August 20 update: With the School’s shift to distance learning for September, afternoon options will be offered during two sessions in the fall. While it is our intention to support all the offerings listed here if possible, the range will depend on student interest, facility limitations, and the evolving regional and campus health situation.

List of 2 items.

  • The first will begin Wednesday, September 9, with a virtual component and conclude on campus October 23.

  • The second will begin on campus Monday, October 26, and conclude with a virtual component ending with Winter Break in December.

Episcopal's afternoon programs are critical to our curriculum and will continue to help students hone their strengths, pursue their passions, and explore new interests. Beginning with the students' arrival Oct. 2-3:

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  • All arts programs will be offered,

    though with numbers limited in some cases to the room space available.
  • Some arts programs will shift to a new home within Ainslie Arts Center.

    The afternoon dance program, for instance, will be held on the Pendleton stage, which has better ventilation and more space than the dance studio. The Angie Newman Johnson Gallery will be closed and provide a large, well-ventilated area for the afternoon visual arts programs.
  • Faculty members are tailoring curriculum and programs for appropriate physical distancing

    and will use outdoor spaces when appropriate and available. Theater will rehearse outside, when available, and will make use of both the Blackbox Theater and the Dance Studio.
  • Music programs will focus on private lessons

    (either through our Webex video-conferencing system or in-person with physical distancing); chamber groups; and solo/duet instruction. Performances likely will be presented online.
  • Robotics team members will work individually or in pairs

    on programming and computer-assisted design (CADs) and will build traditional robots and compete in internal and virtual competitions, as available.
  • The yearbook staff

    will work on the publication from multiple locations using shared publishing software.


List of 1 frequently asked questions.

  • Can students go off-campus for additional private instruction or a special event related to the afternoon program?

    When school opens, we will initially follow an array of prevention measures that limit individuals coming to and going from campus for at least the first few weeks. See more at the Off-Campus Leaves and Visitors page. We will consider special student leave requests to participate in off-campus activities after those first three weeks. While health conditions may prevent us from granting these requests, we want to work with students and families to determine if participation in these activities can be safe for the community and for the student. 

    If you anticipate a special leave request, please email Assistant Head for Student Life Doug Dickson ( with details about the timing and the activity. We encourage families to place requests now or as soon as possible. Though we will review requests and make preliminary decisions, final decisions cannot be made until nearer the time of the event and will depend on health conditions in the campus community and the local region of the event.