Christchurch School

49 Seahorse Lane
Christchurch, VA 23031
Tel: 804-758-2306
'Let's start with a school on a river and a thousand possibilities.' John E. Byers, Headmaster Christchurch School
'Let's start with a school on a river and a thousand possibilities.' John E. Byers, Headmaster Christchurch School
Our experienced, dedicated  and passionate coaches  help students achieve their athletic goals - whether those goals are to just to learn the game and have fun, or to be a game-changer and pursue a  favorite sport at the next level. CCS teams are known for strength in camaraderie.
Oysters are key to our school-wide sustainability philosophy. Students raise the money to purchase oyster spat by recycling cans, then raise the oysters from larvae to market in the school's aquaculture.
Christchurch sailors ranked 6th at the 2015 National Championship, carrying on the team's huge legacy of success in the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond. They practice year-round from our on-campus Clyde V. Kelly Sailing Pavilion and pier, and maintain the largest high school fleet of 420s in the country.
The school's 125-acre riverfront campus is a forward-thinking blend of traditional brick, LEED-certified architecture with geothermal energy efficient systems, and living classrooms.
We believe that some of the most powerful lessons are learned outside the classroom, and the Chesapeake Bay Watershed is an important component of all CCS classes. Hands-on projects and creative, outside-the-box thinking create an academic experience that's engaging, emotionally charged and meaningful!
Whether as artists, performers, technicians or audience members on the edges of their seats, the entire school community enjoys our vibrant and joyful Visual and Performing Arts Department.
CCS artists experiment with a wide variety of media and inspirations. Their high school careers culminate in a spring art show.
Students love our college-style schedule - 9:00 a.m. start time and three classes per day. This means there is plenty of time to pursue special interests, relax, and make friends for a lifetime.
Our expert College Placement staff guides students and parents through every step of the college search and placement process to ensure that each student has great options and matriculates at a college or university of their choice!
  • Longitude -76.546769, Latitude +37.620197 GREAT JOURNEYS BEGIN AT THE RIVER! This boarding and day school for boys and girls in grades 9-12 is located on the banks of the Rappahannock River, just 20 miles above the Chesapeake Bay. The school's location in the bay watershed is the basis for its innovative and highly successful GREAT JOURNEYS BEGIN AT THE RIVER curriculum.
  • GREAT JOURNEYS reaches from the classroom to the athletic fields, from the theatre to the dorms and beyond.
  • Students love it. GREAT JOURNEYS means college-prep, character development, hands-on class work, exploration of the river, the bay, the watershed and the world beyond, as well as development of respect for and understanding of sustainability in all areas of life.
  • GREAT JOURNEYS means that learning is fun, engaging, rigorous and always interesting. Classes are indoors, outdoors and hands-on.
  • After-school activities and adventures - fishing, football, sailing, soccer, golf, canoeing, crabbing, lacrossse, field hockey, baseball, music, art and more - round out every student's day.
  • The successful Learning Skills Program offers support and structure for students with ADHD and other learning differences. The excellent college counseling program is highly individualized and 100% of graduates are accepted to four-year colleges and universities.
  • Christchurch School was established in 1921 by the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, and counts two Pulitzer Prize winners and a Nobel Laureate among its graduates.
Definition of Terms 
2016 School Data
Christchurch School Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Prep College Preparatory
Grades Offered 9-12 9-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support Yes Yes
Supports Learning Differences (LD) Yes Yes
Religious Affiliation Episcopal Non-denominational
Year Founded 1921 1910
Campus Size 125 acres 120 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 206 students 298 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score 1629 * National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile) 1480 - 1790 -
Offers Post-Grad Year No No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Casual
(Casual neat, no jeans, collared shirt)
Average Class Size 12 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:6 1:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 21 16
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes


Endowment Size $4 million $16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
(Personal laptop required)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
(Personal laptop required)
Tuition international students $8,000 $47,400
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $27,380 $21,500
Merit Scholarships Offered No No


Application Deadline None / Rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsBilly Burlee
Associate Director of AdmissionsKelly Espy-Page

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 21 16
CoursesHonors Biology, Honors Calculus I, Honors Calculus II, Honors Chemistry, Honors Chinese III, Honors Chinese IV, Honors Computer Science, Honors Early American History, Honors English 10, Honors English 11, Honors English 12, Honors English 9, Honors History Seminar, Honors Integrated Science 10, Honors Integrated Science 11, Honors Integrated Science 9, Honors Modern World History, Honors Physics, Honors Pre-Calculus, Honors Spanish Seminar, Honors Spanish V, Honors US History and Government


# Interscholastic Sports Offered 11 14
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Crew, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Sailing, Soccer, Swimming, Volleyball


Total Extracurricular Organizations 7 23
ExtracurricularsDrama Club, Music, National Honor Society, River and Outdoor, Student Government, Sustainability Club, Yearbook

College Matriculation

Year: 2007 - 2010 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Hampden-Sydney College 10
James Madison University 10
University of Mary Washington 9
Syracuse University 8
Virginia Tech 8
Roanoke College 7
College of William and Mary 4
Virginia Commonwealth University 4
University of Richmond 3
University of Virginia 3
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • In this small and welcoming waterfront community, students feel comfortable enough to develop both existing and new strengths. The school's challenging curriculum is skill-based rather than content-driven and is integrated with the school's Rappahannock River location in the Chesapeake Bay watershed to offer students and their families something traditional with an innovative twist - a dynamic, place-based, inquiry-based,experiential college prep education. The school offers strong Honors level courses as well as an acclaimed Learning Skills Program for students with dianosed learning differences. Daily extra-help, twice weekly math and language labs and supervised evening study offer a safety net that is second-to-none. Parents are well and consistently informed. The superb faculty is attentive and very hands-on. The spectacular waterfront location offers unique options for recreation such as fishing, crabbing, sailing and canoeing.
  • LD types supported: ADHD/Dyslexia/Language-based Learning Differences
  • School accreditations: VAIS, TABS, NAIS
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
  • Bill Easterly - Nobel Laureate, Dean, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, Penn State; lead author, United Nations climate change report
  • William Styron - Pulitzer Prize Winner
  • Lewis B. Puller, Jr. - Pulitzer Prize Winner
  • Crombie Garrett - Deputy Chief Clerk of the U.S. Supreme Court
  • Vincent Canby - Chief Film Critic, New York Times
  • Bill Broaddus - Former Attorney General, Commonwealth of Virginia
  • John Craine, Jr. - President, SUNY Maritime College
  • Malcolm Campbell - Publisher, SPIN Magazine
  • Henry Fawell - Press Secretary, MD Governor Robert Ehrlich
  • Andrew Rice - Oklahoma State Senator
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