Strategic Plan, 2011-2016

St. Anselm's Abbey School has enjoyed over 70 years of success since its founding in 1942. Along the way, many people have worked hard to maintain the School's careful balance of tradition and innovation.

The School is in the middle of a five-year Strategic Plan which articulates a precise framework for preserving this legacy. Called Building on the Past, Looking to the Future, the Strategic Planis designed to ensure that St. Anselm’s Abbey School will maintain its place as the premier school for intellectually gifted and academically motivated young men in the Washington Metropolitan area.

The Board of Trustees, in collaboration with the Headmaster and President of the School, began work on a new strategic plan in the fall of 2010. This was required by the Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools as part of the School’s re-accreditation process. To oversee the process, the Board established a Strategic Planning Committee composed of Trustees and School administrators.

In the Committee’s initial discussions with faculty, monks, parents, alumni and Trustees, three major strategic priorities emerged: a continued commitment to Academic Excellence, the School’s unique Benedictine Ethos, and the Financial Strength of our institution.

Through faculty and staff interviews, surveys of parents and alumni, and the work of myriad subcommittees, the Committee collected and analyzed relevant data from each constituency in the St. Anselm’s community. As part of this process they developed key goals and objectives for each of the three main areas, a summary of which appears in these pages.

The Strategic Planning Committee thanks the Board of Trustees, the faculty, staff, students, parents, alumni, and friends for their assistance in the development of this Strategic Plan. It is a testimony to our community’s commitment to the ongoing mission of the School. This plan provides a road map that will ensure the vitality and sustainability of St. Anselm’s Abbey School in the years to come.

Academic Excellence

We wish to see in our student a Christian gentleman with a formed mind, one who possesses intellectual maturity in accordance with his age. Our teaching provides the academic background necessary for the higher education and professional training of those who are to become society’s spiritual and intellectual leaders.

Rev. Dom Hugh Monmonier, OSB, Third Headmaster

Since our founding in 1942, academic excellence has been one of the cornerstones of a St. Anselm’s Abbey School education. A key strategic priority over the next five years will be to maintain the School’s position as the premier school for intellectually gifted and academically motivated young men in the Washington metropolitan area.

Faculty & Staff

St. Anselm’s will continue to attract and retain the region’s best secondary school teachers and administrators. In addition to offering highly competitive salaries and benefits, we will explore ways to enhance the professional development opportunities available to our faculty and introduce a more effective teacher evaluation program. We will also examine alternative structures of administration and adjust our staffing as appropriate.

Admission Standards

Maintaining high academic standards in the admissions process is vital to upholding the School’s mission of serving academically gifted students and strengthening our identity as an academically rigorous school. A major priority in the coming years will be to optimize enrollment while ensuring that entrance standards remain among the highest in the area.

College Counseling

St. Anselm’s is a college-preparatory school, and it is critical that our students have the support and guidance they need when navigating the college admissions process. Over the next five years, we will further enhance our college counseling program with expanded online resources and earlier and more frequent meetings with Upper School students and their parents.


Strategic Planning Committee

Members of the Board of Trustees

Mr. Stephen B. Kinnaird, ’80, Committee Chair
Member, Board of Trustees, 2009 - present
Board Chairman, 2011 - present

Mr. Christopher E. Davitt
Member, Board of Trustees, 2009 - 2012

Mr. William A. Fennell, ’66
Member, Board of Trustees, 2008 - present
Board Chairman, 2009 - 2011

Mr. Terry A. Jacobs
Member, Board of Trustees, 2010 - 2012
Chairman, Board of Trustees Finance Committee, 2010 - 2012

School Administration

Fr. Peter Weigand, OSB
President, St. Anselm’s Abbey School

Mr. Bill Crittenberger 
Headmaster, St. Anselm’s Abbey School (2012-present)

Mr. Mark D. Commins
Director of Finance, St. Anselm’s Abbey and School

Mr. Lawrence Hamm, ’68
Director of Alumni Affairs, St. Anselm’s Abbey School