Evansville Day School
|Evansville Day School|
|3400 North Green River Road
Evansville, Indiana, 47715
|Type||Private, Day school|
|Head of school||Mary Jane Gibson and Neil Saunders|
Head of Primary School
|Average class size||12-15|
|Student to teacher ratio||8:1|
|Color(s)||Blue and Gold|
|Slogan||Preparing For College. Preparing For Life.|
|Athletics conference||IHSAA Independent|
|Mascot||Ed the Eagle|
|Accreditation(s)||Indiana Department of Education, Independent Schools Association of the Central States, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, National Association of Independent Schools|
|Athletic Director||Tom Dragon|
Evansville Day School (EDS) is a private, Jr. PreK-12 college-preparatory school located in Evansville, Indiana. It is the only independent coeducational, day school in Evansville and the surrounding region. To accommodate a wide range of grade levels, the school is separated into three divisions: Primary School (Jr. PreK-4), Middle School (5-8), Upper School (9-12).
EDS currently has about 300 students spread across the three divisions with roughly 80 high school students. Many of these students attend through the school's unique Merit Scholarship program, meaning they do not have to pay full tuition. Students begin Spanish instruction in pre-school and take French in 5th grade, offering early foreign language instruction. Student-teacher ratio is roughly 8:1 with classes averaging about ten to fifteen students. 100% of each EDS senior class attends college. Students primarily reside in Vanderburgh and Warrick counties along with members from Henderson, Kentucky and the surrounding Tri-State.
Evansville Day School began in 1946 as the Episcopal Nursery School, enrolling seven students at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. The school was incorporated on June 10, 1949, as a not-for-profit coeducational school, serving students in the primary and secondary grades. The school relocated in 1952 to S.E. First Street, and was renamed Evansville Pre-School, with the addition of a kindergarten class. In February 1958, the school became Evansville Day School, added instruction for all primary school grades, educated 80 students, and established its new location in the former residence of the Austin S. Igleheart family at 800 Sunset Ave. In 1961, to accommodate the addition of high school classes, the school added a 4,000-square-foot classroom, library, and laboratory addition. In 1965, the first high school graduating class advanced all of its 11 students to college. With enrollment in 1967 exceeding two hundred, the school initiated a capital campaign to raise $500,000 for a new facility. By 1968, EDS had opened the doors at its current location, 3400 N. Green River Road, with 216 students enrolled. By 1981, enrollment reached 300 students, taught by 35 faculty and teachers. In that year, construction was completed on a $250,000, six-room primary school addition, followed by a million-dollar Upper School structure in 1984, at which time enrollment reached 355. Its most recent improvement project is still in progress. Improvements that have been finished thus far include the enlargement of many classrooms, the construction of tennis courts, and a new track. In progress is the construction of a new atrium.
EDS offers two levels of preschool, Jr. PreK and PreK, as well as Kindergarten to 4th grades. Each grade has one teacher who teaches almost all of the students' classes, creating a unique student-teacher bond.
Unlike most other middle schools in the area, Evansville Day School's middle school starts in the 5th grade and finishes in the 8th. In the 8th grade, all students take the high school classes of Algebra I and the first level of either French or Spanish. In each grade, EDS prides itself in teaching students with materials from one grade in advance from the grade in which they actually are, beginning in 5th grade. So 6th graders are taught a 7th grade level curriculum.
In addition to college prep and Advanced Placement (AP) courses, EDS employs other special programs in their curriculum. Most years, Upper School students are taken on non-traditional learning experiences during Intersession. Intersession expands the classrooms to include not only the Tri-State area but to the rest of the country and world. In the past, a few activities for the week long affair have included Habitat for Humanity, backpacking in the Smokey Mountains, and college tours all over the county. Other national and international trips have taken Day Students to Washington D.C., Chicago, Costa Rica, Rome, and Hong Kong. Along with Intersession, Senior Projects is considered a unique experience, taking place in the very end of each senior year. Students venture into the community for a two-week immersion into one or more fields. This ideally takes place with a business, institution, school, social, or health facility that is associated with a potential college major or possible career choice.
Students' SAT scores are among the top 1% in Indiana and the ten best high schools in the state.
- Also see: Sports in Evansville.
EDS is a member of the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) and participates in varsity basketball, swimming, soccer, track and field, tennis, and men's golf. The school also supports a coed bowling team. In 1987, Brian Ritz won EDS' only high school state championship to date in the boys' singles tennis championship. The school's unique no-cut policy ensures students can have a positive high school athletic experience.
For primary and middle schools, EDS offers 3rd and 4th, 5th and 6th, and 7th and 8th grade basketball; 6th, 7th, and 8th grade tennis; and 5th and 6th, and 7th and 8th grade soccer. These teams tend to participate in leagues with local parochial schools.
- Molly Newman '72 - University of Denver - nominated for 1985 Tony Award for Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical for Quilters (musical)
- William Snyder '77 - Rochester Institute of Technology - four-time Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer for the Dallas Morning News (1989,1991,1993, 2006)
- Reggie Williams '88 - Harvard University - produced HBO documentary "Cutting Edge" released 2006.