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Important Announcement from Episcopal School of Jacksonville and St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School

Dear Episcopal School of Jacksonville and St. Mark’s Communities:

As Head of School for Episcopal School of Jacksonville (ESJ), Chairman of the Board of Trustees for St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School (SMEDS), and Rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, we are pleased to share with you today that we have agreed to discuss the possibility of merging SMEDS into ESJ. We made this decision after prayerful, thoughtful and thorough discussions with our representative governing boards and The Right Rev. Samuel Johnson Howard, Bishop of Florida.

ESJ and SMEDS have long had a close relationship and cultures that embrace our missions of providing exceptional and balanced education within the tenets of The Episcopal Church. The governing boards of both schools have agreed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which will permit us to explore the possibility of a merger. A recommendation to proceed with a merger would need approval by the ESJ and SMEDS Boards of Trustees, the Vestry of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Foundation Board of Trustees, and the Episcopal Diocese of Florida.

This discussion means that we will undertake a meticulous review of the impact of a merger on our students, families, faculty and staff, and our obligations regarding property, legal interests, and financial commitments. Should either school believe this next step extends beyond what is beneficial to their community, either party may discontinue the discussion.

We understand that the timing of this message comes over the summer, when many in our church and school communities may be out of town. However, we feel it is important to share this significant information at this time instead of waiting until we all return to our campuses in August.

This possibility of a long term partnership creates an exciting and promising future for our schools as well as for Episcopal education in the Diocese of Florida.

We are grateful for your support as we begin these discussions.


The Rev. Adam Greene, Head of School
Episcopal School of Jacksonville

Charles Gibbs, Chairman, Board of Trustees
St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School

The Rev. Tom Murray, Rector
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

Episcopal Takes Mission Trip to Puerto Rico

Episcopal had 19 students and four chaperones travel to Arecibo, Puerto Rico, from June 16-21 on a mission trip. The group stayed at Comunidad Christiana, a church in Arecibo. The team was divided into four work teams, along with other teenagers from a church in Minnesota. The groups served the community from 10:00 a.m. to… Continue Reading

Global Learning Programs Visit Italy, China, and France

Episcopal’s Global Learning Programs kicked off the summer with trips to China, Italy, and France. Students on the trip to Italy are focusing on photography and art, attending the Biennale in Venice, visiting Florence, Cinque Terre, and Milan. Students were able to process their film at an art school in Florence, see the Boboli Gardens, Uffizi, Accademia… Continue Reading

In Memoriam: John W. Donahoo Jr., Trustee Emeritus

John Donahoo Jr., Trustee Emeritus, passed away May 28, 2019. A steadfast supporter of the school, he was beloved by those he knew professionally and personally. His servant’s heart for his family, friends, community, and the Episcopal Church guided a life devoted to the love and care of others. John was, among many honors, a… Continue Reading

22 Legacy Alumni Seniors Graduate

Episcopal graduated 22 legacy alumni on Saturday. Alumni and their graduating seniors were invited to a special breakfast Saturday morning before Commencement at the Alumni House. Photos are on Flickr. Legacy Alumni Include: Jack and David Barksdale ’84 Stela and Brett Chepenik ’90 Zoe and Charles Cobb ’83 Cole Crane and Dianne Morse ’77 Kirby,… Continue Reading

Awards Presented at Senior Honors Convocation

Episcopal held Senior Honors Convocation for the Class of 2019 on Friday, May 17. The following awards were presented to seniors: Scholarship Awards Parents’ Association Service Scholarship: The PAS Scholarship is awarded to recognize exemplary community service. The Parents’ Association provides a grant for the scholarship. Anna Shepherd and Xander Magevney Yvonne L. and Monique… Continue Reading

Fine Arts Awards and Inductions

On Thursday, May 9, at the Inaugural Fine Arts Awards and Inductions Ceremony, the Fine Arts Department presented annual fine arts awards recognizing students for excellence in all disciplines of fine arts, as well as inductions into the National Art Honor Society, the National Honor Society of Dance Arts, Tri-M Music Honor society and the… Continue Reading

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