High School & College Placements

WES graduates are accepted, attend, and seamlessly transition to a wide variety of secondary schools including private, public, single-sex, religiously affiliated, and boarding schools. Two or more alumni currently attend the following independent area secondary schools (in alphabetical order):

  • Bullis  School
  • Edmund Burke School
  • Episcopal High School
  • Field School
  • Georgetown Day School   
  • Georgetown Preparatory School   
  • Gonzaga College High School   
  • The Heights School 
  • Holton-Arms School
  • Landon School
  • The Madeira School
  • Maret School          
  • National Cathedral School  
  • The Potomac School
  • Sidwell Friends
  • Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart
  • St. Andrew’s Episcopal School  
  • St. Johns CollegeHigh School
  • St. Albans School
  • St. Anselm’s Abbey   

Overall, WES has 107 graduates at 37 secondary schools in the US and Canada:

  • 23        Independent Day Schools
  •  7         Public Schools
  •  7         Boarding Schools  

Finding the best fit school for our graduates is the number one priority for the secondary school admission process. Of the 107 WES graduates currently in secondary school, only two students have changed high schools for reasons other than moving. 

Not only do our students find the right fit school but they excel in the secondary school of their choice. For example, last year two WES graduates were National Merit Semifinalists, three WES alumni were top academic seniors at their secondary schools, and one was listed as a Bethesda Magazine Top Teen.

This success is a result of being at WES, a religiously affiliated Nursery to Grade 8 school. WES allows each student to try new things, take risks, and to discover what works for them academically and socially in a nurturing and supportive environment. By the time our graduates select the best high school for themselves, they are confident in who they are and prepared academically, socially, and emotionally to achieve in that setting. 

WES Secondary School Placement Process

The supportive and extensive placement process at WES serves all of these options and makes it as stress-free as possible. The Head of School, Middle School Division Director, and Middle School Faculty work diligently to find the best-fit secondary school for each student. Activities include one-to-one counseling, self-evaluation forms, Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) preparation, mock-interviews, Secondary Schools Fairs, and personal visits by the Head of School and Middle School Director on behalf of WES students to their preferred secondary schools' admission offices. It is the WES administration's promise to personally support each student and their families in this process. 

The WES team that supports families during the secondary application process includes:


  • Head of School Danny Vogelman
  • Middle School Division Director Nancy Wright
  • Director of Admission and Financial Aid Kim Bair
  • Middle School Registrar Tiffney Brockway
  • Middle School Advisors

A Sample of the Outstanding Secondary Schools WES Graduates Attend

Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School
Bullis School
Edmund Burke School
Choate Rosemary Hall (CT)
Connelly School of the Holy Child
Deerfield Academy (MA)
Episcopal High School (VA)
The Field School
Garrison Forest School (MD)
Georgetown Day School
Georgetown Preparatory School
Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School
Gonzaga College High School
Holton-Arms School
Landon School
The Madeira School
Maret School
Mercersburg Academy (PA)
Millbrook School (NY)
National Cathedral School
Our Lady of Good Counsel
Phillips Exeter Academy (NH)
The Potomac School
Sandy Spring Friends School (MD)
St. Albans School
St. Andrew's College (Canada)
St. Andrew’s Episcopal School
St. Andrew's School (DE)
St. George's School (RI)
St. James School (MD)
St. John’s College High School
Sidwell Friends School
Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart
Thomas Wootton High School
Walt Whitman High School
Washington Latin Charter School
Winston Churchill High School
Woodrow Wilson High School

A Sample of the Top-tier Collegiate Schools WES Graduates Attend

American University
Amherst College
Auburn University
Babson College
Bates College
Boston College
Brandeis University
Brigham Young University
Carleton College
Carnegie Mellon University
Case Western Reserve University 
Colby College
Colgate University 
College of Charleston 
College of William & Mary
Cornell University
Denison University 
Drexel University
Elon University
Emory University
Florida Atlantic University
Franklin & Marshall
Georgetown University
Hamilton College
Harvard University
Harvey Mudd College
Hobart and William Smith Colleges        
Hood College
Juniata College
Kalamazoo College
Lehigh University
Luther College
Macalester College
McDaniel College
Manhattan College
McGill University
Miami University
Muhlenburg College
Northwestern University
Oberlin College
Occidental College
Ohio State University
Princeton University
Radford University
Rhodes College
Santa Clara University
Spelman College
St. Mary's College
St. John's University
Swarthmore University
Syracuse University
Towson University
Trinity College (CT)
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of Chicago
University of Glascow
University of Indiana
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Michigan
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
University of Scotland (Edinburgh)
University of Southern California
University of South Carolina
University of Utah
University of Virginia 
Vanderbilt University
Vassar College
Virginia Tech
Washington University in St. Louis
Wesleyan University
Yale University




“WES not only provides an excellent education for children, but it gives them character.  And that is why my kids are at WES."

Katie Meyer, WES Parent

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