Christchurch School

5.00 5 1 (2 reviews)
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!
  • 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 intrinisic 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.

Alumni Reviews
  Review School

  • Review Description

  • Class of 2016
    5 Stars   5/31/2017
    Radford University
    Our focus is revolved around the health of the Chesapeake Bay especially the Rappahannock River. We have a Cans for Oyster drive where we plant oyster seeds in the mouth of the river to clean. . .

  • Class of 1988
    5 Stars   6/5/2017
    Ohio Wesleyan University
    Christchurch helps all of their students truly find out "who they are" and what their strengths are. As a college and life preparatory environment, Christchurch succeeds in every way preparing their family of students to. . .
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 106 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 $47,000
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $27,380 $21,582
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 10 14
SportsBaseball, Basketball, 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

  • Many students begin high school with a self-understanding that's very narrow - "I'm a lacrosse player," "I'm a good student," or sometimes, "I just don't fit in." At Christchurch, we help students realize their potential isn't limited to just one box. The Christchurch hallmark isn't our unique curriculm, our many sports championships, or our beautiful campus. It's the graduate who leaves Christchurch a larger person than when he or she came in, a graduate who can do well academically, professionally, and socially at any college, in any profession, or at any place int he world. That's the real goal of a Christchurch education.   -- Jeb Byers, Headmaster, Christchurch School
  • LD types supported: ADHD/Dyslexia/Language-based Learning Differences
  • School accreditations: VAIS, TABS, NAIS
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Bill Easterling - 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
    • 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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