Learner-Centered Teaching

At Episcopal, a learner-centered approach to teaching is a priority in the classroom. This approach to learning is intended to address the distinct learning needs, interests, aspirations, and cultural backgrounds of our students. Since every student is different, it is important that the school provides many different opportunities for learning through athletics, the arts, religious faith and service, and most importantly, academics.  

At the Lower School levels there is an emphasis on independent study skills, a mastery of basic concepts, enrichment, and character development as they prepare for a lifetime of learning. Students learn to think critically, allowing them to solve problems in a group setting, tackle academic challenges, and become joyful learners. Our well-rounded, vertically integrated curriculum allows students to reach their potential, develop talents and passions, explore their faith, and build character through Fruit of the Spirit concepts incorporated into daily lessons.

At the Middle and Upper School levels, students are encouraged to select appropriate and challenging coursework. Episcopal offers 23 Advanced Placement classes as well as Honors Courses. The Harkness Method in humanities courses,  Node desks in language classes, and the Modeling method in science classes are all methods of learner-centered teaching that Episcopal’s faculty at the Upper and Middle School levels incorporate into their classrooms for an exceptional instructional experience for students.

CLASS SIZE

Class sizes across all grades ensure students are known as individuals; this facilitates helping students learn how they learn best, as well as allowing us to recommend courses of study that are specific to a student’s particular strengths, interests, and goals. 

On the Beaches campus, Pre-K 3 through Grade 1 have an average of 10 students per class and grades 2-6 an average of 15. At the St. Mark’s campus, the student to teacher ratio is 11:1, with an average class size of 16 students in grades K-6. On the Munnerlyn campus, our sixth grade program has a student class size of 15-17. The school works hard to ensure class sizes at the upper grades remain at or less than 20 students.