Episcopal High School

Alexandria, Virginia, USA view map
Co-Ed, Episcopal

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At Episcopal, all students board and come from approximately 30 states and 18 different countries. An experienced faculty, small classes (average is 12), 40 advanced courses, and integrated technology (with laptop computer program) support the pursuit of academic excellence. Highlights include extensive offerings in arts and athletics; frequent study in Washington, D.C. (10 minutes away), including senior internships; study abroad opportunities; spiritual and moral education with one of the nation's oldest Honor Codes. Our 130-acre campus includes new centers for science, the arts, and athletics.

1200 North Quaker Lane, Alexandria, Virginia, USA 22302

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Director of Admission: Scott Conklin
Admissions Phone:703-933-4062Toll-Free Admissions:877-933-4347Fax:703-933-3016
Email: admissions@episcopalhighschool.org Website: www.episcopalhighschool.org

  • Application Deadline: January 15
  • Application Fee: $60
  • International Application Fee: $60
  • Accept TABS Admission Application: Yes
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  • Founded: 1839
  • Campus Size: 130 acres
  • Grades Offered:
  • Accredited by: SACS, VAIS
Student Body
Grades 9th-12th
Girls     222 0 222
Boys     218 0 218
Total     440 0 440

Tuition and Financial Aid
  • 7-Day Boarding: $47,850
  • 5-Day Boarding: N/A
  • Day Tuition Fee: N/A
  • Payment Plans: Offered
  • Need-Based Aid: Offered
  • Students Receiving Aid: 30.00%
  • Average Awarded: $35,750
School Finances
  • Merit Scholarships: Offered
  • Students Receiving Merit Scholarships: 5.00%
  • Average Merit Scholarship: $7,000
  • Current Endowment: $189,000,000
  • Per Student Endowment: $0

Summary: Episcopal High School's academic program prepares students for success in college and beyond by providing a rigorous liberal arts education enriched by technology and hands-on learning. Students are challenged by talented faculty in small classes that encourage quality interactions. A variety of teaching methods are used that incorporate current pedagogy and reflect a diversity of learning styles. An Episcopal High School education is more than just acquired knowledge - it is also discovery, exploration, and creativity. Students and faculty work together in a learning community to make the most of each subject, whether engaging in lively classroom discussion and debates, analyzing the meaning behind a poem or work of art, or working together to make a scientific discovery. In addition, learning doesn't stop at the classroom door. Our teachers take full advantage of the many opportunities in the Washington, D.C. area to enhance classroom work. Students might read "Macbeth" and then see it peformed on stage, or study environmental science in the lab and then carry out field work on the Potomac River. Episocpal attracts students with a wide variety of academic talents, and the School strives to address each student's needs. Regular, honors, and advanced courses in each department allow students to tailor their learning track, and if they wish to explore a subject not offered in the curriculum, there is also the opportunity for independent study.

Department Director: Mary Fielder

Average Class Size: 12

Full Time Teachers: 65

Teachers Holding Advanced Degrees: 80.00%

Student/Teacher Ratio: 6/1

Summer Programs Offered: Offered

Advanced/Enrichment Programs
Support Programs
  • College Counseling
  • Evening Study Assistance
  • Learning Differences Support
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Subject Tutoring
  • Technology Center
  • Writing Center
  • Independent Study
  • Classics
  • Creative Writing
  • Honors
  • Literature
  • Asian History
  • Classical History
  • European History
  • Honors
  • Medieval History
  • United States History
  • World History
Foreign Languages:
  • Chinese-Mandarin
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Greek
  • Latin
  • Ethics
  • Moral Philosophy
  • Philosophy
  • Religious Studies
  • Theology
  • World Religions
Humanities/Social Sciences:
  • Economics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Anatomy
  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Science
  • Genetics
  • Geology
  • Health
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Honors Math
  • Geometry
  • Probability
  • Statistics
  • Trigonometry
  • Advanced Math
Computer Studies:
  • Computer Applications
  • Computer Programming
  • Computer Science
  • Band
  • Choral Music
  • Composition
  • Individual Instructions
  • Music Theory
  • Orchestra
  • Recording
  • Songwriting
  • Voice
Performing/Visual Arts:
  • Acting
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Drawing
  • History of Theater
  • Modern Dance
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Portfolio
  • Publications
  • Screenwriting
  • Studio Art
  • Television Production
  • Textiles
  • Theater Arts
  • Theater Design
Special Programs:
  • Community Service
  • Exchange Programs
  • Independent Study
  • Internships
  • Leadership
  • Study Abroad:
  • School Year Abroad
Distinctive or New Programs:
  • N/A
AP Courses Available:
  • Art History
  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science A
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Environmental Science
  • French Language
  • Human Geography
  • Latin: Vergil
  • Music Theory
  • Physics B
  • Physics C
  • Spanish Language
  • Spanish Literature
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art
  • US History
  • Chinese Language

Summary: Living on dorm is at the heart of Episcopal culture: EHS's eight dorms - four for boys and four for girls - quickly become "home," where teachers and students celebrate birthdays, indulge in spontaneous midnight pancakes, and hold intense conversations around the kitchen table. Led by a dorm head with a resident faculty member on every floor, each dormitory is a community where students support and champion one another - from helping to carry a new student's luggage on the first day to attending dorm-mates' debuts in plays or athletic games. To ease the boarding school transition, freshmen live in their own dorms and have earlier check-in and lights-out times, plus extra faculty members on the dorm team. Additionally, Monitors - seniors selected by the faculty and student body - help coordinate dorm life. Students have one or two roommates, new students have roommates in the same grade, and all are responsible for their room upkeep and laundry.

Department Director: Timothy Jaeger

Dorm Life

Number of Dorms: 8

Average Students Per Dorm: 55

No. of Girls Dorms: 4

No. of Boys Dorms: 4

Dorm Amenities:
Game Room
Laundry Facilities 
Vending Machines 

Dress Code: Other

Student Life

Summary: The Episcopal experience is rooted in self-discovery. Our extraordinary residential community provides the perfect opportunities - both in and out of the classroom - for such discovery to occur. Living on dorm with classmates and teachers as neighbors inspires formative, lifelong friendships. The experience starts with academics and moves outward to the arts, athletics, school trips, community service, and unstructured time for just hanging out. The many choices - to participate on an athletic team, in a performance, in a club, with a student publication, to play a card game or laser tag - are joyous opportunities for students to determine who they are and to work with others toward mutual goals.


  • All-weather track
  • Baseball field(s)
  • Basketball court(s)
  • Fitness Center
  • Technology Center
  • Volleyball court(s)
  • Football field
  • Indoor basketball court(s)
  • Pool
  • Two turf fields & Tennis Courts

Clubs and Organizations

  • Classics Club
  • Community Service
  • Computer Club
  • Debate Club
  • Diversity Club
  • Dorm Proctors
  • Drama Club
  • Environmental Club
  • Foreign Language Clubs
  • Honor Council
  • International Clubs
  • Investment Club
  • Literary Magazine
  • Math Club
  • Model UN
  • Newspaper
  • Peer Counseling
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Pep Club
  • Photography
  • Science Bowl
  • Student Activities
  • Student Government
  • Student Publications
  • Theater
  • Weightlifting
  • Yearbook
  • Yoga
  • Young Democrats
  • Young Republicans

Summary: Arts - At Episcopal, we know that the arts feed creativity, and creativity stimulates cognitive perception, awareness, and intellect. That's why we offer a comprehensive arts program through which students have an extraordinary opportunity to excel in their chosen art form, or to explore newly discovered interests and talents. In the state-of-the-art Ainslie Arts Center, students pursue all levels of study and practice in the performing and visual arts. This dynamic curriculum includes exposure to the rich artistic and cultural treasures of Washington, D.C., and master workshops with well-known performers and artists. EHS students have a rare opportunity to work at what they love and experience the challenges of creative practice - supported by adults who are themselves accomplished professionals. Athletics - Episcopal believes that physical excercise and conditioning are very important to the health of every teenage boy and girl and that habits and routines of excercise begun at a young age are important to lifelong health. EHS is also committed to the values taught by athletic competition. Sportsmanship, self-discipline, and perserverance are often learned through interscholastic sports. Most importantly, Episcopal's athletic teams provide an opportunity for students from diverse backgrounds to learn the value of teamwork, cooperation, and mutual respect. Episcopal's athletics facilities rank among the finest of any high school in the nation and each year, Episcopal fields 43 interscholastic teams (including 25 varsity and 18 junior varsity teams) in 15 different sports. More than 375 students per year participate on these teams, and most freshmen and sophomores participate in interscholastic competition during all three seasons.

Arts Department Director: Douglas Kehnlenbrink

Athletics Department Director: Jim Fitzpatrick

  • A Cappella Group
  • Art Club
  • Brass Ensemble
  • Chamber Choir
  • Chamber Ensemble
  • Chamber Orchestra
  • Choral Music
  • Dance
  • Drama Club
  • Glee Club
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Pep Band
  • Rock Band
  • Stage Band
  • String Ensemble
  • Tech Crew
  • Theater
Interscholastic Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Crew
  • Cross-Country Running
  • Field Hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Kayaking
  • Lacrosse
  • Rock Climbing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Weight Lifting
  • Wrestling
Recreational Sports
  • Dance
  • Outdoor Education
  • Power Lifting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Tennis
  • Weight Lifting

Summary: When our graduates leave Episcopal High School's gates, without exception their journeys continue at colleges and universities that best complement their talents, ambitions, interests, and learning styles. Our alumni attend many of the most highly selective institutions in the country, including honors colleges at state universities. Our dedicated team of college counselors guides both students and parents through every aspect of the college admissions process. Informally, the process can begin as early as sophomore year when students are invited to attend college fairs and meetings with visiting admissions teams. Formal college counseling begins junior year with individual meetings and an orientation session designed to help students understand the application process. Our counselors personally monitor and assist with college planning throughout a student's junior and senior years. They help students indentify the college and universities where they will thrive - where the student will feel both supported and challenged. Our counselors, who maintain contact with respected colleges and universities nationwide, are especially able to determine whether a school is a good fit for a student. In addition, they encourage seniors to compete for prestigious merit scholarships, including the Jefferson (Virginia), Morehead (North Carolina) and Robertson (Duke/North Carolina).

Department Director: Robert Hedrick

College Information

Percentage of Graduates Who Attend College: 100.00%

Colleges attended in the past 5 years by our graduates:

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill 40 graduates
University of Virginia 38 graduates
Sewanee- University of the South 28 graduates
Washington & Lee University 15 graduates
University of Georgia 14 graduates
Southern Methodist University 11 graduates
North Carolina State University 10 graduates
Vanderbilt University 8 graduates
Trinity College 8 graduates
University of Pennsylvania 7 graduates
University of Miami 7 graduates
University of South Carolina 7 graduates
University of Mississippi 7 graduates
College of Charleston 7 graduates
Duke University 6 graduates
Wake Forest University 6 graduates
University of Colorado - Boulder 6 graduates
College of William & Mary 6 graduates
Tufts University 5 graduates
Princeton University 5 graduates

Middle Percentile of SAT Scores

25th percentile 75th percentile
Critical Reading 580 670
Mathematics 590 670
Writing 620 720

Notable Alumni

Senator John McCain (Class of 1954) Senator of Arizona, 2008 Presidential Candidate

Gaston Caperton (Class of 1959) President of the College Board, former Governor of West Virginia

Julian Robertson (Class of 1951) Financier, former CEO of Tiger Management

Dr. T. Berry Brazelton (Class of 1936) Renowned Pediatrician and Author

Paul de Podesta (Class of 1991) Former General Manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers

Lee D. Ainslie (Class of 1982) Managing Partner, Maverick Capital

Todd Gray (Class of 1982) Chef and Owner of DC's Equinox Restaurant

Quotes from Alumni

Summary: Episcopal's special summer programs offer students entering grades seven through twelve the opportunity to enjoy days and nights on Episcopal’s campus, learning from exceptional teachers and alongside talented peers. Episcopal's 130-acre campus provides a beautiful setting for academic achievement where students and teachers utilize cutting-edge technological resources and outstanding facilities. 2012 Summer Programs at EHS include the following: Young Writers Workshop; Environmental Science; Leadership Institute; Choral Academy; Jazz & Recording Workshop; and Documentary Photography. Please visit our web site www.episcopalhighschool.org/summerprograms or contact Director of Academic Summer Programs Helen Woolworth at summer@episcopalhighschool.org for information on the 2012 summer session. Each summer, Episcopal also hosts several athletic camps available to boys and girls from a wide range of ages. Please check our web site for details.

Department Director: Helen Woolworth

Episcopal High School Summer Programs

June 24, 2012 to July 28, 2012

These one-week camps include Young Writers Workshop, Environmental Science, Leadership Institute, Choral Academy, Jazz & Recording Workshop, and Documentary Photography. All programs instructed by EHS’ talented faculty. For students entering grades 7- 12. Boarding and day option.

Registration Deadline: June 01, 2012
Financial Aid Available:  
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