Presiding Bishop Curry's Special Message to Episcopal Schools

As we begin the new school year, I wanted to share a video greeting from The Most Reverend Michael Curry who serves as the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church.

As a former school chaplain, he understands the importance of school ministry and shares words of encouragement during this challenging time.


The Coronavirus Resource Page contains a curated library of articles, advisories, and webinars to help you and your school navigate the many issues that the pandemic has presented. Recently added items include:

  • CDC Guidelines for Schools
  • Information relating to the CARES Act and the Payroll Protection Program
  • Resources from the SBA on applying for the Payroll Protection Program
  • Resources from the Enrollment Management Association
  • Distance Learning resources from the Global Online Academy

Also, Heads of School can access the password-protected Heads Discussion Board for additional support and discussion. Please contact the SAES office if you need assistance.
SAES Vital Signs
September 8, 2020
10:00 am CST

To remain a healthy school in today’s educational marketplace and to provide a quality education for students, school leaders must wrestle with a variety of issues. This webinar explores indicators correlated with the strength and vitality of an Episcopal school.

Best Practices of the Business Office
September 22, 2020
4:00 pm CST

A strong Business office is critical to the success of a school. In this webinar, Cindy Stadulis, CFO at St. Stephens Episcopal School in Austin, will explore the best practices of the business office and offer tangible advice for both large and small schools.

Virtual Heads Meeting
September 18, 2020
9:00 am - 12:00 noon (CST)
$135.00 Per Person
Keynote Speaker
Michael G. Thompson, Ph.D
Michael G. Thompson, Ph.D. is a consultant, author and psychologist specializing in children and families. He is the supervising psychologist for the Belmont Hill School and has worked in more than seven hundred schools across the United States, as well as in international schools in Central America, Europe, Africa and Asia.

After Michael's keynote, we will gather together in small breakout rooms for discussion and collaboration around the topic of leadership. Join us as we seek to offer each other encouragement and support as leaders in Episcopal schools!

David Epstein
Keynote Speaker
OCTOBER 21-22, 2021
"Range is an urgent and important book, an essential read for bosses, parents, coaches, and anyone who cares about improving performance."--Daniel Pink

"I want to give Range to any kid who is being forced to take violin lessons--but really wants to learn the drums."
--Amanda Ripley, author of The Smartest Kids in the World

David Epstein is the author of the #1 New York Times best seller Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World, and of the bestseller The Sports Gene. He has master's degrees in environmental science and journalism and has worked as an investigative reporter for ProPublica and a senior writer for Sports Illustrated. His thesis explores how students prepared to be generalists as opposed to specialists are primed to excel.

The SAES Standards Committee reviews and updates the standards of the association annually to ensure that SAES is promoting best practices in all areas of a school's program. In June of 2017 the standard for financial audits, found in the Fiscal Responsibility section, was discussed at length, and the committee voted to recommend a change to the standard effective with the 2020-2021 school year. The SAES Board of Directors subsequently approved the updated standard and its timeline at the meeting of the Board in October 2017.  
The committee felt that it was prudent to announce the standard right away, giving our schools three years to adjust, budget and plan for its implementation. An announcement was emailed to Heads of Schools right away, and printed in monthly newsletters for the remainder of the school year. In 2018 and 2019 the updated standard,
F.3. Every year, the school’s Board of Trustees will engage an independent certified public accounting firm to perform an audit with an accompanying management letter. A school with an annual revenue of less than $1,000,000 may alternate annually between an audit and a review.,  
was published in the SAES Standards of the Association, along with the previous requirement, and stands alone and in effect this year.  
What happens now? The standard is required for the current school year so schools must comply beginning next year when the audits for 2020-2021 are scheduled and due, and each year thereafter. 
Thank you for embracing the new standard, for promoting excellence in leadership and management, and for supporting the work of the SAES Standards Committee. Please contact me with questions or concerns.
Jeanie Stark
Director of Accreditation


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