History & Mission

History

The dream of establishing a parochial school for her child became a reality for Mrs. Spencer Neville Brown when St. Paul’s Episcopal Day School opened in September of 1956. The school was seen as a much-needed place of learning for Maria Brown and her playschool friends. Mrs. Robert L. Reese was the first principal and teacher of seventeen three-year-olds. The school increased in its early years to include classes for nursery, preprimary, and kindergarten, as well as first, second, and third grades. During the 1960’s, a new wing was designed for expanding the school. Enrollment demands grew, along with the school’s popularity. The present building was opened in the fall of 1971 with grades one through five. The sixth grade was added the following year. The Carolyn Haluska Memorial Library was created in the 1980’s. In the nineties, St. Paul’s added a state-of-the-art computer lab, which was updated in the summer of 2001 and again in the summer of 2004. In the summer of 2005, the current academic building underwent a major reconstruction to bring the school to a higher standard. Since then, we have reconfigured our downstairs area twice to accomodate a growing enrollment in our preschool program. St. Paul’s is proud to have been leading the way in education in the Waco community for over 50 years.

Mission of St. Paul’s Episcopal School

At St. Paul’s Episcopal School, we aim to educate the whole child in mind, body, and spirit.

Episcopal Character of the School

St. Paul’s Episcopal School is fully accredited by SAES (Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools).  As an accredited school, St. Paul’s operates with the knowledge and consent of the bishop of the diocese and meets rigorous standards set out by the accrediting board of SAES. This accreditation is also recognized by the Texas Education Agency.

St. Paul’s offers both worship and religious study and supports the development of students learning how to combine faith and reason.  The faculty teaches in ways that encourage inquiry and outreach.

St. Paul’s welcomes and embraces diversity in its populations.  The school continues to explore opportunities to increase the richness inherent in diversity in the faculty, staff and student body.  Our ultimate goal is to foster a community of learners with each member taking responsibility for their part in an international community.

Christian Commission

St. Paul’s Episcopal School is a community striving to fully understand Christ’s commission:

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength…love your neighbor as yourself.      Mark 12: 30-31

The living of this commission is a journey.   The faculty and staff wish all our decisions and actions to be guided by this commission.

 

Educational Philosophy

We value a living spirituality that:

  • accepts each person as a unique child of God
  • includes regular worship of God
  • develops self-discipline, responsibility, and integrity

We value an inclusive community that:

  • welcomes all races and creeds
  • strives toward economic, ethnic, and religious diversity
  • admits students with abilities ranging from average to superior
  • fosters open communication
  • fosters inquiry and outreach

We value an educational environment that:

  • offers an internationally recognized curriculum through which children can construct meaning and experience diverse points of view while grasping necessary concepts, content and skills
  • promotes inquiry based learning
  • challenges and motivates students to learn
  • prepares students for success in high school and college and as citizens of the world

We value a student-centered program that:

  • encourages critical thinking
  • accommodates a variety of learning styles
  • uses student assessments to design learning experiences directed at student needs and interests
  • encourages the development of leadership skills
  • supports and nurtures each person in the pursuit of personal goals

Educational Goals

  • To provide an academically challenging program for children
  • To provide an opportunity for the realization of talents, the source of these gifts, and the proper use of them as individuals within groups to produce an harmonious society
  • To provide opportunities for children to develop self-confidence
  • To encourage each child to strive for excellence of character, mind and body
  • For students to develop skill in individual and group activities
  • To provide a program that encourages and promotes an enthusiasm for and a love of learning
  • To promote the spiritual growth of each child through regular chapel services and religious study in a Christian community
  • To model as a community the applications of Christian principles to one’s daily life