School Reviews

My older son attended EHS for four years, in the late 1980's, when it was an all male high school. Unless things have changed drastically as per some more recent parent negative reviews, I am convinced he gained more solid academic knowledge in those four years than he did in four years of undergrad school and in his two years of graduate school. At that time, EHS had something similar to a learning lab where a licensed teacher would work, both individually and in small groups, with first year boys needing a bit of extra attention in certain subject areas. As for catering to the elite, I observed that like all private high schools some of the boys arrived at EHS with a K-8 private school background, their tennis rackets, and with a bit of country club attitude; on the other hand, a fair number of the boys were from single parent homes where a couple had moms who were domestics in the DC area. Yes, it's an extremely rigorous academic environment coupled with very competitive athletic teams, and it's a stellar high school for highly motivated students who can self-monitor their behaviors and actions outside the classroom.

My son had three wonderful years at Episcopal. I was a single parent and I along with Episcopal we found a way to pay his tuition. Fine education, on to Vassar College and Masters and Ph D at NYU. He now has a very good job in Washington, DC as a clinical psychologist with Health and Human Services. He says he was very well prepared for anything college asked of him after attending Episcopal High School.

Make sure you go and look at all the schools you are thinking about. While Episcopal has a beautiful campus, it caters to the elite. If your child is not an "A" student with sights set on Ivy League, then run. Students are left unsupervised almost every weekend. They have a strong honor code, but not a strong code on drinking and drugs. Be wary.

The above posted 5 star reviews are all correct about Episcopal High School, but needless to say there is always another side of the story. It is a rigorous, well appointed school filled with capable and ambitious students. It is also the only boarding school in an urban area and the students are exposed to culture and learn independence in a way not available at any other school. It is also a school that does not have Saturday classes (it does schedule optional weekend activities for sign up and has some athletic events on weekends), but the students are basically without adult management from Friday at 5 until Sunday at 7pm. One on duty dorm parent, faculty at tables across the dining room and brief conversations on campus do NOT qualify, but is a likely carrot to faculty who don't want to work most weekends. Do not send a boy or girl here who needs any form of academic or social support. It is a social hot box in which the highest heels reign. The headmaster is a superb fundraiser, and ever present, but developing a culture of connection is either not a priority or is not being implemented as successfully as many students and parents would expect.

I attended EHS and it should certainly be ranked as one of the best secondary schools in the country.

Our daughter is now a sophomore at EHS and we could not be more pleased with her experience there. They have created an environment that truly encourages the growth of the whole child--academically, physically, emotionally and spiritually. The faculty and administration are wise and caring role models who encourage the students to find and express their talents, whatever they may be. The clear rules around alcohol and drugs enable students to avoid those risky behaviors without social pressure or consequences. It's been a wonderful place for her to spend those important high school years.