Virginia Episcopal School

5.00 5 1 (5 reviews)
400 V.E.S. Road
Lynchburg, VA 24503
Tel: 434-385-3607
Gr: (Boarding) 9-12 | 245 students
  • VES is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9 12.
  • VES` mission remains true to when the school was founded 100 years ago to know students individually and help each grow Toward Full Stature.Intentionally small, with 245 students from all over the country and the world, VES is just the right size and offers the right blend of programming and community to develop well-rounded students scholars, athletes, arts enthusiasts and confident, globally aware leaders. At the heart of the school is delivering an exceptional VES experience one that offers the best teachers, innovative programs and a vibrant and contemporary learning environment for students today and for generations to come. VES graduates attend many of the world`s finest colleges and universities, including Stanford, UVA, Cornell, Yale, Columbia University, MIT, Wellesley, the U.S Naval Academy, Georgetown, UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke, the College of William & Mary, and Wake Forest. Set on 160 acres in Lynchburg, Virginia at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the school has a vibrant student life program and is located within a three hour drive to Washington, DC, and two hours to Richmond, Va., and Greensboro, NC.

Alumni Reviews
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  • University of California, Santa Barbara
    What I valued most about VES was the small community that was formed between students and faculty. Our teachers became our friends, and I don't think this type of community can be found anywhere else. . .
  • University of Virginia
    Virginia Episcopal School (VES) does an excellent job of fusing the roles of teachers into mentors, advisers, and friends. Any given teacher I had would approach me outside of class to ask about homework, how. . .
  • Bard
    The professors and the students at VES are what make this school incredible--the people are individuals who, together, can make anyone feels as though they are at home and in an alternate reality. I was. . .
  • Georgia Tech
    An aspect that makes VES unique is the connection between the faculty and the students. Because much of the faculty live on campus, the students have an opportunity to connect with them outside of the. . .
  • UNC Chapel Hill
    The student-faculty relationships are the lynchpin at VES. Also the catered education and one on one effort by the faculty is key to the success VES has. I came in a mediocre student, athlete and. . .

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Definition of Terms 
2016 School Data
Virginia Episcopal Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Prep College Preparatory
Grades Offered 9-12 9-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
Religious Affiliation Episcopal Non-denominational
Year Founded 1916 1910
Campus Size 160 acres 120 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 245 students 298 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score 1700 * National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile) 1550 - 1900 -
Average ACT score 25 *National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad Year No No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Formal Casual
Average Class Size 12 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:6 1:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 16 16
ESL Courses Offered No Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program Offered No Yes


Endowment Size $18 million $16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
(includes required fees and $750 towards bookstore)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
(includes required fees and $500 towards bookstore)
Tuition international students $53,200 $47,400
Yearly Tuition
(5 Day Boarding)
$34,550 $37,945
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $26,000 $21,275
Merit Scholarships Offered Yes No


Application Deadline Feb. 1 Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsJustine Button
Associate Director of AdmissionsMike Gardiner

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 16 16
CoursesAP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemisrty, AP English Composition, AP English Literature, AP Enviromental Science, AP European History, AP French, AP Goverment, AP Music Theory, AP Physics, AP Spanish Language, AP Statistics, AP Studio Art, AP US History


# Interscholastic Sports Offered 13 14
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling


Total Extracurricular Organizations 17 23
ExtracurricularsBasia Librum Book Club, Counselor Body, Drama Club, Glee Club, Honor, Instrumental, Mathematics Club, Meteor - Student Newspaper, Photography Club, Quiz Bowl, Robotics, School Magazine "The Quipster", Student Council, TEAMS Engineering, Vestry, Video Productions, Writer's Shop

College Matriculation

Year: 2013 - 2015 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
University of Virginia 14
UNC Chapel Hill 6
Virginia Tech, University of Mississippi, Sewanee: University of the South 5
East Carolina University, College of Charleston, Hampden-Sydney College 4
College of William & Mary, Wake Forest University, Elon University, North Carolina State University 3
Loyola University of Maryland, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Lynchburg College 2
Syracuse University, University of Alabama, University of California, Davis 2
University of California, Los Angeles, University of California, Santa Barbara 2
University of Mary Washington, University of South Carolina, University of Tennessee, Knoxville 2
Wofford College, Christopher Newport University, James Madison University 2

School Notes

  • School accreditations: NAIS; VAIS; VCPE; NAPSG; TABS; SSATB
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