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    New Options from Episcopal School of Jax at the Beaches

    Episcopal School of Jacksonville (ESJ) has a new presence in the Beaches area this year, as a seamless Pre-K 3 through 12 grade opportunity is now available for families.

    Families living in the Beaches area can enroll their child on Episcopal’s Beaches Campus (formerly known as Beaches Episcopal School), and continue their children’s education through high school with a transition to ESJ’s Munnerlyn Campus (further west down Atlantic Blvd) as the child enters sixth grade. This transition has created numerous opportunities for students, faculty, and staff on the Beaches Campus to benefit from the enriching experiences offered at Episcopal.

    An Episcopal School of Jacksonville graduate seeks understanding; develops a sense of self; lives with honor and purpose, and pursues a life of faith. Graduates develop unique aspects of their portrait by fully participating in school life, organized under Four Pillars — academics, spiritual life, fine arts, and athletics. The school’s nurturing environment integrates spiritual formation into all aspects of the educational experience, welcoming people of all religious, cultural, and economic backgrounds under the belief in the importance of respecting the dignity of every human being.

    This fall Beaches Campus rolled out a Fine Arts Wheel that collaborates with what Middle School students on the Munnerlyn Campus experience. Students in the upper grades at the Beaches Campus will rotate each trimester between dance, theatre, and music. The theatre program, directed by Weatherly Donald (ESJ alumna ’08), provides drama students the opportunity to enjoy popular games to enhance improvisational skills, record their own radio commercials and work on monologue performances. The dance program is led by Andrea Hagan and teaches various genres of dance. The music program is led by Cameron Strine and students gain exposure to Orff instrument instruction.

    In addition, the Beaches Campus is incorporating aspects of ESJ’s Health, Safety, and Well- Being (HSW) program, modified for younger students. HSW seeks to provide students with ways in which to manage stress, maintain positive relationships with their peers and teachers, develop a sense of self, and foster inclusion and an understanding of the importance of diversity and equity. Teachers have received professional development and students have already participated in several activities focused on wellness, including learning mindfulness from PlayfulMinds, a beaches area organization, and welcoming Baptist Health family practitioner Dr. Jamie Johnson.

    Set four blocks from the ocean just south of Atlantic Beach, the Episcopal Beaches Campus is a special place of learning where students from the beach community are set on a trajectory of success and significance. From McCormick Hall, with its classrooms and courtyard, to Hope Hall, which houses resources and enrichments classes and the state-of-the-art climbing wall, to Hixon Field, an outdoor space which includes playgrounds, an artificial turf playing field, and a basketball court, students at the Episcopal’s Beaches Campus are afforded every opportunity to move and grow in mind and heart.


    We invite you to visit our campus and explore the wonderful opportunities available to your children at the Episcopal Beaches Campus!

    Please join us for our Jingle and Mingle Event on Saturday, December 5th from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM (sign up for a 45-minute time).  Current and prospective families are invited to join us for a fun morning with a holiday art activity. ESJ is diligently following recommended CDC COVID-19 protocols. Masks will be required, temperatures will be checked upon arrival, and we ask that you remain socially distanced from other groups/families at all times. RSVP Required.  You may also contact Ashley Davis, Director of Admissions, at 904.246.2466 or davisa@esj.org.

    The Beaches Campus is located at 450 11th Avenue North, Jacksonville Beach, 32250. Visit esj.org/admissions for more information.

    About: Episcopal School of Jacksonville enrolls 1,200 students from age 1 to grade 12 on three campuses (Beaches, Munnerlyn, and St. Mark’s) and provides a college preparatory education rooted in the Episcopal tradition. The school’s traditional liberal arts curriculum is organized under the Four Pillars of academics, athletics, fine arts, and spiritual life. The same quest for excellence that drives our academic program shapes our commitment to programs in athletics, arts, and spiritual development. Episcopal schools are diverse ministries of educational and spiritual formation which welcome people of all religious, cultural, and economic backgrounds. Episcopal is a leader among independent schools in programming related to Health, Safety, and Well-Being (HSW). The school’s HSW program each year expands on ways to ensure students learn age-appropriate methods of self-care, mental health best practices, coping skills, and how to make healthy choices.  Episcopal is committed to small class size, learner-centered teaching methods, and an environment that is achievement-oriented, supportive, and caring.

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