St. Anselm’s Abbey School is committed to helping each of its students grow intellectually, spiritually and physically. In keeping with that philosophy, we offer a comprehensive program of co-curricular and interscholastic athletics designed to strengthen both body and character.
As part of the regular curriculum, all students participate in Physical Education classes. Forms A through IV (grades 6 through 10) have 4 periods of structured physical activity each week, including intramural competitions. Juniors and seniors are required to play one sport at the varsity level each year or engage in a suitable equivalent. At all grade levels, our students participate in a variety of interscholastic sports. We currently field 22 teams in soccer, cross country, wrestling, basketball, swimming, lacrosse, track and field, tennis, baseball, golf, and fencing.
As a small school, St. Anselm's can give nearly all who want to participate the opportunity to do so—and do so quite well. Given this structure, it is not unusual for a student to earn two or even three varsity letters in one school year. St. Anselm's athletes have distinguished themselves both on and off the playing fields, earning all-metropolitan, all-league and all-academic honors. Many of our athletes go on to play at the collegiate level as well—recent graduates have played varsity sports at Columbia University, Siena College, Catholic University, Gettysburg College, NYU, Towson, Merchant Marine Academy, Case Western Reserve, and St. Mary’s College of Maryland, among others.
St. Anselm's competes in the Potomac Valley Athletic Conference (PVAC) for most sports. Other members of the PVAC include McLean School, the Field School, Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy, Edmund Burke School, Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, Washington International School, Sandy Spring Friends School, Model Secondary School for the Deaf, Washington Christian Academy, and Washington Waldorf.
Over the last 15 years, the St. Anselm’s Panthers have won more than 40 league championships at the Varsity, JV and Middle School levels in various sports. Other leagues in which we compete are: the Washington Independent Lacrosse League (WILL), the Mid-Atlantic Wrestling League (MAWL), and the DC Fencing League.
Our athletic facilities are excellent, and they include an outdoor tennis facility, batting cages and baseball diamonds, and a state-of-the-art gymnasium which was completed in 2003. Our facility features a main gym with seating for 500 fans; team rooms for our varsity, JV and Middle School teams and visiting opponents; indoor practice facilities and weight rooms for wrestling, basketball and fencing; a trainer’s room; and ample office space for our coaches and administrators.