All boarding, grades 9-12 in Alexandria, Virginia
Admissions

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 18 frequently asked questions.

  • Where do your students come from?

    Our current student body hails from more than 30 states; Washington, D.C.; Puerto Rico, and 14 countries. The five states most represented in our student body are Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland, New York, and Georgia. Episcopal values geographic diversity, and the staff of the Admissions Office travel across the country and to selected international locations looking for talented students. Click to see where our officers are traveling this year!
  • What is the boarding to day student ratio?

    Episcopal is 100% residential. All students live on campus in one of our four boys' or four girls' dormitories with faculty and student supervision. At least one faculty apartment is attached to every floor of every dorm, and 90% of EHS faculty live on campus. The benefits of 100% boarding are undeniable. Immersion "24/7" allows our students to develop character, learn to use time wisely, and build strong relationships with their teachers and friends.
  • Who will my roommate be?

    All new students are assigned roommates in the same grade. Newly-enrolled students complete a roommate questionnaire, which the admissions office uses to pair new students with their roommates. After the first year, students choose their own roommates and rooms through a lottery system. The majority of students live in double rooms; however, single and triple rooms are also available.
  • How much will it cost for my child to attend Episcopal High School?

    The comprehensive fee for the 2017-18 school year is $56,400. This fee includes tuition, room and board, basic health center expenses, and the cost of most school-sponsored academic, athletic, and recreational activities. This fee does not include books and personal expenses, which vary by student. There is also an annual $250 network services fee for unlimited access to high-speed communications lines and internet service. Additionally, Episcopal requires students to have their own laptop computer. Students may bring a laptop of their choosing or purchase a PC or MacBook through the School’s Laptop Purchase Program. The comprehensive fee for the 2018-19 school year will be determined in January 2018.
  • Is financial assistance available for new students at EHS?

    Yes. Episcopal urges talented and motivated students to apply for admission regardless of their family’s ability to pay the tuition. The deadline to apply for financial aid for students entering EHS in the fall of 2017 is February 3. For the 2016-17 school year, approximately 34 percent of the student body will receive financial assistance. Approximately $6.6 million in aid is awarded annually, with the average grant equaling about $41,500. Visit Tuition and Financial Aid to learn more.
  • How will faculty supervise and interact with my child?

    With 90 percent of faculty living on campus and an average classroom size of 11 students, it is impossible to remain anonymous at EHS. Making relationships with faculty that inspire a lifetime of learning and creativity is at the heart of the Episcopal High School experience. Faculty members are dorm parents, coaches, advisors, and mentors. At Episcopal, the classroom is an even playing field and the playing field is also a classroom led by our faculty. The first line of faculty contact for any student or parent is the student’s advisor. The advisor is in regular contact with a student’s parents and teachers, and helps to coordinate and track a student's academic progress, social growth and maturity.
  • Will my child receive assistance in his or her college search?

    Yes! Episcopal’s College Counseling Office makes sure that all students are engaged and assisted in their college searches. Three full-time college counselors and one administrative assistant are available to all students regardless of grade level to answer questions as they may arise. During the junior year, students are assigned a college counselor who will work with that student and his or her family for the remainder of the student’s college search. Last year, 85% of our graduating class attended their first- or second-choice college. Visit the College Counseling pages to learn more.
  • Does EHS have different academic tracks?

    EHS does not offer different academic tracks. Episcopal offers a broad, challenging, and dynamic curriculum including over 140 courses with 45 Advanced or Honors offerings. Strong core offerings in traditional disciplines create a solid foundation while innovative electives let students hone critical thinking and analytical skills in fields of their choosing. Click to learn more about the academic departments, faculty, and course offerings.
  • What are the available resources if my child experiences academic difficulties?

    Teachers and advisors are available to help students with their school work outside of the classroom. Teachers are available for support during tutorial period at the end of the academic day on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Extra help sessions can also occur before or after class, during evening study hall, and on the weekends. Private tutoring and extra study halls are also options for students who need additional support. The Crosland Academic Support Center is available to support students with individual learning needs. Click the link to learn more about academic support.
  • What happens at EHS on the weekends?

    The weekends are full of exciting events from Friday afternoon through Sunday. Many students are involved in athletic, artistic, and service learning commitments that include Saturday programming. The school organizes and sponsors several student activities available on and off-campus throughout the weekend. On-campus activities might include DJ dances, concerts by musical groups, dodgeball tournaments, movie screenings, coffee-house style performances by students, yoga classes, and more. Off-campus activities might include trips to various D.C. Area locations, professional sports games, performances at The Kennedy Center, off-campus dining, outdoor adventures, and more. All of these activities are included in tuition and are available at no extra cost. With only rare exceptions, classes do not meet on Saturdays, so students usually enjoy a full weekend.
  • Does an EHS student have to be a Christian?

    No. EHS welcomes and seeks students from all backgrounds. All students and faculty attend Chapel three times a week to gather as a community for thoughtful, spiritual reflection. On Fridays, individual students and faculty from all faith backgrounds have the opportunity to give informal talks, sharing experiences, viewpoints, or personal revelations in an environment of abiding closeness and trust. The chaplains support students in their own personal spiritual journeys regardless of religious affiliation and play an active role in arranging for students to attend religious services of all faiths off-campus. Learn more about Chapel and spiritual life here.
  • What are EHS's policies on drug and alcohol abuse?

    Episcopal takes a very proactive stance towards both of these issues, which are grounds for dismissal. Use, distribution, or possession of drugs while under the authority of the School will result in dismissal. Use, distribution, or possession of alcohol, regardless of amount or alcoholic content, while on campus also results in dismissal. The School provides students with extensive education and counseling on these topics throughout the year.
  • How does EHS handle security in a major metropolitan area?

    In addition to dorm faculty whose primary focus is student safety, EHS employs a professional security detail on campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. After 6:30 p.m., access to the campus is limited to one gate that is guarded by security personnel until 6:00 a.m. Students are required to sign out when leaving campus, and they are encouraged to go with a friend when they do so. Every student has access to a 24-hour emergency telephone number that reaches the Administrative Duty Officer by cell phone. A comprehensive emergency response plan is also in effect on the campus.
  • What is the dress code at EHS?

    At all times, students are expected to dress in a manner that is neat, clean and respectful. All hair must be neat, clean and combed; boys' hair must be off the collar unless in well-maintained braids. Facial hair is not permitted. All clothing must be clean and in good repair (not torn, frayed, or cut off). All clothing must cover the chest, back, stomach, and undergarments. Clothing should not contain offensive language or images. Hats should not be worn in public indoor spaces, excluding the dormitories.

    Academic Attire*
    During the academic day, students are asked to dress in a manner that communicates a clear sense of purpose, a respect for the process of learning, and elevates the importance of the academic day. Clothing considered appropriate for the academic day is both professional and functional. Students clothing must respect the standards and academic purpose of the school; therefore, students’ clothing should allow them to participate fully in the daily program and facilitate a positive academic experience. Academic attire must be worn in all public areas of the school from breakfast until the end of the class day. The class day includes Washington Program Experiences, Leadership & Ethics Program, Exam Periods, and Special Speakers & Events.

    The following meets the academic attire dress code for girls:
    • Dress shirts, blouses, turtlenecks, golf shirts or sweaters/fleeces
    • Casual trousers, including solid colored denim-style pants
    • Shorts, skirts or dresses that are no more than 4 inches above the knee
    The following meets the academic attire dress code for boys:
    • Tucked-in dress shirts with a tie with sweaters/fleeces (optional)
    • Casual trousers, including solid colored denim-style pants
    • Shorts that are no more than 4 inches above the knee
  • What criteria are most important to the Admissions Committee?

    Episcopal seeks to enroll students of strong character. Ideal applicants should demonstrate the intelligence, curiosity, and motivation needed to succeed in our classrooms through their record at their previous schools. Additionally, the Admissions Committee seeks students who have the ability to contribute to the extracurricular life of the School, be it artistically, athletically or through community service.
  • Which standardized tests are required for admission?

    Applicants for the 9th and 10th grades should register to take the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) in October, November, December, or January. Scores received from the February test date will be accepted provided all other application requirements are met by the January 15 deadline. Visit the SSAT website for more information. While the Admissions Office prefers the SSAT, the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) is also accepted for 9th and 10th grade applicants. Applicants for the 11th grade may substitute the PSAT or SAT for the SSAT or the ISEE. Students for whom English is a second language must take the TOEFL in addition to the SSAT.
  • Are there additional application requirements for international students?

    Please click here for important information for all international students. There is a TOEFL requirement for students for whom English is a second language. Applicants should be reminded, however, that we do not have an English as a Second Language (ESL) program; all applicants must have a strong command of the English language. Admissions candidates residing in and attending school in mainland China are required to interview with Vericant before scheduling a visit to Episcopal.
  • How does EHS take advantage of its location next to the United States capital city?

    EHS is just eight miles from the United States Capitol Building. The School takes advantage of its location through The Washington Program, in which all students participate. The Program emphasizes experiential education and is an opportunity for all students to explore and discover Washington, D.C. within the school day. Through their experiences in D.C. and the surrounding area, Episcopal students learn how to engage and use the skills that they learn in the classroom throughout our nation’s capital. There are two kinds of programming offered on Wednesdays: curriculum days and concentration days. On concentration days, students will visit the city to learn through the Program’s four concentrations: cultural awareness, entrepreneurship, sustainability, and public policy. On curriculum days, students will visit D.C. with one of their academic classes. For example, students in English classes might see Kennedy Center plays and Biology classes might test the Potomac River watersheds. In the spring of senior year, seniors finish their coursework by the beginning of May so that they can engage in a four-week externship in the D.C. area that best aligns with their interests.

Additional Questions

Please contact us. We look forward to speaking with and getting to know you!

General requests may be made via email to  or by phone at any of these numbers:

Toll-free:
 877-933-4EHS
Phone: 703-933-4062
Fax: 703-933-3016
Financial Aid: 703-933-4017
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