Saint Ed’s to be featured on Discovery Channel April 5

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY – “We can talk about laptops and tablets… and we prepare kids for the college of the future,” says Saint Edwards Head of School Michael Mersky. “But I think it’s more about character and who they are and what they want to do with their lives.”

Mersky went on to cite an example of a junior girl who said she wanted to organize an Upper School club to tutor students at Saint Edward’s Lower School.  

Forty Upper School students joined the club, he said – illustrating that the school’s objectives are being met because its students “are mature, thoughtful, and they have a vision.”

Mersky and many others at Saint Edwards will be seen by an international audience April 5th when the school will be part of the Discovery Channel’s “Profile Series.”

Hosted by Academy Award winning actor Louis Gossett, Jr., the Profile Series’ mission is “to create quality programming which will inform, educate and enlighten viewers both nationally and internationally,” according to the school’s website.

Saint Edwards Marketing and Communications Director Sara Smith said the Profile Series specializes in “shining a light on innovative industries, medical advances, environmental issues and leadership in education.”

The segment on Saint Edward’s School, she said, is included in a half-hour long show that profiles the institutions and organizations preparing the workforce of the 21st century.

Filming took place on the Saint Edward’s campus and “included a look at the education principles, mission and values that drive Saint Edward’s School and result in graduates who are extraordinarily well prepared to take on the moral, ethical and leadership decisions required of them in the 21st century.”

Since its founding in 1965, Saint Edward’s has grown from a school of 31 students in grades 5 through 8, to a thriving Pre-K through 12th grade school.

Founded upon the independent Episcopal school tradition, St. Ed’s remains “committed to educational excellence, and to empower each child to reach his or her full potential.”

After expanding too rapidly in the last decade, the school contracted this past year to a single campus that now houses the 540 students and 90 faculty members who comprise its Lower, Middle and Upper School academic divisions.

It’s old lower school campus in Riomar remains for sale in a challenging real estate market.

St. Edwards today has more than 2,000 alumni of record, many of whom live on our barrier island.

Set up as a not-for-profit, 501 (C) (3) organization, Saint Edward’s admits students of any race, religion, color, national or ethnic origin.

For more information about admission, Smith referred those interested to school’s website at www.steds.org.

The Discovery Channel Profile Series will air at 7 a.m. and then again at 10 a.m. eastern time Tuesday, April 5.

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