CROSS-CURRICULAR EXIT SKILLS

analytical and creative thinking skills

complex communication skills

digital and quantitative literacy skills

local to global perspective

teamwork, leadership, and citizenship skills

adaptability, initiative, and risk-taking

integrity, spirituality, responsibility
CORE VALUES 
  • Curiosity:  We seek knowledge and wisdom in all forms, that we may become lifelong learners and teachers.
  • Acceptance:  We foster and celebrate the diversity of individuals, our community, and our world.
  • Integrity:  We are honest as we grow into whole selves who act out of a sense of identity and purpose.
  • Respect:  We value the persons and the property, both physical and intellectual, of others.
  • Kindness:  We show charity to one another.
  • Self-confidence:  We persevere in the face of our own limitations and those of others.

Mission | History

THE CHRISTCHURCH MISSION
Christchurch inspires and guides each student's unique journey to self-confidence, purpose, and identity. Within a caring, structured community, students discover their infinite value and develop the skills to become compassionate, successful, and engaged global citizens.


ASPIRATIONS
 
As a community, we aspire:

  • To engage in lifelong learning and the critical use of information. To this end, we are committed to a college preparatory curriculum that is integrated, place-based, and differentiated, designed to enable diverse students to be active learners who make meaning out of the world around them.
  • To lead lives of transformation, both for ourselves and for others. As an Episcopal school, we are committed to fostering self-confidence, purpose, and identity in ourselves as well as spiritually and communally informed responsibility toward others.
  • To have an integral sense of stewardship and sustainability. To this end, we consider long term impacts both in our actions as an institution and in our learning about the world around us. 
  • To lead lives of physical, psychological, and creative integrity based on the awareness of and development of individual strengths. To this end, we are committed to developing active lifestyles, healthy minds, and creative and artistic expression through co-curricular programs that offer breadth of experience and the choice of depth.
  • To engage in personal reflection as well as relation with one another. To this end, we are committed to providing time and opportunity to support meaningful interaction.
  • To be aware of and actively engaged with the international community. To this end, we are committed to building curricular and co-curricular programs that foster a global understanding of learning and living. 

ALUMNI WHO SET A COURSE AT THE RIVER INCLUDE

Lewis Burwell Puller, Jr. '63 
Pulitzer Prize-winning author

William Styron '42
Pulitzer Prize-winning author

William Easterling '72
scientist & co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize
1921-24  F. Ernest Warren (The Rev.)
1924-27  Barton Palmer
1927-34  W. Page Dame (The Rev.)
1934-42  W. D. Smith, Jr. 
1942-43  George L. Barton, Jr. 
1943-46  Janney Hutton (The Rev.)
1946-49  James Ratcliffe
1949-57  Branch Spalding
1957-71  Robert M. Yarbrough, Jr. 
1971-74  William P. Scheel (The Rev.)
1974-84  Louis M. Randall
1983-84  Benjamin J. Bonaventura (acting)
1984-94  Robert Phipps (The Rev.)
1994-95  C. Jackson Blair
1995-00  David Holland Charlton
2000-present John E. Byers

A HISTORY OF THE SCHOOL

In 1921, Bishop William Cabell Brown and the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia founded Christchurch School on the Eastman Farm, in Middlesex County. The simple intention of this “venture of faith” was to provide a comprehensive education at reasonable cost in a time when secondary education was not universally available to American children. On September 28, 1921, Christchurch School opened its doors with several local students and ten boarders.
 
The beauty of the Rappahannock Riverside location was and remains spectacular and unspoiled. Early on, the school was referred to as “the only country school for boys on Virginia’s salt water.” Arch Harrison ’43 remembers the setting fondly, “I am not sure why the Episcopal church chose this Middlesex County site … maybe God just said, trust me.”
 
Like the rest of the country, Christchurch endured hard times during the Depression, graduating an average of only six students each year. Nevertheless, the faculty maintained its devotion to the unmistakably special place. In 1934, church school trustees drafted a strategy for survival, stating “an effort should be made to develop the features and opportunities which are unique to Christchurch because of its location on the river and remote from any considerable town. Reference is specifically made to activities, educational and recreational …as field sports and water sports.” Today, the Christchurch waterfront is home to the school’s sailing fleet, our oyster farm, and our active science program.
 
While staying true to its original mission of creating “high character, pure and healthy bodies, well-furnished minds, and the spirit of unselfish service,” Christchurch kept up with the times. In 1972-73, the first female day students were admitted, with the first graduating in 1975. In 1983, Christchurch added its flagship Learning Skills Program to allow students with learning differences to receive the attention they need to identify gifts and weaknesses in order to succeed in the rigorous curriculum.  In 2010, the school ensured its place in the annals of college prep excellence when it launched its unique new curriculum, Great Journeys.  The school’s updated mission statement continues to embody the direction, values and aspirations of its leaders through the decades and into the 21st century. In fall of 2012, Christchurch School welcomed its first boarding girls as a conscious effort to better reflect the world around us. 

Christchurch School

49 Seahorse Lane,
Christchurch, Virginia 23031
804.758.2306