St. George’s students come from all corners of greater Memphis, from many backgrounds and every walk of life, yet they discover that they are more alike than different. Here, we foster friendships, challenge stereotypes, and instill a will to know and be known that enriches your child’s life. Students learn to practice self-discipline—to weigh their words and predict the consequences of their actions. At the same time, we urge our students to step past their comfort zones—to try out for the new team or take the tougher class. The result strikes a balance between good sense and ambitious goals.
A tightly-woven student life program of co-curricular activities, off-campus trips, athletics, leadership, service, health and wellness, traditions, and importantly, our Episcopal foundation are essential elements of a St. George’s education. Through Chapel and Advisory, students also grapple with ideas and social matters, embrace diversity and paradox, deepen connections with their own beliefs, find understanding and respect for those of others, and develop their voice and character.
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The upper school's House System encourages cross grade-level connections, fosters a deeper connection to St. George's, and further enhances our positive student culture. Named after trees indigenous to our wetlands, each of the four houses has distinct attributes that are reflected in our Portrait of a Graduate. The Cypress is relentless, the Ironwood is tough as nails, the Swamp Willow is swamp strong, and the Honey Locust is untouchable. Throughout the year, students accumulate points through house challenges, co-curricular events, high academics, and displaying good character on and off campus.
St. George's has a robust co-curricular life, offering myriad in-class and after-school activities that enhance and enrich student life. Lower and middle school students may participate in a variety of classes and activities offered through our Extended Day and Enrichment program. Middle and upper school students have nearly 50 clubs from which to choose. They may get involved in the arts or service, or connect with others through recreation, outdoor experiences, or academic clubs.
St. George's has a long and rich history of offering off-campus activities, overnight trips, and foreign travel to extend learning far beyond our school walls. Through these experiential opportunities, students explore our campus wetlands, engage with others in our local community, and broaden their horizons with travel abroad—all of which reinforces classroom curriculum through hands-on learning. Students at every grade level participate in multiple field trips throughout the year. Students in the early childhood grades may learn about their local community by visiting the post office or grocery store. Beginning in fourth grade, classes go on overnight class trips. Fourth grade students visit Reelfoot Lake, while fifth graders go to Cumberland Caverns and spend the night in a cave. Middle and upper school students may test their leadership skills by participating in team-building activities at Lone Oaks Farm or by dogsledding in Maine.
We encourage students to explore horizons that grow steadily wider at St. George's, where we supply our students with so many remarkable opportunities to go, see, do, and make—and to recognize the occasional failure as a stepping stone to future victories. St. George's students are encourage to explore their passions and pursue their interests, and in doing so, they enhance not only their own lives but they also enrich the school culture and our campuses. Students have built gardens, an observation deck, a chicken coop and a green house. They have helped to forge partnerships with other nonprofits to serve others by making blankets and pillow cases, donating shoes and books, supporting others through Make A Wish, and organizing blood drives, to name but a few. Through Senior Independent Student projects, students have designed an app to build school spirit, built a working prosthetic arm using a 3-D printer, and started a chapter of Model U.N. at an inner-city school.