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Student Life
Boarding at STA

Day in the Life

What is it like staying at St. Albans?

You’ll be living in a comfortable room with access to recreational and study facilities, your meals are communal experiences shared with fellow students and faculty.  Every aspect of school life is closer and more convenient, and the whole city of Washington, D.C., is just beyond the Close.  Here's how you might spend a typical day.

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  • 7:30

    It’s Thursday, which means it’s freshman laundry day. After waking up, I throw my clothes in the wash, shower, and head downstairs to breakfast—waffles and strawberries. Conversation revolves around the basketball team’s exciting victory yesterday. Mr. Driscoll, the dorm leader, announces that we’re all going downtown to an NBA game on Saturday night!
  • 8:00

    Classes start. In biology, I am creating an anti-biotic resistant strain of bacteria. In English, we are acting out Romeo and Juliet. I’m the director. After study hall, it’s off to history, where we role play the Council of Corinth.
  • 11:20

    In chapel, Rev. Hundley talks about wrestling with choices. Chapel offers all of us a quiet and reflective break from our fast-paced day. 
  • 11:40

    After Chapel, I stop by the snack bar to grab a bagel. Then it’s off to geometry, to work on proving complex theorems. In French, we practice ordering food in a restaurant. Some classmates will visit France over Spring Break, so we are busy preparing for their trip.
  • 1:25

    I run into my form leader (academic supervisor) on the way to lunch. She asks how my French quiz went (great!) and congratulates me on our big basketball win.

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  • 1:30

    Family-style lunches provide a great opportunity to get to know faculty members and students from other grades. Today, my table chats about the jazz band several of us play in as we pass around turkey and mashed potatoes.
  • 2:30

    I hand Ms. Denize a draft of my English paper and ask for suggestions on how it can be improved.
  • 3:25

    Basketball practice.
  • 5:30

    I head back to the dorm and hop in the shower before dinner.

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  • 6:30

    On the menu tonight: pizza and pasta. In the refectory, I sit with a few of the dorm faculty and some guys from my hallway.
  • 7:30

    Study hall in the library. I pull out my laptop and work on a draft of my English paper. I finally finish my geometry and then practice my French conjugations.
  • 9:30

    My roommate and I play foosball.
  • 10:00

    I call home to check in with my parents and sister—they’re coming to our basketball game this weekend—and then talk with Mr. Armstrong, the dorm master on duty, about his fantasy football team.
  • 11:00

    Lights out! It feels good to lie down after a busy day. I'm soon fast asleep.
Located in Washington D.C.,  St. Albans School is a private, all boys day and boarding school. For more than a century, St. Albans has offered a distinctive educational experience for young men in grades 4 through 12. While our students reach exceptional academic goals and exhibit first-rate athletic and artistic achievements, as an Episcopal school we place equal emphasis upon moral and spiritual education.