The school's traditional liberal arts curriculum prepares students to make a difference in the world by focusing on effective communications, critical thinking, problem-solving and technical skills. The same quest for excellence that drives our academic program shapes our commitment to programs in athletics, the arts, our spiritual life and our dedication to service to others. These areas of campus life form the Four Pillars to which the school is dedicated. Through the opportunities the Four Pillars provide, students may experience not only the self-discipline and exertion of a competitive sport, but also the development and growth of their creative talents, the deepening of their faith, and a lifelong desire to serve others. Episcopal is committed to small class size and an environment that is safe, achievement-oriented, supportive, and positive. The school enrolls approximately 1,300 total students from age 1 to grade 12. Lower School campuses (age 1 through grade five) enroll more than 200 students; Middle School (grades six through eight) enrolls more than 300 students; Upper School (grades nine through twelve) enrolls more than 500 students.

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked FL School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-12
  • Students: 1,156 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $28,550
  • Acceptance rate: 85%
  • Average class size: 17 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 31 / Jan. 1

Top Rankings

Episcopal School of Jacksonville ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Florida for:

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-12
Year Founded
1966
Summer School Offered
Yes
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
1,156 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
11%
State avg.: 45%
Students by Grade
Episcopal School of Jacksonville Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
200 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
99%
Average Class Size
17 students
Number of AP Courses
23 courses
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
Art, Biology, Calculus, Ceramics, Chemistry, Computer Science AB, English Language/Composition, English Literature/Composition, Environmental Science, European History, French 5, Latin 4, Latin 5, Music Theory, Photography, Physics, Psychology, Spanish 5, Statistics, United States Government and Politics, United States History, World History
Average SAT score
1270
Average ACT score
26
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Formal
(Uniforms, Lower, Middle and Upper School)

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Jan. 31 / Jan. 1
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Lower School starts at $4950. Tuition typically changes each year with Middle school being slightly less than Upper school. Technology, books and uniforms are not included. For a full list of fees: https://www.esj.org/admissions/tuition-financial-aid/
% on Financial Aid
18%
Acceptance Rate
85%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Samantha Hyde Geisler
Admissions Associate
Amy Gay

Sports

School Notes

  • "Welcome to Episcopal!" is a refrain you will hear often on campus, until you yourself are able to extend the very same greeting to newcomers. At Episcopal, all are treated with dignity, respect, and kindness. Each person -- faculty, staff, coach, or student -- has the right to participate fully in the life of the school. We speak often of the "Episcopal family," and you will quickly come to understand the caring relationships that help create this loving and supportive community.Faculty, staff, and administrators are enthusiastic advisors, coaches, and club sponsors. They are cheerleaders and mentors for students facing challenges and provide a caring support system that ensures personal attention whenever needed. Ultimately, Episcopal is committed to molding students into knowledgeable, responsible, inquiring adults who will go on to achieve success in all areas of life, and the family environment on campus ensures this.
Profile last updated: 07/20/2021

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (4 reviews)
5  
We have two children attending the Lower School Beaches Campus, and they have absolutely flourished. It is so refreshing to find a place where your child is known and loved by the Faculty. ESJ has provided my children an opportunity to find their strengths and gifts, but also the necessary grit to overcome challenges. I am blown away by how confident my children have become, leadership they exhibit, and the meaningful conversations they can have about their faith. The opportunities that are available even after school are engaging and for my two children. My Pre-K child is taking Dance after-school meanwhile my other child is alternating classes in Yoga and Piano.
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5  
My daughter has blossomed here. There is no better way to say it. She is THRIVING, loved, and receives the support she needs academically when necessary and also additional challenges she needs in the areas where she is talented. I know how fortunate we are to be at Episcopal, and I wish every child could attend ESJ. They will be supported, encouraged, and grow into who they are meant to be while they are on campus. The opportunities for them are endless, the faculty and coaches amazing, and the environment challenging yet supportive. GO HERE. You will not be disappointed.
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5  
Four years ago I was looking for something different for one of my children. While he was surviving high school, he was not thriving. He wasn't all that interested and felt that he was being moved along. By happenstance, I stopped at the ESJ admissions office. WOW, that alone was an eye opening and joyful experience. For years we had lived in Jacksonville and even driven past ESJ on a daily basis, yet never entertained the possibilities of attending. Upon enrollment of my Junior and Freshman sons at ESJ there were many differences that I saw immediately in their approach to welcoming them. One very significant difference was in the intentionality that each staff member placed in forming a relationship with my sons. Each teacher, each support staff, even the deans, knew and got to know my sons as living, breathing, humans at a wide open stage in their life and one of the most awkward! They rejoiced, sounds dramatic doesn't it, at their accomplishments and they helped them overcome every obstacle that they faced. They didn't do anything for them, but they led them and facilitated them solving their own problems with support. I remember going to my very first parent conference perhaps 5 weeks into the school year. I was blown away by how well their teachers already knew them; their personality, their strengths, their learning style, the areas they were working with them. I have cried many tears in these 4 years over the goodness of the people we've met. The instruction my boys have received is top notch. It is the primary focus at ESJ that students are well educated, well spoken, and exude a level of integrity in their actions. This comes about both in and out of their classes. The sports program, particularly football, helped my sons form a positive image of themselves as men of the future, men who are true. Winning was fun, but the brotherhood taught them a lot about relationships and friendships and they witnessed and felt true love from their coaches who enjoyed each other's company. I never expected my boys to participate in much fine art life and yet I was impressed with ESJ's requirement that everyone get a little art in their life. From film to sculpting to theology of the arts, my boys were stretched to see perspectives they would not otherwise have chosen. We received a generous amount of financial help to attend and I will consider this all the days of my life with thanksgiving. My boys did not feel less because they came from less. They made wonderful friends with students from all over Jacksonville and I was always welcomed on campus. None of us ever felt that we were not part of the community because we didn't start our academic career at an Episcopalian school. The high school years are rough. ESJ is a stand out in helping kids to reach their fullest in all aspects, not only academic. Their focus on strong and healthy physical and mental health is an additional area where they stand as giants in the high school choices. With sincerity I recommend that if you are looking for an excellent program for your son or daughter, you consider giving ESJ a good look. You won't be disappointed.
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5  
We have two children at ESJ and are very happy with the school. ESJ values the whole student and has so many opportunities for students to find and grow their strengths. The faculty and staff are wonderful, and I really believe that they all want my boys to do well and be successful. ESJ teaches the boys to be responsible for their own educations while always keeping in communication with parents. We are very happy we chose ESJ for our boys.
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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked FL School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-12
  • Students: 1,156 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $28,550
  • Acceptance rate: 85%
  • Average class size: 17 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 31 / Jan. 1

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