Top Ten Reasons for Choosing WES
1. Episcopal tradition
A respect for each individual and for the importance of spirituality underlies every aspect of WES life. WES follows the traditions and practices of the Episcopal Church but honors the beliefs and customs of the world's major faiths. Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, and more than 16 Christian denominations are represented at WES.
2. Small, safe, and kind community
New families easily transition into the community, thanks to warm welcomes and immediate outreach from current parents. New students connect with classmates within days, not months, and families form lifelong friendships.
3. Superb preparation for secondary school, college, and life
Our graduates consistently are accepted at an impressive list of Washington-area independent high schools and national boarding schools.
4. Students stand out without burning out
WES challenges students to embrace academic rigor in an appropriately balanced and supportive environment. Exceptional teaching, small classes, and individualized attention are program hallmarks.
5. Life at WES is a constant adventure
Students challenge themselves academically, physically, and spiritually and broaden their world view. So empowered, they stride confidently into the world, delight in it, and contribute to it.
6. Speaking of striding, did we mention we love to travel?
Grade 5 students complete their study of the American Civil War with an overnight visit to Antietam. Grade 6 students spend a week in the American Desert Southwest studying rock formations, erosion, and fossils; white-water rafting; and rock climbing. Grade 7 students travel to Italy for ten days visiting museums, exploring Greek ruins in Paestum and the Vatican in Rome, and wandering through Pompeii. Grade 8 students participate in an exchange with students in either France or Spain and forge international friendships that will last a lifetime. All trips are included in tuition costs.
Students hail from across the city and around the world. Their diversity enriches the school and its multi-cultural curriculum. For the 2015-2016 school year, students of color will comprise 41% of the student body.
8. A hearty dose of foreign language instruction
In preparation for later study trips, students begin their study of either French or Spanish in their Transition (age 4) year. Latin is offered in Grades 6-8, and Chinese and Arabic are taught in popular after-school enrichment classes.
9. Remarkable facilities
WES offers students a large, modern library, three science rooms, two art studios and a ceramics studio, two technology centers, three gyms, a full grass athletic field, a new state-of-the-art turf field, and an outside sports court.
10. Interscholastic sports, starting in Grade 5
The fearsome Dragons compete against other area schools in cross country, track and field, soccer, basketball, and lacrosse. WES is an eight-time winner of the Maryland President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports Championship Award. Blue and Gold Field Day competitions include a school-wide tug-of-war, picnic, and a host of stimulating outdoor activities.