Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
May we visit the school?
Visitors are welcome during the school day, but must check in at the school office with a valid driver’s license. Tours are available Tuesdays through Fridays between the hours of 8:30am -2:30pm. If you would like a guided tour please contact our office at 713-896-1843 to schedule so we can assure we have someone available to show you around. You can also email our Admissions Director, Mimi Pooley to schedule a tour. We welcome parents to volunteer during the school day as well as eat lunch with their students if they desire.
How do we apply to Epiphany?
An Online Application is available for prospective students. The steps are outlined on the Our Application Process page. Once the completed online application is reviewed you will be contacted by our Admissions Director regarding your family interview and entrance testing.
Can we reserve a space for our child by applying early?
Open Enrollment for 2018-2019 begins on January 29, 2018. Any applications received prior to January 29, will not be reviewed until that time. It is in the applicant’s best interest to submit the completed application and supplemental materials as quickly as possible in order to complete the entrance testing and family interview in a timely manner.
What are the school hours?
Our school day begins at 8:00am and ends at 3:20pm. We highly encourage students to arrive by 7:45am in order to get organized and ready for the day. Attendance is taken at 8:00am when the bell rings and students are expected to be seated and ready to start the school day at that time.
Does Epiphany offer a hot lunch program?
We do not offer a hot lunch program at this time.
Does Epiphany offer before or after school care?
Yes. We offer before school care beginning at 6:45am. Students are dismissed at 7:45am to go to their classrooms. After school care begins at 3:25pm and closes at 6:00pm. Students are encouraged to complete their homework first during after school care. They are offered a variety of games and other activities. A small snack is provided for those students who stay later. There is no registration or registration fee required for before or after school care.
Is there a Dress Code?
Our students wear uniform attire. Collared shirts should be navy, cobalt/royal blue, light blue, or white with khaki or navy pants, shorts, skirts, or jumpers. Spirit shirts and Christian tee shirts are allowed to be worn on Fridays with jeans. Our dress code is outlined in detail in our Family Handbook which is provided to families each year. More information about our dress code can be found here. Our provider for uniforms is Land's End.
Does Epiphany offer Physical Education?
Yes. Kindergarten through 8th grade participates in PE classes at least two times per week. Students in K-4th grade also have daily recess.
What types of enrichment classes are offered at Epiphany?
Epiphany offers art, music, choir, technology, and Spanish instruction. All students participate in choir, 3rd and 4th grades receive instruction in chimes while 5th graders have beginning band instruction. Middle school students may select from electives such as Advanced Band, Spanish, Drama, Speech, Technology, and Newspaper. All grades participate in field trips throughout the year.
Are there any academic extra-curricular activities available?
Epiphany students in 7th or 8th grades may be selected to be on the Yearbook staff. We also have students participating in the school-wide Spelling Bee, with the winner advancing to the regional Spelling Bee. Several of our students choose to participate in the PSIA (Private School Interscholastic Association) academic competition in the spring. Middle School students also may compete in the Academic Quest or Bible Bowl. They also may represent our student body on Student Council.
What other extra-curricular activities does Epiphany offer?
Epiphany offers athletic teams in soccer, volleyball, basketball, and track for grades 5-8. Ballet and Tap, as well as Soccer Shots and Martial Arts, are offered by outside vendors for Preschool and Elementary students. Private music lessons are also available.
What else sets Epiphany apart?
We love to encourage our older students to mentor our younger students. You will see these interactions weekly as students attend chapel with their Chapel Buddies. On various occasions throughout the school year, elementary teachers will have their chapel buddies come into the class to pair up and read together. Our students also are placed into family groups. Family groups offer our students the opportunity to interact with peers from other grades. They meet throughout the year and then compete against other family groups in friendly competition during Games Day.
Our students are given the opportunity to take ownership of their education through Student-led Parent, Teacher Conferences. This allows them to become assertive leaders in their own education. The student runs the conferences, informing their parents how they're doing, what their goals are going forward, and what kind of learners they are. This empowers the student to reflect on their work and take responsibility for their effort in school. Epiphany is proud of the education we offer to our students. Educating the whole child: mind, body, spirit.