Virginia Episcopal School - Review #7

Read more details about Virginia Episcopal School on their 2021-22 profile page.
Virginia Episcopal School

About the Author:

Years Attended Boarding School: 2007-2008
Sports and Activities:Football, Wrestling, Baseball, Counselor Body, Student Government, Habitat For Humanity, Indoor Track, Spring Musical and many more
College Enrolled:UNC Chapel Hill
Home Town, State: Charlotte, NC

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
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 leader and left a far more developed person truly working on the motto of Toward Full Stature. I still use that creed today.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
VES was the best decision I have made. Without it, I would not have been nearly as successful in life as I am. The multitude of activities and experience in my life helped shape my personality. "Toward Full Stature" is the creed at VES and I still use it today as a goal, because I learned one can always grow, learn and try new things at VES.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I would have taken advantage of the international travel opportunities and done more of the musicals and arts available at VES. I was a good athlete and leader, I could have branched out a little more. I had the opportunities and plenty of them at VES.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
I loved how friendly, small, student-focused and educationally well-rounded the school was. It was a comprehensively challenging but supportive community that helped me grow more than I ever could have imagined.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
GO TO VES! Visit campus, meet students, the faculty and see the awesome facilities. VES is the best decision I made and I hope you can visit to see if you like it.


1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
I loved the small classes and teacher attention. 80% of faculty live on campus so even though I struggled in class, I could get help out of class, so long as I sought it out.


1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Athletic were unreal. I came in loving sports and love them more today. From one-on-one coaching to the ability to play any sport(I wrestled and never had before), the athletic program is comprehensive and student-focused.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
I was mostly an athlete. But I was encouraged to do the Spring Musicals and they were awesome. Visual arts were very fun as well!

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
I liked the fact that I could have any passion and pursue it. I participated in everything from FCA, Habitat for Humanity and Fishing Club to North Carolina club where we watched UNC Basketball and a NC parent would bring up bbq!

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
Dorm was great. I built relationships that are still strong today on those dorms. The dorm faculty were attentive, at times harsh, but mostly as reasonable as my parents were at home.


1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
Meriweather Godsey caters the food to VES. They run the two best restaurants in town and it shows. the food was awesome. I loved the variety the most. Even though I am not Vegan I could eat Vegan food... or waffles that they you could make at any meal

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Lynchburg is awesome because it is not too big and not too small. From the Lynchburg Hillcats to fun things to do downtown, it is a great place to go to boarding school. I really loved the close-knit and eclectic community in Lynchburg
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
Social life was great. While you can have some drama when you live with your classmates, 1/3 of the school is day students so you can get off campus and do other things if the on campus activities(though mostly awesome like dodgeball, open gym, paintball, movies, coffee house etc.) did not strike a chord.
Read more details about Virginia Episcopal School on their 2021-22 profile page.

Alumni Reviews
  Review School

  • Review Description
  • Sewanee The University of the South
    The relationship formed between faculty and students is one that nobody who doesn't go to VES will understand. I feel more than comfortable to go to faculty with my struggles and get advice, and in. . .
  • Wake Forest University
    The faculty/student interactions are like no other. I would regularly "hang out" with my teachers, go to dinner with them, etc. They are much more than teachers and fully devote themselves to the students. I. . .
  • 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. . .
  • Show more reviews (4 reviews)
Recent Articles
October 14, 2021
Thinking about making a major gift to your school? How about endowing a faculty chair? More here.
September 30, 2021
American boarding schools have always welcomed international students. Rigorous academic programs, extensive athletic programs, and a wide range of extracurricular activities attract students from all over the world.
September 27, 2021
Admissions to boarding school is a process with many components. The process can be confusing to parents dealing with boarding school admissions for the first time. We guide you through the process.