Who We Are

Our 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 Commitment

VES students develop the knowledge, skills, character and learning mindsets necessary to succeed in college and life beyond. 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.
See our Portrait of a VES Graduate.

A Diverse Student Body

VES is an intentionally small college preparatory school serving young men and women in grades 9–12. With a vibrant mix of 250 day (30%) and boarding (70%) students from 25 countries and states, our campus is a meeting place for diverse perspectives and global cultures where students learn from and respect each other. The student body is 55% male, 45% female, 20% international students and 26% students of color.

The VES is an inclusive, welcoming community of students who are curious, smart, funny, kind and innovative—the next generation of creators and producers with the power to change the world.

Our Faculty

We have 40 full-time teaching faculty—65% with advanced degrees, 13% of which are PhDs. The faculty-to-student ratio is 7:1. Faculty serve not only as teachers, but also as advisors, coaches, mentors and activity directors. Making this community especially tightknit, 84% 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.


VES is nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the heart of Virginia. Lynchburg is a city of 76,000 residents within a larger metro area of 300,000. Our vibrant town is a safe place to enjoy:

  • extensive outdoor activities like our own trails on campus, the city's Blackwater Creek Trail for walking, running and biking, the nation's only year-round ski and snowboard facility at Liberty Mountain, a downtown skate park; hiking and skiing in the mountains nearby, and water sports on the James River and Smith Mountain Lake.
  • an exciting arts district showcasing fine arts, music, theater, a symphony and opera and film festival.
  • great restaurants and boutique shopping as well as the usual big-box stores.
  • movie theaters, paintball and other fun venues for students, parents and families.
And when you're ready to travel out of town, VES is conveniently located close to many other great cities. We're just an hour's drive from Charlottesville, Lexington and Roanoke, Va., two hours to Richmond, Va. and Greensboro and Winston-Salem, NC, and three hours to Washington, DC. The train heads straight from Lynchburg up to DC, Baltimore, Md., and New York or south to Atlanta. There's no limit to where you can go from here!

Learn about the fun activities around town and all that the region has to offer:

Downtown Lynchburg

The Burg

Discover Lynchburg, Virginia

Academy Center for the Arts

Vector Space

Lynchburg Parks & Rec
    • VES' diverse student body brings the world to our campus.

A College Preparatory, Independent Boarding and Day School for Students in Grades 9-12
400 VES Road, Lynchburg, VA 24503 • 434.385.3600