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Christ Episcopal School

Private | PK-8 | 152 students

We are best known for LIFT: Learning Integration for Tomorrow.
 
 

 
 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $505,300. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,830.

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Posted October 20, 2013

When we were looking at elementary schools in the area, we wanted one that didn't just educate children to be great students but to be great people as well. We found this combination at Christ Episcopal School. The unique LIFT curriculum, developed with Johns Hopkins, and small class sizes educate the mind. The creative daily PE curriculum encourages teamwork and sportsmanship, while building strength and coordination. But the strong sense of community that builds respect for others inside and outside the school is what sets it apart for us. We were most impressed by the mentoring programs that has older students working with younger ones. This interaction creates not just a community of learners but a CES family, a term you will hear often from parents, administrators, teachers and students. We look forward to being a part of this family for a long time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2013

Our middle school child has been at CES since Pre-K and I have to say it was a sheer stroke of luck that we came across this gem of a school in the center of Rockville, MD, all those years ago. The CES community (administration, faculty, families, alumni, and students) is an amazing place to be a part of! The education that is offered at CES is rigorous, challenging, and well rounded. We love that the kids take part in PE everyday, there is a wonderful musical instrument program, Spanish starting in kindergarten, and unique educational opportunities (such as a partnership with Johns Hopkins University). We know our child will be fully prepared to have great success in high school, college, and in life! CES is an excellent school!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2013

Our son has been an Christ Episcopal School for 7 years. It's been a wonderful experience and education. The personal small classes are fabulous along with creative and advanced teaching. The students go on regular field trips, have PE and get outside every day, have music & art, and Spanish. The chapel partner program is unique in that the older and younger kids get to know each other and spend time together. It's a really good community. I highly recommend it for families that want their kids to be challenged, while becoming well-rounded citizens.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

Great education and caring staff. My son has being there since Pre-k. He is involved in all activities such as theater. The teachers are great. I have easy access to his teachers. Overall they teach the kids to be well rounded kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2012

My middle school child is what is called "a lifer" at CES! It has been a joy and a pleasure to watch him grow from a timid preschooler to a bright, confident middle school student who continues to receive an excellent education, consistent nurturing and sound moral grounding from this excellent place of all-around learning. The Head of School and faculty are exceptional, the parents are committed and caring and the school was just selected by Johns Hopkins University to engage in an educational partnership. There is truly no better place to send your precious children!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2011

CES is an absolutely terrific school. A wonderful combination of providing a challenging environment for the kids to learn but in a comfortable, caring and loving environment. Our kids have flourished here. The new head of school has made some tremendous improvements over the last year and this school is just doing wonders!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2011

What an amazing place! We started here a few years back and admittedly there were some difficult times as administration had to make some difficult decisions. Even though it's hard to see teachers leave the community, it's often necessary for the betterment of the school. CES is now FULL of amazing, well-trained teachers who take great care of the children everyday. They are so kind and really listen to parents' concerns. The administration are full of educators, not business people trying to make a buck off of children. Their knowledge of what the children need are paramount to the overall experience. If you live in Montgomery County and want a safe school with the best teachers, call CES right now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2010

I went to this school for 5 years, and it was one of the best experiences of my life. The staff is really welcoming, and the academics are rigorous. They teach extremely good morales at CES, which definately comes in handy later in life. I have met some of my best friends through this school, HOWEVER, these past few years, things haven't really been going great, as many students are leaving, opting for bigger, more diverse environments (Lack of diversity is definately a big problem). Also, administration isn't as good as it used to be. A few members of the staff were unqualified when I went there, but I believe they have fixed this problem since then. The sports are programs are good, not great, but good. So overall, it's going to need some work, but in time, it will once again become the great CES we all knew and loved.


Posted May 14, 2010

I've been very pleased with Christ Episcopal School. My son has been there for 3 years and has gotten a great education. The teachers are nuturing and help each child reach their potential. The children at the school from all grades support each other through the chapel partner program and other activities. The kids really are confident and are reinforced through good values. The community of the school is very supportive. Definitely a good school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2009

Christ Episcopal School is a GEM of a school. Steeped in wonderful traditions, this school has a WONDERFUL preschool which is housed in a fabulous private home on it school campus. The teachers are creative and enthusiastic with years of teaching experience. The families in this preschool are very lucky to begin their educational journey with such loving and experienced guides!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 2, 2007

As a discriminating parent of a first grader, Christ Episcopal School is simply terrific. Although emphasis on rigorous academics produces high student achievement, it is the school s community that makes it such a special learning environment. After visiting a classroom building, one can only come away with a smile at seeing and hearing such enthusiasm and commitment. Christ Episcopal School in run, thank to the leadership of its headmistress, to serve the needs of its students not the faculty. Parents are encouraged to participate in their child s education and are kept well informed on how and what their child is doing at school. If you are looking for a school that offers a safe, caring and nurturing environment, combined with high academic standards, check out Christ Episcopal School. You will find a special place that will give your child a rock solid foundation for a future of social and academic success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2006

Christ Episcopal School offers a curriculum that is particularly strong in language, literature, and humanities. The class size is small, enabling interactive classroom discussion involving all students. There are consequences, in addition to a lower grade, for incomplete homework. If an assignment is incomplete, the student must sign a 'missing homework' classroom log book. If the student has three missing assignments, parents are notified. Prior to the 7th grade, the daily homework assignments are placed on a website, so parents are able to view present and future assignments. The school truly strives toward building the organizational skills of all students. In this small school, there is no Band and there are limited athletic teams. There is a wonderful focus on theater with annual productions of both a 7th grade musical and an 8th grade Shakespeare performance. Parent involvement is strong, but Parent Association meetings scheduled at 8:30AM may limit organizational participation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 21, 2005

What a wonderful school! The teachers really enjoy the students and they work hard to make sure each and every student is a special part of the school.The parents are friendly and open to all. My children have attended CES for nine years and I will miss everyone when we leave.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 76% 42%
Black 9% 35%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 6%
Two or more races 5% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 0%
Hispanic 1% 12%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Math Counts - Silver Level (2010)
  • Math Counts - Silver Level (2011)
Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • Excellence in Recycling, Montgomery County, MD (2012)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Math club
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club
  • Technology club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Dance club: Hip Hop
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Swimming pool
Clubs
  • Cooking club
  • Gardening

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:20 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Dr. Caroline Chapin
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 2 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Episcopal
Associations
  • NAES
  • NAIS

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • LIFT
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Environmental
  • Religious
  • Service learning
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Remediation
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Track

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Community service
  • Cooking club
  • Dance club: Hip Hop
  • Game club
  • Gardening
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Math club
  • Model congress
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club
  • Student council/government
  • Technology club
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$5000 - $16000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Georgetown Preparatory School
Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart
Good Counsel High School
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22 West Jefferson Street
Rockville, MD 20850
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Phone: (301) 424-6550

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