St. Albans is proud of its history of diversity and commitment to a well-rounded student enrollment. The school’s long-range plan emphasizes that the school persist in taking advantage of its location in a diverse, international urban center by broadening its applicant pool, expanding its efforts at outreach, and maintaining its strong boarding program, to continue to attract and retain a socially, economically, ethnically, and racially diverse student body. Students of color constitute roughly a quarter of the student body, a significant number of students hail from other countries, and students represent numerous faiths and religions. Student-run organizations, such as the Cultural Awareness Organization and Gay-Straight Alliance, increase consciousness of diversity by arranging for speakers, organizing social service events, and helping at admissions events.
For 50 years, St. Albans has offered the Skip Grant Program, which provides support and guidance for students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds. The program works with the Admissions Office to identify talented young men from different walks of life. The program provides counseling, tutoring, monitoring, and financial assistance to approximately 25 students annually, including African American, Caucasian, Latino, multi-racial, and international students. Former Director Malcolm Lester said, “St. Albans is a better, more complete school for having these young men in its community. Yes, the students benefit from being at St. Albans, but the school also benefits from them.”
Through organizations such as the Black Student Fund, the Latino Student Fund, A Better Chance Program, and Jack and Jill of America, among other resources, the school seeks to broaden the cultural, racial, religious, and economic composition of the student body. The Parents’ Association supports this effort by attending and representing the school at student recruitment fairs and Open Houses.
The St. Albans dormitory plays a significant role in the school’s ongoing efforts to attract and support students from diverse backgrounds. The dormitory serves as a home away from home for international students, students from outside the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, and students with varied economic circumstances.