The Episcopal experience rests on our conviction that spiritual growth is an essential part of personal growth. We require our students to think critically, accepting that knowledge of the world and knowledge of God are eternally intertwined.
Our Episcopal roots shape us as a community of welcome and inclusion. All members of the Episcopal community are expected to uphold and respect the dignity of every human being. We welcome students of all faiths and traditions. Our students are encouraged to seek clarity about their beliefs and to live more fully and faithfully within them. Approximately 67 percent of students at ESJ identify themselves as of a denomination other than Episcopalian.
Opportunities for spiritual growth extend into the classroom through our comprehensive theology curriculum, which includes the study of scripture, theological exploration, and ethical living. Students explore world religions as well as how faith is expressed in current events, literature, and the arts.
Weekly chapel and worship services are creative, age-appropriate, inclusive, and grounded in the traditions of the Episcopal Church. Chapel attendance is required and all are encouraged to participate as fully as their religious traditions allow.