Episcopal Identity

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Episcopal education has a distinctive culture and character which integrates spiritual formation into all aspects of the educational experience in a graceful and inclusive manner.  Episcopal schools are created to be communities that honor, celebrate, and worship God as the center of life while valuing faith and reason as a way to true understanding.  Parish day schools, like St. Stephen's, were founded to offer educational excellence in a context of Christian mission and social responsibility.  The elements that direct the faculty, staff, parents, and students of St. Stephen's, our Mission Statement, School Creed, and Core Values, echo the tenets of Episcopal Identity.  The National Association of Episcopal Schools suggests that by weaving these principals into a school's overall life, Episcopal schools ensure that their missions are built on the sure foundation of a Christian love that guides and challenges all who attend these schools to build lives of genuine meaning, purpose, and service. 

St. Stephen’s is the largest and most diverse ministry of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. The school holds three chapel services each week as a way to honor its Episcopal identity and school founders.  One of the services each week is a modified Morning Prayer service and once a month there is a Children’s Eucharist service for Grades 1 – 6.  The school sees chapel as a teaching & learning opportunity in which students are at the center of the experience and are guided by our Chapel Coordinator/Music Teacher and our Rector. Students Kindergarten through 6th grade attend a weekly Spiritual Formation class.  In the tradition of Episcopal Schools, the school is unapologetically Episcopal through teaching and modeling Anglican rituals, open-mindedness, tolerance, peaceful resolution, appreciation of spiritual difference, and understanding of the world community.