The Cascio Family
We began our journey at Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School when our oldest son, Cade, was entering the PreK2 program. We were unsure of our future plans for our boys’ education. Cade is now in Kindergarten and Brock is in PreK4. Now we have a plan. It is to keep our children at Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School. We feel EDS is our home. It is the best option for our three boys. Our youngest son, Dax, will be enrolled at EDS in coming years.
There are so many reasons why we have chosen to stay at EDS. One of the biggest reasons is the teachers. I am amazed frequently by what the boys learn and the actions of the teachers. We LOVE the teachers. We feel that each one truly wants the best for our children. They have, in their own way, made a lasting impression on Brock and Cade. There is no better feeling than knowing that they are in a nurturing and fun learning environment. EDS teaches much more than academics. The teachers here reinforce problem solving and proper social interaction with adults and the children’s peers.
The small class sizes combined with the Christian environment, and the hands on teaching approach sealed the deal. The small class sizes are by far one of the biggest assets of the school and allow for more individualized learning. Our boys thrive here. We believe our sons’ time at EDS will prepare them for the future and help them grow as adults.
Brett and Cherie Cascio,
Parents of Cade and Brock
The El Mogazi Family
As parents, one of the toughest decisions we make in life is where to enroll your child in school. We can say without a doubt, enrolling Garrett in EDS has been one of the best decision we have ever made! We are truly grateful for the dedicated teachers and staff who have welcomed our son into a nurturing and creative environment through his early years of school. There are so many reasons we love Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School; small classes, academic excellence, latest technology, student diversity, environmental awareness and school garden...but above all is knowing your child is surrounded by caring, patient, creative and fun loving people. We feel EDS is an absolute blessing! The exceptional teachers and staff have helped create wonderful memories for Garrett. Allowing parents to be heavily involved and participate in those memories is icing on the cake! We look forward to being a part of the EDS family for many more years to come. Gretchen and Rick El-Mogazi Parents of Garrett
The Guilbeau Family
The Guilbeau family journey through EDS began in 1972. I started kindergarten with a wonderful teacher named Bel Painter and have a distinct recollection of asking if she was going to teach us to paint. She did – and a lot more. From kindergarten, I went into a first grade class taught by Mrs. Covington. Mrs. Covington was an outstanding first grade teacher, principal of the school, and one of the pillars from where the school grew. Several years later in fourth grade, I had the opportunity to be taught by an energetic young teacher named Boo Kay. Mrs. Kay would play a key role in the vision of the school.
I graduated from EDS in the sixth grade (there was no seventh and eighth grade at the time). From there, I went to Oak Park Junior High and then to St. Louis. I attended college at LSU and returned home with a law degree from Loyola. The personal foundations and friendships made and formed during that time period at EDS are still impacting my life today.
I met my wife - Jill (now married for 18 years), and we started building our life together in Lake Charles. We have two wonderful children, Benjamin (15) and Rachel (13). When it was time to make a decision to choose a school, we had many resources to access in that Jill has a Master’s Degree in Education and certified as a gifted teacher. She had insight and access to multiple educational programs across the city. However, it took one visit to Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School to make the choice of schools very easy.
The school had grown from a single hall with six classrooms to multiple wings, technology platforms, and even more opportunities unique to EDS (culturally diverse student body, eco-friendly programs, and many more). Specifically, the small class size that EDS maintains is something you rarely see in most school settings. It allows the teacher to focus on teaching the students as individuals rather than too much focus having to be on classroom management. Now some eleven years later, our son is at St. Louis thriving educationally, socially, and athletically from the foundations he gained from EDS and our daughter will graduate this year from EDS ready for all the challenges of high school, thus completing this part of our journey with EDS. The wonderful young teacher from fourth grade in 1976 is now another pillar of the school and still possesses the same energy and drive to make the school a special environment for all the faculty, parents, and students.
There is no doubt that over forty years, Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School continues to grow and continues to be the absolute best education choice for Southwest Louisiana.
Ben and Jill Guilbeau Parents of Benjamin, EDS Class of ’14 and Rachel, 8th grade
The Null Family
Rob and I chose EDS as the school for our children after looking at several schools in the area and prayerful consideration. Our faith is very important to us and we want our children to be at a school that promotes God on a daily basis while providing a strong educational foundation for them. The class sizes are small enough for individual attention, and Ms. Boo Kay is a truly gifted servant-leader. Collin and Tessa have grown emotionally, academically, and spiritually since their first day of school. This was not a decision taken lightly and we are happy with the choice we made.
Sincerely, Robert and Danette Null Parents of Collin and Tessa
The Rau Family
Of all the investments Fred and I have ever made, the investment in our boys' education at EDS has been the most rewarding.
At Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School, Derrick and David developed a love for learning, a strong work ethic, a willingness to take risks to explore their individual gifts, and an appreciation for the gifts of others.
At the foundation of it all, EDS reinforced the Christian values we were trying to instill at home, while embracing a diverse student body in a respectful, loving environment. What a wonderful example for our children!
Their EDS education will pay dividends for a lifetime and will grow substantially in value through the years. What better investment could a parent make?
Sincerely, Denise and Fred Rau Parents of Derrick (EDS Class of 2008) and David (EDS Class of 2009)
The Simien Family
It is a pleasure to share our story about why we continue to choose Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School. After 15 years as EDS parents, the school remains true to its motto: "Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School provides academic excellence to a diverse student body in a Christian environment." I (Paula) sought out EDS in the Spring of 1999 as we were making arrangements to relocate from Mandeville, LA to Lake Charles. I knew of its reputation firsthand because I had been employed by Christ Episcopal School in Covington, LA. It was only logical and a natural transition for me to contact the Episcopal school system in Lake Charles. I remember making the phone call and scheduling a tour with The Rev. Frances "Boo" Kay. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed her, the tour and the information shared. Our enrollment has been and continues to be a right decision for our family.
We have three children. All three of them began in the EDS preschool program. Our two older sons continued through 8th grade. Our young daughter is currently a 3rd grader. All three children have excelled academically and in music and sports. Our sons were well prepared for high school and college.
The accelerated academic curriculum couched in a creative multisensory approach has been an invaluable experience. Such a teaching environment addresses the various learning styles of children, sparks an interest and an excitement for learning, and allows students to develop and utilize their creativity. Rote learning is replaced by teaching higher-ordered cognitive skills (e.g., critical thinking, logic, problem solving skills). EDS is technologically sophisticated, provides children with the opportunity to learn foreign languages, makes reading a priority, offers an excellent arts program, and houses a variety of sports and other extracurricular activities. Other academic resources are also available (e.g., SPARK, tutorial, academic competitions). Additionally, field trips are purposeful and students are educationally prepared for the experiences.
On a more personal note, we appreciate our experienced administration, staff and teachers. (1) This body is not only talented in their respective areas but is quite personable, creating a cohesive, warm, caring and family-like atmosphere. (2) The teachers not only teach our children but also know our children. (3) We enjoy a Christian education. (4) We enjoy a diverse student body where all people are valued. (5) EDS has special traditions that are enjoyed by all throughout the year that make going to school fun! (6) There is ZERO tolerance for bullying, disruptive behavior or any type of inappropriate or illegal behavior. What a comfort for children and parents! (7) Finally, EDS is a place where the whole child is nurtured: educationally, spiritually, emotionally, and behaviorally. It is this atmosphere that makes everything WORK!
In conclusion, we don't have to sell Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School. Its record speaks for itself. You just have to come and experience it!
With all sincerity, Dr. Paula Simien and Mr. Marshall Simien, Jr.
The Ughovwa Family
Our experience for our boys at EDS has been truly rewarding. We are well pleased with the outstanding academic program and the numerous educational opportunities outside of the classroom setting that this school offers. Each year for the past three and a half years, we have seen vast improvement and growth in our children far beyond our expectations. As parents, our goal was to place our children in a learning environment where they could get the most of what education can offer; EDS was certainly that place. We have friends who inquired about where we send our kids to school; some of which have joined us at EDS simply because of what they noticed in our children. We’re proud to say a big “thank you” to the faculty and staff at EDS where our boys are happy, content, and are continually growing and learning.
Dr. Edward and Stephanie Ughovwa Parents of Nicholas and Nathan