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.
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 for 20 minutes four days a week; each Wednesday Holy Eucharist is celebrated in a more formal, 40-minute service.
Middle and Upper School chapel services embrace multiple spiritual views, including the powerful 8th grade Yom Ha'Shoah presentation
Students also participate through student vestry, acolytes, and musical accompaniment like the Upper School comtemporary chapel band