Children of Families Living Abroad

Families who live abroad turn to Christchurch School as a safe, convenient, and rigorous choice for college-prep education.  Addressing a special concern of expatriate families, our boarding program provides continuity for the student when family schedules or locales are frequently changing, or when a parent is assigned an unaccompanied post. We also offer an especially good option for placement of siblings through our coed boarding program.
In fact, because of our close-knit community we have become a favorite solution for children ("third culture kids/TCKs!") of Foreign Service and State Department families. Our strong student advisory program and extensive experience with international communications are highly appealing to parents.  Moreover, though we are close to the nation's capitol, we are also distant enough to provide a warm, stable small-town community where students flourish. 
The Christchurch School campus is convenient to a number of major cities by direct flight through Richmond, Virginia. We are also a 2½ hour drive south on Interstate 95/Route 17 from Washington, DC and from all points north.
These factors combined with our compelling curriculum make Christchurch School an exceptional educational choice at the secondary level for dependents of American citizens abroad carrying out the programs and interests of the US government. Of course, we are glad to confidentially discuss any unique considerations you might have. 
“During my first visit to CCS, I had an instant connection to one of the teachers, because we had both lived in Oman at the same time. During my first semester away from home, sophomores helped me with homesickness, and my teachers helped me stay focused on coursework. They encouraged me to play basketball for the first time, and I loved it. I am getting the attention I need in the classroom, and friends who are day students (local students who do not board) often invite me to stay with them over the weekend. [It] feels a lot like the Foreign Service to me because everyone looks out for one another.”

Eva, 9th Grade

“Boarding school felt like an international school with a strong sense of community. I can see that she’s more confident about trying a new sport or activity without the fear of failure.”

Eva's Mom, Foreign Service Member
For more information, please contact our Director of Admission, Billy Burlee, at 804.758.2306 ext. 136 or Or, fill out the brief form below, and we will contact you directly. 

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    William Burlee 

    Director of Admission
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Christchurch, Virginia 23031