First grade students focus on families and neighborhoods
Second grade widens focus to include communities and countries through integrated study of the city of Washington, DC, and the country of Mexico
Third-grade students learn about discovery and exploration of the New World, along with Maryland history
Geography and map skills are taught at each grade
Field trips complement study at each grade level with visits to National Building Museum, White House, Supreme Court, and Annapolis, Maryland
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.
WASHINGTON EPISCOPAL SCHOOL 5600 Little Falls Parkway, Bethesda, MD20816 301-652-7878