Dear Visitor to the Calvary Episcopal Preparatory Web Site,
Welcome to our school! We hope this virtual visit will acquaint you with Calvary Episcopal Preparatory and the many things we have to offer to children from pre-kindergarten (age 4) through grade 12.
Each year the Calvary family welcomes a number of new students. We are proud of our retention rate, which allows us to welcome back the vast majority of our students who have been with us for many years. As you begin your quest to find the perfect educational placement for your child, we can relate to the weeks or months that you spend. Whether you are considering Calvary as the first step in education for a four-year old, or are contemplating a change in academic settings for an older child, we believe you will not find a better educational value in this area.
We are highly aware of what goes into the mix of thoughts as parents weigh the major decision of a child’s future education. More than likely the first decision has to be “private vs. public.” For those who have already paid the “public bill,” economics is a factor. Once that hurdle is crossed, the question comes: “Which private school?” There are lots of choices in Fort Bend County: for profit? not-for-profit? secular? religious? high academic rigor? small/large? accredited? And the list goes on and on. The choices are as varied and unique as the student. Regardless of the calculus, the faculty, staff and school board are honored that Calvary is one of your considerations.
All of these questions, contemplations and decisions impact the value of students’ education. In a recent Houston Chronicle article, (August 24, 2014), the headline provided a sad statement: “Failing Public Schools Will Mean Failing Businesses in Texas.” This reality is a recurring reminder that regardless of the school, education is about preparation. At Calvary we accept this responsibility to prepare children: for the next grade; for positive interactions with others, and for their lives as leaders who recognize that we are all Children of God and everyone deserves to be treated as such.
Recent headlines scream that students are not being prepared to enter college (only 26% of Texas students mastered all 4 sections of the ACT; at CEP 100% of our students have mastered the same college entrance exam since 2010) or go into the world of work prepared to enhance commerce. When you compare our students with the rest of the nation based on our Stanford Achievement Tests, CEP students average 3 grade levels above their counterparts! The vast majority of our middle and upper school students qualify for the National Junior Honor Society and the National Honor Society.
As important as academics are to a child’s future, the arts and athletics are of equal value in life-long happiness and success. Our students receive recognition for their visual and performing arts and as champions on the stage, on the field, and on the court. CEP has outscored our larger private counterparts year after year in the Private School Interscholastic Association (PSIA) competitions. Our athletic teams consistently win district championships.
And best of all, our students attend chapel three days a week, and each morning we proudly pledge to our flag “Under God” and unabashedly say “God Bless You” in response to a sneeze. (If you haven’t heard the classroom sneeze/God Bless you story, Google it…very shocking.)
Recently I was visiting with a former CEP parent. Her daughter, who is now 25, is an RN studying at Duke for her masters and PhD. She asked me if we still taught “Word Within the Word,” part of the 7th and 8th grade language arts program that teaches Latin and Greek word origins. I told her that we did; she responded (as so often is the case), “Our daughter still talks about that and says it was one of the best classes she ever took in helping her with her college entrance exams and medical career.”
On a personal note, we experienced a snapshot of what goes on in the classroom while we were recently conversing with one of our two grandchildren who are CEP students. In the exchange, Rachel, a 3rd grader, used the word “ancillary,” and, she used it correctly! When we, (a family of educators), questioned how she knew this word she responded (quite casually) “My teacher used it when she was discussing our outclasses.” Her teacher, just like all of the CEP teachers, set the bar high, whether it is in the formal curriculum or in their interactions and daily conversations/vocabulary. They understand that teaching doesn’t happen only when you open a book, but occurs in everything that you say and do. Students will reach for the stars if teachers are pointing them in that direction.
We thank you again for visiting our website. We hope you will call for a tour so that you can meet the most impressive teachers and students you have seen. Thank you for considering Calvary; we would love to welcome you to our family.
For All God’s Children,
Malcolm Smith, Jr.