Student Life

Episcopal is a vibrant and busy campus with many opportunities for involvement for all members of the community – parents and grandparents, faculty and staff, students and alumni. From Fine Arts performances, athletic competitions, and community service opportunities to Homecoming, Chapel, A Vision for Art, and Boo Bash, Episcopal welcomes everyone to participate fully in the life of the school.

Lower Schools

The Lower School Campuses help children grow intellectually, spiritually, and physically throughout their formative years of education. Students enjoy an educational experience that encourages a sense of independence and excitement while providing compelling instruction filled with developmentally appropriate learning activities. Weekly Chapel services allow students to grow spiritually as they learn about God's unconditional love for them and their place in the world. In addition, Chapel provides leadership opportunities for students to take on active roles in the service as acolytes, readers, and presenters. Community outreach opportunities allow students to make a difference globally and locally through Service Learning. The athletic program provides an outlet for active play, teamwork, and skill-building as students participate in sports like basketball, volleyball, flag football, and soccer. Art and music opportunities allow students to build confidence, be creative, and perform for family and friends. The balanced educational experience fully prepares students for life and school after their elementary years are complete.

Middle and Upper Schools

ESJ strives to create meaningful opportunities for students while ensuring a welcoming and inclusive environment on campus. Upper School students take full advantage of the many opportunities available on the Munnerlyn campus. Academic departments are, for the most part, separated by building.  Classroom spaces are designed with specific disciplines, learner-centered teaching, and collaboration in mind, whether incorporating Harkness tables in English and History classrooms, mobile node seating in World Language classrooms, or lab spaces for Science and Robotics.

Their educational experience is enhanced by a wide variety of courses offered across the Four Pillars, which utilize dedicated visual and performing arts space, including two theaters, and athletic facilities, and classrooms. Students benefit from the open air setting along the St. Johns River and copious outdoor gathering spaces, including the beautiful Regan Plaza.  It’s not unusual to see students and faculty using these spaces for outdoor classes, group study, quiet reflection, or socializing during the breaks built into the daily schedule.

The Munnerlyn Campus offers more than 50 on-campus clubs and organizations, which are designed to improve the quality of campus life and to promote the development of responsible leaders. Clubs are activity, interest or community service based and allow Middle School and Upper School students to develop personally while building relationships with others.  Clubs are student-initiated and student-led with the support of a faculty/staff sponsor.

Service Clubs

Connect students to community organizations and/or plan service events of their own
Examples: Angels for Allison, Community PedsCare Club, ESJ for Animals, Music for a Cause

Special Interest Clubs

Explore various passions and hobbies
Examples: Camping Club, Chess Club, Foreign Film Club, Investment Club

Competition/Performance/Publication Clubs

Compete against other schools, train for a major performance, or work on campus publications
Examples: Quiz Bowl, Dance Ensemble, Talon Times Student Newspaper

Leadership in the community is expected and encouraged. Student Government, Vestry, Honor and Discipline Councils all provide Upper School students with servant leadership opportunities while making positive and lasting contributions to the campus community of which they are a part. Student Government creates lasting memories and traditions by hosting Homecoming Week, Clash of the Classes, Winter Formal, Prom, and other unifying experiences over the course of the year. Upper School Student Government also serves as a voice of the student body by pursuing initiatives such as increased grade transparency and creating a more eco-friendly campus. Middle School Student Government supports campus wide activities as well as hosting the Middle School Social each spring.