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    Mr. John E. Byers 

    Head of School

"It is the privilege of my life to be the Head of Christchurch School."

Jeb Byers
As the son of a graduate, Jeb Byers knew at a very early age what a special place Christchurch is. A student of the classics, he came to Christchurch School as a Latin teacher in 1989, following a ten-year career in hotel and restaurant management. Subsequently working in many different departments (Publications, Student Life, Admission), Mr. Byers learned all the ins-and-outs of a small boarding school. Mr. Byers and his wife, Lexi, live in the Head's Residence with their Welsh corgis. Mrs. Byers is an accomplished gardener -the Residence has been featured on the Middlesex Historical Garden Club Tour. A true academician, Mr. Byers also enjoys the finer points of Christchurch athletics, and can be found at regattas and games, in his orange cap.

A Message from our Head of School

Dear Friends,
Welcome to Christchurch School. Here at one of the most beautiful private schools in the country, we have something unique and powerful happening, and we invite you to be a part of it.
We are a coed boarding school and day school community. Whether you are a boarding student or a day student, the Christchurch experience is personal, but it is also about community. It is academic, but very much about relationships. It is active and lively, and it also encourages you to think deeply. It is school and home, it is family and community, it is an all absorbing experience that will change your life.
We want to get to know you and what your dreams are. When you come to Christchurch, we meet you where you are and take you as far as you can imagine.  We work through challenges together and find opportunities at every turn.  We use our place on the river, the Chesapeake Bay, local communities and far flung places to teach the lessons that give you the skills you need for life.
Our goal is to give you the confidence to do whatever you imagine and are willing to make happen with hard work. We want you to be sure of yourself so that the future happens on your terms. And we want you to have the resilience you will need in a fast-changing world. Finally, we want to ensure that you understand your own values and beliefs, to give you the strong foundation on which to build a great life.
Along the journey at Christchurch, you will find friends and experiences all over the world, make lifelong connections, and have mentors in every area of life and every area of interest.  Our faculty are experts. Never again in your life will you find so many people devoted solely to your success, growth, and well-being.
Whether you are interested in being a boarding student or a day student, come visit us at the river, take in the pure air and timeless river, meet the students and faculty who welcome you into this community, and think about how together, we can create a future that is uniquely yours and without limits.

John E. Byers “JEB”
Head of School
Christchurch School
49 Seahorse Lane
Christchurch, Virginia 23031

A private, coed, college-prep boarding school/day school near Hampton Roads, Richmond, and Fredericksburg, Virginia
Each of the Church Schools admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs. As a related organization of the Episcopal Church, Church Schools respects the applicable policies and governing principles of the Episcopal Church pertaining to nondiscrimination.

Christchurch School

49 Seahorse Lane,
Christchurch, Virginia 23031