Our guiding Episcopal tradition has promoted the intentional integration of faith and learning for over sixty years. We instill lifelong moral and ethical character development, leading students not only to prepare for college, but to live a meaningful and purposeful life.
We provide religious instruction to students, teaching them the Christian Faith in the context of the Episcopal tradition as well as major world religions, particularly those represented within our own student body. Recognizing the uniqueness of each individual created in the image of God, we are each called to respect the religious diversity of others.
Chapel services are an integral part of our school community at every age. First through eighth grade students attend chapel together once a week, and in various grade level divisions a second time in the week. Lower School student serve as acolytes, have birthday blessings, and in fifth through eighth grade, have the opportunity to assist in Chapel preparation and reading. In Upper School Chapels, we actively encourage students to serve as lectors, cantors, musicians, and speakers. Holy Eucharist is offered in each Division (for students in Grade 2 and higher) once a month. Morning Prayer is used at other services. Twice a year, on our annual St. Martin's Day celebration and in the week we return from Easter Break, the entire school worships together. Liturgies are celebrated from The Book of Common Prayer and our chapel music is from The 1982 Hymnal, JourneySongs, as well as other resources.
Recognizing that service comes out of our faith commitment set by the example of our patron saint, St. Martin de Tours, we are called to integrate service learning into the community life of our students, faculty, and families.
Seeking "sacred space" is another way to help our students develop their own sense of peace. Though sacred space can be anywhere ("For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them," Luke 18:20), we also recognize that finding a special place for prayer and reflection grants one the opportunity more easily. Thus, from 2007 - 2010, major renovations were made to the Dan and Frances White Chapel, giving our students, faculty, and families a place of beauty for worship or for private devotions and reflection.