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Welcome from the Head of School

With a fresh and informed approach that blends tradition with innovation, our vibrant and close-knit school community nurtures the pursuit of academic rigor with the development of character and values such as stewardship, empathy, courage, and integrity. We take pride in ensuring that our students leave us kind, confident, and prepared. 

These priorities are fueled with outstanding instruction and a thoughtful curriculum that bolsters not only our students’ content knowledge but also their critical thinking and problem solving abilities, risk-taking nature, and creativity. Our parents are an integral part of the process who contribute their time and talent to further enhance the school’s culture and curriculum. Our faculty work in an environment that promotes respect, empowerment, collaboration, imagination, and professional growth. In turn, our children experience an appropriately challenging and joyful learning environment. 

WES is special for many reasons, but we are unique in that our friendly and robust relationships amongst the students, faculty, staff, parents, and alumni make all feel welcomed and a part of this larger calling. We welcome you to come on campus to truly get a sense of our program and community. 


Danny Vogelman
Head of School 


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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