The K-8 Value
Research is very clear about the benefits to students in a K through 8th grade structure. The positioning of middle schoolers, especially 8th graders, as leaders within their school builds confidence, self-esteem, emotional safety, and more positive attitudes towards school. The lack of a school transition in K-8 schools as students move from elementary to middle school reduces the impact of that anxiety-riddled disruption. Not surprisingly, students from K-8 environments have better outcomes in 9th grade compared to their peers from traditional middle schools or junior highs, including higher scores in reading and math (American Educational Research Journal, Sept 15, 2016). We also see this kind of success in the fact that 53 EDS graduates have gone on to be the Valedictorian or Salutatorian at their first choice high schools in the past 20 years!
Two things are at the heart of what we do: the individual student and the EDS community.
Our small classes allow our nurturing faculty to know each child well, to understand their interests, and design instruction that inspires and engages. We build relationships with students and parents; provide unique and engaging, hands-on experiences; and seek to challenge and support each child to make the most of his or her God-given talents. Through the building of community, we see beyond ourselves and embrace our responsibilities to serve the greater good. Contact Karen Lilly to schedule a tour to see for yourself.
“But how can I afford it?”
Once you get to know us, you might just be asking, “How can I afford not to provide this opportunity for my child?” There is no more important investment we make as parents than the quality of the education we can provide our children—especially during these formative years. At the same time, we understand the financial realities many families face. Part of our Episcopal Identity compels us to work to make an EDS education as accessible as possible. Through the support of the church, donors, our endowment, the Georgia GOAL program, scholarships, and traditional financial aid, we are a lot more affordable than you might imagine. Contact Karen Lilly to have a confidential conversation about what you might expect to pay.