Episcopal High School
Episcopal High School is located in Alexandria, VA and is a coeducational school for grades 9-12 with emphasis on college prep. Founded in 1839 the doors opened with 35 boys under the direction of Rev. William N. Pendleton and three assistant’s. Only a year later the school student body tripled in size to more than 100 boys. After the Federal occupation of Alexandria during the Civil War, the school was closed. For the next five years, the school building was used for a large hospital for the Federal troops. Under the direction of Launcelot Minor Blackford the school reopened in 1866. Using a modern academic curriculum and interscholastic team sports the school began to grow. The school undertook an aggressive building program to accommodate the growing student body and staff. The Honor code was introduced at this time and Episcopal High School was one of the first to use this code. In 1991, the school began transitioning into a coeducational school, enrolling 48 girls.
The Episcopal High School encourages excellence and exploration. They use the nation’s capital to learn rich history, cultural and scientific resources outside of the classroom, this is known as their Washington Program. Trips are made to museums, art galleries, churches, government and non-government organizations and foreign embassies. The students can be involved in polling people on current issues, to running ecological experiments on local waterways. The enrichment tours would take the students to visit the traditional Washington landmarks such as changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and more.
Episcopal High School is committed to developing the spiritual life of each student. The students attend chapel services three times a week making it a time for reflection and renewal. Students are able to take theology classes and frequently take a leadership role in the church services through readings, talks and musical presentations.
Episcopal High School has many clubs and activities for the students to be involved in. They have a visual arts program, theater, music, and dance. Episcopal also has an athletic program that believes the physical exercise and conditioning of a student is crucial to their health. The athletic teams provide an opportunity for the students to learn cooperation and the value of teamwork. Sportsmanship is highly valued and the students as well as the coaches and fans represent them selves with pride and poise.
Student cap: 435
Class size: 12
Stud/staff ratio: 1:6
Extra info: The students at Episcopal High School have small classrooms where they are able to receive more individual attention.