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Campus Master Plan

Structural Support for the Strategic Plan

A majority of the goals identified in the Strategic Plan are focused on programmatic improvements and on areas of school life influenced heavily by the endowment, such as faculty and staff salaries and financial aid available for students in need. In several key areas, however, bold changes to the Episcopal campus are required to meet the ambitious and necessary aims of the plan.

The Campus Master Plan for Episcopal seeks to create space on its 130-acre property to address needs around student health and wellness and to strengthen the community bonds among students, their peers, and their teachers. To accomplish this, and to ensure an integration of the new spaces within the overall organization of the campus, three key capital projects must be undertaken in the coming years. Following the adoption of this plan, Episcopal hired two firms of architects and landscape architects to assist on:

♦ The addition of two new dormitories
♦ The addition of a new, modern health and wellness center
♦ The construction of a new track and field

Lucy Goldstein, Dean of Residential Life and Advising

Students need the boundaries that adults set; they need parent-like figures to be in the living room and in their lives. This comes more naturally when you have fewer students. It feels more like a family. 

New Dorms - Architectural Renderings

A thread running through the goals of the 2018 Strategic Plan is creating the healthiest and most robust residential life experience possible. Episcopal must take as much advantage of, and care in planning, all 24 hours of our students' experience as we do the academic day. To that end, we are developing an enhanced Residential Life curriculum, and the construction of two new dormitories — while maintaining our current student population of roughly 440 — is vital to this plan.

More Connective Moments: We know that we can best amplify the impact of the new curriculum by having more faculty physically living on dorm. As Episcopal has grown and evolved over time, so have our dormitories. While our classroom student to faculty ratio is an impressive 8:1, our dormitory ratio is currently at a much higher 23:1. Our goal is to bring that residential ratio down to 15:1.

Such an improvement not only brings us more in line with our peer schools, but, more importantly, it is a ratio we know will be most conducive to delivering our mission and the School’s commitment to families. Ensuring that our talented faculty and staff are available wherever and whenever learning opportunities present themselves is critical to our success.

Building the Spaces: The School will construct two new 36-bed dormitories, each with three faculty residences, lowering the student-to-faculty ratios in each dorm on campus and de-densifying our students’ living spaces, as enrollment will not increase. Construction is scheduled to begin as early as 2021, with completion in time for the 2022-23 school year.
Episcopal seeks to create opportunities for students and faculty to thrive on campus through an intentional and inspirational balance of ambitious pursuits and healthy lifestyles.

Building the Space: We will design and construct a state-of-the-art Health and Wellness Center to replace McAllister Health Center, originally built in 1934 to serve a significantly smaller, all-male student body. Replacing it has long been identified as a need. Improvements will include comprehensive treatment and clinical work areas, a classroom for health and wellness courses; a separate area and offices dedicated to the school counselors; a meditation room; and separate waiting areas for sick and "well" patients. Construction began in June 2021.

Impactful Programming: In addition to fulfilling essential medical needs, the new facility will serve as a hub for the School’s Health and Wellness programming, as well as expanded counseling services. Episcopal is a pioneer in wellness initiatives that are relevant to the needs of today’s adolescents. Areas that are addressed include emotional and physical well-being, health risks associated with drugs and alcohol, stress-management, and sleep hygiene.
The more we can teach, model, and prepare our students to be healthy and well in their lifestyles and daily living, the more apt they are to find success in their academics and athletics, in their relationships, and in their social-emotional lives.

Watch Highlights of the Groundbreaking Ceremony

deButts and Wellness Center - Architectural Renderings

EHS Core Beliefs

Passions, interests, and personal strengths are discovered when students engage in wide-ranging experiences in academics, athletics, the arts, and all areas of school life.

The New Track and Field is Complete!

Each of the more than 130 acres of land upon which generations of Episcopal students have lived, learned, created, and competed together is a treasured and invaluable asset.

A Necessary Move: With the opportunity to strengthen our mission through the construction of new residential life and health and wellness facilities, the School — in a remarkable echo of the decades-old plan from 1984 — identified a section of Laird Acres as the ideal site for a new track and playing field. The construction of this track was the first step in clearing a path forward for the other vital aspects of the Campus Master Plan.

A New Multipurpose Field: Episcopal’s athletics program has garnered a strong reputation, and this new facility advances that tradition of excellence for years to come. For the School’s five soccer teams, the new field will provide an inspiring venue and ensure adequate space on busy practice and game days. The natural grass pitch, with an advanced drainage system, is a safe and reliable surface and a tremendous advantage to every athlete who plays on it.

Track & Field Impact: For our track athletes, the old track’s aging surface was overdue for replacement, and the unusual configuration complicated the hosting of events and competitions. The new track has a standard configuration with a single finish line, and the high-performance surface helps protect athletes from injury. It brings running and throwing events together, no longer relegating throwing practices and competitions to a separate campus location.

Close the Loop: Lastly, the relocation allows the completion of a longstanding goal: completing the vehicular circle that surrounds the main school grounds, which will help — especially around special events and busy days — minimize traffic flow issues and increase pedestrian safety.

Building the Space: Construction and landscaping are complete and the track was ready for the spring 2021 track and field season!