Bill Crittenberger, Headmaaster

Bill Crittenberger

Tenth Headmaster
of St. Anselm's Abbey School

M.A., Yale University
M.S.Ed., Johns Hopkins Univ.
B.A., George Washington Univ.


Headmaster's "100 Words" 

Starting this year, I will be sharing some of my thoughts, views, and opinions on school-related (or otherwise) topics in each installment of the St. Anselm’s weekly “Bulletin,” intentionally limiting my remarks to 100 words (or thereabouts) for the sake of economy and clarity and because brevity, while not necessarily the soul of wit in my case, will provide what is intended as a short-burst “hello, here’s a little something to know about or to nibble on from one busy and engaged member of this community to another.”  Please read, reflect upon, and enjoy.

God’s Peace,

Mr. Crittenberger


  • Class of 2017 - The Home Stretch

    Posted April 7, 2017

    What a time of exciting transition, as we await with open and inquisitive arms the 50-plus bright new students who will be joining us at the start of the ’17-’18 school year. We also heralding our 40 seniors, each of whom heads down the homestretch of a well-run St. Anselm’s race and each of whom has interesting and good-fitting college options that will be finalized in the coming weeks. Now in my fifth year at SAAS and, thus, deeply and dimensionally imbedded in the lives of our students, and intimately involved in the vetting of candidates to St. Anselm’s, how delightful it is for me to see that the Class of ’17, who will be casting off in early June for a summer of fun, exploration, excitement, and, one would hope, at least some labora, will be replaced in the fall by a bumper crop of equally excellent and promising youngsters, boys who, soon enough, will find themselves among the ranks of 75 years of “Abbey Boys.” Seniors, yours has been a good, exciting, and spirited run, filled with collegiality, good cheer, loads of humor, obvious school spirit, and an admirable bent toward and love of ideas, scholarship, and conversation, and with a lengthy list of noteworthy accomplishments and contributions both of an individual and a collective variety. While I know, once having been an 18-year old senior myself, that the enthusiasm for working to your potential here so near to the finish line may be running on fumes, I encourage each of you to stay the course and finish the race well and to your potential—which includes a committed and representative showing on your AP exams--remembering that one’s start and finish oftentimes are more well-remembered than all the good stuff that makes up the middle. Make us--those who have taught, mentored, and served you so devotedly--and your parents and family heritage proud, young men of the Class of 2017, make us proud.

  • Middle States Accreditation Visit

    Posted March 13, 2017

    The four-person Middle States Accreditation Visiting Team (VT) arrived at St. Anselm’s this past Tuesday afternoon. They were given an hour tour of the campus/facilities and then went onto a Welcome Reception in the Commons attended by the School’s faculty/staff, Board of Trustees, and Parents Association leaders. This quartet of experienced independent school educators have since hunkered down, tending to the various elements of their assigned work. This meant, at heart, getting to know the school and its constituents as well and as dimensionally as possible over the next 72-hours. Today, these good people head back to their home locales—Baltimore, the Bronx, and for two of them, suburban Philadelphia—but only after the chairperson of the group delivers an executive summary of her team’s findings, commendations, and recommendations, and alludes to and speaks a bit toward the four overarching goals that the School has set for itself in moving forward, goals that I will be referencing and describing in detail in one of my not-distant 100 Words pieces. More to follow about this important and somewhat ongoing process in weeks to come, but for now we exhale, take a moment to celebrate this major chapter, a two-year endeavor, and take into account fully and appreciatively what an exemplary, thriving, productive, and happy school community this is, comprised of infinity-minus-one moving, devoted, and ever-interesting parts. A special thanks to Fr. Michael Hall, OSB and Mr. Tom Mehigan for having co-chaired this huge endeavor; the twenty or so employees of the school who were called on to chair the twenty or so committees; the members of the Planning Committee, who helped guide this particular ship of state into port these past several months; and to Mrs. Kay Kalhorn and Mrs. Kimberly Walhout for having headed up the hospitality and logistics portion of the VT’s visit.

Headmaster's Welcome

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the homepage of the top boys school in the metropolitan area, St. Anselm’s Abbey School, where students are known, respected, and cared for by faculty, staff, and peers; where exploring ideas and loving learning are cool; where happiness and challenge walk hand-in-hand; where leadership and extracurricular opportunities abound; and where the presence of the Benedictine monastic community stamps a profound and lasting influence on the educational experience of our young scholars.

At St. Anselm’s, a Roman Catholic, independent school for talented, motivated, and inquisitive young men in grades 6-12, each student is a valued and integral part of a joyful and inspiring campus, an enclave where he can find pitch-perfect harmony in serving others while walking, with utter confidence, alongside the beam of light God intends for him to discover, explore, and, ultimately, pursue.  An ever-inclusive community in the spirit of Saint Benedict, we welcome and respect students of all faiths, races,nationalities, and circumstances.

Centered in equal and complementary parts around a rigorous classical education (truly unparalleled city-wide) and the rich heritage of the 1,500-year-old Benedictine educational tradition, St. Anselm’s has been shepherding and shaping academically gifted boys who are eager to work to their capacity for over 70 years now. Coming of age as a member of the St. Anselm's student body means that each boy will be exposed to a superior academic program that encourages balance in mind, body, and spirit.

While the School’s track record of strong AP participation and results, high levels of National Merit recognition, and impressive college matriculation lists are all elements of the St. Anselm’s experience that we are rightly proud of, and in part known for, it is on the intangible or “unmeasureable” side of the ledger where our students shine all the more brilliantly.  Every St. Anselm's graduate, to a man, is thoughtful, kind, reflective, fun-loving, inventive, team-centered, humorous, generous, determined, and independent.

I encourage you to explore our website to find out more about our unique and wonderful school, and I invite you to pay us a visit or to give us a call.  I promise that you will not regret having done so!

Pax in Sapientia ("Peace in Understanding"),


Bill Crittenberger