The design of any curriculum is an ongoing process. Faculty members develop specific components in every class—components that may change over time as new subject matter is introduced. To view the current curriculum overview for a particular division, please click on the links below. For your convenience, there is also a brief introduction to the curriculum below.
Primary School Curriculum
The philosophy behind the curriculum for our youngest students reflects our educational philosophies of high-quality academics, global readiness, the development of 21st-century skills, and the ethical commandment to Love God and Your Neighbor as Yourself.
In class, we engage students in activities that make learning both fun and interesting. We are the first and only independent school in North Carolina that utilizes the VIF/Splash language immersion program in the classroom, with many subjects or topics taught entirely in Spanish. Volumes of research have shown that second-language mastery is more easily acquired the younger a student begins learning it. Additionally, research demonstrates that students in language immersion programs—on average—perform far better in all subjects when compared to their peers in traditional programs. Therefore, in the Primary grades, we not only strive to develop second-language fluency, but we also lay the groundwork in preparing students for higher-level academics in the future.
And yet perhaps even more important at this age than language development and particular subject success is our desire to develop an enthusiasm for learning in our youngest students. Learning and playtime take place in a joyful, nurturing environment where laughter is common and kindness is a sacred rule. The warmth and quality of the program emphasize learning processes more than isolated skills, and mastery is reflected across a continuum, which allows all our students to experience both success and satisfaction as they learn.
Finally, our youngest students study in an open-hearted, faith-based setting without any particular doctrine or religious denominational creed. The school, anchored in the Judeo-Christian commandment to Love God and Your Neighbor as Yourself, celebrates diverse faith traditions while students focus on universal values such as the importance of respect, responsibility, integrity, and service to others.
For an overview of the curriculum for grades K–2 click here .
Elementary School Curriculum
The Elementary School curriculum, which flows directly from the Primary School curriculum, provides our elementary school students with the additional academic and social skills they need to become engaged and enthusiastic learners. It’s a program that’s rich in discovery, creativity, and active listening, while providing ample opportunity for healthy living and regular recess periods. Throughout, there is a focus on the ethical commandment to Love God and Your Neighbor as Yourself.
The balance between the academic and social goals during this period is critical. While it’s important to lay the groundwork for further learning though quality academics and the development of study skills, it’s equally important to foster in children a growing excitement to learn. In our classes and throughout the curriculum, students are given meaningful opportunities to learn on their own, in groups, inside and outside classrooms, and as members of the broader community. While there are clear expectations for learning, we also understand that every child is unique, with gifts that every child can uncover. Students are encouraged to explore their interests, both as members of our community and on their own, while simultaneously laying the groundwork for a successful academic career.
For an overview of the curriculum for grades 3–5 click here.
Middle School Curriculum
The curriculum in the Middle School rests upon the foundation that has been established in the first six years of school. All subjects are vertically integrated (the skills learned in the previous year are built upon in the next year) and explored in a deeper way, with increasing sophistication. Students learn fewer topics at more substantive levels, and they are encouraged to ask questions and engage in discussions. Further groundwork for critical thinking and asking the right questions is laid during these years, and students who emerge from the program are well prepared for academics yet to come.
Additionally, during these years there are greater opportunities for cocurricular involvement, while students still remain anchored to the school’s guiding principle to focus on the ethical commandment to Love God and Your Neighbor as Yourself.
For an overview of the curriculum for grades 6–8 click here.
Upper School Curriculum
The curriculum in the Upper School is a culmination of the many unique and defining features of an education at The Epiphany School of Global Studies. During these years, learning beyond the classroom walls takes on new meaning as students journey to numerous countries, where they discover new cultures and traditions, engage in service work, and experience history and people through their senses.
The curriculum in the Upper School is vertically and horizontally integrated, continuing to build on the education that has come before. There is a strong educational emphasis in five areas: development of 21st-century skills like curiosity, creativity, and adaptability; deep exposure to the humanities; an emphasis on reading, writing, and rhetoric; global studies and global readiness; and principles outlined by the STEM Education Coalition, which has recommendations regarding science, technology, engineering, and math. Simultaneously, students prep for the SAT, using a faculty-developed plan. By organizing the Upper School program into these areas of primary emphasis, rather than a traditional departmental approach, the school promotes meaningful, relevant interdisciplinary work that prepares a student for college and independence.
The curriculum also includes opportunities for personal growth, whether in specific classes or independent studies. Students are encouraged to master specific talents and to share those talents with the community. Students are also urged to engage in some of the extracurricular activities while exploring more deeply what it means to live a life that reflects the ethical tenet Love God and Your Neighbor as Yourself. Paramount throughout the entire curriculum and overall academic program is the goal to fully prepare our students for the academic rigors of college.
For an overview of the curriculum for grades 9–12 click here.