Stretching out along the banks of the St. John’s River, the Episcopal School of Jacksonville is where the city’s elite send their children for academic success steeped in spirituality, the New York Times reports. Teachers are handpicked and stay seemingly forever. The head of school, Dale Regan, a onetime English teacher, hugged children in the hallways and was in the habit of handing out river stones with messages — love, hope, patience — for those grappling with a problem. Stately, without pretension, the school grounds — with rambling athletic fields, a student center and theater — doubled as a second...

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