DURHAM: History of the Saint-Cyprien episcopal school | Community
Training takes place at this time each year for our school board and administrative staff to ensure that we have standards in place representing the expectations of episcopal education and to keep us all aware of best practices in following regulations. of our advice.
This year, Reverend David Madison, Executive Director of the Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools, encouraged us to speak to people about the Four Pillars of Episcopal Education. He also reminded us of the importance of sharing the history of our school in the community.
As I thought about telling our story, it became evident that our school fully meets the expectations of our accrediting body to have all four pillars in place. I would like to share and tell you the story of our school.
The Saint-Cyprien episcopal school has been educating children in the episcopal tradition since its creation in 1955. For several years, kindergarten and first year classes were offered in the parish house.
The relevant characteristics for episcopal schools, known as the four pillars of an episcopal education, are academic excellence, a specific time reserved for collective worship, spiritual formation as part of each day and the emphasis on service to others.
In June 1955, the first principal of the school and rector of the church, the Reverend John F. Caskey, was called to Lufkin from Trinity Church Galveston, where he had established a similar school.
During the establishment of the school charter, Mr. CP Sumners accepted the position of president of the school board. He was followed in these early years by John Henderson, James Gibbs, James Clark, James P. Hunter III, Ross W. Vic Jr., and many other community leaders over the years, ready to offer their leadership and support. expertise to move the school forward to where it is today, 66 years later.
The school was founded to give a religious basis to learning and to provide personal attention in the early grades. The school board was, and continues to be, dedicated to the promotion of academic excellence in the episcopal tradition.
The early school boards were also devoted to the teacher and the importance of her influence. This is what was shared in a first handbook for parents, students, teachers: “The teacher is the most important influence in establishing the climate in the classroom. The guidance-oriented teacher organizes the class in a way that allows each child to feel a sense of worth and self-respect.
As children feel accepted by the teacher, they are able to be friendly and support each other. The result is a friendly and harmonious group.
This school is a continuing legacy of great people who had the vision to provide choice for parents and children in our community and surrounding counties. Classrooms dedicated to spiritual training, character building opportunities and service to others; are all part of daily classroom experiences based on outstanding academic experiences leading to student success.
Small classrooms, exceptional teachers and religious foundations are created and an environment in which children experience a sense of self-worth and self-respect. The good work continues and we will always be grateful to the past and present school boards who move us forward and share the vision established in 1955.
This is the story of the Saint-Cyprien Episcopal School and we are happy to tell it again.