Episcopal schools exist not only to educate, but to demonstrate and proclaim the unique worth and beauty of all human beings as creations of a loving, empowering God.
Episcopal schools ensure that their missions are built on the sure foundation of Christian love that guides and challenges all who attend our schools to build lives of genuine meaning, purpose, and service in the word they will inherit.
About Episcopal Schools
- These schools are places of genuine hospitality that support the spiritual growth of all, regardless of faith tradition, even as they illuminate the school’s Episcopal roots and heritage.
- Episcopal schools have long understood that multiple voices and perspectives are necessary for sound learning and wise decision-making. To this end, Episcopal schools strive to be inclusive communities that promote open and reasoned dialogue that breaks down barriers and promotes human understanding.
- Episcopal schools create and sustain a school culture that advances the dignity and well-being of each person and promotes a genuine sense of belonging.
From the National Association of Episcopal Schools
At St. George, our intentional approach for embracing diversity is captured in the words of our mission statement:
St. George Episcopal School provides exceptional academic preparation in an “inclusive Christian community that fosters love and respect for God, self, and others."
At St. George, we believe in creating a diverse community of belonging where each person is treated with dignity and as a child of God. Our goal is to develop students with the cultural acuity and grace to be empathetic leaders who are curious about diversity in people and experience, who have an ethos of service, and who will make a positive difference in their community, city, nation, and world. In the words of The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church, St. George endeavors to help all members of our community realize “The way of unselfish sacrificial love that is committed to seeking the good and well-being of others as well as the self."
In the words of NAES Associate Director Ann Mellow,“We strive to help each person in our community know that they are loved and beloved in the complete fullness of their personhood."
As inspired by the work and words of Quaker educator Parker Palmer and Episcopal school leaders Lucy Nazro and Ann Mellow,“At St. George, we endeavor to help our students and families see with a heart informed by love and dignity and compassion. We strive to help our students see the world around them through the lens of a curious mind AND the lens of a compassionate heart, both lenses working together to bring the love of Christ in all its dimensions into sharp focus."
Episcopal Identity and Diversity
“As Episcopal schools we also are the beneficiaries of a strong intellectual tradition, characterized by questioning and probing further into the ideals and beliefs that ground us...”
“Our tradition is one of graciousness, generosity, and humility—we do not possess all of the answers, and we are eager to learn from each other. One of the best vehicles for enhancing that learning is the intentional cultivation of a diverse community, one that is welcomed into the total life of the school. A sense of belonging is essential to a climate of learning, and serves as the optimal mode of preparation for our students’ futures...”
“Episcopal schools are places where people from all different types of perspectives and traditions show up and engage in the joyful process of learning. This is not only what we are supposed to do, but what we love to do...”
- National Association of Episcopal Schools
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