In practice, the principles and ideals of Episcopal identity are expressed through:

  • School Worship that is creative, inclusive, draws fully upon the liturgical resources of The Episcopal Church, and is a regular part of school life for all faculty and students.
  • Community Life, in which reflection, prayer, and matters of the spirit are honored and cultivated and the physical, mental, and emotional health of all are supported and nurtured.
  • Religious Formation and Study that is meaningful, academically substantive, and age-appropriate; and in teaching the Christian tradition, fosters dialogue with other faith traditions.
  • Social Justice, which is the integration of the ideals and concepts of equity, justice, and a just society throughout the life of the school; the embracing and honoring of diversity; and the inclusion of community service and service-learning as an integral part of the life of the school.

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Principles of Good Practice

NAES-developed sets of principles of good practice for various aspects of Episcopal school identity, leadership, governance, and community life.

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Self-Study on Episcopal Identity

Released in 2014 for members’ use, the Episcopal Identity and Culture Self-Study is an instrument for reflection on those outward and tangible expressions that make a school truly Episcopal in identity and character.

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Additional Resources