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Episcopal school dedicates land for new site

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    A rendering of the future school at the new site. Photo courtesy of Calvary Episcopal School of Bastrop

Calvary Episcopal School of Bastrop formally dedicated land which becomes the future campus for the school last Wednesday.

The 20-acre site, gifted by Leonard and Jan Phillip, is located about three miles south of Bastrop off Highway 304.

“For years, Calvary Episcopal School has been growing, serving more children and families throughout Bastrop County and pushing the limits of our current campus,” said Father Matt Stone, Rector of Calvary Episcopal Church. “This gift of land we have received from the Philipp family is a first step into an exciting new chapter for Calvary and the wider community.”

The Phillip family and friends, Calvary Episcopal School board members and Calvary Episcopal Church Vestry members, gathered for the dedication lead by Father Matt Stone under the sprawling, sturdy oak tree knoll which will become the heart of the campus where children will study and grow.

“We are overflowing the space so graciously provided to us by the church at the church campus and satellite campus in town,” Head of School Catherine Bohot said. “From its inception, the desire to grow Calvary has always existed. The commitment of land by the Philipp family is an indescribable gift. Their faith and generosity allows us to take the next step in realizing our dream of providing access to Calvary's program to more families in Bastrop County.”

Members comprised of school leaders and other stakeholders have spent part of this year working with Heimsath Architects Inc. in dreaming and identifying just what they would want to see in Calvary Episcopal School’s new campus. This work has resulted in a Phase 1 Master Plan reflecting a campus built on this site to ultimately accommodate Pre-K through 8th grade students.

“This 20-acre school campus to hold Pre-K-8th grade students will form not just students’ minds, but their hearts and souls,” Father Matt said. “As we have walked the land and worked on a master plan for the last year, we have experienced gift after gift, assurances that God is at work here.”

Calvary Episcopal School Bastrop began as a Christian Mothers’ Day Out program. By 2001, it was converted into a parish day school, adding grades over the years, today serving Pre-K through sixth grades. It is the only accredited parochial school in Bastrop County. Currently, Calvary Episcopal Church and Calvary Episcopal School has a shared-space agreement with grades PK-3 through third served at the church campus and grades 4-6 served at the satellite campus just over the Colorado River Bridge from the church campus.

“The school’s identity is rooted in our mission statement, which is seeded with the founders’ original principles,” Bohot said. “Calvary Episcopal School fosters the development of the whole child in a Christian environment, models respect for others, and encourages a love of learning through a sense of joy and wonder in all God’s works.”

Bohot said Calvary Episcopal School promotes a feeling of community, provides a challenging educational program, and imparts a spiritual focus to the children as teachers and staff nurture and support them.  

“This gift of a beautiful, natural setting for our future campus is a dream come true,” she said.

For those interested in learning more about Calvary Episcopal School, call 512-321-1610, visit calvaryschool.net or follow them on social media.