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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

Student Traditions

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. Throughout the week, each day has a different dress theme provided by Student Council.

Finally, we all hope for a win by our Eagles. Happy Homecoming!

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. 

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.

Extracurricular and Leadership Opportunities

Admission Ambassadors

The Ambassadors help welcome prospective families and guests to campus and represent The Episcopal School of Dallas as needed. Ambassadors help with admission events, tours and more and are an integral part of ESD’s Character and Leadership Development programming.

Class Officers

Students hold class elections each year for Class Officers, who represent student interests to faculty.

ESD WORX Internship Program

The ESD WORX Internship Program provides qualified students opportunities for personal development, career awareness, life-skills mentoring, and invaluable exposure to fields of interest. Learn more here. 

Honor Council

Honor Council is a student-led group designed to uphold our Code of Conduct: Honor, Respect, Integrity. 

Lower School Clubs

Boy Scouts, Brownies/Girl Scouts, Chess Club, ESD Sports Fellowship, Fourth Grade Singers, Girls On the Run, Hand Bell Club, Marathon Kids, Math Olympiads, Piano Instruction, Strings Club, What If Lab

Middle School Clubs

Advanced Strings
Best Friends Animal Society/World Wildlife Club
Book Club
Community Service Club
Developing Strings
Diversity Club
French Club
Honor Choirs
Honors Dance

Introduction to Strings
Junior Youth and Government
Literary Magazine
Math Team
Robotics (7/8)
Science Club
Speech and Debate
Student Council

Student Council

Student Council is a group of elected members that advocate for student voices, provide assistance in school affairs and activities, and encourage relationships between students, faculty, and administration. Both Middle and Upper School have a student council.

In Upper School, this club also leads Town Hall meetings; disburses funding for other clubs; and plans student events like Homecoming, Student Body Week, and the freshman retreat in partnership with SMU students.

Student Publications

Itinerary, literary magazine

The Eagle Edition, newspaper

Upper School Clubs

There are a total of 60 Upper School Clubs, providing an extraordinary number of leadership opportunities for our students. 

Adopt, Don't Shop
Animation Club
Aviation Club
American Issues Club
A Capella Choir
Art Club
Asian Council
Backpack Club
Beads for Benefits
Baking Club
Black Student Union
Botany Club
Car Club
Ceramics
Chess Club
Community Service Council
Conservative Club
Debate
Discussions and Donuts
Diversity and Inclusion Club
Drama Club
Environmental Awareness
ESDN Broadcasting Network
Ethics and Philosophy
Ex-Libris
Film Club
Foreign Correspondents Club
French Club
Guitar Club

Helping Hearts
Jewish Student Union
Latin Club
Latinos Unidos/FBLA
Magic Club
Microfinance Club
Mu Alpha Theta
Multi Ethnic Group
Mythology Club
National Honors Society
One Love
Progressive Student Union
Psychology Club
Random Acts of Kindness Club
Refugee Club
Religious Diversity & Inclusion Club
Rock Band Club
Slam Poetry Club
Spanish Club
Spectrum
Student Managed Investment Fund Club
Teacher Appreciation Club
Volleyball Club
Voting Registration Club
Women's Studies Organization
World Affairs Club
World Languages and Cultures Club
World Wildlife Fund
Youth & Government

Vestry

Vestry is a group of student leaders who collaborate with the Senior Chaplain in planning, organizing and leading the Upper School Chapel Program, honoring ESD's Episcopal identity and making time in daily worship relevant and engaging.

The ESD Experience

Eagles In Action