St. David’s Episcopal Day School, Wayne
Learn more about this new school option, led by two experienced educators.
For years, Marissa Kiepert Truong and Brooke Choate ran side-by-side enrichment programs and camps for preschoolers and elementary students. They often talked about combining their expertise to build a day school to reach even more families and children.
Now, the dreams of these two mom entrepreneurs are becoming reality.
Truong and Choate connected with St. David’s Episcopal Church in Wayne as it was looking to expand its own educational programs into a school with an Episcopal identity grounded in Christian values.
“It had really been a dream of ours to launch a school from the ground up, so it seemed natural to get involved in their process,” Choate said.
Working with the church, Truong and Choate began building a high-quality school that’s grounded in the spiritual values of the Episcopalian tradition: embracing individuality, nurturing the whole child, and fostering character development.
In the fall of 2018, St. David’s Episcopal Day School will open its doors for children from age 2 through kindergarten, with plans to expand through fourth grade.
Truong, who will serve as the head of school, has a Ph.D. in educational psychology. Her company, A First Foundation, offers support and resources for families who want to build a “foundation” of skills in their children.
Choate, a certified reading specialist with teaching and administrative experience, will assume the role of the day school’s director of academic support. Her award-winning company, Little Ones for Literacy, uses a highly individualized and interactive approach to reading.
Both women felt a pull to a larger school environment for their next move, and the church’s vision for an Episcopal day school was a great match.
“Some of the defining features of our school are character development and Christian values: kindness, integrity, individuality, diversity, citizenship, perseverance, honesty and respect,” Truong said. “These are virtues that will be intertwined with our thematic units.”
Students will attend chapel services led by a member of the clergy. In keeping with the church’s Episcopal identity, the day school is open and welcoming to families of all faiths and religions.
When it opens, St. David’s will have a parent-child class for the youngest children, a classroom for 2-year-olds, a nursery school program for 3-year-olds, and a pre-kindergarten for 4-year-olds. There will also be a transitional kindergarten option, plus a kindergarten that runs until 1:30 pm. Higher grades will come later.
The school will also offer enrichment programs, including Spanish, nature topics, art, music, yoga, and physical education. Class sizes will be small: approximately 10-12 for the younger children and 14 for the older children. Child care will be available both before and after school, too. St. David’s is committed to education for all, and families can apply to the school’s tuition assistance program.
While the school won’t be open until 2018, applications are being accepted through January and families can still get involved this year, through Truong and Choate’s programs. The school is also hosting several open houses, a speaker series, and family events throughout the fall.
“I think for me one of the nice things about being involved in a small school associated with a church is building the relationships with the families and supporting them through a close-knit community environment,” Truong said. “Over the years, it will feel like a family.”
Want to know more? Visit St. David’s online, or join us for our fall open houses:
October 22, noon — 2 pm
December 10, noon — 2 pm
November 4, 11 am — 2 pm
Photographs courtesy of St. David’s Episcopal Day School.