Episcopal School of Jacksonville (ESJ) and Beaches Episcopal School (BES) announced in December of 2018 that the two schools will become one on July 1, 2020. In 2020, BES will become Episcopal School of Jacksonville, a PreK3 - Grade 6 school operating on the St. Paul’s by-the-Sea campus, and ESJ will assume operations.
Students applying to BES for the 2020-2021 school year will be applying through the BES website and upon admission and enrollment, sign a continuous enrollment contract with ESJ.
Following in the spirit of the schools’ founders and in the pursuit of fulfilling their missions, both Episcopal and BES remain committed to serving students and helping them to reach their full potential while pursuing a life of leadership and purpose.
In 2020, as we go forward as one school, we know that this mission will only be further strengthened as we build on more than one hundred combined years of academic excellence.
The merger was approved by the Diocese of Florida, St. Paul’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, BES and ESJ. Both schools believe this combination advances the passion and commitment each school has to quality education, which benefits our students and families, as well as the faculty and staff, and the greater Jacksonville community.
The schools will share additional details about the merger as they are confirmed throughout the 2019-20 school year. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Admissions Office on either campus.