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 schedule 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.

FAQs

List of 8 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.
  • 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 there be study hall?

    Yes. We will hold regular evening study hall hours from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m.
  • How can students take the SAT or ACT during the spring?

    Students will have the opportunity to take the SAT on the national test date of March 13. Because this date falls over Spring Break, students will need to register for this exam through their individual College Board accounts and select a location that is most convenient for them based on vacation plans. In addition, EHS will administer a school-based ACT on March 30 and a school-based SAT on April 13th.  Because these tests are administered on campus, students do not need to register for these exams on their own; the College Counseling office will share a special form in the weeks leading up to these on-campus exams.
  • Will students be able to take college visits?

    Students are highly encouraged to use the March 6-14 Spring Break to visit colleges that are allowing on-campus visitors. Any leaves from campus when classes are in session, even college visits, must be approved by Assistant Head for Student Life Doug Dickson and will require a two-week quarantine before return to EHS.    
  • Will my student be able to meet with an off-campus tutor?

    At the start of the semester, students must meet with off-campus tutors virtually. If conditions change throughout the term, we will reassess and determine if off-campus meetings are possible.
  • 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.
  • Can classes meet outside?

    Absolutely. When the weather is suitable, faculty will at times have classes in appropriate settings outside. The technology team has  boosted Wi-Fi access to allow classes to meet and students to study in various outside spaces.