Mission Statement


St. Elizabeth’s is an intentionally inclusive Episcopal School with a commitment to excellence that inspires learning and transforms lives. 

Intentionally Inclusive

St. Elizabeth's purposefully works to create a place of belonging for a diverse community in terms of race, ethnicity, family composition, religious beliefs, and socioeconomic status. We center equity, access, and inclusion in our work and seek varied perspectives and lived experiences. 

Episcopal School

St. Elizabeth's is rooted in the values and traditions of the Episcopal faith, which emphasize equity, social justice, intellectual curiosity, and compassion.  We also invite and affirm people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. We are not affiliated with a church or congregation. St. E’s welcomes different perspectives, belief-systems, and faith traditions.

Commitment to Excellence

St. Elizabeth’s is committed to developing well-rounded students—academically, socially, and emotionally.  Our graduates are fully prepared to transition to high school and beyond as learners, leaders, and citizens who are secure in their ability to persist and pursue the very best version of themselves.

Inspires Learning

St. Elizabeth’s teachers are experts in research-based teaching and learning. Our small class sizes enable us to understand the needs of each student and differentiate instruction. Our teachers design engaging educational experiences that are purposeful and culturally-responsive. 

Transforms Lives 

Learning at St. Elizabeth’s happens in the classroom and within our diverse community, helping our students grow in their understanding of themselves and others.  As a result of their education at our school, graduates are poised to become compassionate leaders and global citizens who positively impact the world around them.


In order to fulfill this mission, St. Elizabeth’s School is anchored in our core values:


We act with grace, generosity, and humility. We recognize our responsibility to care with love and kindness for ourselves and one another. Every member of St. Elizabeth's is known, seen, accepted, and belongs. 


We foster a culture of wonder and inquiry and learn from others’ perspectives and experiences. We are relentless in our pursuit of wisdom and open our minds and hearts for growth. 


We develop courage as leaders and listeners to advocate for ourselves and others, to think critically, to self-reflect, and to make thoughtful decisions. Courage guides us as we seek to understand ideas other than our own and to take action to better ourselves and the world around us.


Together, we build a dynamic culture by weaving together people from all backgrounds including economic status, race, ethnicity, religious beliefs, political affiliations, family composition, sexual orientation, and gender identity.  We connect with others through our united investment in our students, school, and the work of creating a more equitable and just world.

Our Episcopalian Roots

Our Roots as an Episcopal School

Episcopal schools are places where people from all different types of perspectives and traditions show up and engage in the joyful process of learning. This is not only what we are supposed to do, but what we love to do. 

St. Elizabeth’s School was founded at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in the Curtis Park neighborhood on the edge of downtown Denver. The catalyst for establishing the school was the recognition of a need for a quality, values-based education for all children regardless of their economic status, race, color, religious beliefs or affiliation, sexual orientation or gender identity. 

This recognition is rooted in the long-standing commitment of the Episcopal Church to social justice, inspired by its faith in a loving God and by the leadership provided by prophetic and faithful voices such as The Most Rev. Desmond Tutu, Archbishop of South Africa, the Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray, a Black American civil rights activist who became a lawyer, gender equality advocate, and Episcopal priest, and Jonathan Daniels, an Episcopal seminarian and civil rights activist assassinated in 1965 by a white supremacist in Alabama while shielding a teen-aged civil rights demonstrator. 

The Episcopal Church’s understanding of its faith leads it to assert that poverty and lack of opportunity are systemic failures in a society striving for justice and equality. These failures lead to the lack of access to a quality education for many people. Our founders sought to address this issue by creating a tuition model in which each family's tuition is determined by their income and according to the principle that a family's financial investment should be commensurate with its financial resources. 

This sliding scale tuition model eliminates the categories of "scholarship" or "financial aid" and encourages a community where each family feels it is contributing equally and fairly. Additionally, to ensure socio-economic diversity and balance, the founders committed to a model in which each grade is an even distribution of students from low-, middle-, and upper-income households.

St. Elizabeth’s received critically important guidance in developing this model from the National Association of Episcopal Schools (NAES), and so it was formally established in its mission and identity as an Episcopal school.

As an Episcopal school we are the beneficiaries of a strong intellectual tradition, rooted in faith-filled values, and characterized by questioning and probing further into the ideals and beliefs that ground us. This often means entering into difficult conversations on matters of how we differ from each other, instead of sidestepping them.

These conversations are characterized by the honoring of others, not the shaming or dismissing of some, and offer us opportunities to learn about ourselves as well as each other. These honorable conversations are needed among the adults in the community, not just students. These conversations, underscoring our Episcopal roots and mission of intentional inclusivity, inspire and inform our continuing work of generating inclusivity in curriculum, school policies, the organization and character of community events, hiring policies. 

Our tradition strives to be one of graciousness, generosity, and humility—we do not possess all the answers, and we are eager to learn from each other. One of the best vehicles for enhancing that learning is the intentional cultivation of a diverse community that embraces the sharing of diverse faith perspectives that enrich a shared sense of values. A sense of belonging is essential to a climate of learning, and serves as the optimal mode of preparation for our students’ futures.  

Non-discrimination Statement

St. Elizabeth’s is committed to building a diverse, equitable and inclusive educational community and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion or creed, disability,  gender, gender identity, gender expression, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, or any other status protected by law.