Project Overview

Master Plan - Phase 1

What we are delivering:

With the completion of construction in Fall 2019, Phase 1 development of the Flowing Wells Campus, will:

  • Result in a balanced Master Plan focused on three areas of the greatest need and most significant impact for our communities: Faith and Community, Teaching and Learning, and Sports and Fitness.
  • Create a platform for outreach, service, and ministry for EDS and the Church of the Good Shepherd to the broader CSRA – establishing a foothold in the westernmost part of Richmond County.

Faith and Community

The Flowing Wells Campus design, like the entirety of the EDS experience, is centered around Faith and Community. The Creel-Harison Community Green and Amphitheater is the centerpiece of the campus for reflection, worship, fellowship, performance, and gatherings of all kinds.

The community green occupies the center of the new campus as a very intentional symbol of our commitment to faith that is at the very center of this school and church an all that we do.

The Flowing Wells Campus will promote the spiritual journey for all members of our community as it brings them closer together and to our Creator.

Teaching and Learning

The Flowing Wells Campus allows our faculty to reinforce the everyday classroom experience with hands-on, experiential implementation, unplugged textbooks, balancing screen time with “green” time.  In this atmosphere, our students learn real-time problem-solving, collaboration, and the practical application of concepts in creation.  Having this dimension in our teaching repertoire--whether it be science and math, English, religion, or Spanish and the arts--allows EDS to reach and engage students in a different way, respecting different learning styles, meeting students where they are.

  • Teaching and Learning are bolstered by the construction of our first Inquiry Studios – in addition to Rae’s Creek, the pond, and new water retention areas - allowing our faculty to reinforce the everyday classroom experience with hands-on, nature-based experiential learning.

Our new facilities immediately increase the capacity of the Campus, not only for EDS students, but allowing EDS students to act as docents and leaders for groups visiting from throughout the region, including Heritage Academy who have enthusiastically joined us as partners.

Sports and Fitness

Athletic and life-long fitness activities are an important component of the EDS educational experience.  Our programs are designed to build life skills, attributes, and characteristics that are aligned with success and well-being as adults, nurturing and fostering in our students a sense of teamwork, camaraderie, hard work, and fair play.

The new Morris Field will contain the most beautiful, versatile, and safest playing surface in the region. Among the great features are:

  • A state-of-the-art artificial turf field that will allow us (and other outside groups) to use the field all day every day, for all ages, sports, and a variety of events without having to limit use to protect natural grass.
  • All natural, non-toxic, and organic Brockfill infill made from Georgia pine.  Because there’s NO rubber infill, that means:
    • A field that is 30 - 50 degrees cooler than the more common rubber infill field -- and stays cooler all day!
    • No rubber smell!
    • And none of the concerns about recycled rubber as a playing surface.
  • We’ve also added an additional layer of shock pad under the turf to improve safety (by reducing the force of ground contact and better rotational resistance), playability, and the longevity of the turf.

In the 2018-19 school year, 98% of EDS Middle School students participated in at least one interscholastic sport!