Episcopal School of Jacksonville (ESJ) and St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School (SMEDS) announced in October of 2019 that the two schools will become one on July 1, 2020. In 2020, SMEDS will become Episcopal School of Jacksonville, an age one - Grade 6 school operating on the current SMEDS and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church campus, and ESJ will assume operations. Students applying to SMEDS for the 2020-2021 school year will be applying through the SMEDS website and upon admission, sign an enrollment contract with ESJ.
The decision to proceed with a merger was approved by the ESJ and SMEDS Boards of Trustees, the Vestry of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Foundation Board of Trustees, and The Right Rev. Samuel Johnson Howard, Bishop of Florida, and the Episcopal Diocese of Florida.
We firmly believe that the joining of the two schools creates an opportunity for both to strengthen quality Episcopal education in the Diocese of Florida, for our programs to grow in depth and breadth, and for our students, faculty, staff, and families to be enriched by the expansion of our schools’ communities. This partnership between the schools and the church ensures the continuation of spiritual formation in the lives of our students.
Following in the spirit of our schools’ founders and our missions, ESJ and SMEDS will continue to provide our students with an exceptional education within a Christian environment that encourages them to follow their passions and to develop into leaders in our community and the greater world.
The schools will share additional details about the merger as they are confirmed throughout the 2019-20 school year. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Admissions Office on either campus.