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.