The Episcopal Church in the United States (part of the world-wide Anglican Communion) has always sustained a strong commitment to rigorous academic inquiry, founding and supporting schools as varied as pre-schools, parish day schools, diocesan and independent day and boarding schools, and colleges and universities. Episcopal schools welcome students of all faiths or no faith at all. The central hallmark of Episcopal education is its commitment to the life of the mind and spirit, a partnership between reason and faithful inquiry.
The Bishop’s School was established in 1909 by Ellen Browning Scripps, Eliza Virginia Scripps and The Right Reverend Joseph Horsfall Johnson (then Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles), all of whom shared a vision of the importance of intellectually rigorous education. The association of The Bishop’s School with the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego continues to this day in many important ways, including weekly Chapel services in St. Mary’s Chapel on the School campus, and the active involvement of the School’s Chaplain, an Episcopal priest, in all aspects of the daily life of the School as teacher, advisor, administrator and pastoral counselor.
Bishop’s students complete graduation requirements in World Religions, Introduction to Biblical Literature and Ethics; each of which explores seminal texts from a historical-critical perspective. The Bishop’s School enjoys the active involvement of the Episcopal Bishop of the Diocese of San Diego as Chairman of the Board of Trustees.