Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think. ~ Albert Einstein
At PES rigor is not defined by hours of homework or endless busy work, but rather by a depth of study and the challenges generated by intellectual inquiry. Our academic program immerses students in coursework that inspires them to think critically, problem solve, and collaborate as global citizens. In the primary years, our classical study grounds students in the critical skills necessary to be successful students. Students then utilize their knowledge and skills in the intermediate and middle grades as they investigate historical controversy, Socratically debate literary themes, and dissect algebraic equations.
As a liberal arts, neo-classical institution, Palisades Episcopal School offers students opportunities for integrated study by seamlessly weaving together scientific, cultural, historical, and literary investigations. Learning is multi-dimensional and dynamic and prepares our students for high school and beyond.
Experience is the teacher of all things. ~ Julius Caesar
Essential to a Palisades Episcopal School education is the regular opportunity to experience learning. Pop into our classrooms to find sixth graders using physics to test their hand-made marshmallow rockets, fourth graders building a sugar cube Great Wall of China, or kindergarteners performing as Presidents in their simulated wax museum. To make learning come alive, our students must be regularly engaged in dynamic and meaningful experimentation, simulation, Socratic dialogue, group projects, writing workshop and more.
As part of our focus on experiential learning, PES students take regular field trips to experience first-hand accounts of history, science, art, and literature. Field trips include:
PES students live and breathe their learning far beyond the limits of their classroom walls.
Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else. ~ Margaret Mead
Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world. ~ Nelson Mandela
Our world is in need of more adept and creative problem solvers who will be prepared to make a positive impact as global citizens and change the world. At PES, we are preparing our students for this role by regularly engaging in study that encourages them to see issues from many points of view. We provide them opportunities to build an appreciation and respect for cultures, religions and languages other than their own, and to see themselves as global citizens. Through these experiences, our students develop greater cultural competence and are prepared to explore and make an impact on the world.