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Episcopal Day School

The Episcopal Day School

Dr. Jill Connett,, Head of School


Episcopal Day School's Mission & Beliefs

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide a strong foundation for life-long learning by engaging the mind, body and spirit in a nurturing Christian community.


What We Believe

  • Students are safe at EDS: emotionally, socially, and physically. A comfortable, safe environment promotes student learning.
  • Students’ confidence and self-esteem are enhanced by positive academic and social experiences.
  • Students are exposed to a variety of academic and enrichment experiences using instructional practices which meet the needs of a range of learning styles.
  • Students become confident, self-directed, life-long learners through a deep commitment to continuous improvement, as well as developing a realistic self-assessment process for judging the quality of their own work.
  • Students are valued as individuals, each with a unique set of intelligences: physical, social, emotional, spiritual, and intellectual. We also see them holistically, the sum of these various intellects, and seek to assess them accordingly.
  • Students are provided with a variety of opportunities to demonstrate mastery.
  • Students demonstrate their mastery and understanding of essential knowledge and skills by applying both to new problems and situations.
  • All students can learn.
  • Decisions concerning the policies, practices, and culture of the school are made in a manner that is consistent with the school’s mission.
  • Advancing the mission of EDS is the responsibility of all constituents: students, teachers, administrators, parents, trustees, and Emmanuel Episcopal Church.

EDS at a Glance

Since its modest beginning in 1959, Episcopal Day School has been providing exceptional education in a Christian environment to children from age three through grade 5. It is known throughout the area for its long-standing commitment to each child and for preparing each one to become enlightened citizens of the 21st century.


Its campus, in the Sandhills region of North Carolina, spans over four acres on the historic grounds of Emmanuel Episcopal Church.  The facilities include 18 classrooms, a lunch room, a library and computer center, a music room, an art room, a world language room, a multi-use common room, two playgrounds, soccer field, and the church’s beautiful Anglican-like sanctuary.


Episcopal Day School has always been committed to providing appropriate and current technology for students and teachers.  Currently EDS is making a significant investment as it updates, enhances, and expands  its technology throughout campus.


The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Independent Schools. It is also a member in good standing of The North Carolina Association of Independent Schools, and The National Association of Episcopal Schools. All students, regardless of race, religious beliefs, and orientation are welcome at Episcopal Day School.


EDS and Emmanuel Episcopal

At Episcopal Day School, nurturing each child’s spiritual growth is a key component in his or her development. Helping students to connect with their spirituality teaches them to see one another as God sees us – as beloved children of God. This “spiritual wellness” impacts each child’s character development in a vital way. Every classroom participates in the “Fruit of the Spirit” program, a Bible based program that highlights one value, or fruit, per month. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control are explored through a variety of methods.


The spiritual growth of our students is fostered by a close collaboration between Emmanuel Episcopal Church and the Episcopal Day School faculty. Twice per week, students attend Children’s Chapel in the

church sanctuary. In Sacred Studies, children further explore Christian values, which is taught weekly by Steve Milliner, the Chaplain.  We welcome students of all faith traditions at Episcopal Day School.


For more information on Episcopal Day School, click here.



350 E. Massachusetts Ave, Southern Pines, NC     eec@emmanuel-parish.org      (910) 692-3171            

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