The Evening School
Evening School Community
We are a vibrant community with a deep desire to explore scripture, theology, liturgy and spirituality in the Christian tradition. Our students are ecumenical and bring diverse understandings of our faith. They join us for personal enrichment, to inform their faith and to incorporate learnings into their congregational and community ministries. Thirty-seven percent of our students were new last spring. We look forward to welcoming new faces and greeting returning students.

Our instructors are are drawn from Virginia Theological Seminary's adjunct and faculty. Each brings a deep knowledge and expertise in their area of study with many published authors and presentors at conferences and workshops. Faculty members who have taught include the dean of the seminary. Each instructor's name is linked to a biographical sketch.

The Flamingo Cafe is located on the lower level of Addison Academic Center. There you may enjoy free coffee and tea or purchase treats and fancy drinks. There will be healthy snack choices when the basic courses meet on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. Students gather there before classes and during breaks. Evening School course textbooks and syllabus are available for students to use in the Flamingo.

Bishop Payne Library Access
While enrolled in the evening school students have library privileges. They may check-out books, use course textbooks that are on reserve and access the online catalogues. Students check-in at the front desk to receive a library card. The BPL staff are knowledgeable and willing to assist students.

Course Divisions
There are two types of courses: a) basic courses meet from 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. for ten meetings. The fee for them is $125.00. b) enriched courses are degree quarter or semester courses opened to Evening School students. These courses meet from 6:20 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Quarter classes are $200.00 and Semester classes are $300.00.

Audit or Credit
Students may audit or take a course for credit. For an optimum learning environment, all students are encouraged to complete assisgned reading for class discussions and to participate in discussions and other assignments during class sessions. Those taking course for credit will complete a project or paper assigned by instructors and attend 80% of class meetings. Choosing to audit or work towards credit is an individual choice and should be based on each student's study goals.

First-time students and returning students fill out the online application prior to registering.

Our online learning management system is myVTS. Students are sent login information when they enroll in the Evening School. You are able to register for classes, pay your tuition and access course information with your login.

Login to myVTS. Click on EST&LTE (top navigation) to register. Scroll down the page for instructions. New students will receive an email with login instructions. Continuing students use their existing login. 

Course Information
Each course has a web page in myVTS. Click on EST&LTE followed by clicking myCourses. From there you will be able to access your classes. Instructors post syllabus, textbooks and other information for students. It is helpful to purchase textbooks and print the syllabus before the course meeting. Instructors may be contacted via myVTS.

Once the finance office has run invoices you are able to pay through myVTS. Click on EST&LTE (top navigation) followed by My Account Information. Someone will be present a half hour prior to the first course meeting to accept payment. They will be available in the Flamingo Cafe located on the first floor of Addison. Payment may be made with a check or credit card.

Classes meet in the Addison Academic Center on the Virginia Theological Seminary campus, 3737 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA 22304. 703-370-6600. Do allow plenty of time to find Addison and Parking the first night of classes. Signs will be placed around the campus to guide students to Addison. Directions

There is parking behind Addison on Mission Lane. Handicap parking is available on Bishop Walker Lane on the grove side. Campus Map  

The Evening School was established in 1971 at the request of a number of parishes in the Washington area in order to provide an opportunity for serious theological education for lay people. Thanks to a bequest from the estate of Maxine Bishop of Alexandria, a frequent
Evening School participant, tuition is modest.

Diploma in Theological Studies
Students in the Basic or Enriched programs may elect to work towards the Evening School Diploma in Theological Studies. The Diploma is awarded upon satisfactory completion for credit of six courses, including at least two courses in Bible, one course in Christian theology, and one course in either liturgy or spirituality and the arts.

Students working towards the diploma attend a minumun of 80% of classes, complete required reading and submit a paper or project designed by the instructor for satisficatory completion of a course. Credits from the satisfactory completion of an Evening School course or for the Diploma are not transferable to Virginia Theological Seminary or to other academic institutions.

3737 Seminary Road, Alexandria, Virginia 22304  |  Phone: 703-370-6600 or 800-941-0083 | Employee Directory