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Student Life

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

500 plus leadership opportunities for ESD students
Over 21,600 community service hours were completed by the Class of 2021.
100 percent of students attend daily chapel

Extracurricular and Leadership Opportunities

The ESD Experience

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.

Each May, the senior class welcomes the rising freshmen into the upper school by passing a light, “the spirit of ESD,” to these students.

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!

 

A lower school student celebrates Grandparents and Grandfriends day by showing off her artwork.

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. 

Middle school students sign the Code of Conduct.

At the beginning of each year students of all divisions, as well as faculty and staff, sign our school's Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct is a pledge to live with Honor, Respect, and Integrity, three highly valued principles at ESD.

By signing the Code of Conduct, each student commits to uphold the ESD Academic Pledge: "On my honor, I promise that I will not lie, steal, or cheat. I will abide by, respect, and support this Academic Pledge as a member of the Episcopal School of Dallas."

Seniors and their fifth grade buddies pose at an event.

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, holiday celebrations, themed days, and more.

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.

Students pose with their ESD rings at the annual Junior Ring Ceremony.

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.

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. 

A group of seniors celebrate a %22Winter Wonderland%22 themed rally day.

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 Winter Wonderland, 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.

Junior students gather to celebrate Blue and Yellow Shirt Day.

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

Blue and Yellow Shirt Day, as it has affectionately become known, marks the beginning of their role as the eldest on campus and symbolizes the leadership and responsibilities they will take on as seniors.

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