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Virtues of the Month

Virtues of the month are incorporated into chapel services and character curriculum each month in every division.

September: Tolerance

October: Forgiveness

November: Humility

December: Reverence

January: Justice

February: Loyalty

March: Perseverance

April: Stewardship

May: Peacefulness

Daily Chapel

Daily chapel for all students and faculty is an enduring tradition that has been in place since the very first day of school in 1974. The spiritual identity of ESD is grounded in the Christian faith, expressed through the liturgy and tradition of the Episcopal church. We are an institution whose spiritual self-understanding is Christian, but also a place where students of all faiths are welcomed and respected. Every human being has value because God has created them in His own image.

Fast Facts

  • All "chapel talks" strive to articulate love of God, self, and neighbor
  • Lower School has "chapel talks" and an abbreviated form of Morning Prayer for 15-minutes each day and celebrates Holy Eucharist once a month in a more formal 30-minute service
  • Middle and Upper School have "chapel talks" and an abbreviated form of Morning Prayer and Holy Eucharist is celebrated on day one of the schedule in a more formal, 40-minute service.
  • Middle and Upper School chapel services embrace multiple spiritual views
  • Students also participate through student vestry, acolytes, and musical accompaniment

what makes an episcopal school an episcopal school

The National Association of Episcopal School’s website states, “Episcopal schools are known for educational excellence. As embodiments of the Christian faith, they serve God in Christ in all persons, regardless of origin, background, ability, or religion and ‘strive for justice and peace among all people and [to] respect the dignity of every human being.’”

The Core Values of an Episcopal School are commonly articulated as:

• A commitment to an atmosphere of free inquiry in all academic pursuits as we seek the truth in a learning process unfettered by dogmatic considerations

• A belief in the fundamental unity of the global family

• A belief in the equality and dignity of all human beings

• A belief that love, compassion, unselfishness, and the force of inner truthfulness ultimately have greater power than hate, enmity, and self-interest

• A commitment by each member of the school community to grow in service to others

• A commitment to provide opportunities for worship and development of the spiritual life

• A commitment to engage freely in ethical and religious discussion, when appropriate, in all academic disciplines

These values are integral to ESD’s being and are intertwined with every facet of our lives as members of an Episcopal school community. Our Episcopal roots provide the institutional and educational practices that support our goal of helping each student achieve an “educated conscience.” ESD’s Founding Tenets provide the structure to work and study in a faith-centered environment.

These Core Values are commonly presented by Episcopal schools. At least one source attributes the wording to The Reverend P. Roger Bowen, D.D, 2012 NAES John D. Verdery Award winner. For more information, please visit www.episcopalschools.org

Our founding tenets

Daily Worship

Nurturing a spiritual relationship with God through the use of the Book of Common Prayer within the context of a pluralistic and diverse student and faculty population.


Experiencing mutual trust, respect, and honor while preserving individual identity, uniqueness of thought, and personality.

Ethical Decision Making

Preparing students for actions which promote the common good through the study of religious and moral paradigms of history and contemporary thought.


Actualizing the advancement of the common good through acts of mercy and renewal here and within the larger community. Daily worship, experiences in community, and studies in ethical decision making prepare members of this community for service to others, the highest manifestation of God’s presence in our lives. 

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