The St. Albans School Coordinate Program with the National Cathedral School for Girls, located just across the Cathedral Close, allows NCS students to participate in a variety of coeducational opportunities while reaping the benefits of a single-sex education. Started in the late 1960s, the Coordinate Program now offers coeducational opportunities in academics, arts, and athletics that increase by grade.
As noted in the Coordinate Education Statement prepared by National Cathedral School and St. Albans in 2012, “The Coordinate Program takes advantage of each school's outstanding teachers, state-of-the-art facilities, and diversity and depth of programs, significantly expanding the academic and extracurricular options available to each young woman and man on the Close.”
In the Lower School, coordinate opportunities abound in the arts. Starting in grade 4 (Form C), boys and girls may perform together in wind and string ensembles. In grades 7 and 8 (Forms I and II), drama classes, theatrical productions, and music ensembles, such as the Middle School Chorus, bring together students from both schools.
When the boys enter the Upper School, their lives overlap with the girls from the National Cathedral School, and opportunities for coordinate experiences increase. English classes for grades 11 and 12 (Forms V and VI) are coed, as are many elective classes. Boys and girls participate together in select sports. Nearly all art activities and classes are coordinate, including the drama program and 160-voice Chorale. The boys and girls approach these new experiences with self-assurance, a result of their single-sex education.
At St. Albans, you have all the benefits of a single sex experience while having the opportunity to meet and work with girls. As St. Albans is a single sex school on a coed campus, we have the best of both worlds.” –Nikki Magaziner Mills, College Counselor