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Episcopal Tradition

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.

Not to be corny, but the joy you get from helping someone else, big or small, warms your heart.

Johnathan Billups ’18

Johnathan Billups ’18

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“I’ve always been taught to serve others. Not to be corny, but the joy you get from helping someone else, big or small, warms your heart. For the last couple of years, I’ve helped in classes for children who have hearing and seeing disabilities.

We studied the Old Testament in Religion class, up to the birth of Christ. I liked it. I got a chance to dig deep in the Bible, and the group discussions let you hear other people’s opinions.

Being on the Vestry is another opportunity to show my love for the Lord and all He does. And as Middle School class president, I have another chance to help. It’s my job to organize events, lead discussions, and help decide what our school will do to help others.”

Johnathan Billups ’18 is the Eighth Grade class president. This year he was named recipient of the Smith Award for the Middle School, which recognizes a student for selflessness, service, and concern for others. A member of the Vestry, he is also a former winner of the Middle School’s Spirit Award and received the Grade Seven drama award. For the past two years, Johnathan has assisted the St. Paul’s varsity basketball team.

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.
    • New faculty visit Old St. Paul’s during their orientation and learn about the Church’s founding role.
    • Old St. Paul’s Choral Director is a St. Paul’s faculty member.
    • Website and new Admissions materials highlight faith tradition as key to St. Paul’s educational experience.
  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.
    • Conducted curricular review of Religious Studies, resulting in the addition of a new Upper School “Religion and Film” class, and the return of a 6th Grade Religious Studies class
  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.