Christchurch School

'Set your course at the river.' Established in the Episcopal tradition, Christchurch is inclusive, welcoming students and families of all faiths and backgrounds.
'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 students 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 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.

School Overview

Religious AffiliationEpiscopal
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedMild Learning Differences
Year Founded1921

Student Body

Total Students210 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 26%
Students by GradeChristchurch School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers33 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size12 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesEnglish 11 Honors, English 12 Honors, English 9 Honors, History 9 Honors, Honors Calculus AB, Honors College Biology, Honors College Environmental Science, Honors History Seminar, Honors Integrated Science III: Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Honors Modern World History, Honors Spanish V, Honors United States History and Government, Integrated Science 9 Honors
Average SAT score1130
Average ACT score21
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Casual, neat; collared shirt, khaki style pants/shorts)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$43,900
Tuition Notes$18,700 day boys/girls; $43,900 boarding boys
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$27,000
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorLawrence J. Jensen
Admissions AssociateRobin Schroeder


Total Sports Offered10 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Crew, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Sailing, Soccer, VolleyballBaseballBasketball,
CrewField Hockey,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.10 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Adventure Trips, Chess Club, Drama, Living Campus, National Honor Society, River Immersion, Student Ambassadors, Student Community Council, Sustainability Club, Yearbook

School Notes

  • 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.

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