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Washington Episcopal School cherishes its independence. In every way, WES strives to impart the best in education to its students, relying on its well-developed curriculum and programs, and talented and dedicated faculty, independent of outside decision-makers, agencies, or organizations. We believe that this independence is at the heart of WES's strength.

But this means that the school must operate independently in every way, including financially. All decisions come from within WES. All funds for the school must come from within the WES community.

As in most independent schools, tuition provides the bulk of income to the operating budget and other expenses at WES. However, to keep tuition levels as low as possible, WES staff and volunteers, as in similar schools, actively raise funds from parents, grandparents, alumni, parents of alumni, and friends. These tax-deductible gifts of cash, securities, and property boost annual income for the school and increase investment opportunities for programs and growth. 

Relationships with and voluntary support from families, alumni, and friends are key to the vitality and longevity of an excellent independent school like WES.  All in the WES community are grateful for the contributions of financial resources and time, which help keep WES on the leading edge of independent school education for our children.

What the Development Office Does

With the help of our extraordinary volunteers, the WES Development Office plays an important role in establishing, building, and improving

  • fund-raising and advancement activities,
  • communications within the WES community and with the world beyond our gates, and
  • relationships with parents and alumni.

Long-term goals are especially important in the area of development where most activities require careful coordination over several years.  The Development Office works closely with every part of the WES community to keep WES strong and its future bright and secure.






Claire Henderson
Director of Development


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Developemnt Staff:

Claire Henderson
Director of Development

Ali Bratun
Development Associate
Marketing, Alumni, Publications

Amy Ruberl
Development Associate
Gifts and Special Events, Alumni

The Development Office is located through the front entrance on the second floor, across from the large meeting room.

Volunteer Leadership:

Annual Giving Chair
Nicole and Paul Miller

Auction Gala Co-Chairs 
Julia Ghafouri and Liz Tyndall

Parents Association President
Keeley Snider

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