From the Head

When young people first enter school—at St. Patrick's Episcopal Day School they do so often as three-, four-, or five-year-olds—they bring with them a deep fascination with the world around them, a tremendous appetite for learning, and a wonderful enthusiasm for pursuing what interests them.

W elcome to St. Patrick’s home on the Web – an online expression of the vibrant community that St. Patrick’s has shaped for more than half a century. Founded as a nursery school with six children, St. Patrick’s is now a thriving parish day school with 500 students in Nursery through Grade 8. We have grown out of the basement of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church – our first school-home – to two light-filled campuses and a vision for further expansion.

Today, young people enter St. Patrick’s most often as three-, four-, and five-year-olds. They bring with them a deep fascination with the world around them, a tremendous appetite for learning, and a wonderful enthusiasm for pursuing what interests them. St. Patrick’s extends that curiosity, shapes that learning, and sparks fresh interest. Running through the narrative line of their development is a constant – an educational philosophy that we call Exceptional Literacy.

Exceptional Literacy is the intention and the destination of the educational journey at St. Patrick’s. More than the ability to read and write, and to do these things well, Exceptional Literacy influences all ways of knowing. Its impact is evident not only in language arts and humanities classes, but also in mathematics, social studies, science, world language, and the arts. It guides our teachers in creating the kind of rich, engaging, and challenging curriculum that young people deserve. And it guides our students as they strive for academic excellence rooted in active learning, deep respect for oneself and others, and a determination to make a positive difference.

St. Patrick’s is a community of superb teachers, eager and talented students, and committed families devoted to each child’s development as a thoughtful observer, thinker, reader, and writer, as a friend, and as a citizen of the wider worlds of which we are all a part. I encourage you to spend time on this website to learn more about St. Patrick’s. I also invite you to call and arrange a visit. There is no better way to experience the combination of warmth and challenge that mark the atmosphere of this dynamic place.

Peter A. Barrett
Head of School