What to expect

List of 7 items.

  • The full range of Episcopal's curriculum —

    all core courses and electives. We plan to offer all of our core curriculum as well as our unique upper-level electives, distinctive arts courses, and independent study opportunities.
  • Faculty who are trained and prepared to teach hybrid classes.

    We anticipate that some students will not be able to return to campus and will attend classes remotely. As a result, it is likely that most classes will be taught as hybrid courses, both online and in person. Building on experiences from last spring’s distance-learning program, every teaching faculty member has taken professional development this summer focused on designing and teaching hybrid courses that will engage students and maintain academic rigor.
  • Classrooms, science labs, and art spaces configured for physical distancing,

    with maximum capacities established. Our first priority is the community’s safety, and we aim to match course enrollments with classroom capacity. Depending on numbers, however, students will likely be asked on occasion to take a turn attending remotely from, say, the library or their dorms.
  • New technology

    (cameras, screens, omnidirectional microphones) in all classrooms and learning spaces to connect off-campus students to the classroom in a more engaging and active way. 
  • Students learning in multiple modes.

    Teachers will employ a variety of methods to engage and challenge students — live instruction, asynchronous discussions and assignments, digital labs, collaborative group work, and project-based learning.
  • Support and modified schedules for students in different time zones.

    We are planning several ways to support international students or others who are unable to return to campus and who live outside the Eastern Time Zone. In addition to concentrating our academic classes in the morning, we are exploring evening meeting times when students unable to attend class synchronously might connect with teachers.
  • Curriculum and programs drawing on the Washington, D.C., region.

    Though off-campus learning experiences will be limited early in the year, faculty have found that our Webex video-conferencing technology makes it easy to take full advantage of the School’s relationships and partnerships in the region and bring to their classrooms scientists, authors, and other experts who might never have been able to come to campus to visit. Read about such experiences from last spring. Also, see the McCain-Ravenel Center page.

The Weekly Schedule

The planned schedule for this fall is based on the design principles that emerged from our recently completed two-year schedule review. Using the core takeaways from that study, we created a modified schedule that will allow us to best deliver our mission and ensure the continuity of our program through any unexpected changes in the fall. The schedule prioritizes the academic program for all of our students; the physical and mental health of our students; and the important relationships between all members of our community, particularly students  and faculty. Read more about the schedule on the Calendar and Schedule page.

FAQs

List of 9 frequently asked questions.

  • What are hybrid/flex classes?

    Hybrid/flex courses blend face-to-face instruction with elements of online learning and allow students learning remotely to attend classes synchronously with students learning in person.
  • How will students take college-admissions tests? (Updated 8/14)

    Episcopal will offer seniors an on-campus administration of the ACT and SAT college-admission tests. The on-campus ACT date is Tuesday, Oct. 6, and the SAT offering is Wednesday, Oct. 14.
     
    As a reminder, both of these are special school-based administrations of the tests and will not be listed on the ACT or College Board websites. No formal registration with the ACT or College Board is necessary. The College Counseling office will be in touch with further information. 
    Also, please know that there are many national administrations of the SAT and ACT this fall. The College Board and ACT have the most up-to-date information, so please check their websites frequently.
  • Will students be able to take college visits?

    At this point, many admissions offices are not hosting in-person information sessions and tours for prospective students, and they are recommending virtual visits. We anticipate that EHS approval for off-campus leaves will be limited early in the semester and will be made on a case-by-case basis as we attempt to minimize risk. We will provide updates to this policy as we have them.
  • Will midterms be online during the Thanksgiving-January period of virtual learning?

    We are working to determine how and when we will hold final tests, culminating projects, or exams.
  • Can classes meet outside?

    Absolutely. When the weather is suitable, faculty will at times have classes in appropriate settings outside. The technology team also is boosting Wi-Fi access to allow classes to meet and students to study in various outside spaces.
  • When campus prevention practices are tightest, will all students take classes remotely from their dorm?

    No. Even when we are being most careful with prevention measures, students on campus will still meet for classes.
  • Will the Academic Support Center be available?

    The Academic Support Center will continue to provide support to our students in the same ways that it always has. Daytime study halls and one-on-one meetings will continue to occur throughout the class day and the afternoons.
  • Will my student be able to meet with an off-campus tutor?

    In the early weeks of the fall, students must meet with off-campus tutors virtually. See Visitors and Off-Campus Leaves page.
  • Will there be study hall?

    Yes. We will hold regular evening study hall hours from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m.