Mission

The Wilkes School, a coeducational day school, enrolls children from preschool through fifth grade. Since its founding in 1946, the school has provided a solid educational foundation to the most diverse school community in the area. The Wilkes School is committed to the social and moral development of its students, embracing its diversity as both essential and natural. Consistent with our mission to serve the children of working parents, we include in the price of tuition before and after school care.

The Wilkes School does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, ethnic origin, or religion in the administration of its educational policies, employment policies, or other school administered programs. The school is a member of the Middle Atlantic Episcopal Schools Association.

History

The Wilkes School shares it rich history and strong foundation with Grace and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and the former Grace and St. Peter’s School. The church was established in 1802. Shortly thereafter, Saint Peter’s, the first “free school” for boys in Baltimore City, was opened. A separate girls’ school began in 1845, and a preschool was added the next year. In 1949, The Reverend Rex Wilkes and Mrs. Bernice Wilkes expanded the school with a commitment to providing a strong academic, aesthetic, and ethical foundation for children of working parents.

In 2009, the Board of Trustees approved an instructional model for grades 2-5 that preserves the traditions of Grace and St. Peter’s, but with a 21st century focus: core subjects are taught by subject specialists, interdisciplinary thematic units spark student engagement, and special subjects enrich the core curriculum. To identify the innovative changes, the board elected to name the school The Wilkes School at Grace and St. Peter’s. Continuing the legacy of its founders, the Wilkes School is committed to academic excellence, social and ethical development, and joyful learning.