Welcome from the Head of School
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” This quote underscores why I am thrilled to be a part of Washington Episcopal School (WES). Thirty-one years ago, WES was founded by an impressive and dynamic entrepreneurial spirit within the founding head of school, parents, and faculty who came together to do something different –to build an educational institution that supports the principles of the Episcopal Church while maintaining independent academic integrity. Not only did it take conviction to form this school but deep courage. Even then the DC metro area was filled with many fine preschools and elementary schools, could the area sustain one more? The answer was a resounding, “yes." Since the school's founding in 1986, WES has grown from 90 students to over 270, and in 1995, WES added a Middle School.
Students at WES not only acquire excellent academic knowledge but with the guidance of the dedicated and enthusiastic faculty that includes a chaplain, award-winning teachers, learning and enrichment specialists, and coaches, students become more confident; stretch their social and academic boundaries; grow into creative problem-solvers; and develop an appreciation for the world around them and an understanding of their responsibility to contribute positively to that world. Successful students at WES are defined by their knowledge, kindness, and self-reliance.
At WES, we do not assign nor limit our students to outdated modes of identification such as the art student, the math kid, or the science whiz. Every child explores a wide range of enriched subject matter including art, drama, STEM, religion, music, movement, physical education, public speaking, and much more through traditional teaching methods, as well as, hands-on projects, experiential study trips, team assignments, new technology, and individual support. The result of this effort is the remarkable placement of WES graduates into top area independent secondary schools, competitive public school programs such as IB or magnet schools, and national boarding schools. WES currently has 106 graduates at 37 different secondary schools. WES teaches its students not only to create their own path but how to make the most out of the experience along the way.
I welcome you to our website and cordially invite you to our campus. We hope you will discover the joy of learning not only on these pages but in-person.
Head of School