The Episcopal Day School is accredited by the Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools (SAES), an accrediting agency recognized by the National Association of Independent Schools (and in Texas approved by Texas Private School Accreditation Commission, TEPSAC and recognized by the Commissioner of Education).
The Standards of SAES reflect the Association’s commitment to promoting high standards of education, developing programs that improve knowledge and skills in leadership, governance, administration, teaching and learning, and spiritual formation. As a matter of both policy and principle, SAES is committed to the highest possible quality of school program and teaching.
Recognition & Awards
Sandra Morfitt, our 3K – 6th grade Science teacher is the recipient of the Connie Wootten Excellence in Teaching Award presented by the Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools. SAES is our accrediting agency, which covers Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, New Mexico and Arizona.
Mrs. Morfitt was recognized and awarded for being an exceptional Science teacher for the past 35 years and established our science program focusing on inquiry-based learning. She inspires her students with her hands on approach to learning and is always striving to help students achieve their personal best. Among many things, she is known for helping student articulate and organize their thoughts and research so that they can take on a large project and see from start to finish.
Mrs. Morfitt teaches students in 4th - 6thgrade students four days a week and on Friday’s rotates Nature Trail with 3K – 6thgrade classes teaching them about Brownsville’s native plants and habitats.
In 2007 she initiated a restoration service project for our students to consciously rebuild natural wetlands of the Gulf of Mexico called the Bahia Grande Basin. This project replenishes the region with natural vegetation (black mangrove trees) where shrimp, fish and crab spawn. Each year, 4th grade students, are taken to this area to gather seeds of the black mangrove trees and bring them to school to germinate these seeds in our own wetland garden. When these 4th grade students transition to 5th grade, they are given the opportunity to plant those trees back at the Bahia Grande Basin.
Mrs. Morfitt will add the Connie Wootten award to several other awards she has received over her career including: Rotary Club Teaching Excellence award in 2002, SAMs Club Teaching Excellence award in 1999 and The Coastal America Partnership Award in 2006.
Recognition & Awards
In 2018, the Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools awarded the Ken Bastian Service Award to the Episcopal Day School. This award is given to Episcopal Schools that encourage their students to be active in supporting service projects that have a positive impact on their community. Our school has adopted Skinner Elementary here in Brownsville. Each grade level in the school chooses a project to support this outreach. We feel that our partnership with Skinner Elementary School is a benefit to all children involved.