Mission & Philosophy


The Wilkes School at Grace and St. Peter’s is an independent Episcopal school affiliated with Grace and St. Peter’s Church, located in Mt. Vernon, the cultural heart of Baltimore.

The Wilkes School continues the traditions of Grace and St. Peter’s School, bringing together families of diverse backgrounds, religions, and races. With concern for each child’s intellectual, physical, and spiritual needs, the school stresses reading, writing, mathematics, science, language, the arts, and moral development. The cultural resources of the Mt. Vernon area are an integral part of The Wilkes School curriculum.

The Wilkes School is committed to preparing each student to thrive socially and academically in secondary school. Supported by a caring faculty, children at The Wilkes School grow to welcome the challenges of learning as they approach young adulthood. We encourage them to recognize and appreciate their own strengths and to respect the unique qualities of their fellow students. In this way, they develop self-confidence and experience the value of shared successes.

We offer the warmth and personal attention of a small school, the exhilaration and enrichment of the city, and an academic program of proven quality. The diverse racial, cultural, and religious backgrounds of our students make us one of Baltimore’s most heterogeneous schools.