Episcopal School of Jacksonville

Episcopal School of Jacksonville is an independent, coeducational private college preparatory school in Jacksonville, Florida, United States. It was founded in 1966 by the Episcopal Diocese of Florida.[3] The school has a middle school and a high school and enrolls about 900 students a year.[4]

Episcopal School of Jacksonville
4455 Atlantic Boulevard


Coordinates30°18′39″N 81°37′18″W
TypePrivate, Coeducational
Grades6 - 12
CampusSuburban, Riverfront
Campus size56 acres (0.23 km2)
Color(s)Maroon and Gold         
Tuition$21,800 (Upper School)
$21,000 (Middle School)[2]


Parishioner Mary Packer-Cumming, who died in 1912, willed 28 acres (110,000 m2) of land to St. John's Cathedral. The Episcopal Diocese of Florida operated a boys' home on the site from 1921, but this closed in 1953 due to financial problems. At that time the church began to plan to establish a private high school.

Jacksonville Episcopal High School opened on September 4, 1967. The name was changed to Episcopal High School of Jacksonville in 1987, and to Episcopal School of Jacksonville in 2011, reflecting its expansion of grades served.[3][5]

Today, the school has a middle school and a high school, serving students grade 6 through 12; it enrolled 839 students in 2010.[1] Despite its affiliation with the Episcopal church and its Christian mission, the school admits students of any religion, ethnic background, and nationality.[6]

The school is governed by a board of trustees, which is approved by the Executive Counsel the Episcopal Diocese of Florida. The board is responsible for establishing school policy, managing assets, and selecting a head of school. The dean of St. John's Cathedral is vice-chair and the clergy member of the board.[7]

Episcopal's main campus is called the Munnerlyn Campus and covers 56 acres (230,000 m2). A couple of miles away along the banks of the Arlington River is the Episcopal School's Knight Sports Complex. It contains the relatively new Walton Boathouse for Episcopal Crew, as well as lacrosse fields.

The overall student to teacher ratio is 10:1, with the average class size at around 17. Episcopal offers 21 AP courses and 19 Honors courses. In 2009, 91 students (11%) made a perfect score of 5 on an AP exam. Of Episcopal's 90 faculty members, 94% have 4-year degrees or higher, 31% have graduate degrees, and 1% have a Ph.D. The average tenure is almost 20 years. A major achievement for the school is its 100% college placement rate.[4]

Episcopal School was the site of a school shooting on March 6, 2012. Shane Schumerth, who had been fired from his job as a Spanish teacher, shot and killed Dale Regan, head of school, before committing suicide. Schumerth, who had been struggling with depression, was fired that morning; he returned to the campus at 1:15 p.m. with an AK-47 assault rifle concealed in a guitar case. He entered Regan's office and shot her several times before shooting himself.[8][9]

Notable alumni


  1. "Episcopal High School Jacksonville" Private School Review, July 13, 2010
  2. "Tuition and Financial for School". esj.org. Archived from the original on 2014-04-07. Retrieved 2014-04-06.
  3. "Traditions & History". episcopalhigh.org. Retrieved October 22, 2009.
  4. "At A Glance". episcopalhigh.org. Retrieved October 22, 2009.
  5. Mary Kelli Palka (July 26, 2011). "Episcopal High School of Jacksonville changes its name". The Florida Times-Union. Retrieved July 26, 2011.
  6. "Admissions". episcopalhigh.org. Retrieved October 22, 2009.
  7. "2009-2010 Leadership". episcopalhigh.org. Retrieved October 22, 2009.
  8. Jim Schoettler (March 6, 2012). "Episcopal school head Dale Regan killed by fired teacher, who then kills himself". The Florida Times-Union. Retrieved March 28, 2013.
  9. Dan Scanlan (April 23, 2012). "'Shane, no, no!': New details of Episcopal school shooting". The Florida Times-Union. Retrieved March 28, 2013.
  10. "Olympic Games: Episcopalian to swim for Puerto Rico". Episcopal News Service. 10 August 2004. Retrieved May 6, 2016.

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