Virginia Episcopal School

VES is a co-ed college preparatory school for boarding and day students in grades 9 – 12. In our intentionally small, diverse and engaging community—260 young men and women and 40 faculty—we guide students to strive Toward Full Stature in their academic, ethical, spiritual and personal growth.

400 VES RoadLynchburg, Virginia24503
434.385.3600

About

VES is an inclusive, welcoming community of boarding and day students in grades 9 - 12, who are curious, smart, funny, kind and innovative—the next generation of creators and producers with the power to change the world. 

Founded in 1916, Virginia Episcopal School is among the top  co-ed, small boarding and day schools in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast. Intentionally small, we serve 260 students from across the country and around the world. 

Every step of the way, students are supported by dedicated faculty, coaches, advisors and peers who know them well. VES delivers programs with purpose—engaging, hands-on academic experiences; a wide range of arts, athletics and clubs; endless opportunities to try new things; and student life programs both instructive and inspiring.

Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, our 160-acre campus is just minutes away from the vibrant city of Lynchburg, Virginia.

We invite you to get to know us.

Our Toward Full Stature Mission

Virginia Episcopal School is an engaging community that guides students to strive Toward Full Stature in their academic, ethical, spiritual and personal growth.

Our Vision

VES is an intentionally small, globally diverse educational community dedicated to excellence in student engagement, innovative learning and faculty support and growth. Our aim is to be the best small boarding school in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions.

Our Core Values

We believe in living by these four tenets:

  • Show Humility
  • Act with Honor and Integrity
  • Fully Engage in Building Community and Self
  • Strive for Excellence in All We Do

Our Commitment

VES students develop the knowledge, skills, character and learning mindsets necessary to succeed in college and life beyond. As you can see in our Portrait of a VES Graduate, by the time they are ready to matriculate, VES graduates are:

  • Self-aware
  • Curious, innovative thinkers and producers
  • Mindful leaders who serve with courage and compassion
  • Focused on community
  • Ready to navigate and continue their personal growth in a dynamic world.

A Diverse Student Body 

With a vibrant mix of day (30%) and boarding (70%) students from 15 countries and 12 states, our campus is a meeting place for diverse perspectives and global cultures where students live, work and play  together, while learning from and respecting each other. The student body is 55% male, 45% female, with 20% international students and 28% students of color.

Our Faculty

We have 38 full-time teaching faculty—73% with advanced degrees and 10% of whom hold PhDs. The student-to-faculty ratio is 6:1, with an average class size of 11. Faculty serve not only as teachers, but also as advisors, coaches, dorm parents, mentors and activity directors.

Making this community especially tight-knit, 80% of faculty live on campus. Students enjoy the accessibility to faculty, the family environment, watching faculty kids grow up and playing with the many pets that are also part of our community.

Our Graduates

With a powerful foundation, VES students are equipped to excel. The 1923–24 session produced the first Harvard-bound alumnus. Since then, VES graduates have attended many of the world’s finest colleges and universities, and most importantly, they find the programs that best match with their personal and professional goals.

Students attend a range of institutions, including Stanford, Yale, Wellesley, MIT, Georgia Tech, Duke University, Occidental College, the University of California, New York University, UVA, The College of William & Mary, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Wake Forest University, Sewanee: The University of the South, James Madison University, Hampden-Sydney and the University of Georgia.

2019-20 Student Leaders

Annual Flag Ceremony

2004 Alumni Enjoying Reunion