Active learning and agile teaching are the essence of a St. George’s education. Opportunities abound for students to engage in active, hands-on instruction by nimble, agile teachers who can meet the individualized needs of each student. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and societal change, active learning means learning within our life circumstance and agile teaching means making necessary changes — using the best information we have available — in the best interest of our students and families. Regardless of rapidly changing external circumstances, St. George’s is prepared to honor our mission and deliver on our promise — now and always.
Read recent news coverage about Reopening SGIS in the Daily Memphian.
The physical, emotional, and academic health of the St. George's community is paramount – without this, we cannot expect our students, families and community to learn and grow. A safe return to school is the priority guiding our decision-making process.
St. George’s roots our work in agile instruction, which mandates constant data analysis – informed scientific and medical data as well as social-emotional information from our community – and adjusts our practices to move our community forward safely.
Our caring team of chaplains, counselors, learning services, and deans collaborate to ensure St. George’s is ready to support the social and emotional health of our community. We are dedicated to supporting our students, families, faculty, and staff as we navigate new protocols.
St. George’s will start school on Monday, August 17 with all students on campuses and no changes to the major dates calendar for the 2020-2021 school year. All divisions will be on campus every school day. Increased health and safety initiatives will be implemented to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread. In the event of an extended student absence or safer-at-home measures by government officials, hybrid learning will allow students to join classes remotely through live streaming or video sessions.
To decrease cross-group contact, students remain in their classroom with their teachers. Specialty teachers (music, art, Spanish, wellness, etc.) travel between classes. Lunch and break times are modified. Reducing the spread of COVID-19 relies on frequent disinfecting and increased hygiene practice.
To decrease cross-group contact, students remain in their classroom with their teachers(s). Specialty teachers (music, art, Spanish, wellness, etc.) travel between classes. Lunches are delivered to classrooms. Reducing the spread of COVID-19 relies on frequent disinfecting and increased hygiene practice and individually physically-distanced learning and teaching spaces.
Students follow their regular letter day class schedules and rotating academic periods maintaining physical distance in altered hallway traffic patterns. Lunches take place inside of classrooms. Reducing the spread of COVID-19 relies on frequent disinfecting and increased hygiene practice and individually physically-distanced learning and teaching spaces.
Enhanced safety procedures and changes to campus spaces to accommodate physical distancing is a great start to supporting a healthy campus environment. But keeping our school healthy is a collective effort, one we are asking every member of our community to support.
Over the spring and into the summer, St. George’s made significant investments in the technology infrastructure to support the continuity of teaching, learning, and student growth through live school, remote learning, and hybrid learning. Our goal was to expand access even further, so everyone in our school community can benefit from a St. George’s education, regardless of circumstance and the location in which teaching and learning take place.
St. George’s is committed to providing a place-based education where teaching and learning happen on campus. Our relational approach, as well as your family’s routine, is best supported when teachers and students can be on campus.
Our current reality dictates some students may need to be away from campus for extended periods of time. In order to support continued learning, St. George’s will use technology to provide real-time access to students learning from another location. Using any web-enabled computer or tablet, students will be able to access the classroom remotely and maintain their daily learning schedule.
Hybrid and remote learning is made possible with classroom cameras, microphones and speakers designed to create an experience for students learning remotely to be fully engaged with their teachers and classmates on campus. Students can actively participate in their classes, learn, ask questions and get feedback in real time.
Should circumstances make real-time learning impossible, core lessons will be recorded and made available for viewing at a later time.
When disruptions to routines and schedules caused by campus closures this spring left many of us in need of social-emotional support, our unparalleled team of chaplains, counselors, student life, and learning services professionals provided us with the safety net we needed. St. George’s is ready to support the social and emotional health of our entire community when school resumes this fall.
The moment sheltering-in-place was required, we implemented Virtual SGIS. Within five days, students were connected to classmates and teachers, learning continued, and our relationships with one another provided comfort and hope. Our students and families engaged in the opportunity for some sense of normalcy.
We are dedicated to our entire community as we navigate new protocos, changes to our technology infrastructure, and tools for enhancing remote teaching and learning. Non-academic aspects of school — student life, chapel, social and emotional learning — remain core tenets of St. George’s.
The social and emotional well-being of our students continues to be our top priority. SGIS counselors are valuable resources for our families. Please reach out!
In times of crisis, communities rally to support each other. In order to support local businesses owned and operated by St. George’s parents and alumni, we created the directly below. We hope you will use this list as a resource and support these businesses, as you are able, during this trying time. Please email Christiana Leibovich if you would like to add your company to the list.
These teachers are simply amazing! Love this school!
Excited to be online learning! We love SGIS!
Online classes started today! It was so nice to hear my kids laughing and communicating with their classmates via Zoom. Thanks to SGIS for being well prepared in advance so my kids could continue their education from home.
First day of remote learning! So grateful for our school and our amazing teachers!
Remote learning for SGIS is a go! I’m proud to be a part of the school where teachers are innovative and dedicated to making the most of a less than ideal situation.
First day of distance learning. My son loved it and was so happy to see his friends. I’m thankful for the teachers at St. George’s, who worked to make this possible. So impressed and blessed. Thank you for giving us a new routine and for putting a smile on my son’s face today!
SGIS distance learning is underway! Thank you for pulling our kids back together and for making my junior smile this morning. Connecting and moving forward despite COVID-19.