From The Head of School

As the Head of School, it is my pleasure to welcome you to Christ Church Episcopal School and to invite you to learn more about this special place.
Over the past sixty years, CCES has built a strong reputation for academic excellence, artistic exploration, athletic success, and service to all. Starting with our youngest members (Primer/K5) through the developmental stages of Lower, Middle, and Upper School, CCES is dedicated both to honoring the experiences of childhood and to equipping young people for the demands of an ever-changing world.
Our faculty’s passion for excellence, dedication to high expectations, and commitment to support is apparent as they strive to meet all of our students where they are and to push them beyond where they think they can go. Dedicated professionals in the classroom, on the stage, in the studios, on the fields, and in the larger community, the adults at CCES focus entirely on making the student experience as full and substantive as possible. We know that “education” is not merely something that happens in a classroom; it is a never-ending process which occurs wherever and whenever an individual is open to learning and where adults are willing to guide and direct.
As an Episcopal school which welcomes students from all faiths, our identity as a community of faith is at the center of all that we do. Dedicated to fostering a sense of promise, safety, and belonging, we offer a balance among academics, the arts, athletics, service, and the fostering of a spiritual life. We value the unique character that each individual child brings to the school and strive to recognize the strengths in each child. And now—perhaps more than ever—we understand the inherent need for each child to feel a sense of belonging as a member of a community.
Above all else, we are a community of learners—adults and students alike—dedicated to aspiring to standards of excellence and to devoted service to each other and to the world around us. Our graduates are prepared not simply for the demands of college and beyond, but they are also ready to make a difference in the greater world as dedicated, curious, civically responsible, critically-thinking leaders in their communities.
Again, I look forward to welcoming you in person to our beautiful campus.

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    David Padilla 

    Head of School
    864-299-1522 ext. 1288
    • Mr. Padilla signing yearbooks at the end of the 2021-22 school year.

    • Mr. Padilla poses with the recipient of the Chaplain's Award, Mac Mertens after the Class of 2022 Commencement ceremony.

    • Chip Waldrop presents his comissioned drawing of The Chapel of the Good Shepherd to Mr. Padilla.

Christ Church Episcopal School (“CCES”) admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at CCES. CCES does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national or ethnic origin, creed, religion, or sexual orientation in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, financial aid, scholarship or other programs, or athletic or other school-administered programs and activities.