Q. Why a school for boys?
A. With high dropout rates, disproportionate representation in special education programs and the criminal justice system, and declining college enrollment, boys from low-income urban families are facing an educational and social crisis. The Bishop Walker School offers an alternative model for our students, aimed at addressing a number of critical risk factors.
Q: Is the Bishop Walker School a charter school?
A: No. BWS is a private school administered by the Episcopal Diocese of Washington. We receive no public funding and are accountable to the Diocese and the BWS community.
The Episcopal Church has a long tradition of administering excellent schools. Many of the very best private schools in the country, as well as in the DC area, have a connection to the Episcopal Church. BWS is a member of the National Association of Episcopal Schools, the Urban Alliance of Episcopal Schools, the Mid-Atlantic Episcopal Schools Association and the International Boys Schools Coalition.
Q. Is the Bishop Walker School a religious school?
A. Yes. The Bishop Walker School is a private Episcopal School open to boys of all faiths and religious traditions. As such, there are regular chapel and religion classes. The Bishop Walker School shares the Christian values and high academic standards which are the trademarks of Episcopal schools nationwide. The school is careful not to substitute religious indoctrination for education. Instead, the central tenets of the Christian faith are lived out and affirmed daily.
Q: How much is tuition?
A. The Bishop Walker School is a tuition-free school, intended for boys from low-income families. All expenses are covered by donations and contributed services. No boy will be denied an education at BWS due to a lack of family financial resources. We believe that a school can only be successful when families are invested in their children’s education, providing emotional support and contributions of time and other available resources. As such, families of our students contribute according to their means.
Q. What ages does the school serve?
A: The Bishop Walker School will serve students in grades Junior-Kindergarten through 8. We began with our first class of Junior-Kindergarten students in the fall of 2008. We are adding one grade level per year until we reach 8th grade, when our total enrollment will be 160. Currently we are serving students in Junior-Kindergarten through 6th grade.
Q. What is the average class size?
A: We have a maximum of 16 students in each class. With a lead teacher and assistant teacher in each class, from Junior-Kindergarten through second.
Q. What is the average school day like?
A. Students arrive as early as 7:30 a.m., and breakfast and supervised play are available. The school day begins at 8:15 a.m. and ends at 3:15 p.m. After-School programs and enrichment activities run until 6 p.m. daily. In addition to breakfast, we provide lunch and dinner for our students.