With a new year under way, many schools are beginning their admissions process. As moms, we want the best education for our children and will perform extensive research to find the perfect match. Today our sponsor, The Episcopal of Knoxville, is sharing more about their school and why you should consider them as your school of choice.
The Episcopal School of Knoxville is committed to both the academic excellence and the personal growth of our students. Small classes combined with the talents of some of the finest teachers in this region nurture our students’ natural curiosity and enthusiasm. We strive to instill a love of learning at an early age and to establish a strong academic foundation for the future success of our students.
Teachers from both our lower and middle schools work together to present a balanced and lively curriculum. Our course of study includes a literary based language arts program, the University of Chicago’s Everyday Math through fifth grade, experiential laboratory science, and social studies. World language instruction begins in Kindergarten. Using our extensive library collections and two computer labs, Episcopal students learn to access information and develop critical research and communication strategies.
The Episcopal School of Knoxville is pleased to announce our Junior Kindergarten beginning in the fall of 2014!
This academic program is designed for 4 and 5 year olds entering Kindergarten in the fall of 2015. The Junior Kindergarten day begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 1:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided, and extended care is available for an additional fee. Class size is limited to 15 students.
We believe that “play is the work of children,” and that through play based projects, Junior Kindergarten students will be able to learn life-long skills that will help them successfully transition to our Lower School Kindergarten program. Children are not left to their own devices, nor is their development left to chance. The teacher’s role is to co-explore and co-construct the learning experience with the children. An emergent curriculum values student input and encourages children to explore, create, and make choices leading to greater involvement in their own learning. Time is not set by the clock but by the child’s needs and interests. There should be sufficient time for a child to express, learn, explore, extend, and revisit a given project. Enrichments will include daily chapel and also (but not limited to) library, Spanish, Mandarin, physical education, music, and art sessions. Our 96-acre campus will serve as our outdoor classroom to learn about the environment.
We believe students learn best by doing; so experiential learning is the core of our curriculum. Our students go into the community to learn, and members of the community visit the school regularly. Episcopal School students are accustomed to participating in activities in the larger community to which they belong.
We believe that meaningful learning comes from collaboration, problem-solving and making connections, so our approach to learning is interdisciplinary, i.e. students who learn about China in social studies may read stories from Chinese literary works in literature class and study the abacus and principles of Chinese calculation in mathematics.
In the tradition of Episcopal schools nationwide, our curriculum includes an introduction to the fine arts, a challenging and inclusive physical education program as well as outstanding extracurricular activities, sports and clubs.
2013-2014 marks sixteen years of academic excellence at The Episcopal School of Knoxville.
From the founders’ earliest efforts, it is apparent that careful planning, consensus building and community outreach have helped pave the way for the school’s success. The blessings of talented youth, willing volunteers, generous gifts, dedicated faculty and staff, community support and engaged parents all have made The Episcopal School of Knoxville an important member of the independent school community in East Tennessee.