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

Your Guide to Success 2020-21: New VES Families

We Can't Wait to Welcome Our New Families to VES! 

Get Prepared for 2020-21 with Your Guide to Success 

Each summer, we send our families a comprehensive ebook that details all you need to know to prepare for a great start to your first year at Virginia Episcopal School. This summer, Your Guide to Success in 2020-21 is being issued in a series of installments, as we continue to solidify plans for the coming year that mitigate risks and support the health and well-being of our VES community. At this time, we have published Part 1: Information for Incoming Students (in June) and Part 2: Information for VES Families (in July). 

So, before you completely kick back for summer, it is very important that you thoroughly review the information in the ebooks (at right), designed to answer questions you may have about the coming year at VES and for you to take action to complete key forms and surveys.

Work Through EACH Guide 

Simply click the images to the right to open the guides online or download them. In the guides, you will find:

  • Key VES contacts.
  • How to login, complete forms and finalize your registration for 2020-21.
  • An explanation of required forms you must complete and submit by specific dates: July 15 and August 1.
  • Tech needs, including pre-configuration of your laptop.
  • Summer reading expectations, and AP course assignments for summer if you will be taking an AP course.
  • Surveys and selections: Please complete the Roommate Compatibility Survey for boarders, a World Language Placement survey and your Fall Afternoon Activity selection form.
  • Helpful information to prepare for the coming school year at VES, including essentials you'll need for classes, a guide to our dress code for 2020-21, and, for boarding students, a list of what to bring.
  • VES swag you may wish to purchase in advance.
  • Information for parents on how to connect and engage with VES and parent peers.

Read the two e-books below chock full of essential information to prepare for school this fall!

Your Guide to Success: Part 1
Your Guide to Success: Part 2

Required Summer Reading for All

Dear Students,

Every summer, once school is done, I choose a paperback book from the library or local bookstore and enjoy finding a great spot outside to sit and read. Maybe the hammock, maybe the porch, maybe a tree, or if I’m lucky, maybe the beach.

The goal behind summer reading is that there is a good book waiting for all of us to enjoy. We have compiled a list of nine books and hopefully the one for you. Each book comes highly recommended by one of your fellow students or one of the teachers here at VES. Read one of these books and when we arrive back at school this autumn, we’ll share our experiences together in groups. 

We also ask that you read “Picnic, Lightning” by Billy Collins, a truly amazing poet, which you will discuss in detail in English class.

Enjoy your summer!

Mr. Campbell

World Language Placement

Placement in Spanish and French classes is based on your transcripts and teacher recommendations. When you see your class placement, if you believe you have been placed in the wrong course or would like to discuss or advocate for a different placement, please reach out to World Language Department Chair Amanda Rhem at


Please forward this link to your current French or Spanish teacher.  Ask him/her to fill out the brief survey as soon as possible.

Roommate Compatibility Survey

To help us of create the most solid pairings, we ask that parents and students complete this survey together. We will use your responses, along with input from the admissions representative who met with you, to assign roommates.

You will learn your roommate pairing when you arrive on campus. We have had great success over the past few years in creating good partnerships that help students succeed at VES and broaden their horizons. If you have any questions about this, please contact Dean of Student Life Amy Kolman:


Please reach out if you have questions, using your VES contacts list included in the guide, or touching base with a Big Sib or Parent Ambassador. And continue to follow us on social media to stay connected.