Washington Episcopal School

  • Centrally located in downtown Bethesda, MD, and serving families from Maryland, Washington DC, and northern Virgina, Washington Episcopal School (WES) challenges Early Childhood, Primary, Elementary, and Middle School students to embrace academic rigor in an appropriately balanced and supportive environment. We are a diverse, inclusive community that respects individual differences, develops every child`s unique talents, and fosters learning inside and outside the classroom.  Here, children stand out without burning out.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Episcopal Schools (NAES)
National Association for the Education of Young Children
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
State or regional independent school association
Religious Affiliation Episcopal
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten-8
Year Founded 1986

Student Body

Total Students 285 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 33%
Students by Grade Washington Episcopal School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 50 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 14 students
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Formal

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Jan. 18
Tuition Notes Tuition varies by grade. Please refer to school website for up-to-date information.
% on Financial Aid
Admissions Director Kim Bair
Admissions Associate Nick Lellenberg


Total Sports Offered 6 sports
Sports Basketball, Cross Country, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming, Track and FieldBasketballCross Country,
SwimmingTrack and Field,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 12 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Art Club, Ballet, Book Club, Chess Club, Computer Club, Cooking, Foreign Language clubs, Karate, Robotics, Science Club, Sports clubs, Study Hall Art Club, Ballet, Book Club, Chess Club, Computer Club, Cooking, Karate, Robotics, Science Club, Sports clubs, Study Hall, Foreign Language clubs,

School Notes

  • Washington Episcopal School (WES) challenges students to embrace academic rigor in an appropriately balanced and supportive environment.  WES's extraordinary teachers work each day to create an atmosphere of high, positive expectations, good will, and an appreciation for discovery and learning. They not only teach, they coach, sponsor, chaperone, and counsel. Faculty members and directors meet regularly to incorporate best practices and share innovations, and they are supported by the WES Professional Development Program, ensuring that each teacher has access to the academic and technological training and tools they need. Here, supported by faculty and staff, children stand out without burning out.  Students challenge themselves academically, physically, and spiritualy, and broaden their world view.  Life at WES is a constant adventure.
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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (5 reviews)
5  1/14/2017
My 5th grade daughter has been at WES since kindergarten. While pursuing schools with social cachet names, I thankfully listened to a consultant who emphasized that the structured and individualized classroom approach would fit my daughter and its unassuming, down-to-earth community would fit me (a single mom). She was so right! My daughter loves school and is thriving in accelerated math, on the trumpet, with team projects, in robotics and more; she loves, loves to read and is working with teachers on keeping assignments organized and on track. We are a bilingual family and incredibly more than a third of her class is bilingual. WES is a great match for families from abroad - open and embracing. As a working mom, I love that the staff and administrators all know both me and my daughter - every conversation I have is a meaningful one. And best of all is the WES motto: BE KIND. It has been a constant guide and really means something at WES!
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5  11/25/2016
My son is a Nursery student at WES. I drop him off each morning and regularly head to work knowing we`ve made a great decision about sending him there. The faculty is incredible and works hard to foster a sense of community. It`s very common to have teachers in other grades greet him by name each morning. That does wonders for a three or four year-old`s confidence and ability to take on the day. The school goes to great lengths to accommodate working parents and to make the entire family feel connected and involved with the school. We absolutely love WES!
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5  11/3/2016
My two children transferred from public school to WES, one in 7th grade and the other in 4th grade. WES is an amazing school, with fantastic teachers; a rich, dynamic curriculum; and excellent sports and extracurricular activities. I wish our kids had started at WES much earlier, as they would really have benefited from the learning that takes place from nursery to 3rd grade.
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5  5/17/2016
This fall will be our 7th year at Washington Episcopal School. We started in Transition (pre-K) having looked at a variety of private school options in the greater Washington area. What drew us to WES, and what has held true, is that the kids are happy. For us, the line in the WES Mission Statement that "...learning should be joyful, because academic excellence and happy children belong together" sums up the WES experience. My children have been challenged academically, but in a way that enriches their learning. We have been fortunate to have so many kind, excellent WES teachers in our children's lives, from the first grade teacher who took the time to proof a story my daughter wrote outside school to the teacher who help transform my child's reading.
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5  12/7/2015
We have been at WES for 4 years and couldn't be happier with the quality of education our two daughters are receiving. We started out in Nursery and Transition (pre-K) and have seen first hand how the curriculum prepares our children to be accomplished students, strong learners, kind community members and respectful individuals. The small class sizes have been amazing for their educational development and they have now taken years of both French and Arabic even though they are only in 1st and 2nd grade! I highly recommend this school!
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