The St. Albans Admissions Office enjoyed another busy and fun year. We welcomed a record number of families to campus for events such as open houses, information sessions, family tours, and shadow days, received a record number of applications, had a record low acceptance rate, and enrolled 92 new students, many of whom have already spent time on campus this summer. They come to us from six different states and seven countries; from as far away as Kuala Lumpur, Tunis, Hong Kong, Addis Ababa, Copenhagen, and Shenzhen, and as close as Cleveland Park, Arlington, Chevy Chase, and Prince George’s County; from public, private, parochial, charter, and international schools. Indeed, this incoming group is one of the most talented, dynamic, and diverse groups of incoming students we have ever had. They are singers and actors and dancers, athletes and builders and programmers, spelling bee champions and student council presidents and aspiring chess masters. They have varying interests and personalities and backgrounds, but they all share a deep love of learning, an unquenchable intellectual curiosity, a belief that hard work and joy are not mutually exclusive, and a desire to learn in a community-based environment.
Our growing admissions numbers are a representation of our community’s strong reputation in the market. That reputation is, of course, built on the extraordinary teaching and learning that happens in our classrooms, hallways, and studios, on the fields and stage, and in the Cafritz Refectory and the Little Sanctuary. So much of what we do hinges on allowing families to observe our teachers teaching and out students learning, and we are deeply grateful that our faculty make their classrooms available to us.
Our growing numbers also put new stresses on our office. St. Albans is a place where students are known, understood, and valued, and our office aims to educate prospective families with that same spirit. As the number of families we interact with grows, we rely more and more on others to help us tell families about who we are and what we do. Every year we engage more and more students, faculty, staff, parents, and alumni to assist us in our effort to speak with families about our community. And every year we hear more and more enrolling families tell us that what these community members said about St. Albans impacted their decisions to apply to our school. We truly could not do what we do without your contributions, and we are so appreciative of your generosity.
Lastly, I would to thank Lily Kosegarten, Laura Capito, OJ Johnson, and Gene Campbell for all their work. I am fortunate to work with such a remarkable group of people every day.
We very much look forward to continuing to work closely with our community throughout the year ahead so that we continue to attract and enroll the most talented and diverse group of students possible.