Virginia Episcopal School

  • Founded in 1916, Virginia Episcopal School is an independent, co-ed boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12.
  • Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains just minutes away from the vibrant city of Lynchburg, Virginia, we invite you to get to know our engaging community.
  • Here, we guide students to strive to be their very best-what we call Toward Full Stature-through academic, ethical, spiritual and personal growth.
  • Every step of the way, you will be supported by dedicated faculty, coaches, your advisor and peers who know you well.
  • VES delivers programs with purpose-hands-on, innovative academic experiences; a wide range of arts, athletics and clubs; endless opportunities to try new things; and student life programs both instructive and inspiring.
  • Upon graduation, you will be self-aware; a curious, innovative thinker and producer; a mindful leader; committed to serving your community; and ready to navigate and continue to grow in our dynamic world.  Attend an open house: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uopTAgIJJYU  Learn more: www.ves.org.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Episcopal Schools (NAES)
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS)
Religious AffiliationEpiscopal
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedYes
Year Founded1916

Student Body

Total Students260 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
28%
State avg.: 24%
Students by Grade Virginia Episcopal School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers40 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
73%
Average Class Size12 students
Number of AP Courses16 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesAdvanced Studies Program, AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP English Composition, AP English Literature, AP Environmental Science, AP French Language, AP Government, AP Music Theory, AP Physics, AP Spanish Language, AP Statistics, AP Studio Art, AP United States History, AP World History, Science & Math Advanced Consortium
Average SAT score1250
Average ACT score26
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(Blazers, tie, skirts, dresses, dress slacks; spirit dress days)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 6 / Feb. 1
Yearly Tuition Cost$53,210
Tuition Notes7-Day Boarding: $53,210 | 5-Day Boarding: $41,910 | International Boarding: $60,650 | Day Student: $25,300
% on Financial Aid
35%
Average Financial Aid Grant$28,000
Acceptance Rate
60%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorJustine Button
Admissions AssociateSara Ingraham
Endowment Size$22 million

Sports

Total Sports Offered18 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Equestrian, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Paddle Tennis, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Winter Track, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryDance,
EquestrianField Hockey,
FootballGolf,
LacrosseMountain Biking,
Paddle TennisSoccer,
SwimmingTennis,
Track and FieldVolleyball,
Winter TrackWrestling,

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.29 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Alpha Order - Student Admissions Team, Anime Club, Basia Librum Book Club, Board Games Club, Captain's Club - Athletics Leadership, Chess Club, Counselor Body, Cybersecurity Club, Debate Club, Garden Club, Green Team - Sustainability Club, GSA, Honor Committee, Junior Resident Assistants, Model United Nations, Pratfall Club, Quiz Bowl, Robotics, Stock Market Club, Student Council, TEAMS Engineering, Vestry, Video Productions, Yearbook Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Drama, Glee Club, Jazz Ensemble, Sketchbook Club, String Ensemble

School Notes

  • With 260 students and an average class size of 12, VES is intentionally small and selective, allowing us to simultaneously foster independent learning and guided study. 
  • Beyond gaining essential 21st century skills-like project-based learning, collaborating with peers and solving relevant problems-the majority of VES students stay active on one of our 35 teams across 16 sports, in our many visual and performing arts programs, in leadership roles, service learning and more than 30 special interest clubs.
  • Among our 38 teaching faculty, 73% hold advanced degrees and 10% hold a doctoral degree, elevating our students` academic experience and expanding the depth and breadth of courses offered.
  • Students are given the opportunities to challenge themselves to achieve their highest academic potential. VES offers three class levels-Regular, Honors and AP courses. Those who want to go beyond may pursue our Advanced Studies Program.
  • VES is a safe place in which students and faculty learn to live together with purpose and accountability. Through our four-year, progressive Student and Residential Life Program, VES faculty and outside experts address the challenges teenagers face today, leveraging the latest science about the adolescent brain. Through this program and others-academics, character and spiritual development, advisory, athletics, the arts, and service learning-students engage in real conversations, acquire practical tools and learn how to live happy, joyful and productive lives. And when they graduate, students have the competencies and confidence to go out and take on the world. 
  • Each weekend we offer 10+ activities for students to get involved-on campus, in Lynchburg and the surrounding region.
  • VES is a blend of young men and women, boarding (70%) and day (30%) students from all  over the U.S. and the world (14 countries). Our campus is a meeting place for diverse perspectives and global cultures where students learn from and respect  each other.
  • Our students go to great colleges and universities around the country, including UVA, UNC, Duke, Stanford, UCLA, Wellesley, MIT, William & Mary, the University of Chicago, Princeton and NYU. All students who graduate from VES are prepared to excel, not only in college, but also in life!
  • The VES College Counseling program is cited by families as among the best available. With a focus on helping students find their very best fit for college, our counselors support, educate and provide the necessary tools to help students and parents successfully navigate the complex college admissions process. VES graduates attend many of the world`s finest colleges and universities, including Stanford, UCLA, Cornell, Yale, Princeton, Columbia University, MIT, Wellesley, NYU, the U.S. Naval Academy, UVA, UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke, the College of William & Mary, Wake Forest, Harvey Mudd and Georgia Tech.
  • With 80% of faculty living on campus and a 6:1 student-to-teacher ratio, students and faculty form trusting relationships in an engaging community. And our alumni provide an extensive network of support to students and graduates as they look for advice about college, internships, jobs or moving to a new city.
  • Nestled on 160 acres in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, we take advantage of our spectacular location just minutes from a thriving downtown with music, arts, maker spaces, an extensive trail system, mountains, rivers and lakes, the nation`s only year-round ski slopes and much more! We are easily accessible by plane, train and automobile. We`re an hour`s drive to Charlottesville, Roanoke and Lexington; two hours to Richmond and three hours to DC!
  • Our success is reflected in both the great kids growing Toward Full Stature in our community and our high retention rate-one of the highest retention rates of boarding schools in the nation; the national average for attrition at boarding schools is 10.5%. VES has held steady at a 3 - 5% attrition over the past three years. 

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