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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the procedure for applying to WES?

The admissions process typically begins when parents either attend an Open House or schedule a private tour. Once an application is submitted, students are invited to a classroom visit. Required supplemental materials vary by grade. Please visit Admission Procedures for more information.

WES's open admission policy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color or national origin, religion or creed, gender, sexual orientation, family composition, economic status, age, or disability.

When should I apply?

Application Deadline: The formal application deadline was Friday, February 1, 2019. WES has select openings in a few grades. 

Please contact the Office of Admission at to inquire about applying late.

Families are encouraged to apply in the fall of the year preceding the year they would like to enter the school.

What testing is required?

No formal testing is required for applicants to Nursery (age 3) or Transition (age 4). The WPPSI-IV is optional for applicants to Kindergarten and Grade 1, the WISC-V for entry to Grades 2 - 5, and the SSAT or ISEE for Grades 6 - 8.

How will I know that my application is complete?

The Office of Admission will log every component of your application online as it arrives into the office. Your online account will reflect the receipt of each component with a green check.

Is Financial Aid available?

Yes. Parents must file a Parents' Financial Statement (PFS) with School and Student Services by NAIS (SSS). Parents can apply online. Click HERE to schedule a consultation with WES Director of Admission and Financial Aid Director Kim Bair about the Financial Aid process and for general questions about qualifying for financial aid. 

What is the average class size and student-to-teacher ratio?

Nursery is one section of 10-14 students. Transition is two sections of 10-14 students. Kindergarten-Grade 8 have two sections each of 16-18 students. Most years, each section of Early Childhood has two full-time teachers. 

Our overall student-to-teacher ratio is 7:1.

What percentage of your faculty has advanced degrees?

Over 50% of our faculty members have completed post-graduate degrees.

What foreign languages do you offer?

Students in Transition-Grade 8 have a choice of either Spanish or French. Latin is required in Grades 6-8.

What are the school hours?

The time schedule of classes during the school year is as follows:

Nursery (age 3)
Core program:  9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  + optional afternoons:  9:00 a.m. - 3:25 p.m. (Mon. - Thurs.)
                                           9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.  (Fri.)
  + optional early arrival: 7:50 a.m.

Transition (age 4)
Core program:  9:00 a.m. - 3:25 p.m. (Mon. - Thurs.)
                                                9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (Fri.)
  + optional early arrival:  7:50 a.m. 
  + optional early dismissal: 12:00 p.m. (Fri.) 

Kindergarten - Grade 8 
Core program: 8:00 a.m. - 3:25 p.m. (Mon. - Thurs.)
                                              8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (Fri.) 
  + optional Kindergarten early dismissal: 12:00 p.m. (Fri.)

Extended Day
Daily until 6:00 p.m. for Nursery - Grade 8


Do you have a uniform or dress code?

There is no uniform for children in Nursery, Transition, or Kindergarten. Students in Grades 1-8 do wear a school uniform. There is also a required uniform for PE for Grades 1-8.  Please click here to learn more.

Do you have before or after care?

Students may arrive at school as early as 7:40 a.m. for supervised drop-off and attend the extended day program as late as 6:00 p.m. There is a separate fee for after care. 

Do you offer transportation?

Our school buses are used to transport our students to sports events and some field trips. We encourage families to carpool as we do not offer transportation to and from school.

What is the enrollment at WES?

We have approximately 300 students in Nursery-Grade 8.

Do you have a birthday cut-off for admission?

We believe students benefit from being in a classroom with their peers, particularly in the early years when children develop rapidly. Nursery applicants should be turning 3 by September 1 of the year they plan to enroll; Transition applicants should be 4; Kindergarten applicants should be 5. If your child has a birthday around September 1, we will work with you to determine the best placement for your child.

What is the diversity at WES?

WES is committed to creating a diverse community in which students and families from all backgrounds will feel welcomed and accepted. Approximately 30% of our students are children of color. One quarter of our students come from international families. Our students also come from a broad range of faith traditions and socio-economic backgrounds. 

Is everyone at WES Episcopalian?

WES is enriched by many faiths. We welcome both students of faith and students without a faith tradition to seek clarity about their own beliefs and to honor those traditions more fully and faithfully in their lives. Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and more than 16 Christian denominations are represented in the WES community. For specific questions regarding religion at WES, please contact our Chaplain, Tim Kennedy.

When do you notify families of admission decisions?

Decision letters are mailed in early March.

Where do WES students go to high school?

WES alumni attend over 30 different high schools around DC, as well as several boarding schools. We work hard to ensure each child matriculates to a school that is a good fit for him or her.

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