Celebrating our community.
Special Episcopal events and learning opportunities
Sixth Grade Sea Camp
Each year sixth graders travel to the natural setting of Big Pine Key, Florida, to experience marine biology outside of the classroom. Students bond through snorkeling the coral reefs, dissecting squid, and swimming in the shark pond. Highlights include roasting marshmallows and singing at the campfire. The trip is a rite of passage for the sixth-grade students.
Freshmen Orientation Adventure
Every fall the freshmen class participates in the Freshmen Orientation Adventure in Unicoi State Park, Helen, Georgia. Counselors encourage the development of new friendships in order to develop a sense of mutual trust, respect, and appreciation among the group. Freshmen participate in white water rafting, hiking, camping, learn about wildlife, and prepare their own meals.
Senior Retreat provides the senior class with an opportunity to build class unity through team activities, chapel, and free time with friends playing games and sports. The retreat takes place at Camp Weed, located near Live Oak, and has proven to be a unifying, morale-building, and emotionally-binding experience for seniors. Camp Weed is owned and operated by the Episcopal Diocese of Florida.
Hundreds of alumni and their families are welcomed back to campus for a special barbeque for Episcopal’s annual homecoming. Parents and students also enjoy special activities during the week leading up to the Homecoming football game.
Episcopal welcomes more than 300 grandparents each year for a special performance in the Munnerlyn Center by Fine Arts students. Grandparents and their students then enjoy lunch together in the Buck Student Center.
Christmas at Episcopal
Christmas at Episcopal includes donuts and hot chocolate, carols and candy canes and sometimes even a visit from Santa. The choral and instrumental music concert in St. John’s Cathedral ushers in the holiday season with a beautiful performance.
Global Community Day
Each year students explore the world through a themed day that brings internationally known speakers, guest artists and includes activities, panels and learning opportunities centered on the theme. Past themes include “Finding Your Voice,” “Water is Life” and “Educating Everyone.”
This annual event is a fundraiser for the school. The All Things Episcopal auction includes graduation seating and locker and parking spot choices. Parents and friends gather for a beautiful and fun evening in support of the school.
Each year Episcopal celebrates its student athletes who have committed to play their chosen sport at the collegiate level. In 2017, 21 students committed to 20 different colleges and universities in 12 different sports.
Celebrating Service Day
At the heart of an Episcopal education is a life of devotion to and care for others. During Celebrating Service Day, the entire campus focusses on special projects for Jacksonville-area non-profits. Students complete projects on and off campus that help the homeless, the troops and the humane society; they beautiful city parks and campus, and feed the hungry.
Each March Episcopal holds a special Chapel service that recognizes those whose vision helped build the school. Trustees Emeriti and Honorary Trustees are named and a guest speaker usually provides the sermon.
Fine Arts Week
Fine Arts Week celebrates the importance and beauty that art, as one of the school’s Four Pillars, brings to student life. Performances, Fine Arts Chapel and the Fine Arts Award Luncheon are held during this special time.
Reunion Weekend each year welcomes back hundreds of alumni for the all class party at the waterfront Walton Boathouse. Individual class parties follow the following evening for those celebrating ten year and up anniversaries. The Alumnus of the Year award is given this weekend as well.
Baccalaureate and Commencement
The end of the academic year is celebrated the third weekend in May with a Baccalaureate service held the Friday evening before graduation. The service is held at St. John’s Cathedral, whose members helped to found the school. Commencement is held the following morning on Saturday on the Acosta House porch on the Munnerlyn Campus. Faculty and staff greet graduates in the courtyard between Parks and Lastinger Halls following the ceremony, and the Alumni Association welcomes them at a reception on the Dale. D. Regan Plaza.