Episcopal Identity

Above all, Episcopal schools exist not merely to educate, but to demonstrate and proclaim the unique worth and beauty of all human beings as creations of a loving, empowering God.National Association of Episcopal Schools
The Infinite Value of Every Child

St. Patrick’s is committed to the ideals of diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of our program and community—in our curriculum, student body, and faculty and staff. Our emphasis on inclusion and service stems from our Episcopal Identity. As an Episcopal parish day school, we consider the moral and spiritual development of the young people in our care a distinguishing feature of life here.

What does it mean that St. Patrick's is an Episcopal School?

At St. Patrick’s, we believe that every individual is of infinite value, a belief that finds full expression in our Mission Statement as well as in our shared lives here. Rooted in the Episcopal tradition, St. Patrick’s welcomes children and families from a variety of faith traditions. The National Association of Episcopal Schools defines the principles and ideals of an Episcopal school in four pillars: community life, commitment to social justice, school worship, and religious formation and study. We seek to recognize the dignity and worth of every individual both within and outside of our community.

Day School Chaplain Jenifer Gamber with students
Lower school students ringing bells

St. Patrick's Episcopal Church

Our relationship with St. Patrick's Episcopal Church is a central, distinguishing feature of our parish day school within the Episcopal Diocese of Washington. Our core values stem from this association, born more than sixty years ago.

Nursery School Chapel: This Little Light of Mine

two women in the church
WEEKLY CHAPEL

Our inclusive Episcopal identity informs our work and our culture. Weekly chapels, which many parents attend, explore our core values of Honesty, Responsibility, Kindness and Respect that comprise our Creed and celebrate our life together. Chapel nurtures the spiritual growth of students and provides a place to promote agency and raise the diverse voices in the community.

Each week, students in Nursery School, Lower School, and Upper School gather together for chapel. Family members and caregivers are always welcome and often attend Chapel, especially at the younger age levels. Our worship life is rooted in the Episcopal tradition but celebrates all faiths through the reading of scripture, music, and prayer. We bless birthdays, honor solemn events in our larger world such as Veterans Day and Martin Luther King Day, and share stories of faith and prayer, honoring each of us as a beloved child of God. Through homilies, readings, prayers, student presentations, and music, Chapel aims to cultivate the spiritual development and growth of all members of the community, nurturing a commitment to social justice, equity, and a belief in a loving God.

Students gathered in church for chapel