Centrally located in downtown Bethesda, MD, WES is dedicated to advancing the natural progress of academic, artistic, spiritual and physical development through a challenging, traditional curriculum. WES faculty employs well-researched, interactive, and enjoyable teaching approaches to inspire students to seek knowledge confidently and to develop intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and wisdom. Curriculum-based study trips to Utah, Italy, Spain, and France for students in grades 6 through 8 are included in tuition. WES maintains that children learn best in a happy and stress-free environment. Drawing on Episcopal roots, WES values principles of tolerance, faith, and respect for others in all aspects of school life.