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Episcopal High School

Private | 6-12 | 850 students

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $91,900. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $710.

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Posted June 5, 2008

I went to the school for a short period of time -- It was OK. School is filled with snobby rich kids who have formed tons of cliques who makes friends with you and then talk about you behind your back. If you can't fit into the closed-minded school, you're left out 99% of the time. If you can't make an A, you apparently are dumb as rocks (according to them, though.) Teachers aren't helpful. +It's very overpriced. Most students I knew when I went there quickly changed schools the next year. I recommend sending them to a different school. It doesn't have to be an expensive school such as Bolles, but there are plenty more schools that are excellent.


Posted December 11, 2012

Episcopal High School has weak athletics and is overpriced considering what you get for the sticker price. Descent location, but mediocre alumni base.


Posted October 6, 2012

I will start by saying that I am a hard sell when it comes to schools. My son is in his third year at ESJ and in the 10th grade. He was previously at a highly ranked public school in the community. Moving to Episcopal was very eye opening and confirmed our suspicions that he was being educated previously with the FCAT primarily in mind. Since coming to ESJ my son has not only received a comprehensive college prep education but he has blossomed as an individual. He is shy and has historically struggled to fit in at times but the faculty at ESJ are well equipped to deal with the difficulties teens face. His advisor is a central support person to my son and connects with him on a daily basis. My son also disliked sports and activities and somehow the staff managed to not only foster his transition into crew, but helped him to find a place amongst the many fine art offerings there. I cannot say enough good things about what this school has done for my son. His grades are good, not excellent, but I know that he is receiving an amazing well rounded education and he will be fully prepared for college and for life. This school has excellent diversity and it is beautiful to see.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2012

Both my boys attended EHS but did not finish due to a relocation. We were very sad to leave EHS. It is an outstanding institution with caring teachers, nice kids (although they are normal teens; some insenitive and self-centered behavior, but nothing unsual). Most important it is a true family community. Even though both my kids had some mild learning issues, teachers had high expectations and tried to work with them to succeed. The academics are some of the best in the city and very rigorous by Florida standards. They are probably in the upper half of academics as compared to the most competitve US schools. There is a large emphasis on character, which permeates the curriculum. Kids must do community service and, as of this writing, the school dedicated something like 18% of operating budget to scholarships and financial aid. This was an important component in building compassion amoung the students.The teachers and adminstrators were very responsive to my concerns, even when they did not agree. The recent tragedy suffered by the school is very sad. Ms. Regan was an outstanding leader, but she had very strong leaders in place and the school should easily rebound. Great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2010

What a wonderful experience! I have 2 graduates and one more to go. The small classes and excellent teaching staff coupled with the outstanding athletic program, provided a comfortable and nurturing environment in which my children were able to learn and grow.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2009

Expensive and conservative, but best education in Jacksonville
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2009

i dont like this school at all for myself but that is my own personal experiences there...there are a lot of cliques...its not completely as open and friendly as it seems. The academics are not as rigorous, especially for middle schoolers, who have a very light load. The teachers are very nice but tend to be lazy and not respondent to phone calls and emails. The sports are not too strong..Also it does have religious affiliations, so there is not too much diversity of kids. The one very good thing about the school is the arts department with a beautiful munnerlyn center, dance studio, mini theater, chorus room, and band room. The teachers are excellent and if you go here that is the one thing you will enjoy about the school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 4, 2009

With 30 years of experience with private school education at all levels from elementary throught college including seven years at a member of the Board of Trustee at a different private Institution.I can truly say Episcopal High ranks as the most outstanding Institution I have had the pleasure of having one of my children attend!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2009

The academics are excellent. The students are well behaved. Teachers keep close contact with the parents. Every kind of student can excel here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2008

First Year there-i've made so many freinds with amazing people and great and energetic teachers who can help with everyone's needs. There are so many ways to get involved in the school and community service. I've learned so much already!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 1, 2008

I am an Episcopal High School graduate and I am now in college. I attended Episcopal 6-12 grades and it offered many different ways to get involved in the community. I feel more prepared than my peers in college because of my high school education and the teachers taught me excellent study habits. The class sizes are good and the school, although small, still provides many growth opportunities. It is getting more and more expensive for middle class families to afford and if a family has more than one child, it can get pricey.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 27, 2007

Episcopal has been a wonderful school for my son to attend.He is doing well,gets help from faculty if needed and they are involved 100%.Sports are very well coordinated,and all are encouraged to partcipate,also there is no favorite sports in the school,they are all treated the same as far as funding goes,but this is done by booster partcipation.Christian environment,the students are not self centered,many do volunteer work.The only 'complaint'...it's expensive.We are middle class and the tution is more than our house payment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2007

Excellent experience. Faculty is exceptional. The campus is large, located on the St. John's River. All students are required to do sports, those that don't do team sports have a personal fitness program. Teachers are readily availbable to help when the student needs a little help. 100% of their students attend college. Their crew team is nationally ranked. My kids are safe, happy and getting an exceptional education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2007

Episcopal has high academic standards and many sports and extracurricular activities. Outstanding quality education. All teachers are supportive and truly want their students to succeed. Small class sizes and Christian environment important to our family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2006

Academic Excellence is expected from the students at this school. Also, the Arts and extra-curricular activities are above par. Total involvement by students, parents and teachers are a part of this Episcopal HS environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2005

A high quality place with great all around activities. Expensive but worth it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

Overall, the school is outstanding. However, there does seem to be a hesitancy to remove some teachers who are not making the grade and parents have been complaining about them for years. This seems to be a few fairly isolated incidences but needs to be addressed.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 87% 42%
Black 5% 23%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Hispanic 3% 29%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school St. Mark's Episcopal Day School
Jacksonville Country Day School
Riverside Presbyterian Day School
Colleges most students attend after graduation University of Florida
Florida State University
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
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Reading specialist(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Latin
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Honors track
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Summer college prep programs
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Charles Zimmer
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Episcopal
Associations
  • ACSI
Fax number
  • (904) 396-7209

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Honors track
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Latin
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Summer college prep programs
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • College/career center
  • Computer
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew / Rowing
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Parent involvement
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
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Students typically come from these schools
St. Mark's Episcopal Day School
Jacksonville Country Day School
Riverside Presbyterian Day School

What does it cost?

Financial aid offered
Yes.

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
University of Florida
FSU
College preparation / awareness offered
Summer college prep programs
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
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4455 Atlantic Boulevard
Jacksonville, FL 32207
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Phone: (904) 396-5751

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