When Episcopal graduates leave for college they do so with the true confidence born of accepting and meeting the stiffest of challenges, knowing that they have met – and often surpassed – the high standards and expectations set for them by a most talented and capable faculty.

Parks Lastinger

Welcome from the Dean of Curriculum & Academic Services!

Episcopal School of Jacksonville takes great pride in offering the premier academic program in northeast Florida, a challenging curriculum that is thoughtfully designed to prepare capable students to be successful in the most selective colleges and universities in the country.  All courses are grounded in the teaching of solid fundamentals, be they basic algebraic skills, the vocabulary and grammar of a world language, hand-building and wheel-throwing techniques in ceramics, or well-constructed, tightly written paragraphs.  

But fundamental skills are only the beginning….. at Episcopal we challenge students to think critically and to synthesize both skills and information.  We challenge them to think conceptually rather than to simply memorize and regurgitate.  We challenge young men and women to explore the depths of their intellectual curiosity and their own spirituality, rather than settling for “doing enough to get by.”  When Episcopal graduates leave for college they do so with the true confidence born of accepting and meeting the stiffest of challenges, knowing that they have met – and often surpassed – the high standards and expectations set for them by a most talented and capable faculty.

Small class sizes allow us to get to know Episcopal students as individuals; this facilitates helping students learn how they learn, as well as allowing us to recommend individual courses of study that are specific to a student’s particular strengths, interests, and goals.  At Episcopal, we do more than simply assign and assess; ESJ classes are demanding (by design!) but we take great pride in – and we devote many hours of work with students both in and out of class – supporting each student who commits to the pursuit of personal growth and academic success.  Twenty-four Honors classes and twenty-three Advanced Placement offerings provide additional challenges and intellectual stimulation for the very strongest students.  

Episcopal classes authentically integrate the use of technology but they are not driven by technology for technology’s sake.  Students become proficient with the use of scientific and graphing calculators, e-chats and e-forums, internet research, turnitin.com, and a variety of mobile device apps that are pertinent to individual disciplines. 

Bob

Bob Shanner 
Dean of Curriculum & Academic Services