Episcopal Diocese of Washington

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Bishop Walker School

The Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys, is a tuition-free Episcopal school for boys from traditionally underserved communities. It is supported and administered by the diocese. Organized in 2006 and opened in 2008, the school has grown to include students from "junior-kindergarten" through sixth grade.  

A Walker School Education

The Bishop Walker School nurtures the spiritual, intellectual, social-emotional, artistic and physical development of its students in a Christian community of learners that welcomes boys of all faiths and beliefs. Working in close partnership with students and families, the School strives to create an environment where each boy is challenged to reach his full academic potential and receives the structured support necessary to develop his unique gifts. 

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, the school provides lunch and dinner for its students.

The school shares the Christian values and high academic standards which are the trademarks of Episcopal schools nationwide. Open to boys of all faiths and religious traditions, it holds regular chapel and religion classes, but does not substitute religious indoctrination for education. Instead, the central tenets of the Christian faith are lived out and affirmed daily.

Bishop John T. Walker

The Rt. Rev. John T. Walker (1925-1989) was the diocese's first African American bishop. He also served as dean of Washington National Cathedral from 1978-89. A native of Barnesville, Georgia, Walker was raised in Detroit. In 1951, he became the first African American student admitted to Virginia Theological Seminary. 

Walker was an advocate for the poor and the marginalized. A friend of Archbishop Desmond Tutu's, he was also a foe of apartheid in South Africa. Walker served for 15 years as chair of the board of Africare, the oldest and largest African American nonprofit organization devoted to aid for Africa.

As Archbishop Tutu has said

"God gave us a marvelous person in his servant, John Walker. He had that gift of making you feel special, that when he was engaging you there was nothing more important for him in the whole wide world.

Bishop Walker cared about so many of God's children. The Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys will be a point of light for young boys in a part of our world that so desperately needs it. Let us strive to make the school a fitting tribute to John Walker's blessed life and ministry."

Supporting the School

There are numerous ways to support the Bishop Walker School, including sponsoring a student and supporting the school's "wish list."

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