Christchurch School

Christchurch School Photo #1 - 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 #1 - 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 #2 - "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 #3 - 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 #4 - 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 #5 - 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 #6 - 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 School Photo #7 - 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.
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.

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Top Rankings

Christchurch School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Virginia for:

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 9-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
Mild Learning Differences
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
210 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 31%
Students by Grade
Christchurch School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
33 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
12 students
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
and Fiction, Film, Honors Biology, Honors Ecological Research, Honors Humanities 10, Honors Humanities 11, Honors Humanities 12, Honors Humanities 9, Honors Integrated Science 10, Honors Integrated Science 11, Honors Integrated Science 12, Honors Integrated Science 9, Honors Language and Composition 10, Honors Language and Composition 11, Honors Language and Composition 12, Honors Language and Composition 9, Honors Literature and Storytelling, Honors QR Analysis of Change, Honors QR Investigations and Calculus 1, Honors QR Investigations and Calculus 2, Honors Spanish, Honors Spanish Seminar: Environment, Honors Spanish Seminar: Food/Art/Music/Culture, Integrated Science 9 Honors
Classroom Dress Code
Casual, neat; collared shirt, khaki style pants/shorts

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
$25,500 day $64,900 boarding $64,500 international
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Billy Burlee
Admissions Associate
Aaron Alter
Endowment Size
$6 million



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
12 extracurriculars
Adventure Trips, National Honor Society, Student Community Council, Sustainability Club

Club or Organization:
Chess Club, DEIB, MakerSpace, Model UN, River and Outdoor, Sports Media, Student Ambassadors

Arts and Music Programs:
Visual and Performing Arts

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.
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • 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)
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Christchurch School cost?
Christchurch School's tuition is approximately $64,900 for private students.
What is the acceptance rate of Christchurch School?
The acceptance rate of Christchurch School is 73%, which is lower than the national average of 84%.
Who are famous alumni from Christchurch School?
Christchurch School famous alumni include: William Styron, Lewis B. Puller, Jr., Malcolm Campbell, Vincent Canby, Bill Broaddus, John Craine, Jr., Alec Faulkner, Devin Robinson and Pat Young.
What sports does Christchurch School offer?
Christchurch School offers 10 interscholastic sports: Baseball, Basketball, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Sailing, Soccer, Swimming, Volleyball and Winter Track.
What is Christchurch School's ranking?
Christchurch School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Virginia for: Highest percentage of faculty with advanced degrees and Oldest founding date.
When is the application deadline for Christchurch School?
The application deadline for Christchurch School is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

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The average private school tuition in Virginia is $13,653 for elementary schools and $17,993 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Virginia is 84% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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