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The EDS Experience

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 Cascio Family

The Cascio Family

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 all his 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 have enjoyed being a part of the EDS family since Garrett was in Prek-4 and are excited about his upcoming high school years at the beautiful new South Campus.

The El Mogazi Family

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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 Null Family

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The Fontenot Family

We have been part of the EDS family for almost 5 years now.  Our journey to Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School started even before we moved back home to Lake Charles.  I started researching schools a year or two before we moved back, and one stood out immensely above any other, EDS.  

When my husband and I toured the school we immediately felt at home, and that it was the right place for our (then only 2!) boys.  It has been the absolute best decision to become an EDS family.  The education our children receive is phenomenal, the teachers are amazing, and the entire staff is kind and caring.  We are so thankful for small class sizes, individualized learning plans within a flexible curriculum that challenges them, and most of all a Christian education and environment.  Our boys come home excited to tell us about their day and all that they are learning.  We love that they get to plant gardens, participate in community service outreach projects, and experience diverse learning outside of the "classroom walls".  

My husband and I have made lifelong friendships with other families here.  Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School is absolutely one of the biggest blessings in our lives.  We have added a few more current and future Eagles to our family over the last couple of years, and we're thrilled to continue our EDS experience for many years to come!

Sincerely,
Eric and Cara Fontenot

Parents of current Eagles: Ward (3rd), John Daniel (2nd), Luke (Kindergarten), Reid (PreK3) and our Future Eagle: Catherine

The Fontenot Family

The Fontenot Family

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 Guilbeau Family

The Guilbeau Family

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 Rau Family

The Rau Family

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

The Ughovwa Family

 The Ughovwa Family