Is Episcopal Private School Right For The Non-Episcopal?

A question we’re frequently asked by parents who inquire about sending their children to St. Barnabas School is “can she attend even though we’re not Episcopal?” And the answer to that is a resounding yes. We have students in our classrooms whose families practice a variety of different faith traditions and attend many different churches around our community.
If you’re new to the idea of your children attending a faith-centered private school, here are a couple of things you’ll want to know about us.

We Stand Firm In Our Beliefs
The first thing that you should know is that even though we welcome families of all different faiths and even those who consider themselves faithless, we’ll never apologize for what we believe. Educating students through the lens of our values – faith, virtue, and excellence – is the core of what we commit to do every day. All students and their families can expect their children to receive a top-notch education with faith and belief woven through each lesson. They’ll attend weekly chapel services and participate in discussions of faith inside and outside of the classroom. And, in addition to learning lessons and stories from the bible, our students become adept at communicating and practicing Christian morals and values that shape them into strong leaders and loving members of our community.

Education Is Our Top Priority
The facts don’t lie, students who attend private schools tend to do better on standardized tests, perform better in the classroom, and experience significantly less violence, bullying, and drug abuse than their public school peers. The system works, and we believe that our integration of faith-based lessons from Kindergarten through middle school is one of the main factors. And it’s important to note that even though our values are a strong theme in our school, our students’ education always rises to our list of priorities. We’re so proud to see our teachers and students balance these two priorities – faith and education – so gracefully.

Private schools have distinct advantages over public schools, the least of which is our ability to provide high-quality education in small, intimate classroom settings. This allows us to meet each student where they need us most. And intertwined in all of our classroom learning are the distinct and powerful themes of faith, virtue, and excellence. For more information about how our faculty bring religion into their lesson plans, or to take a tour and see if St. Barnabas Episcopal School is right for you, contact us today.

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