Religious Knowledge

What does a religious knowledge curriculum look like in an independent, Episcopal elementary school? At St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s, students examine the relationship between science and religion, while tackling global issues like food justice, sustainability, climate change, feminism, and more.

Inclusive Episcopal Tradition

The Episcopal tradition of openness and inclusion is the basis of our program, and we take care to celebrate the religious and cultural traditions of all of our students and their families, who represent a variety of religious backgrounds.

Religious knowledge classes begin in first grade. We begin by studying the Old Testament; first grade students explore stories from the book of Genesis. Second graders move on to the book of Exodus; third graders learn about the Wisdom writings of the Old Testament.

By fourth grade, students have a strong background in the foundations of the Jewish and Christian faiths.

In fifth grade, we move on to the New Testament and study the life of Jesus, the teacher, and his emphasis on social justice. We study his parables and the historical impact of his life.

By sixth grade, students move on to study world religions and social action as part of our "Stewards of the Earth" curriculum, which focuses on the intersection between sustainability and spirituality. In seventh grade, we engage critically in Jesus' teachings and examine how we can apply them in our daily lives and in the world.

In grade 8, our curriculum concludes by examining theological issues of peace, reconciliation, and forgiveness.



"I feel special to be a Jain at St. Hilda's & St. Hugh's," said our second grade Chapel presenter, speaking in both the lower division and upper division Chapels.
The first American to summit both Mount Everest and K2 visited Gordon Chapel to offer lessons in perseverance, resilience, and teamwork. Dr. Louis Reichardt, the grandfather of one of our second graders, told the story of his team's historic climb up the east face of Everest in 1983.
Nearly 100 students and parents representing every grade in the school gathered in the Chapel to prepare gift packages for Syrian refugee families who have recently settled in New Jersey. The effort was part of the school's "Helping Hands" initiative, which set aside three Saturdays throughout the year for various service efforts.
Hymns and organ music are staples of the Chapel experience at St. Hilda's & St. Hugh's. But when Technology Integrator Liam Webster offered a Chapel presentation about self-expression, students and faculty were delighted by a different sound: the wail of electric guitar.
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