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St. Paul’s grounding in the Episcopal school tradition combines reason, faith, inclusiveness and compassion towards others. As we pursue our lifelong search for truth, St. Paul’s School seeks to develop the whole person – body, mind and spirit.

Service can put you in out in the real world and make you see how lucky we are at St. Paul’s. But you also see how people of all backgrounds can work together to build something. Now I see the world through a different lens.

Chris Chasney ’15

Chris Chasney ’15

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Chris Chasney ’15 was the youngest St. Paul’s student ever elected to the Service Learning Honor Society, which he now heads. He has logged more than 450 hours of service, primarily with Bridges, serving as Head Counselor for their summer program. While typically a paid position, he donated half his time back to Bridges and was noted by Bridges staff for his incredible leadership and poise during his service. A member of the Vestry, Chris is also a peer tutor in the Writing Center, Copy Editor of the Page, and co-captain of this year’s squash team. While injured and unable to play tennis last spring, he showed up every morning to practice at 6 a.m. to help organize and assist the coach, never missing a day even though he was not required to be there. Chris was inducted this year to to the Cum Laude Society in recognition of academic excellence.

“The Episcopal tradition, through Service Learning and the Vestry, has been a huge part of my St. Paul’s experience and who I’ve become. Joining the Vestry opened me up to the spiritual aspect of school. The Vestry’s work isn’t to make people become Episcopalians, it’s to make a better community. Coming together as a group in the Chapel three times a week is unique to St. Paul’s, and it strengthens us as a community.
“When I first started working with Bridges, I was a little nervous. The kids and I came from such different backgrounds, I didn’t know if we could connect. But we established relationships that are genuine and deep. Service can put you in out in the real world and make you see how lucky we are at St. Paul’s. But you also see how people of all backgrounds can work together to build something. Now I see the world through a different lens.”

Episcopal Tradition Initiatives

  1. Initiative 1

    Build upon our Episcopal foundation and celebrate our historic connections with Old St. Paul’s Church.
    • Annual Service of Lessons & Carols, as well as the Upper School Winter Choral Concert, held at Old St. Paul’s.
  2. Initiative 2

    Expand our existing commitment to character development across each division.
    • Lower School has increased emphasis on the Character Counts program.
    • Public Honor Statement signing during Upper School Chapel.
  3. Initiative 3

    Integrate religious and spiritual formation more fully into the curriculum.
  1. Initiative 4

    Strive for school worship that is creative, inclusive and draws fully upon the liturgical resources of the Episcopal Church.
    • Middle School has expanded its Thursday morning Chapel service, and faith is a formative part of the life of the division.
  2. Initiative 5

    Elevate service learning activities across School divisions and ensure they are unified and connected.
    • This work is ongoing and expanding, with the school-wide Thanksgiving food drive that generated an unprecedented amount of donations as an example.