Letter from the Head of School

Welcome to Episcopal Day School! I invite you to explore our website and more importantly to visit our campus so that you can begin to discover the unique and immeasurable value of an EDS education. Since my tenure as Head of School began in 2003, I have never been more proud of the state of our school, the daily experiences of our students, and our relationship with student’s families. Augusta is blessed to have a number of great educational options for our children; there are many similarities, and there are some distinct differences, In the end, it all comes down to finding the right fit for your child and your family.

On your first look at EDS, you will find all of the ingredients necessary to create a powerful and fulfilling educational experience: accomplished and dedicated faculty, high academic standards in a safe and nurturing environment, small class sizes, a commitment to individual development, and an active and involved parent body. However, I invite you to look closer, and you will see much more that makes EDS a unique opportunity even among independent schools.

Our alignment as a preschool through grade 8 school is intentional; we specialize in the formative years in which we build sure foundations for life. Across grade levels and embedded throughout our curriculum design are programs to teach, foster, and encourage critical thinking, problem-solving, collaboration, and organization. We emphasize these academic and life skills in response to a world filled with data and content that demands synthesis and analysis. Outstanding programs in athletics, the arts, community service, and leadership demonstrate our commitment to all dimensions of early education: heart, mind, body, and soul.

As the first school in the area to provide a computer to every student in grades 1-8, we were committed to cyber education and cyber citizenship before cyber was a buzzword. At the same time, we have an equal commitment to unplugging students from their screens to get them engaged in the natural world, learning by exploring, experimenting, and doing. By balancing screen time with green time, we are intentional about preparing students for life’s tests as well as standardized tests.

Finally, as a diverse Episcopal school, we practice the Gospel imperative of inclusiveness. This enables us to create a community of faith while incorporating the development of a religious vocabulary, familiarity with the great stories of Hebrew and Christian scripture, and the nurture of spiritual beliefs and practice.  Coupled with our rich history, our faith traditions ground us in shared purpose and values.

We are doing something different at EDS. Come visit us and see if we might be a match for your family.


Dr. Ned R. Murray
Head of School

Dr. Ned R. Murray

Head of School

EDS Faculty since 2003; 20 years prior experience
B.A., The University of the South, Sewanee
M.Ed., The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
D.Min.EL, Virginia Theology Seminary