Teaching and Learning at BWS


The philosopher Plato wrote that “the beginning is the most important part of any work, especially in the case of a young and tender thing; for that is the time at which the character is being formed and the desired impression more readily taken.” This quote aptly describes the responsibility of the Bishop John T. Walker School. Our school has been entrusted with the care of some of the most vulnerable members of our society - young, low-income boys of color. Every day our teachers and staff help our students unwrap their gifts and talents to discover who they are and who they can become.

At the Bishop Walker School, we have created a learning environment in which every child is safe, nurtured and known. Our program stresses the development of the whole child. We are able to do so through small class sizes, a low student-to-teacher ratio and teacher designed curriculum. Our academic program aims to develop complex critical thinking skills while solidifying basic skills. We know that children’s learning is heightened from varied experiences both inside and outside of the classroom. At the Bishop Walker School, learning is active and hands-on. Through collaboration with their peers and teachers, students learn what it means to be an active and engaged member of a community. 

Social and moral education is just as important as intellectual education at the Bishop Walker School. As an Episcopal school, we embrace our faith and the varied faith traditions of our students. We also spend a great deal of time talking to our students about what it means to be a gentleman. A Bishop Walker School gentleman embodies honesty, respect, responsibility and perseverance. Through worship, character education and community service, our students’ self-awareness, spirituality and connection to others are deepened. 

The rich educational experiences our students enjoy can be attributed to the commitment and preparation of our teachers. We have been able to hire teachers from some of the top universities and teacher training programs in the nation. Our faculty cultivates a love of learning in our students because they, themselves, still enjoy learning. So that we can enhance our instruction and deepen our relationships with students, we  provide on-site professional development throughout the school year as well as more intensive programs during the summer. 

Bishop Walker believed that education is the door to opportunity. He saw the need for all children to have an education in which high expectations are set and outstanding achievement expected. The Bishop Walker School is laying a foundation of strong academics supported by pillars of the Episcopal faith and tradition; service to others; and pride in oneself and one’s community. Due to this structure, we will have a lasting impression on the lives of our students. 


Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys | 3640 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave. SE | Washington DC 20032