St. Anselm’s Abbey School

A Catholic, Benedictine School for Boys Grades 6 - 12

Where Bright Boys Become Exceptional Men

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Application Process

The Admissions Office at St. Anselm’s Abbey School invites all potential applicants and their families to visit the school before applying.The Visiting St. Anselm’s page details the various opportunities to learn more about the campus and community first-hand.


St. Anselm’s Abbey School utilizes Ravenna to support families during the application process. Applicants and families are able to electronically request teacher recommendations, submit documentation online, and track the progress of the application.

The recommendation forms are common forms that are shared among multiple schools. Teachers can complete the forms once and then electronically submit them to any other Ravenna schools to which a student is applying.

New users will need to create a free account with Ravenna. The login and password you choose will be your gateway to the entire application process. Once you have created an account, select St. Anselm’s Abbey School to begin the process. Click here for more information about the Ravenna system.

The application processes for Middle School and Upper School applicants are identical; and applications are processed in keeping with the Archdiocese of Washington and The Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington notification dates. In order to ensure consideration in the first round of applications, applications are due by February 3, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

Applications for Financial Aid are due on February 3, 2020; see Tuition & Financial Aid for further information.

Entrance Exams

All local applicants take two entrance exams: the OLSAT and the SCAT. Typically, Entrance Exams are offered on four Saturday mornings from November to February. Registration is available through Ravenna once you have created an account. Entrance exams are offered by appointment as well.

The Saturday entrance exams will be offered on:

  • November 16, 2019
  • December 14, 2019
  • January 11, 2020
  • February 8, 2020


Beginning in January, complete files are presented to the Admissions Committee for review, discussion and decision. The first round of admissions decision notifications will be mailed and sent digitally on Friday, February 28, 2020 for the Upper School and on Friday, March 6, 2020 for the Middle School. Offers of admission are held open until Friday, March 20, 2020.

After Friday, March 13, 2020, the Committee continues to review application files and make offers of acceptance as space permits.