It is a pleasure to welcome you to St. Albans. Each day as the school’s headmaster, I more deeply appreciate the culture and values of this warm, vibrant, and aspirational community.
Many students are attracted to St. Albans because of our reputation for academic excellence and our rigorous college preparatory program. By the time our boys graduate, they see that their time here was about something more. It is this—the transformation of a young man’s vision, values, and character—that is the promise of a St. Albans education.
We expect a great deal from our students, believing that boys have the capacity for rich intellectual, moral, and emotional lives. They rise to these expectations because we see the best in every boy and insist that they see the best in themselves.
Our faculty view teaching as a calling. The relationships between our students and their teachers and coaches lie at the heart of everything we do. In small classes, at seated family-style meals, and during engaging chapel services, we cultivate in students a passion for excellence, a love of learning, and a commitment to the enduring questions at the heart of the human experience.
As an Episcopal school that welcomes students of all faiths, we are an intentionally diverse community that believes in the essential dignity of every student and the vital importance of a child’s moral and spiritual growth. St. Albans boys aspire to be accomplished scholars, athletes, and artists, but also good men: thoughtful, empathetic, honorable, humane, and generous of spirit. They graduate prepared to lead thoughtfully and compassionately, to pursue wisdom, and to serve causes greater than themselves.
As a school located beside Washington National Cathedral overlooking the nation’s capital, we are always looking upward and outwards, drawing our boys into lives of thoughtful engagement with the highest spiritual and civic ideals. But underlying this is where the soul of the school is ultimately found: in the abiding sense of warmth, community, and joy that fills our students with genuine affection for one another and lifelong devotion to their school. Only time spent on our campus can fully capture the intangible qualities that make this such a dynamic, close-knit community. I invite all who are new to St. Albans to come visit us, and I look forward to welcoming you personally.