welcome from head of school

For almost a century and a half, OES has been educating students, preparing them for higher education and a life engaged in learning. We succeed because of a remarkable faculty. Our teachers know each child, stretch students to their potential, and give them independence to discover their strengths, push their limits, and learn to love the thrill of learning.

We are pleased you are interested in learning more about our school. First and foremost, we are a community. As a Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade school, we work with families during the formative years of their children’s lives. We partner closely with families through the growth and development that happen during these extraordinary years. We know our students and families well—which is why we can support them so thoroughly through the adventures of Lower, Middle, and Upper School.

In the Episcopal educational tradition, OES is committed to high academic standards, partnered with a commitment to the artistic, physical, spiritual, social, and emotional growth of our students. We gather each week as a community, guided by our chaplains, and commit substantial time to our service learning programs, giving back to the school as well as to our local, regional, and global communities.

The intellectual journey is at the heart of the OES experience. We believe children learn by doing, and we use inquiry as a driver for learning from our earliest grades. In our Middle and Upper Schools, this evolves into an emphasis on research and performance. This emphasis crosses disciplines—from science to history to world languages. Our goal is to develop habits of work and habits of mind in our students to prepare them for the world they will be entering. Our success is reflected in the many graduates who return to campus to tell us of their comfort and success in college, the work force, and ultimately in their communities.

We look forward to your visit to our campus and the opportunity to show you our comprehensive program in action. You will see engaged and excited students who truly love being at school. You will see students who exercise critical thinking and who are becoming young men and women of vision and courage. Please join us on this exciting journey.

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Mo Copeland
Head of School 

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