5600 Little Falls Parkway
Bethesda, MD 20816

Washington Episcopal School (WES) is committed to helping every child become kind, confident, and prepared. It all starts in our Early Childhood program where our youngest students explore, experiment, and problem solve. Hands-on activities (and ample play time) promote their cognitive, social, emotional, and physical growth. 

In the Elementary and Middle School years, students cultivate virtues like courage, humility, and compassion, to help foster a moral and ethical compass. They learn how to take risks and self-advocate as they become leaders.  

Our experiential study trips – from the apple orchard to the Chesapeake Bay to the desert southwest, to Italy, and France or Spain –provide unforgettable experiences for our students as they explore the world beyond the classroom. 

A strong foundation at WES equips students with skills that foster academic confidence and adaptability, enabling them to excel and thrive in their future educational pursuits, fueling a lifelong love for learning. WES graduates seamlessly transition to a wide variety of top secondary schools.

The best way to learn more about this life-changing education is to join us at an admission event. Call today to learn more!

Grades: PK3-Grade 8 
Gender: Co-ed 
Total number of students: 346
Average class size: 14 
Student/teacher ratio: 7:1 
Religious affiliation: Episcopal 
Grade foreign language first offered: PK4 
Languages offered: Spanish, French, Latin 
Lowest tuition for 5-day students: $16,000 
Annual tuition for Grade 8: $42,000 
Students receiving financial aid: 23% 
Uniform: Yes 
Bus transportation: No 
Teacher retention rate: 7.5 years
Interscholastic Sports: Soccer, cross country, basketball, lacrosse, track and field
Number of art studios: 3 
Theater productions per year: Every grade performs at least once/year for entire school
Accreditations/Affiliations: Association of Independent Maryland Schools; Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington; Mid-Atlantic Episcopal Schools Association; National Association of Episcopal Schools; National Association of Independent Schools; Independent Education; Black and Latino Student Fund.
Founded: 1986