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Historical Highlights

2005-2006

  • Community interviews and focus groups indicate a strong desire for a college-prep school, rooted in the Christian tradition, with a strong program of Global Studies in New Bern.
  • Nicholas and Catherine Sparks decide to found a school.
  • School-site building search begins.
  • Board of Trustees formed and by-laws established.
  • The Epiphany School is formally founded.
  • Discussion and decisions made regarding key educational philosophies.
  • Discussion and decisions made about the importance of providing a comprehensive program of Global Studies.
  • Discussion and decisions made regarding tuition philosophy.

2006–2007

  • First employees hired.
  • Temple Baptist Church site and facilities purchased in February 2006.
  • Nicholas and Catherine Sparks provide initial funding for the purchase, construction and educational development needs.
  • Initial curriculum developed; additional faculty and staff hired.
  • Construction begins on the Henderson Avenue campus in the Summer 2006.
  • In August 2006, The Epiphany School opens its doors to grades 6–10, with 92 students and 13 employees.
  • Decision made that travel abroad will part of the comprehensive Global Studies program at the school.

2007–2008

  • Renovation to Founders Hall completed over the summer.
  • Grade 11 added.
  • Travel abroad partners thoroughly investigated and vetted.
  • First foreign exchange student arrives.
  • Enrollment up to 120 students; additional faculty and staff hired.

2008–2009

  • Renovation of Sparks Hall and outdoor plazas completed over the summer.
  • First international student-teacher arrives.
  • Grade 12 added.
  • First travel abroad experience offered to students.
  • Student enrollment climbs to 150 students
  • Trent Road site purchased by Nicholas and Catherine Sparks, for eventual donation to the school.
  • Epiphany celebrates its first graduating class with 100% matriculation to colleges or universities. 20% of the class is admitted to UNC Chapel Hill, and graduates average $75,000 in merit scholarships.

2009–2010

  • Construction of The Original Lower School Building on the Henderson Avenue Campus.
  • Grade 5 added.
  • School gains membership in the NC Association of Independent Schools.
  • Nearly 35% of Upper School students begin traveling abroad. Trips offered in the fall, spring, and summer, to Mexico, Costa Rica, and numerous countries in Europe.
  • Epiphany celebrates its second graduating class with 100% matriculation to colleges or universities, and graduates average $80,000 in merit scholarships.
  • Student enrollment continues to increase, with nearly 180 students enrolled and employees numbering in the twenties.

2010–2011

  • Construction of the Middle School Annex provides four additional classrooms on the Henderson Campus.
  • First Strategic plan issued.
  • Student enrollment up to 220, with employees numbering in the 30s.
  • Travel abroad continues, with trips in the fall, spring, and summer, expanding trips to include Australia and New Zealand. High participation among the student body.
  • Nicholas and Catherine Sparks donate $6 million dollars to the school in order to facilitate construction.
  • Decision made to change the school name to more accurately reflect the founding mission of the school. The Epiphany School becomes The Epiphany School of Global Studies.
  • Epiphany graduates its third class, with 100% matriculation to colleges and universities, and averaging nearly $82,000 in merit scholarships.

2011–2012

  • Construction on the Middle and Upper School begins at the Trent Road Site. The building is 61,000 square feet, with a double gym, smart boards in every classroom, a 500+ seat Performing Arts Center, a fully equipped weight room, and dedicated spaces for art and music.
  • Director of Global Education hired.
  • School gains membership in the Southern Association of Independent Schools.
  • First Capital Campaign is launched, with a goal of $10M over 5 years.
  • Grants offered for travel abroad opportunities for students.
  • Epiphany graduates its fourth class, with 100% matriculation to college, and an average of $85,000 in merit scholarships per graduate.

2012–2013

  • School is accredited by the Southern Association of Independent Schools and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
  • Construction of the Trent Road Campus is complete and the school opens its doors to grades 7–12.
  • 11 adjacent acres acquired, making the Trent Road school site nearly 22 acres in the heart of New Bern.
  • Grades 3–4 added.
  • Capital Campaign receives commitments totaling nearly $1.5M dollars.
  • Enrollment up to 330 students, with employees numbering in the forties.
  • Epiphany graduates its fifth class, with 100% matriculation to college, and an average of $95,000 in merit scholarships per student.

2013–2014

  • Decision made to add grades K–2 in the fall of 2013 at the Henderson Avenue Campus, along with expansion of the Middle School on the Trent Road Campus.
  • Decision made to offer Spanish immersion in the early grades, beginning in the fall of 2013.
  • Enrollment expected to reach approximately 500 students, with 50+ employees.
  • Extensive renovations on the Henderson Avenue campus, updating classrooms with smart boards, making classrooms larger, and addition of play areas.
  • Construction on the Trent Road campus, adding additional classrooms for grade 6.
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  • 2301 Trent Road, New Bern, NC 28562
  • 2201 Henderson Ave, New Bern, NC 28560
  • Phone (252) 638-0122 
  • Fax (252) 288-5464 - Trent 
  • Fax (252) 288-5723 - Henderson
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