The Episcopal School of Dallas

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ESD is a co-ed, college preparatory school for curious and joyful learners, ages 3 through grade 12, located in Dallas, Texas.

Contact information

Mailing address:
The Episcopal School of Dallas
4100 Merrell Road
Dallas, TX 75229


Phone: 214-358-4368

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 751451116

CEO/President: David Baad

Chairman: Giffen Weinmann

Board size: 31


Ruling year: 1974

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


On the first day of school in 1974, The Reverend Canon Stephen B. Swann and his faculty of two gathered their eleven students around a campfire, and they together established the principles that would become the foundation of The Episcopal School of Dallas. Our Founding Tenets of religio, daily worship; eruditio, scholarship; and disciplina, training within a community of learners, have continued to direct our mission to ignite a life of purpose in each student through the development of an educated conscience. In combination with outdoor education and service learning, these elements are essential to the ESD experience, allowing teachers to shepherd children through lessons that enable them to overcome trepidation, develop resilience, and embrace stillness.

Though we have grown to serve more than 1,100 students, age 3 to 12th grade, we continue to know and love each child. We optimally challenge all students, capitalizing on their passions or interests, making our most advanced curriculum accessible to all. We shape our curriculum using the Hallmarks of an ESD Education: academic excellence and rigor, a strong sense of community, understanding of self, and a faith-informed foundation of values. Our community members live with honor, integrity, and respect for all as expressed in our Code of Conduct.

Mission statement

Our mission: Igniting a life of purpose through the development of an educated conscience.

Statement of faith

The Episcopal School of Dallas was founded on the belief that every child was made in the image of a loving God. We believe our Episcopal Identity has to be incarnate. It is visible in how we all live and interact with one another and what we carry forth into the world.

"As Episcopalians, we are followers of Jesus Christ, and both our worship and our mission are in Christ's name. In Jesus, we find that the nature of God is love, and through baptism, we share in his victory over sin and death."

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: K-12 Schools/Academies

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating810 of 103143 of 47
Fund acquisition rating662 of 103235 of 47
Resource allocation rating780 of 103238 of 47
Asset utilization rating630 of 103133 of 47

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$15,168,783$22,190,784$27,293,234$28,742,836$24,712,315
Short-term investments$56,954$55,654$49,183$56,564$50,682
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$34,550,558$40,856,124$57,423,531$50,276,223$42,609,686
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$77,545,171$73,832,129$49,723,628$49,820,756$52,887,855
Other long-term assets$4,547,166$4,466,993$5,798,326$5,644,874$5,753,274
Total long-term assets$82,092,337$78,299,122$55,521,954$55,465,630$58,641,129
Total assets$116,642,895$119,155,246$112,945,485$105,741,853$101,250,815
Payables and accrued expenses$2,107,133$5,273,266$2,278,659$2,651,050$2,781,372
Other current liabilities$31,416,127$31,152,873$30,591,354$30,458,632$29,014,737
Total current liabilities$33,523,260$36,426,139$32,870,013$33,109,682$31,796,109
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$140,387$68,150$169,906$130,994$102,361
Total long-term liabilities$12,932,763$11,241,012$11,710,220$12,025,150$12,538,083
Total liabilities$46,456,023$47,667,151$44,580,233$45,134,832$44,334,192
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$65,993,201$62,400,449$36,563,805$34,844,360$37,805,526
With donor restrictions$4,193,671$9,087,646$31,801,447$25,762,661$19,111,097
Net assets$70,186,872$71,488,095$68,365,252$60,607,021$56,916,623
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$4,091,634$4,909,599$10,531,291$10,944,929$13,675,906
Program service revenue$34,780,371$34,673,339$33,305,471$32,465,514$31,461,046
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$258,268$344,107$274,480$201,800$172,395
Other revenue$342,687$753,847$673,216$617,544$991,882
Total other revenue$35,381,326$35,771,293$34,253,167$33,284,858$32,625,323
Total revenue$39,472,960$40,680,892$44,784,458$44,229,787$46,301,229
Program services$31,041,769$28,096,692$29,459,095$38,166,144$35,632,117
Management and general$8,527,980$8,104,451$6,216,818$1,576,044$1,802,057
Total expenses$40,775,482$37,561,165$37,032,013$40,539,389$37,901,672
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)($1,302,522)$3,119,727$7,752,445$3,690,398$8,399,557
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($1,302,522)$3,119,727$7,752,445$3,690,398$8,399,557


David L BaadHead of School$384,773
Robert A BuchholzChief Financial Officer$313,897
Ruth M BurkeAssistant Head of School$274,266
Denis M StokesDirector of Development$255,248
Henry F HeilHead of Upper School$184,975
John E BobergAcademic Dean$181,103
Michael J SchneiderPhysical Education Chair$167,070
Blanca M HernandezDirector of Finance$154,951
Dawn M LewisDirector of Human Resources$145,703

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2020

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On the first day of school ever, Father Swann, two teachers, and 11 seventh graders traveled to Galveston. As they sat around a campfire, they spoke of the importance of community, honor, and integrity. The traditions that began that day - of outdoor education, community, and equality around the campfire - continue today. The founding belief that every child is made in the image of a loving God remains paramount to all that we do.

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