Who We Are


Inspired by the school’s founder, Toward Full Stature is both an ethic that requires one's best in all things and a program designed to help students make connections between what they are learning and the person they wish to become. The pillars of honor, individual attention, community, rigor, and relationships are essential to the Toward Full Stature journey of each student.

“Virginia Episcopal School brings together a comprehensive curriculum, engaging faculty and supportive community to effectively encourage and guide students Toward Full Stature.”

Tommy Battle, Jr. `83


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


VES is an institution with specifically chosen areas of excellence that will lead people to recognize VES as the “best small school” in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions that offers a fair exchange of value.


By design, VES is a small, intimate academic community of students and residential faculty. Located in Lynchburg, Virginia, our 160-acre campus is nestled near the James River along the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The school's founder, Robert Carter Jett, laid the foundation for our mission in September of 1916, when VES opened its doors and Dr. Jett's dream of establishing "a school that will draw out that which is noblest and finest" became a reality. Although VES has evolved through the years, Dr. Jett's words still ring true today. His vision and dreams remain the cornerstone of Virginia Episcopal School.

Dr. Jett conceived the first buildings on the VES campus while riding a train in Raleigh, North Carolina. There, he drew his architectural view of the campus on the back of an envelope. You might recognize the outline of his drawings in the framework of Main Hall, which opened in September of 1916. Three years later, the chapel opened, thanks to a generous donation by Chiswell Dabney Langhorne, followed by the "Little Gym" in the 1930s, which is rumored to be based on the measurements of King Solomon's temple in Jerusalem.

Our student body has grown significantly from those early days, and now includes young men and women from all over the country and the world. Each day, we live out the vision of Dr. Jett - continually striving, constantly growing, but in a comfortable, supportive environment that is in so many ways like home. 


Honor. Rigor. Community. Relationships. Individual Attention.

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