Research by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) shows that students who are involved in sports, music, speech, theatre and debate are gaining “lifelong lessons that complement the academic lessons taught in the classroom.” These extracurricular experiences foster independence, promote healthy lifestyle choices and assist students in developing useful leadership skills.
Given that Episcopal’s mission is to prepare students for purposeful and meaningful lives, the school maintains a strong commitment to providing students an array of co-curricular opportunities to explore. For example, students can choose to participate in one or even multiple team sports among a list of 13 sports currently offered.
Based on enrollment numbers, Episcopal is classified as a 2A school. This classification size means more students have an opportunity to compete, play and achieve throughout the season. In contrast to larger high schools, it is common for Episcopal students to "letter" in more than one sport. Throughout Episcopal’s history, the school’s enrollment has been intentionally managed so that class sizes remain small and students benefit from personalized learning both on and off the field. Students are carrying the lessons learned at Episcopal with them as they move on to become successful collegiate and professional athletes. Here are just a few of the many examples.
Beyond High School Sports
Last year’s senior athletes continued this tradition of success with many advancing on to collegiate sports. Click here to read more about the Class of 2018.
The Knights have had tremendous team success. Here is a look at a few highlights from last year:
Research shows that being a teammate has long-term impacts for students. Episcopal Athletic Director Randy Richard says you cannot overestimate the impact of being a part of a team with a common goal. “Participation in athletics can be a vehicle for teaching students teamwork, respect of self and others, and sound values that they can take with them for the rest of their lives. Sports teaches all of us, adults and children alike, courage, grace, persistence, discipline, and greatness of spirit. What one can gain from being on a team is immeasurable,” he says.
Students need a well-rounded education with abundant opportunities to explore their interests. Episcopal’s 2A enrollment size and commitment to excellence provide students the right combination of cross curricular activities so that they can do just that. With 80% of Middle and Upper School students participating in sports, Episcopal will continue to develop well-rounded, strong athletes who are also successful academically, artistically and spiritually.