Students arrive on campus at 7:45 a.m. and are welcomed by faculty and staff. From there, Middle Schoolers visit their lockers and head to their first class.
Advisory breaks up the day and allows for announcements, prayer, or a birthday treat. Advisors are an additional resource for students throughout their time at ESJ, and groups often become very close knit.
Separate Math Classes
Math Classes in Middle School are divided into separate sections for boys and girls, and each benefit in different ways from being exclusively with peers while learning more advanced math concepts.
Wednesday morning Chapel is a weekly break for ESJ students to look inward, reflect on a new perspective, and focus on their personal spiritual journey. Middle School students actively participate in Chapel, from performing to speaking about their own faith experiences.
Middle School Lunch
Separate from Upper School lunch, Middle Schoolers enjoy some free time to sit and eat with friends, get extra help from a teacher, or devour one of our famous half-baked cookies. (Healthy lunch options also available!)
6th Grade Sea Camp
Each year sixth grade travels to Big Pine Key, Florida, to experience marine biology outside of the classroom, including snorkeling, dissecting squid and swimming with sharks. Sea Camp is a rite of passage and a great bonding experience for the class during their first year at ESJ.
ESJ deliberately rolled out its iPad program through faculty first, so the technology is interwoven into the classroom experience in a way that compliments, but does not take the place of, real instruction. Sixth through ninth grade students are required to have iPads.
No Cut Sports
Middle School students who want to play, play. Episcopal strongly believes that the opportunity to try a new sport or take part in a new experience on campus should not be affected by a student’s athletic ability.
Middle School Arts Performance
The wider the breadth of experiences ESJ students have, the more likely they are to find their passion. Middle School students are required to take dance, studio art, choral and instrumental music in order to complete an “arts wheel” of instruction. Middle School students regularly perform during the school year.
9th Grade Orientation Adventure
Every fall, freshmen head off to Unicoi State Park in Helen, Georgia for camping, white water rafting, science instruction and outdoor adventure. More than 20 classes have made this trip, making it a beloved ESJ tradition.
Upper School students hear from visiting speakers, participate in Chapel through Student Vestry, and are pushed to explore not only their personal faith, but how their daily actions can positively contribute to life on campus and in our community.
Student athletes are encouraged to play more than one sport, to mentor teammates, to lead by example and to understand that what they learn on the field will have a more enduring impact than a mark in the “win column.” More than 80% of students participate in athletics, and approximately half of them play multiple sports. More than 60 teams are offered in 16 different sports.
Fine Arts Master Classes
ESJ welcomes throughout the year professional artists who teach students new steps, new concepts and new ways of expression. Guest artists perform with and for students and the community, helping to create a vibrant and invigorating campus wide environment that embraces the arts.
Senior "perks" include lunch off campus, free periods during the day, and certain dress down days or special events. By senior year, students understand what the Episcopal community expects of them and that privileges come with responsibility.
Throughout the year, Upper School students enjoy Spring Fest, prom, a winter formal and homecoming dance, dress up days, multi-grade level Wii competitions, dance or eating contests, Christmas cocoa and cookies, athletics banquets and improv shows. Student life is enriched through activities sponsored by Student Government, clubs, and all campus competitions.
College Counseling begins in 8th grade and continues through senior year. Students choose their college counselor personally, attend Application Boot Camp, and receive visits from more than 100 admissions reps from around the country. Parents benefit from College Prep 101 courses, and open communication between counseling staff, their student, and their student’s advisor.
Every fall the senior class visits Camp Weed, owned and operated by the Episcopal Diocese of Florida near Live Oak. Seniors spend time reflecting on their years at Episcopal, build class unity through team activities, participate in chapel, and enjoy free time with friends playing games and sports.
It's really only the beginning. After seniors walk across the Acosta House Porch to receive their diploma, they go on to attend some of the best colleges and universities in the country, and to become leaders in their communities and professions, just as our founders intended.