Theatre is offered at the curricular level beginning in 5th grade and through Parish EXTEND for students as young as 4 years old. In addition, each academic year, PARISHarts holds open auditions for Middle and Upper School Musicals, and a wide variety of plays.
The Parish Rosettes Drill Team is just one example of the extracurricular arts programs offered at Parish. These girls support Panther Athletics as well as put on a full length dance show in the Winter.
Dance at Parish begins as young as 18 months and permeates all the way through 12th grade. It is offered both as a curricular and extracurricular option as well as in the summer and afterschool ParishEXTEND program. At Parish, we believe the skills and knowledge learned in dance help students develop meaningful concepts of self, human relationships and their physical environments.
With over 100 students in the Middle School Band program, PARISHarts continues to enhance the educational experience of our students through music.
Parish Episcopal School grandparents and community leaders Nancy Ann & Ray L. Hunt have made a matching gift of $3 million to the School's Limitless campaign, encouraging the School community on its path to a Limitless future.
The couple will match every leadership gift of $25,000 or more made during the 2017-18 school year. Their generous commitment brings the School halfway to its one-year pacing goal of $6 million – and further along the path of the multi-year Limitless campaign.
“Whenever the School has reached a major milestone, a critical juncture in its growth, Nancy Ann and Ray Hunt have generously embraced our vision,” said Dave Monaco, Allen Meyer Family Head of School. “We are grateful for this very tangible encouragement to Parish families, incenting them to step forward as campaign leaders to help us reach for a Limitless future.”
The matching gift was announced at the September 2017 opening of the Gene E. Phillips Activity Center – the first of two buildings to be erected as a result of the campaign. Now the Parish community is turning its focus to the capstone of the Limitless campaign: a new $24.4 million Performance & Community Center. Together, the two facilities will help Parish realize its Reimagine School strategic plan, unleashing exciting new possibilities for learning, exploration and growth for our students.
“As long as Nancy Ann and I have supported Parish Episcopal School, no matter how it has grown and changed, it has stayed true to its essential core,” said Ray Hunt. “It is a place where students are grounded in community and values and encouraged to think creatively, exploring the world around them. It is that kind of well-rounded, forward-thinking education that will give wings to the leaders of tomorrow.”
The Hunts have played pivotal roles in the expansion of Parish Episcopal School, which was founded as a day school in 1972 with only elementary school students and one campus on Hillcrest Road in Dallas. The couple played an important role as the School expanded to include PreK – 12th grade; added a second campus at the former I.M. Pei-designed Exxon Mobil campus on Midway Road; raised $20 million for its endowment; and built an emphasis on passion-based, creative learning that prepares students for the complex global society.
Nancy Ann Hunt is a Trustee Emerita of the Parish Episcopal School Board of Trustees. Ray L. Hunt is Executive Chairman of Hunt Consolidated, Inc.
In a given year, PARISHarts produces more than 70 student performances!
Through the Independent Study Program students are given opportunities to further their knowledge and experiences in a particular discipline. The teacher in the discipline develops a curriculum for the study personalized to the passions of that particular student.