St. Anselm’s Abbey School

A Catholic, Benedictine School for Boys Grades 6 - 12

Academic Excellence

75 years of rigorous, classical education

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 the norm; where contentment 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 75 years now. Coming of age as a member of the St. Anselm's student body means that a 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 of which we are rightly proud, and in part known for, it is on the intangible or “unmeasureable” side of the ledger where our students shine all the more brightly, for every St. Anselm's graduate, to a man, is thoughtful, kind, reflective, of good cheer, inventive, team-centered, generous, determined, and independent.

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

Pax in Sapientia ("Peace in Understanding"),

Bill Crittenberger

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.

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