The Admissions Office enjoyed another busy, exciting, and successful year. We hosted hundreds of families on campus for events, tours, and shadow days, reviewed a near record high number of applications, accepted a talented, dynamic, and diverse group of students, and are fortunate to be enrolling a record high 89 percent of those accepted.
These students and families come to us from across the city and the globe: from Manhattan, Sweden, Atlanta, and England; from Upper Marlboro, Bethesda, Chantilly, and Southeast D.C.; from Leesburg, Chevy Chase, Hyattsville, and Cleveland Park. They attended a remarkably diverse array of schools: charter, private, parochial, and home; Montessori, Episcopal, and bilingual. They have a passion for origami, the violin, coding, and football; politics, theater, baseball, and chemistry; community service, painting, the Capitals, and history. What they share, though, is a love of learning, an intellectual curiosity, and a desire to grow in a community that will challenge and stretch them academically, artistically, and athletically. They are amongst the most impressive groups we have ever welcomed to St. Albans, and they will surely make us a more vibrant community. I cannot wait for them to begin in September.
Although the Admissions Office serves as the official face of our admissions process, our challenge is a community endeavor. We are tasked with educating families about our school in a manner that reflects the values of the community, and we could not begin to do that without the guidance and support of our faculty, staff, students, parents, and alums. Whether you were a teacher who opened your classroom to tours time and time again, a student who served as an ambassador, a parent who volunteered at our Open House, or an alum who helped introduce us to a prospective family, please know how profoundly thankful we are for your work.
The Financial Aid Office also enjoyed a busy and successful year. Thanks to the generosity of the Governing Board and our donors, we were able to grant over $4.9 million dollars to nearly 150 students. That amazing budget allows us to run a need-blind admissions process that enables the admissions committee members to make their decisions about applicants with no knowledge of whether or not a family has or has not applied for financial aid. In other words, thanks to the generosity of so many, a family’s financial circumstances plays no role in whether or not they gain admission to St. Albans. We are incredibly privileged as an institution to be in this position.
As I transition from my role as Director of Admissions and Financial Aid to a new position at St. Albans, I am left with a deep sense of gratitude. Educating families about our community has been a true privilege, and I consider myself so fortunate to have been able to work with you so many of you. I would especially like to thank the admissions team: Laura Capito, OJ Johnson ’97, RJ Johnsen, and Caroline Healey. They are the best in the business, and working with them has been a joy. I would also like to thank all the faculty who took on the thankless task of serving on our admissions committees. Thank you to the students who allow me to so shamelessly show them off. And lastly, thank you to the hundreds of parents and alums whose guidance and volunteerism was instrumental to our success. I very much look forward to continuing our important work together in a new capacity.