Academics

Upper School

ESA students graduate thoroughly prepared for the challenges of college, thanks to a rigorous Upper School academic program. ESA challenges students to achieve excellence and to embrace responsibility. Faculty members expect upper schoolers to act with honor and to respect and care for others. As students are given the freedom to make the right choices, they develop the confidence to succeed in college and beyond. 

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  • Academic Success

    As students learn to think critically, creatively, and independently, the Upper School curriculum supports their learning with challenging courses and opportunities for independent study. Any student willing to take on the challenge of the AP curriculum is welcome in an AP course, and many ESA students accept that challenge. In 2015, ESA gave over 200 AP exams. 91% of students scored 3 or higher.
  • College Counseling and Merit Aid

    95% of the 48 members of the Class of 2016 received college merit scholarships totaling more than $4.1 million. ESA's College Counseling program focuses on finding the right fit for each student. The process begins in ninth grade with conversations about the impact of course selection and academic performance on future opportunities.
  • Leadership Opportunities

    In Upper School, students lead the community. The Student Council organizes events, coordinates service opportunities, encourages school spirit and represents the student voice in conversations with the administration. The Honor Council and Discipline Council, made up of student and faculty representatives, give students the lead in addressing violations of the Honor Code and Code of Conduct. Student leaders learn to consider mistakes with compassion, but also to ensure that they are learning opportunities with appropriate consequences. Class officers coordinate fundraising and class bonding activities. Peer leaders assist freshmen with their transition to Upper School. 
  • Network of Support

    In the Upper School, the US Head, Dean of Students and US Counselor and College Counselor make up the administrative team. Teachers serve as mentors and advisors, coaches and friends, with teacher-student relationships a central component of the strength of ESA's community. The Academic Support program continues to support students with learning differences and those who need help developing the organizational skills to succeed. During the advisory/tutorial period on Tuesdays and Thursdays, students are encouraged to seek out teachers to make up any missed work or to benefit from further explanation of topics. The student-run Writing Studio offers assistance with organizing and writing essays. 
  • Arts and Athletics

    Arts and athletics work together at ESA. Our booster club, the Falcon Club, supports both programs, and many of our artists are athletes. More than 70% of ESA students play sports. ESA teams have earned 73 State Championships, including a record 16 consecutive volleyball titles. With offerings in drama, musical theater, rock band, pottery, ceramics, photography, drawing, painting, digital design, and 2D and 3D mixed media, anyone interested in participating in the Performing or Visual Arts can find a place. 

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List of 3 frequently asked questions.

  • What are the hours of a typical school day?

    For 6th through 12th graders, school begins at 8:00am and ends at 3:25pm. Various after-after school activities often require students to ride the late bus. The Cade campus follows a modified block schedule.
  • Which languages are offered in Upper School?

    Students can study either French or Spanish. Graduation requirements include completing a Level 3 language course.
  • What is ESA's BYOD program?

    At ESA, technology is a tool used to enhance teaching and learning. ESA’s Cade campus is a  BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) environment. We believe this approach allows families the flexibility to choose which device(s) work best for them. While three computer labs still remain on campus, students are required to bring their own device to school daily to have access to technology in any setting. Students use their devices both inside and outside the classroom for communicating, collaborating, creating presentations and other projects, as well as for research, data crunching and computing. An ESA education does not center around technology; it is simply another way that our students interact with the world around them.“When you combine the right tools with fantastic teachers, amazing things happen,” says headmaster Paul Baker. Students are given the choice of tablet, laptop or other device that meets the specific requirements outlined in our BYOD Minimum System Specifications.

Episcopal School of Acadiana

Episcopal School of Acadiana is a private coeducational day school for students in grades PK3 through 12. Our mission is to instill in every student the habits of scholarship and honor.
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