Christ Episcopal School
CES has been known throughout its history for providing an outstanding private school education at an affordable price.
CES provides a 21st century education with emphasis on language arts, math and team-based preparation for STEAM-related fields of study.
Students are accepted into top area high schools and recognized for their excellent academic foundation and strong character.
In addition to the very strong academic program, CES emphasizes its Cardinal Character program and service learning outreach and is very proud to have a school community whose diverse members represent the world outside the campus.
Also unique to the CES program are Chapel three times each week and daily P.E.
- Top Ranked MD School
- Grades: Nursery/Preschool-8
- Enrollment: 107 students
- Yearly Tuition: $21,225
- Acceptance rate: 60%
- Average class size: 10 students
- Application Deadline: Feb. 3 / rolling
- Source: Verified school update
School Membership(s)School Assoc.
Summer School Offered
Summer Program Details
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 38%
Students by Grade
Academics and Faculty
Total Classroom Teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Tuition and Acceptance Rate
Feb. 3 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
There is also an activity fee of $600-$1200. Tuition discounts and financial aid are available. Visit cesrockville.org for more info.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
National avg.: 85%
Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
Club or Organization:
After School Enrichment Program, After School Program
Arts and Music Programs:
After School Enrichment Program, After School Program
Arts and Music Programs:
- Students from age two through the eighth grade will learn foundational academic skills in an environment that is engaging and collaborative. They will demonstrate mastery of grade-appropriate content, and together with their teachers, learn how to work in teams effectively, become creative problem solvers, and conduct their lives with integrity, honor and empathy. The CES curriculum represents what the best of educational research indicates is the effective model for 21st century teaching and learning. Every child in every classroom is receiving the benefits of highly experienced teachers who know and use research-supported best practices. Christ Episcopal School prepares students to thrive beyond the CES experience: in their families, in their community, and in their next educational environment including secondary and post-secondary programs. The school program focuses on the traditional 3R`s (reading, writing and math) in tandem with four critically important skills today`s children will need for their future success. These four skills are described as The Four C`s and include the ability to think critically, be creative, communicate effectively and collaborate with a team. Firmly grounded in the Episcopal school tradition, CES adds an important fifth C to the Four C`s. The fifth C is character. In all that it tries to accomplish, Christ Episcopal School never forgets it commitment to maintaining focus on the global community in which we live and assisting its children in developing a heart for others and a desire to serve.
- Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
- Brandon Victor Dixon - Actor, singer and producer; Broadway star; and Tony, Emmy, and Grammy Award nominee
Source: Verified school update
We love CES for the core values taught to the students. More importantly, the faculty and staff are amazing! If I had teachers like this when I was a kid, I would have loved school! If your child is struggling in school (particularly in the virtual world), please consider CES as a way for your child to succeed. Help them be successful today to succeed for their tomorrows.
I am a current parent and would highly recommend CES. CES has been such a blessing to our family. My daughter graduated from 8th grade a few years ago and was accepted into a private high school's STEM program. I currently have a son in middle school and I cannot brag enough about the teachers. They go above and beyond to make sure our students are challenged. The overwhelming support my son has received from his teachers have been incredible. My son was in the public school setting and we switched him to CES due to the small classroom setting. He was overlooked in the public school setting and needed a smaller learning environment. The detailed attention he receives from his teachers has helped him tremendously to be successful in his academics. CES was able to adjust to the virtual setting seamlessly. For example, during the virtual setting, each week we would receive a bag full of rocks, magnifying glass, candy or other materials to accompany the Science lesson. The teachers go out their way to make school engaging and fun! The school is now planning for the middle school to return to campus in January 2021. In addition, our current leadership is awesome! She is transparent with the community and we appreciate this. It is truly a close community and great place to send your child/children.
Christ Episcopal School (CES) is amazing! Our daughter has attended the school since she was 2 years old and has grown into a well-educated, kind, and confident 4th grader because of her experiences at CES. Her teachers over the years have challenged her academically and taught her how to be a problem solver, both academically and socially. Being a small school, the opportunities for students across the grades (Preschool to 8th) to interact and share common experiences is priceless. The students know each other; the staff knows all the students, and the parents have a shared commitment to the school. CES is really the hidden gem of schools in the Rockville, MD area. With specials such as Art, Library, Journalism (grade 4), daily PE, Music, Spanish, and optional orchestra (starting in 2nd grade), student days are well-balanced. Recently, the school has offered in-person and hybrid options for the lower school and preschool with the middle school students slated to return in-person in January. If you are looking for a school option where the needs of the whole-child are met, CES is the school for you!
We are so fortunate to have found Christ Episcopal School, where our bright but reticent child with attention issues has quickly blossomed and found his love of learning. The secret may be the small school and class size, and caring teachers with high academic expectations who understand how to motivate students to learn. For any parent considering an academically rigorous and nurturing school for their child, we highly recommend CES. Compared to tuition fees of private schools in this area, CES is probably the best value by far.
This is a warm and loving, family-like community with excellent academics. I graduated from CES myself, very well prepared for high school, college and the business world. It was always my hope to send my own kids there, and thankfully they are having the same experience I did. I cannot stress enough the quality of the amazing teachers and staff at this school. They are truly one of a kind. In addition to a strong academic curriculum, the school offers daily PE, art, music, Spanish and a wide variety of after school enrichment classes. During Covid, they were able to pivot to distance learning immediately and successfully, adapting as they learned what worked best for the kids. They currently have Kindergarten in person full time, with serious attention to safety procedures that we have been very comfortable with. Other grades are in a hybrid model with the same attention to safety while in school and the needs of the kids while learning at home. I am so grateful that my kids are CES students during this pandemic. During a pandemic or not, this school offers a caring environment where kids can thrive emotionally and academically.
I truly cannot say enough good things about Christ Episcopal School. My child started in pre-K and is currently in the lower school. First, I will say that the preschool is an absolute gem. The teachers are unbelievably warm and nurturing, and make each and every child feel special and loved. They do a wonderful job of teaching the preschoolers respect and love for others and are extremely skilled with conflict resolution, which results in a close-knit class that respects and is kind to all of their classmates. If that all sounds a little utopian, well, it kind of is! The lower school teachers continue modeling the mindset of compassion, acceptance, and respect for others, while fostering intellectual curiosity. Graduates are well-prepared both socially and academically for high school. I was impressed with the students from the moment I set foot in the school on a campus tour, as the Upper School "ambassadors" greeted us, made conversation, and were remarkably poised for their age. From the wonderful teachers and staff (all the way from "specials" teachers to the Admissions Office) to the welcoming and inclusive parent community, CES is, quite simply, a beautiful academic environment. I can't recommend this school enough, and I am excited for my other children to have the CES experience as well.
We are so blessed and happy that we found CES last year! This is my daughter's second year at CES and their virtual program is just as amazing as their in person instruction. She attended Montessori school for 7 years, and after searching, visiting, applying, and being accepted to multiple schools, CES was our top choice due to their phenomenal academic program, their small class sizes, amazing staff, and the great characters of the student they help build. CES is the best!
Amazing school! Our two children attended CES preschool through 8th grade and both were completely ready for high school. On high school placements test, they tested higher than grade level. The rigorous academics and small class sizes were perfect for both of our children and prepared them well for private high school.
Great school. All my children showed tremendous growth academically and socially.
Not just strong on academics, but also on developing the softer skills--confidence, independence, initiative, communication, and social skills. Graduates are not just ready for high school academics, but have the foundation to advocate for themselves, communicate easily with peers and teachers, take initiative, and demonstrate self-reliance in their school work and and other activities.
CES is a school with a nurturing community of students, teachers, and parents. The head of school and teachers know all of the students and parents personally. The academics are strong and the class sizes are small, allowing individual attention. Music, art, and performing arts programs are very strong. PE is every day and the PE teacher is great at creating fun instruction. The middle school students often travel for PE to take advantage of the wide variety of surrounding facilities for a broad exposure to physical activity, for example, swimming, gymnastics, weight lifting.
Can's say enough about Christ Episcopal School! It is the perfect balance of challenging academics in a supportive and nurturing school environment. The teachers and faculty at Christ Episcopal care deeply about their students both academically and emotionally and the students absolutely love going to school there!
A great school for bright and eager to learn students. The rigorous program more than adequately prepares the kids to move on to HS. Most important though are the parents. It's not your snobby DC environment, everyone is down to earth and kind - a great place for kids and parents to make friends:).
A small school with big advantages, Christ Episcopal School has been a great experience since we started in pre-k. The academics are strong but the character building and supportive community of facility, administration and families is what makes the school special for us. Anyone in Montgomery County thinking about private school should check out CES.
Christ Episcopal School is a gem! The academic rigor and focus on building children of exceptional character is validated every time I step foot on campus. The entire community - parents, teachers and administration - is a caring and dedicated team. My 5th grader has attended CES since Pre-K and we grow more fond of the school each year!
Amazing families, incredible friendships with the kids and the parents, unique off campus experiences and the music/arts programs are some of the fantastic attributes of CES! This is on top of the challenging yet encouraging education provided by dedicated and caring teachers. We love it here.
If you have a bright and talented child, Christ Episcopal School is the ideal place for them! They''ll be challenged to push their boundaries and will learn so much! Our three children get so much from this school!
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