Epiphany is a full-service school combining the delivery of an excellent academic program with personal supports for each student. Through collaborative programming with community agencies, the School works to help students and families address their pressing needs. Epiphany has provided full service programming from the outset because we believe that an academic program, however strong it may be, is incomplete if a child is unable for reasons of health or general well being to take advantage of its opportunities. Therefore, providing full-service programming is central to Epiphany’s mission.
Full service at Epiphany requires communication and understanding between parents, students, and the School to encourage student strengths and meet children’s needs. Epiphany’s internal mechanism for providing full service is the Outreach Team, a group of teachers and administrators. The specific objective of our full service program is the delivery to students of vitally needed health, prevention, and social services. This includes everything from immunizations to psychological counseling. It includes providing three meals each day and being fitted for new glasses. It has included helping families access support from social service agencies and assisting parents looking for work or housing. In doing this work, we partner with students and their parents or guardians, serving as a conduit to many of the programs and community agencies in Boston. We strive to make judicious choices within the limits of our human and financial resources to serve our families as effectively as possible.
A commitment to full-service programming enables us to live into our stated commitment to never give up on a child. It helps provide the varied supports each child needs to thrive. Being a full-service school connects our students and families to the community and brings the community to Epiphany, thereby enriching all of our lives.