Christchurch School

5.00 5 1 (2 reviews)
49 Seahorse Lane
Christchurch, VA 23031
Tel: 804-758-2306
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'Set your course at the river. ' Established in the Episcopal tradition, Christchurch is inclusive, welcoming students and families of all faiths and backgrounds.
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'Set your course at the river. ' Established in the Episcopal tradition, Christchurch is inclusive, welcoming students and families of all faiths and backgrounds.
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'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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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 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
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  • 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
20%
20%
% International Students
31%
20%
% Students Boarding
70%
68%
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)
Casual
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
81%
70%
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes

Finances

Endowment Size $4 million $16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$48,600
(Personal laptop required)
$51,700
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$20,400
(Personal laptop required)
$28,400
Tuition international students $8,000 $47,000
% Students on Financial Aid
53%
35%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $27,380 $21,582
Merit Scholarships Offered No No

Admission

Application Deadline None / Rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Acceptance Rate
57%
57%
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

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered 10 14
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Sailing, Soccer, Swimming, Volleyball

Extracurriculars

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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