Episcopal High School (Bellaire, Texas)

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Episcopal High School
Location
Bellaire, Texas, USA
Information
Type Private
Established 1983
Locale Suburban
Head teacher Edward (Ned) Smith
Grades 9th grade - 12th grade
Enrollment 672
Student to teacher ratio 7:1
School color(s) Blue and White
Athletics Southwest Preparatory Conference
Mascot Knight
Website
Episcopal High School

Episcopal High School is a four-year co-educational private day school located on a 34-acre (140,000 m2) campus in Bellaire, Texas, United States in Greater Houston. It was founded in 1983 and has an enrollment of 672 students with 92 faculty members as of the 2012-13 school year.[1]

History[edit]

Founded in 1983 by a group of Houston business and Episcopal Church leaders, the school opened its doors in the fall of 1984 to 150 students in grades nine and ten. The founders, led by The Rt. Rev. Maurice M. Benitez, established the School as an institution of the Diocese. To introduce the school to Houston, the founders did extensive marketing via newspapers, television, and educational publications. Founding Headmaster the Reverend Warren R. "Jess" Borg served until 1995, when Edward C. "Ned" Becker was appointed the second Head of School. After Ned Becker retired in 2007, he was replaced by C. Edward "Ned" Smith as the third Head of School.

A complete campus, with buildings in need of extensive repair, was purchased in 1983 from Houston developer Wayne Duddlesten, who had purchased the 34-acre (140,000 m2) site from the Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament. Formerly housing the Marian High School and the Congregation of the Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament,[2] a convent and a co-ed high school, the property had been vacant for several years before Duddlesten purchased it.

After fifteen years of rigorous fundraising, the campus debt was retired and a $42 million campaign for new buildings and endowment was initiated. In 2001, the campaign ended with the construction of a new classroom building and library, a student center, a gymnasium, and a field house, track, and stadium complex. Now in its 29th year, EHS has an enrollment of 672 students in grades nine through twelve. Additionally, in 2012, the Jack T. Trotter Academic and Sciences Building was opened. The two-story, 78,000 square foot building contains 23 new classrooms including 12 state-of-the-art science labs and a performing arts lobby.[3]

The Four Pillars[edit]

The Episcopal High School curriculum is based on four pillars: Academics, Religion, Fine Arts, and Athletics.

Academics[edit]

The Academic Pillar prepares students for college with its extensive curricula in English, mathematics, science, history, languages, religion, fine arts, and wellness. Students may choose from more than 125 courses, including honors-level and Advanced Placement courses. Students are encouraged to give aid to one another outside of school, and members of the National Honor Society tutor students at least once a week. Additionally, all students and teachers have the latest Apple laptops and are connected via a wireless network. Episcopal's English classes help students write, think, learn, and speak knowledgeably about literature and many pieces of writing.[4] Episcopal's history classes help students analyze sources, increase researching skills, and learn about Western and world history.[5] Episcopal's language program offers Spanish, French, Chinese, Japanese, Latin, Italian, and German language and culture.[6] Episcopal's mathematics department teaches classes from algebra 1 to AP statistics with new technology to facilitate the students' learning process.[7] Lastly, Episcopal's science department, utilizing the many new labs in the Jack T. Trotter Building, teaches students to analyze data and conduct experiments to better understand the physical world.[8]

Religion[edit]

The Religion Pillar is evident in the daily chapel service attended by all students and faculty, as well as in several required courses, including Old Testament, New Testament, World Religions or History of Christianity, and Ethics. Community service is a strong element of the School’s mission, and many students participate weekly in such projects as Home Repair. The Students of Service (SOS) Club is the largest and most popular organization on campus.

Fine Arts[edit]

The Fine Arts Pillar is an exceptional component to each student's experience at Episcopal High School. Students volunteer more than 10,000 hours of service in our community, while also welcoming over 6,000 audience members to shows each year, creating 6,200 original works of art, media, and publications, and balance an intense academic portfolio. Our complement of artistic offerings is one of the largest in Texas, including courses and ancillary clubs. Whether you are beginning your artistic journey or looking for the opportunity to pursue the arts as a career, Episcopal High School will transform your passion into possibilities.

Athletics[edit]

The Athletics Pillar is supported by the Wellness Department, which offers courses in health education, physical education, wellness, strength and conditioning, and athletic training. The sports program fields teams in 16 sports over three seasons during the school year. These sports are: Football, Volleyball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Cheerleading, Basketball, Soccer, Wrestling, Swimming, Baseball, Golf, Lacrosse, Color Guard, Tennis, Track & Field, and Softball.[9] Consistently, more than 80% of the students participate in at least one sport. As a dominant and competitive member of the Southwest Preparatory Conference, the School has regularly won championships. They compete against schools such as The Kinkaid School (Houston, Texas), St. John's School (Houston, Texas), The Oakridge School (Arlington, Texas), The Casady School (Norman, Oklahoma), many others around Houston and Texas).

Tuition and Financial Aid[edit]

Currently tuition is $26,000, per student per year. Partial and full financial tuition assistance are available on a needs basis established by standard application and evaluation. Merit and grades are taken into consideration once need is established. The Financial Aid Program is open to students of any race, color, gender, creed, and national or ethnic origin.[10]

School uniforms[edit]

Episcopal High School students are required to wear school uniforms.[11] Uniform shirts are purchased from Lands' End and have the EHS logo on them. On the formal days, which include Honors Chapel, Founders Day, Grandparents Day, Advent Chapel, Maundy Thursday, Senior Chapel, and Honors Awards Chapel, students must wear a formal uniform; girls wear navy or khaki skirts, a blue or white oxford, and a blazer, while boys wear khaki or navy pants, a blue or white oxford, and a blazer. All students must wear closed toed shoes and no tennis shoes are allowed on formal dress day.

Accreditation and Memberships[edit]

Episcopal High School is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest.

Memberships[edit]

Feeder Schools[edit]

Episcopal has multiple feeder schools, but the majority of the student body attended St. Francis Episcopal Day School, River Oaks Baptist School, Annunciation Orthodox School,or Presbyterian School.

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Episcopal High School - Yearly Profile". Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  2. ^ "History of Episcopal High School." Episcopal High School.
  3. ^ "New Episcopal Building Offers Science Language Labs". Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  4. ^ "English Department". Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  5. ^ "History and Social Sciences Department". Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  6. ^ "World Languages Department". Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Mathematics Department". Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Science Department". Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Episcopal High School - Houston/Bellaire: Teams & Schedules". Retrieved January 14, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Episcopal High School - Houston/Bellaire: Financial Aid". Retrieved January 14, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Uniforms." Episcopal High School. Accessed October 15, 2008.
  12. ^ "Episcopal High School - Houston/Bellaire: Accreditation and Memberships". Retrieved January 14, 2013. 

Deandre Jordan- Current NBA player (did not graduated, transferred after junior year)

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