Nurturing Student Achievement

In a dedicated effort to foster the overall well-being and academic excellence of every student, Episcopal Day School has established the Student Success Team. This team is compromised of parents or guardians, division heads, classroom teachers, learning specialists, and school counselors. Together, they explore strategies to address students’ diverse needs and enhance their success. Through a collaborative approach, the team generates tailored recommendations for optimal student support, which may involve accessing additional services or implementing classroom accommodations and other forms of assistance.

Explore the sections below to discover the various ways in which EDS fosters success and offers support to students and their families.

Gilchrist Phillips

Director of Academic Support Services

Student Success at EDS

  • Core Knowledge Language Arts (CKLA) structured literacy curriculum based upon the Science of Reading
  • Singapore Math curriculum
  • Orton Gillingham trained faculty
  • One-on-one or small-group instruction 
  • Accommodations for students with documented learning differences
  • Early Bird Screening (PK-1), Reading Inventory (2-8), and nationally normed standardized testing (ERB) grades 3-8
  • Differentiated instruction to meet the needs of all students
  • Ongoing professional development for faculty in all areas
  • Individual counseling 
  • Group counseling 
  • Student Check-ins 
  • Classroom Guidance Lessons
    • Character Education builds upon the qualities and characteristics already present in our students. Character Education is integrated throughout our curriculum and complement our year’s theme to act justly, love kindness, and walk humbly (Micah 6:8). Through classroom guidance lessons and activities with EDS School Counselor, Alyssa Johnson, students learn to regulate feelings, thoughts, and actions into pro-social behaviors. Students from Panther Cubs to 8th grade receive an age-appropriate lesson each month, furthering our purpose to “guide children to discover their place in God’s world for lives of wisdom, love, and service” and our goal to help students be “intellectually curious and socially responsible.”
  • Behavior and Crisis Intervention 
  • Family Support and Consultation 
  • Professional Development for faculty

At EDS, we are committed to educating and nurturing the whole child. We believe that God is present in every person and we strive to respect the dignity of every human being. Spiritual inquiry and service are key to self-discovery and developing empathy for others. Inclusiveness, compassion, kindness, and integrity are values that are taught, modeled, and instilled across our school life.

By weaving our spiritual life through curriculum and weekly chapels to the many ways in which our sense of service to the community manifests itself, our faith permeates our community. 

We see caring for students and families as they navigate the challenges of life to be paramount. Whether facing a moral or ethical dilemma, a loss or illness, need a listening ear, a prayer, or want to explore questions of faith, our Chaplain, Rev. Sonia Sullivan Clifton, is available to you. In addition to pastoral counseling, hospital and home visits, she is ready to support our faculty, staff, and families in whatever ways are needed.

  • Speech Therapy – annual screening, evaluation, & therapy
  • Occupational Therapy – annual screening, evaluation, & therapy
  • Educational Testing
  • Individual tutoring services

2023-24 Road Map to Success with Student Support

Coffee and Chat:  September 23, November 1, December 1, May 1

Lunch and Learn: January 31


Dr. Ross Greene’s The CPS Podcast

Dr. Aliza Pressman’s Raising Good Humans Podcast

Dr. Lisa Damour’s Ask Lisa Podcast

Dr. Becky Kennedy Good Inside

Dr. Laura Froyen The Balanced Parent 



Fear Not! How to Face Your Anxiety Head On

The Rabbit Listened

Diane Alber’s A Little Spot of Emotion Series

Grumpy Monkey


Seeds and Trees

The Not So Friendly Friend

I am Enough

My Magical Words

Grief/ Loss/ Separation 

Calling the Wind

Dadaji’s Paintbrush

The Memory String

The Invisible String

You Weren’t With Me

Books for Parents 

The Whole Brain Child

Raising Good Humans

Tiny Humans, Big Emotions

Good Inside

The Explosive Child