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: Mary Adair Dockery

Board size: 41


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 rating850 of 110244 of 48
Fund acquisition rating852 of 110344 of 48
Resource allocation rating736 of 110335 of 48
Asset utilization rating592 of 110231 of 48

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$11,884,634$13,250,646$15,168,783$22,190,784$27,293,234
Short-term investments$65,769$74,791$56,954$55,654$49,183
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$38,238,819$35,697,019$34,550,558$40,856,124$57,423,531
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$72,793,917$75,486,896$77,545,171$73,832,129$49,723,628
Other long-term assets$4,715,757$4,690,626$4,547,166$4,466,993$5,798,326
Total long-term assets$77,509,674$80,177,522$82,092,337$78,299,122$55,521,954
Total assets$115,748,493$115,874,541$116,642,895$119,155,246$112,945,485
Payables and accrued expenses$1,753,938$1,736,829$2,107,133$5,273,266$2,278,659
Other current liabilities$34,344,079$33,196,968$31,416,127$31,152,873$30,591,354
Total current liabilities$36,098,017$34,933,797$33,523,260$36,426,139$32,870,013
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$581,862$621,360$140,387$68,150$169,906
Total long-term liabilities$10,577,999$11,017,661$12,932,763$11,241,012$11,710,220
Total liabilities$46,676,016$45,951,458$46,456,023$47,667,151$44,580,233
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$66,253,795$66,596,538$65,993,201$62,400,449$36,563,805
With donor restrictions$2,818,682$3,326,545$4,193,671$9,087,646$31,801,447
Net assets$69,072,477$69,923,083$70,186,872$71,488,095$68,365,252
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$4,451,166$3,497,341$4,091,634$4,909,599$10,531,291
Program service revenue$38,753,552$36,442,350$34,780,371$34,673,339$33,305,471
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$189,804$19,850$258,268$344,107$274,480
Other revenue$844,041$323,762$342,687$753,847$673,216
Total other revenue$39,787,397$36,785,962$35,381,326$35,771,293$34,253,167
Total revenue$44,238,563$40,283,303$39,472,960$40,680,892$44,784,458
Program services$35,731,225$32,191,120$31,041,769$28,096,692$29,459,095
Management and general$7,708,384$6,811,552$8,527,980$8,104,451$6,216,818
Total expenses$44,919,161$40,273,074$40,775,482$37,561,165$37,032,013
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)($680,598)$10,229($1,302,522)$3,119,727$7,752,445
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($680,598)$10,229($1,302,522)$3,119,727$7,752,445


David BaadHead of School$775,595
Ruth BurkeAssociate Head of School$256,559
Denis StokesChief Advancement Officer$249,433
Robert BuchholzFormer Chief Financial Officer$233,876
John BobergAcademic Dean$175,346
Blanca Mary HernandezChief Financial Officer$174,930
Henry HeilHead of Upper School$174,620
Dan GillDirector of Athletics$156,296
Jonathan CheinHead of Middle School$153,176
Tracey ShireyHead of Lower School$150,832

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2022

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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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