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I am a student: a mind open to direction, a heart open to others, a soul open to searching. - ESD Manifesto

Student Traditions

A senior student lights the candle of an incoming freshman in the Pass It On ceremony.

One of ESD’s oldest traditions, Pass It On, was started by Father Swann in the spring of 1976 to symbolize eighth-graders leaving the middle school.

The senior class welcomes the rising freshmen into the Upper School by passing a light, “the spirit of ESD,” to these students.

Every winter, Middle and Upper school celebrate with Lessons and Carols, coming together as a school community and enjoying the Christmas season. All students take part in the ceremony, sing different carols, and read lessons from the Bible.

Every year both students and faculty sign our school's Code of Conduct, a pledge to live with Honor, Respect, and Integrity. 

A good old-fashioned game of Texas football brings the entire community together under Friday night lights every fall. And one of the most eventful traditions associated with football is our annual Homecoming Week. 

Homecoming Week is celebrated by all divisions, and even alumni! Throughout the week, each day has a different dress theme provided by Student Council. The week culminates in the Homecoming football game and, hopefully, a win for our Eagles!


We set aside a day to give thanks to grandparents and grandfriends who have such an impact in our students' lives. 

Grandparents are invited to campus to spend a day with their grandchild and get a glimpse into their day-to-day life. 

The senior class celebrates the birthdays of its students quarterly with Rally Days. This tradition includes a theme, food, fun activities and more. Rally Day themes can range from decade days to Texas State Fair, and the student costumes are always on point!

ESD students look forward to celebrating this long-standing tradition during their senior year and look it as a privilege as the eldest students on campus.

Similar to our senior and fifth-grade buddy program, fourth graders are paired with Kindergarteners each year to give them a chance to interact with an "upperclassmen."

Each year, plenty of new friendships and fun memories are made between these fun pairs. 

Rising seniors celebrate their academic accomplishments thus far by receiving a ring designed by ESD’s founder, Father Swann.

This ring was inspired by one given to him when the school left the St. Michael & All Angels Church. The ring bears the school shield which features three crosses, representing the values of religion, sound learning,  and self-discipline.

The junior class celebrates the official transition into their senior year by receiving their blue and yellow shirts, a special uniform privilege given to the senior class. 

At the beginning of each school year, students from the senior class are paired up with fifth graders for different events throughout the school year.

This fun tradition is a long-standing one at ESD that students look forward to every year and encourages Upper and Middle School engagement. The buddies participate in community service, themed days like Twin Day where they dress up in pair costumes, and more.

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