About CES


Coast Episcopal School provides each of its students the opportunity for growth in a loving, supportive setting. In the nurturing, magical CES Community, students safely explore, take risks, face challenges and celebrate each other’s successes.

Since 1950, CES has offered a quality education in a loving, Christian environment. Serving more than 200 students in our Early Childhood and Elementary School programs,  CES is a school where every child has a voice. Small, personalized classes where students are known and loved are vital to our students’ success. No child is left out of discussions, hands-on projects, or play time. 

Each student has the opportunity to perform, to lead, and to participate in a variety of enrichment classes.

Coast Episcopal seeks to educate the heart as well as the mind. As an Episcopal school, students’ spiritual growth remains an important part of our mission.  In addition to a STEAM-based curriculum (Science Technology Engineering Art Mathematics), the school’s administration and faculty inspire good citizenship, service to God and community, and love and respect for self and others. And, although CES has a strong Episcopal identity, we educate children of many faiths.

CES follows a traditional school year, beginning in mid-August and ending the Friday before Memorial Day Weekend to provide our CES Staff and Families the opportunity to enjoy some well-deserved MS Gulf Coast summer downtime.  Our school also follows MS public school age requirements for grade level placement.  With the exception of our Toddler Town program, which accepts students who turn 18 months of age anytime throughout the school year, all students must be age-appropriate by September 1 for Preschool (3 & 4 year olds) and Elementary School (5 – 11 year olds).

Coast Episcopal School welcomes prospective families to tour our 25-acre campus and experience the school’s academic outlets – including the Gail Keenan Art Center and Seemann’s Makerspace! – to appreciate the “magic” of CES.  

Our Mission

Coast Episcopal School is dedicated to a life-long love of learning by developing the whole child, mind, body and spirit and providing a joyful, unique, and nurturing Judeo-Christian community that inspires its students to imagine and create a better world.

The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.

Robert M. Hutchins

Our Philosophy

  • We are firmly committed to the idea that learning and growing flourish in an atmosphere of mutual tolerance, an openness to new thoughts, and respectfulness of everyone’s freedom to share and question new ideas.
  • We seek to teach our students to think logically and creatively, to read perceptively, to write coherently, to speak with force and clarity, to listen effectively, and to learn by questioning, observing and investigating.
  • We encourage and foster interest in the arts and the development of aesthetic values.
  • We strive to impart a continuing interest in learning, a spirit of respect for others, a sense of community, responsibility, and a deeper understanding of ourselves in God’s world.