Christchurch School

49 Seahorse Lane
Christchurch, VA 23031
Tel: (804) 758-2306 Ext. 122
Christchurch School Photo #1 - "Set your course at the river. " Established in the Episcopal tradition, Christchurch is inclusive, welcoming students and families of all faiths and backgrounds.
Christchurch School Photo #1 - "Set your course at the river. " Established in the Episcopal tradition, Christchurch is inclusive, welcoming students and families of all faiths and backgrounds.
Christchurch School Photo #2 - A 125-acre waterfront campus on the Rappahannock River in the Chesapeake Bay watershed allows Christchurch School to offer an educational experience and a lifestyle found at no other school in the United States. The academic schedule is similar to a college schedule, with classes beginning at 9 a.m.
Christchurch School Photo #3 - Christchurch's innovative "Great Journeys" curriculum takes full advantage of the school's riverfront location. The river and historic Tidewater area serve as a living classroom where students participate in hands-on learning that is not duplicated by any other school. Applying the skills they learn to solve problems at the river prepares students to solve problems in the larger world.
Christchurch School Photo #4 - Sports are an integral part of the Christchurch experience. Every student has an opportunity to play, from aspiring college athletes to those who just want to hit the field for fun.
Christchurch School Photo #5 - An excellent education isn't limited to academics. Christchurch's co-curricular activities support and complement the academic program, while creating balance for student by encouraging them to develop interests outside of schoolwork.
Christchurch School Photo #6 - Christchurch is recognized for rigorous academics and a well-rounded college prep program. 100% of Christchurch students are accepted to four-year colleges, with the majority attending universities on the U.S. News & World Report's top 150 list.
Christchurch School Photo #7 - In addition to rigorous course material, students learn how to collaborate, problem solve, and use evolving technology as a creative tool. Students develop the critical thinking skills that prepare them for college courses and careers, including those that don't yet exist. In a world that is rapidly changing, Christchurch School teaches students how to navigate those changes with confidence.
Christchurch School Photo #8 - Approximately 25% of Christchurch students benefit from the learning skills program, the first program of its kind at a Virginia boarding school. Trained faculty offer specific learning and organizational strategies, in addition to study skills that prepare these students for academic success, often at a level they did not imagine possible.
Christchurch School Photo #9 - Christchurch residence halls are a welcoming home away from home, a place where friends live, study, and relax together. Students gain new sense of independence living away from mom and dad, but can rest assured that dorm parents will be available 24/7 to help with everything from coping with homesickness to how to do laundry.
Christchurch School Photo #10 - The arts at Christchurch School help each student find his or her unique voice and share that voice confidently with the world.
LOCATED ON THE SCENIC RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER, an hour east of Richmond, Virginia. Christchurch School is an Episcopal boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12. Our average enrollment is 200, with 70% boarding and 30% day.
CHRISTCHURCH IS THE PLACE for students who aren't challenged by or satisfied with a one-size-fits-all education, and families who believe that learning should mean more than just taking a test.
CHRISTCHURCH PROVIDES A CHALLENGING, YET NURTURING, ENVIRONMENT in which students are encouraged to explore their current interests and their future potential. Christchurch helps students clarify what they want and where they want to go, and then helps them develop the skills and formulate the plan that will get them there.
STUDENTS DISCOVER SKILLS, APTITUDES, AND TALENTS they didn't know they had. They come to realize and understand their own intrinsic value, and the tremendous value they bring to their school, to the community, and to the world.
THE ULTIMATE PAYOFF from a Christchurch education is more than just earning a diploma or being accepted into the right college.
CHRISTCHURCH SCHOOL IS THE PLACE and the experience where your best possible future begins. Set YOUR course at the river.

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Definition of Terms
 | 2021 School Data
Christchurch SchoolBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-125-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
ADD/ADHD SupportYesYes
Supports Learning Differences (LD)YesYes
Religious AffiliationEpiscopalNon-denominational
Year Founded19211907
Campus Size125 acres125 acres

Student Body

Enrollment215 students300 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score1180* National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad YearNoNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Casual neat, collared shirt)
Average Class Size12 students12
*National School Avg. » 18
Student : Teacher Ratio6:17:1
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered2317
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedNoYes

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size$6 million$25 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
(Personal laptop required)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
(Personal laptop required)
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$28,201
(Need-based financial aid grants)
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo

Acceptance Rate

Application DeadlineJan. 31 / rollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredYesYes
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsBilly Burlee
Associate Director of AdmissionsKelly Espy

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered2317
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 Offered1016
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Sailing, Soccer, Swimming, Volleyball


Total Extracurricular Organizations1423
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
Admission Tour Guides, Chess Club, Community Service, Makerspace, Model UN, National Honor Society, Robotics Team, Student Government, Tiddly Winks

Arts and Music Programs:
Art Club, Drama Club, Music, Theatre Production

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Newspaper Club

College Matriculation

Year: 2007 - 201010 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Hampden-Sydney College10
James Madison University10
University of Mary Washington9
Syracuse University8
Virginia Tech8
Roanoke College7
College of William and Mary4
Virginia Commonwealth University4
University of Richmond3
University of Virginia3
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • The Christchurch experience is personal, but it is also about community. It is academic, but very much about relationships. It is active and lively, and it also encourages you to think deeply. It is school and home, it is family and community, it is an all absorbing experience that will change your life. We want to get to know you and what your dreams are. When you come to Christchurch, we meet you where you are and take you as far as you can imagine.  We work through challenges together and find opportunities at every turn.  We use our place on the river, the Chesapeake Bay, local communities and far flung places to teach the lessons that give you the skills you need for life. Our goal is to give you the confidence to do whatever you imagine and are willing to make happen with hard work. We want you to be sure of yourself so that the future happens on your terms. And we want you to have the resilience you will need in a fast-changing world. Finally, we want to ensure that you understand your own values and beliefs, to give you the strong foundation on which to build a great life. Along the journey at Christchurch, you will find friends and experiences all over the world, make lifelong connections, and have mentors in every area of life and every area of interest.  Our faculty are experts.  Never again in your life will you find so many people devoted solely to your success, growth, and well-being. Come visit us at the river, take in the pure air and timeless river, meet the students and faculty who welcome you into this community, and think about how together, we can create a future that is uniquely yours and without limits. 
  • LD types supported: Executive Function Deficit, ADHD/Language-based Learning Differences, Mild Dyslexia
  • Christchurch School accreditations: VAIS, TABS, NAIS, NAES
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Bill Easterling - Dean, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, Penn State; lead author, Pulitzer Prize-winning United Nations climate change report
    • William Styron - Pulitzer Prize Winner
    • Lewis B. Puller, Jr. - Pulitzer Prize Winner
    • Malcolm Campbell - Former Publisher, SPIN Magazine
    • Vincent Canby - Chief Film Critic, New York Times
    • Bill Broaddus - Former Attorney General, Commonwealth of Virginia
    • John Craine, Jr. - President, SUNY Maritime College
    • Alec Faulkner - Player, Valentine FC (pro soccer)
    • Devin Robinson - Player, Washington Wizards (NBA)
    • Pat Young - Player, Charlotte Hounds (pro lacrosse)
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