year. Testing for new students is done individually and as needed during the year. Standardized testing is conducted each spring for grades one through five.


The mission of the Episcopal Day School’s library is to support the school in achieving its educational goals. By providing a variety of experiences in the library, students develop a love for books, an appreciation for literature, and an understanding of how to gather information. The library houses a collection of over 5,000 books, magazines and reference materials. In addition, our Accelerated Reader (AR) program is offered to students on every reading level. The library is available to students at regularly scheduled times during the week, and for independent study during non-scheduled times.

Book Blast-Off: Third through fifth graders have the opportunity to read 10-15 novels throughout the winter months and compete in this battle of the books type contest in February.

Book Fair: Another annual event is the EDS Book Fair. This library fund raiser is supported by students, faculty, parents, and is open to the general public. This event has grown to be so large and successful that it is now held in the church Parish Hall.  Using a different theme each year, the whole school gets involved in decorating the hall. The book fair kicks off with a family night from 6:00-8:00pm and continues during school hours for the remainder of the week. The library benefits from the sale of each book,  and past book fairs have allowed EDS to the purchase new books, software, subscriptions to online encyclopedias, and computer equipment.


Music at Episcopal Day School is a multi-sensory experience where each child is given the opportunity to sing, play instruments,  move and create. Children discover that music is not only fun, it is also a lifetime adventure. Classes are based on an instructional approach which includes jazz, classical traditions, as well as a study of various classical and jazz composers. Children also begin to learn how to read and write music.

Two special musical programs are presented during the school year.   Each December our “Old Fashion Christmas Concert” is held.  In the spring, the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students perform a musical, which is chosen by the Music Club. The Music Club is open to any interested 3rd, 4th or 5th grade student. The purpose of the club is to share the music from our concerts with others, especially the residents of Penick Village.

Physical Education

Episcopal Day school provides a well-rounded physical education program for all students. It offers each student a strong basis of lifetime fitness, sports, and recreational skills. The curriculum is the SPARK program which has been honored as an Exemplary Program of the U.S. Department of Education. SPARK is the only program to earn “PE Gold” grades K-8.

The annual Episcopal Day School field day is a special event that takes place each  fall. All students participate in age appropriate events and games.  Older students, grades 3rd – 5th, are divided into mixed grade teams, and compete in team building and problem solving activities, as well as traditional athletic activities.

The Episcopal Day School Fall Fitness Club is an after-school activity that is open to all 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students.  This club focuses on improving student fitness levels with fun cardiovascular (including distance running & sprint training), strength, and flexibility activities.  Basic track & field skills are learned as well.

Chapel and Sacred Studies

The Episcopal Day School began as an educational and spiritual extension of  Emmanuel Episcopal Church. A goal was to reach out to as many people as possible in the surrounding communities. Episcopal Day School offers  families an opportunity to engender their children’s academic and spiritual development in a loving Christian atmosphere.

Twice a week, students and faculty members gather for Chapel in the Emmanuel Episcopal Church.  In addition, students attend a class entitled Sacred Studies once a week. It is led by the EDS chaplain. The services are planned around biblical themes, always focusing on God’s love for each individual and His covenant with the community of faith.  The church calendar, with it’s various seasons and festivals, lends excitement to each service. Parents are always welcome to attend Chapel services and sit with their child or children.

Once a week, students in grades one through five meet with the chaplain for an extension of chapel themes, fruit of the spirit lessons, and Bible stories in a class called Sacred Studies.

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