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Our Mission/ Episcopal Identity
Inspiring children to LEARN with passion, SERVE with respect, LIVE with purpose and LEAD with integrity.
In an environment grounded in spiritual values, St. George’s Episcopal School provides each child with an opportunity for an excellent education through active learning and independent thinking.
St. George’s Episcopal School’s Religious Identity
St. George’s Episcopal School community embodies the rich history of Episcopal School identity. Our positions are endorsed by the National Association of Episcopal Schools (NAES). We believe that our life is founded on the life of Jesus, and that as a Church we are called to offer the redeeming love of God in Christ to all people. Episcopal schools are a concrete expression of the Church’s care for young people and their families, and of the belief that God calls us to love all God’s children. No one(faculty, students, administrators, staff, parents, supporters) at St. George’s is required to sign a statement of faith. However, we all are charged with foster the following characteristics.
St. George’s is comprehensive and inclusive.
We encourage respect for the other person’s beliefs. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, or national origin, and actively seek out faculty and students of diverse backgrounds and traditions in the belief that they bring something to be valued and respected, and because we would like to be broadly inclusive of the community we serve. We look for the values that unite people rather than those that divide, and not allow factionalism to undermine the life of the whole. The unity of St. George’s is based on rite and tradition rather than doctrine. At St. George’s there is no single dogma to which we all subscribe, no list of rules that define who we must be as a community. There is at work here too a sacramental principle which we hold dear: God makes sacred the things of this world as they are offered to God in worship. St. George’s welcomes all faiths as evidenced by our diverse religious community. Only 14% identify themselves as Episcopalians, while 35% are Methodist, 31% Baptists, and 7% Jewish, and 6% are of no religious affiliation.
St. George’s values reason as a way to true understanding.
Learning is important not to find the right answers to be used as weapons against “unbelievers”, but, in order to arrive at God’s truth. St. George’s education is not indoctrination, not about enforcing an unquestioning acceptance of a fore‐ordained set of doctrines. St. George’s begins from the premise that we (faculty, students,administrators, staff) are all a community of explorers, that we all need to continue to learn and to grow. We encourage all students, faculty, and staff to pursue questions wherever they lead, to use their critical faculties, to value the learning and thought we have inherited from the past. We refuse to allow students to separate religion and spirituality from the rest of the curriculum, since our insight is that reason and learning are ultimately intended to serve our exploration of the deepest issues of humankind. We will raise issues of meaning, identity, and ultimate truth at every opportunity in all parts of its program but also will acknowledge
the limits of human reason.
St. George’s has a concern for the well‐being of society.
We are committed to be involved in shaping society and for caring for the needs in our community both locally and globally. We (faculty, students, administrators, staff) will model service with respect for all people.
St. George’s is founded on love.
Love for students, for their value as children of God, for their unique gifts, must under gird everything we do. We must act out of love, teach love, model love, and love one another in our community above all else,or all else will be meaningless.