Virginia Episcopal School
- Founded in 1916, Virginia Episcopal School is an independent, co-ed boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12.
- Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains just minutes away from the vibrant city of Lynchburg, Virginia, we invite you to get to know our engaging community.
- Here, we guide students to strive to be their very best-what we call Toward Full Stature-through academic, ethical, spiritual and personal growth.
- Every step of the way, you will be supported by dedicated faculty, coaches, your advisor and peers who know you well.VES delivers programs with purpose-hands-on, innovative academic experiences; a wide range of arts, athletics and clubs; endless opportunities to try new things; and student life programs both instructive and inspiring.
- Upon graduation, you will be self-aware; a curious, innovative thinker and producer; a mindful leader; committed to serving your community; and ready to navigate and continue to grow in our dynamic world. Learn more: www.ves.org.
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. . .
|Definition of Terms|
| 2020 School Data
|Virginia Episcopal||Boarding School Avg.|
|School Focus||College Prep||College Preparatory|
|Supports Learning Differences (LD)||Yes||Yes|
|Campus Size||160 acres||120 acres|
|Enrollment||260 students||310 students|
|% Students of Color|
|% International Students|
|% Students Boarding|
|Average SAT Score||1250||* National Avg. »View|
|SAT range (25th-75th percentile)||1130 - 1370||-|
|Average ACT score||26||*National Avg. » View|
|Offers Post-Grad Year||No||No|
Academics and Faculty
|Classroom Dress Code||Formal|
(Blazers, tie, skirts, dresses, dress slacks; spirit dress days)
|Average Class Size||12 students||12|
*National School Avg. » 20
|Teacher : Student Ratio||1:6||1:7|
|# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered||16||18|
|ESL Courses Offered||No||Yes|
|% Faculty with Advanced Degree|
|Summer Program Offered||No||Yes|
|Endowment Size||$22.2 million||$22 million|
|Tuition international students||$62,900||$52,900|
(5 Day Boarding)
|% Students on Financial Aid|
|Avg. Financial Aid Grant||$28,000||$25,000|
|Merit Scholarships Offered||Yes||No|
|Application Deadline||Feb. 1 / Jan. 4 / rolling||Jan. 15|
|Accepts Standardized Application||Yes||No|
|Director of Admissions||Justine Button|
|List of Courses Offered||Link to List of Courses|
AP / Advanced Courses
|# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered||16||18|
|Courses||Advanced Studies Program, AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP English Composition, AP English Literature, AP Enviromental Science, AP French, AP Government, AP Music Theory, AP Physics, AP Spanish Language, AP Statistics, AP Studio Art, AP US History, AP World History, Science & Math Advanced Consortium|
|# Interscholastic Sports Offered||20||16|
|Sports||Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Dance, Equestrian, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Paddle Tennis, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track, Track and Field, Volleyball, Winter Track, Wrestling|
|Total Extracurricular Organizations||35||24|
|Extracurriculars||Club or Organization:|
Anime Club, Basia Librum Book Club, Black Affinity Group, Board Games Club, Captain's Club - Athletics Leadership, Chess Club, Counselor Body - Top Leadership Organization of Seniors, Cybersecurity Club, Debate Club, Food Committee, Garden Club, Global Ambassadors, Green Team - Sustainability Club, GSA, Honor Committee, Mathematics Club, Model United Nations, Pratfall Club, Quiz Bowl, Resident Assistants, Robotics, Rubik’s Cube Club, Stock Market Club, Student Council, TEAMS Engineering, Vestry, Video Productions, Writing Lab, Yearbook Club
Arts and Music Programs:
Glee Club, Jazz Ensemble, Sketchbook Club, Strings Ensemble, Vocal Ensemble
Recreational Athletic Programs:
|Year: 2009 - 2019||10 Most Popular College Choices (# Enrolled)|
|University of Virginia||41|
|University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill||19|
|College of William & Mary; Hampden-Sydney College||17|
|North Carolina State University, Sewannee: University of the South, University of Mississippi||14|
|University of South Carolina, James Madison University, University of Mary Washington, University of||10|
|Wake Forest, Elon University, Wofford, College of Charleston, East Carolina University||9|
|College of Charleston, James Madison University, Appalachian State||8|
|Washington and Lee, University of Illinois at Urban-Champaign, Christopher Newport University, Corne||5|
|Duke University, Georgia Tech, Stanford, UC-Berkeley, University of Chicago, Princeton, Dartmouth, P||2|
|Link to Matriculation Data|
- With 260 students and an average class size of 12, VES is intentionally small and selective, allowing us to simultaneously foster independent learning and guided study.
- Beyond gaining essential 21st century skills-like project-based learning, collaborating with peers and solving relevant problems-the majority of VES students stay active on one of our 35 teams across 16 sports, in our many visual and performing arts programs, in leadership roles, service learning and more than 30 special interest clubs.
- Among our 38 teaching faculty, 73% hold advanced degrees and 10% hold a doctoral degree, elevating our students` academic experience and expanding the depth and breadth of courses offered.
- Students are given the opportunities to challenge themselves to achieve their highest academic potential. VES offers three class levels-Regular, Honors and AP courses. Those who want to go beyond may pursue our Advanced Studies Program.
- VES is a safe place in which students and faculty learn to live together with purpose and accountability. Through our four-year, progressive Student and Residential Life Program, VES faculty and outside experts address the challenges teenagers face today, leveraging the latest science about the adolescent brain. Through this program and others-academics, character and spiritual development, advisory, athletics, the arts, and service learning-students engage in real conversations, acquire practical tools and learn how to live happy, joyful and productive lives. And when they graduate, students have the competencies and confidence to go out and take on the world.
- Each weekend we offer 10+ activities for students to get involved-on campus, in Lynchburg and the surrounding region.
- VES is a blend of young men and women, boarding (70%) and day (30%) students from all over the U.S. and the world (15 countries). Our campus is a meeting place for diverse perspectives and global cultures where students learn from and respect each other.
- Our students go to great colleges and universities around the country, including UVA, UNC, Duke, Stanford, UCLA, Wellesley, MIT, William & Mary, the University of Chicago, Princeton and NYU. All students who graduate from VES are prepared to excel, not only in college, but also in life!
- The VES College Counseling program is cited by families as among the best available. With a focus on helping students find their very best fit for college, our counselors support, educate and provide the necessary tools to help students and parents successfully navigate the complex college admissions process. VES graduates attend many of the world`s finest colleges and universities, including Stanford, UCLA, Cornell, Yale, Princeton, Columbia University, MIT, Wellesley, NYU, the U.S. Naval Academy, UVA, UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke, the College of William & Mary, Wake Forest, Harvey Mudd and Georgia Tech.
- With 80% of faculty living on campus and a 6:1 student-to-teacher ratio, students and faculty form trusting relationships in an engaging community. And our alumni provide an extensive network of support to students and graduates as they look for advice about college, internships, jobs or moving to a new city.
- Nestled on 160 acres in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, we take advantage of our spectacular location just minutes from a thriving downtown with music, arts, maker spaces, an extensive trail system, mountains, rivers and lakes, the nation`s only year-round ski slopes and much more! We are easily accessible by plane, train and automobile. We`re an hour`s drive to Charlottesville, Roanoke and Lexington; two hours to Richmond and three hours to DC!
- Our success is reflected in both the great kids growing Toward Full Stature in our community and our high retention rate-one of the highest retention rates of boarding schools in the nation; the national average for attrition at boarding schools is 10.5%. VES has held steady at a 3 - 5% attrition over the past three years.
- LD types supported: Yes
- Virginia Episcopal School accreditations: NAIS; VAIS; The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS), National Association of Episcopal Schools (NAES); EMA
- Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
- William B. Harrison, Jr. '62 - Former CEO of Chase Manhattan and Chairman/CEO of JPMorgan Chase.
- Lee M. Thomas '62 - Former Chairman and CEO of Rayonier Corp., former President and COO of Georgia-Pacific and administrator of The Environmental Protection Agency under President Ronald Reagan.
- Erksine Bowles '63 - Former White House Chief of Staff to President Clinton, co-chair of the bipartisan National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform under President Obama, and 10th Chancellor of the University of North Carolina.
- Meredith Moran German '95 - Creative Director and partner responsible for the relaunch of the New York-based luxury accessories brand Bienen Davis, originally founded in 1931. A native of Lewisburg, WV, Meredith’s signature styles have been celebrated at the biggest night in fashion
- Vivian Howard '96 - Award-winning chef, restaurateur, TV personality; star of PBS series “A Chef’s Life,” for which she has earned a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Culinary Program. An early proponent of the “farm to table” movement championing local food sourcing.
- Paul Taylor '49 - World's foremost modern dance choreographer of the 20th century, received National Merit of Arts from President Clinton, MacArthur Foundation Fellowship “genius award”.
- Paul Fulton, Jr. '53 - Chairman, Bassett Furniture Industries, Former President of Sara Lee Corporation and former Dean of The University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School; founder and co-chair of Higher Education Works
- D. Holmes Morton '69 - Founder of the Clinic for Special Children in Strasburg, PA, 2006 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship “genius grant” recipient, recipient of the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism and one of Time magazine’s “Heroes of Medicine” for his work in geneti
- Jerrauld Jones '72 - Judge on Norfolk Circuit Court, former member of the Virginia House of Delegates, law clerk to the Supreme Court of Virginia, among the first African-American VES students.
- Meghann King '01 - Strategic and National Security Advisor to The Wilson Center's CEO & President; Coordinator of The Science and Technology Innovation Program
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- School Location Miles Grades Students
- Grades: 8-12, PG | 180 students 46.6 miles1000 Samuel Miller Loop
Charlottesville, VA 22903
(434) 823-480546.68-12, PG180
- Grades: 9-12 | 899 students 54.9 miles2132 Ivy Road
Charlottesville, VA 22903
- Grades: 8-12 | 235 students 165.8 miles17641 College Road
Hagerstown, MD 21740
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