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Welcome to WES!

On behalf of everyone at Washington Episcopal School, welcome to the WES community! We are excited to have you join us and look forward to many years together.

There are a number of opportunities to get acquainted with the school before September.

    Every new family will be assigned a “mentor” family before the Founders Day Picnic. These current families will serve as resources for you during your first months at WES. Many families arrange to meet during the summer before school starts; most meet at the picnic. We make every effort to match families with children in the same grade, so new students will have a familiar face when they start the school year. If you have not heard from your mentor by June 1, then please contact the Office of Admissions. We want to be sure that you are able to have a great transition to WES!

    A great way to help your child transition to his or her new school is through our camp. Summer at WES is available for those entering Transition-Grade 8 and offers multiple week-long sessions with themes ranging from “Under the Sea” to “Junior Engineers.”

    Please print the following forms that apply to your child(ren) and have your doctor complete and sign them at your child's summer annual visit. Please have the completed forms ready to upload by mid-July. WES partners with Magnus Health for the collection and storage of all student health information. If you should have any questions, please contact WES Nurse Stacey Bailey at or call 301-652-7878. 

         Only if a child needs:
         Authorization for Prescription Medication
         Over-The-Counter Medication Authorization Form

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


In March 1986 a small group of committed parents joined together with Isabelle S. Schuessler, former Head of St. Patrick's Episcopal Day School in DC, to establish Washington Episcopal School. Under the inspired and visionary leadership of its Board Chair, Robert E. Freer, Mrs. Schuessler, along with Dorothy McSweeny and other founders, the school grew and prospered.

The school opened its doors to 90 students in September of that same year in a temporary space in the basement of Pilgrim Lutheran Church on Massachusetts Avenue in Bethesda, Maryland. The school moved in 1987 to its present site in Bethesda, convenient to Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia. Enrollment grew steadily and a Middle School (Grades 7 and 8) was added in 1995. The unique, exciting study trip program, which sends older students to Utah, Italy, France, and Spain was developed as an important component of the academic program, and included in tuition. With increasing enrollment came the need for bigger and better facilities. After a successful Capital Campaign, WES completed a comprehensive building program that transformed the campus. 

Click HERE to view a video featuring WES's founding. 

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