The mission of Episcopal School of Jacksonville (ESJ) is to provide a superior college-preparatory education in an environment markedby high expectation, Christian nurture and social diversity. Through a balanced program of academics, arts and athletics, Episcopal'sfaculty seeks to instill in eac h student intellectual growth, character development, responsible leadership and a commitment tocom munity service.
Academics are the priority of an Episcopal education. At ESJ, teachers are engaged, dedicated and comm itted to each student'ssuccess. The School's individualized college preparatory program customizes each student's schedule to suit individual strengths andpassions. The renowned Harkness method places stu dents around a table instead of in rows, with the teacher right alongside them. Students share in the responsibility of learning because they are responsible for leading the discussion. Harkness aids in Episcopal's goalto building lifelong learners and developing our students as contributors and leaders in society.
More than 80 percent of Episcopal students participate in athletics, and multisport participation is highly encouraged. More than 65teams in 16 sports and a "no cut" Middle School policy mean all athletes hav e the opportunity to compete. Students play for district,regional and state titles and every year multiple students sign to play at the collegiate level after graduation.
Fine arts at Episcopal provide a challenge students' creativity. Across disciplines in both the visual and pe rforming arts, students havenumerous opportunities to learn from the best. ESJ's Fine Arts teachers are artists themselves, and outside professionals oftensupplement teaching to provide greater exposure and diversify experiences. International programs Episcopal students have theopportunity to participate in g lobal travel programs in Spain, France, China, Italy and the United Kingdom. The opportunity to participa tein study abroad and exchange programs lays the foundation for students to become engaged global cit izens.
In keeping with the tradition of the Episcopal Church, ESJ requires students to think critically, accepting t hat knowledge of the worldand knowledge of God are eternally intertwined. The school is an inclusive c ommunity, welcoming students of all faiths and traditions.Episcopal encourages students to explore spiri tuality, seek clarity about their beliefs and to live more fully and faithfully within them.The Episcopal exp erience is framed by the understanding that spiritual growth is an essential part of human growth.
• 880 — Total students in grades 6 through 12
• 300+ — Students in 6 through 8
• 500+ — Students in 9 through 12
• 9:1 — Student-teacher ratio
• 17 — Average class size
• 25 — AP courses offered
• 30 — Honors courses offered
• 45+ — Clubs and activities with leadership opportunities
• 100 — Minimum hours of community service earned by every ESJ graduate
• 4,500+ — Alumni around the world, available for networking through shared Episcopal ties Class of 2016 stats:
• Accepted into more than 167 colleges and universities across the country; attending 73 different colleg es total
• Accepted by 31 of the top 60 colleges in the U.S., including Cornell, Rice, Northwestern, Duke and Notr e Dame
• 87% accepted to first or second school choice • 15 committed to play collegiate athletics
• Acceptance rates into the University of Florida and Florida State University are approximately 20 to 25 percent higher than thegeneral acceptance rates for these schools. Class of 2017:
• 1280 — Average SAT score
• 28 — Average ACT score