Living on a dorm is at the heart of Episcopal's 100 percent boarding culture. The School's eight dorms (four for boys and four for girls) quickly become home, where faculty and students celebrate birthdays, indulge in spontaneous late-night snacks, and hold meaningful conversations in common spaces. In the dorms, students develop habits of responsibility as they learn to be considerate of others, care for personal and shared spaces, and conserve natural resources. Under the guidance of faculty, the dorms are happy, safe, and home-like environments where individual students feel included, respected, and valued. As students create meaningful and enduring relationships with peers and faculty, they also develop an understanding of and appreciation for students with diverse backgrounds and life experiences.
Led by a dorm head with a resident faculty member on every floor, each dormitory is a community where students support and champion one another - from helping to carry a new student's luggage on the first day to attending dorm-mates' debuts in plays or athletic games. To ease into the boarding school transition, freshmen boys and girls each live on their own dorms and have earlier check-ins and lights-out times, plus extra faculty members on the dorm team. Each floor has an 11th grade prefect to provide guidance to freshmen and support to the dorm faculty. Additionally, Monitors - seniors selected by the faculty and student body - help coordinate dorm life. Students have one or two roommates, new students have roommates in the same grade, and all are responsible for their room upkeep and laundry.