At a Glance

School Profile

Year Founded:  1950
School type: Private Independent Episcopal School
Student to Teacher Ratio: 9 to 1

Programs Available:
  • Early Childhood: 18 months – PreK
  • Elementary School: TK – 6th Grade
Accreditations
  • Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) 

Academics

Art, History, Language Arts, Library, Makerspace, Music, Physical Education, Religion, Science & Science  Lab, Social Studies

Arts and Music
 
Art and Music are integral to the Coast Episcopal School experience.  The walls of Elementary School, Preschool and Toddler Town are filled with the works of our students, with the installations changing constantly.  Music plays a significant role as well in the daily life at CES, both in daily chapel at the Elementary School and the Toddler Town and Preschool classrooms.  The Gail Keenan Arts Center gives our elementary students access to an extensive arts program, and our 4th, 5th and 6th graders are welcome to join the CES band – with the use of instruments covered by tuition and fees. 
Chapel
 
Daily chapel for our elementary students and weekly Bible Studies in our Elementry School as well as at our Early Childhood Programs set the spiritual tone of our school.  Though we are an Episcopal School, Episcopal doctrine is not taught,  Rather, our students (who are of all religions and faiths) are encouraged to use their individual gifts to spread the light of Christ in His world.   Eucharist (Communion) is celebrated weekly, but those students who wish not to receive, fold their arms across their chests and receive a blessing. 

Community Outreach

In addition to our desire to have CES be a good neighbor, we are committed to having our students learn about the importance of being community stewards. Each year, our students participate in community-oriented projects including outreach to assisted living/long term care facilities and gathering food for local pantries.

Field Trips

Field trips are built into the curriculum of all age levels, including annual trips to Jackson, Mississippi in the 4th grade, and overnight trips to Camp McDowell in 5th grade, the Appalachian Trail in the 6th grade.

 
Hours:

Toddler Town

Half Day: 8:00am – 11:30am or
Full Day: 8:00am – 3:10pm

Preschool

Half Day: 8:00 am – 11:45 am or
Full Day: 8:00 am – 3:10 pm

Elementary School

8:00 am – 3:10 pm

Aftercare

(for Toddler, Preschool, Elementary)
3:10 pm – 5:30 pm

Lagniappe

Lagniappe is a collection of after-school fine arts and interdisciplinary classes intended to broaden the student’s education experience. The selection of classes offered varies from session to session.  Non-CES Students are encouraged to participate in our Lagniappe Sessions, too! 

Library

Our library program figures very prominently into our school curriculum for all ages. We use the Accelerated Reader program, and our elementary students are encouraged to spend free time in the library.  Parents are encouraged to participate in our Birthday Book program by purchasing a book for our library to celebrate their student’s special day.   Twice a year, the library offers Scholastic Book Fairs, and each week, our librarian spends time by visiting our Toddler Town and Preschool Programs. 

Presentations/Performance

CES is committed to developing our students’ public speaking and performance skills.  Daily Chapel for our Elementary Students provides an opportunity for our students to perform Biblical Theater and make presentations about their academic studies.  By sixth grade graduation, our CES students are very comfortable speaking before their peers as well as adult audiences. 

Seemann Makerspace

CES’ newest asset, our Elementary Students spend time every week in this unique building that offers a multitude of hands-on opportunities including 3-D printers, laser cutter, robotics, video production.  STEAM- oriented projects completed here are designed to complement classroom academics. 

Science Lab

Our science lab program gives students the opportunity to see their science lessons come to life with experiments and projects.

Technology

Coast Episcopal is proud to be an Apple School! K-4th grade students are assigned iPads and 5-6th grade students working with Macbook Air laptops. While becoming technology-literate is essential for students today, CES considers technology to be a tool, and our classroom teachers maintain a focus on group and individual academic interaction.