What sets us apart?

  • Traits of Character: “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. Each month, there is a school project related to the featured “fruit,” and a different grade level is charged with designing a banner to represent the particular focus word. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).

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.


Preschool and Pre-K (3 year olds and 4 year olds)

  • Preschool staff provides developmentally appropriate experiences within a respectful, warm and loving atmosphere.
  • Units teach and reinforce basic readiness skills such as: similarities and differences, colors, shapes, name recognition, numerals, the alphabet, following directions, and listening skills.
  • Children are exposed to print and language that is integrated into various activities.  Recognition of the alphabet, both upper and lower case, plus letter sounds are introduced through whole language experiences and through our unique Spalding Phonics program.
  • Students are instructed in writing using modern manuscript, which offers a nice transition to cursive writing in 3rd grade.  We remain committed to teaching traditional handwriting.


  • Students continue to develop the skills necessary for reading.  They learn sounds (Spalding Phonics phonograms), study rhyming words, identify beginning, middle, and ending sounds, and beginning blends.
  • Students are involved in whole group activities, shared reading times, center activities, and individual instruction.
  • Saxon math program focuses on using “hands-on” activities to introduce new mathematical concepts, such as the naming of geometric and plane shapes, recognizing and extending patterns, basic addition and subtraction, and telling time to the hour.
  • Science and social studies units are truly experience-based for these children.  Science units include learning about caring for our Earth, butterflies, magnets, animals and their habitats, and weather and seasons.  The social studies curriculum helps children become aware of themselves as individuals and as members of the family and of a community.

Grades 1-5

  • The core subjects include communication (listening, speaking, reading and writing), mathematics, science and social studies.
  • Students learn to read, and read to learn, through phonetic instruction, whole language activities, guided reading groups, our Accelerated Reader Program, and the EDS book club (optional).
  • Saxon Math – instruction continues, and uses an incremental structure that distributes content throughout the year. This integrated and connected approach provides deep, long-term mastery of the content and skills.
  • Science and social studies textbooks are used; however science and social studies are also blended into language arts experiences.