DISTRICT St. Albans School, Mount St. Alban, Massachusetts and Wisconsin aves., NW 20016; 202-537-6435; boys 4th–12th grades; $31,428 (day), $44,457 (boarding, 9th–12th grades); 570 students; www.stalbansschool.org.
Colleges where the greatest number of 2008 graduates enrolled: Columbia University, Harvard University, University of Virginia, and Yale University.
What’s new: A Chinese culture course in the upper school; a Center for Public Purpose Partnerships affiliated with the Bloomberg School of Public Health; a program called Women in Science and Engineering, in partnership with the Johns Hopkins University.
Recent accomplishments: The school received Silver Certification from LEED for its new middle school building. It also has two new turf fields. Last fall, the school’s field hockey team won the IAAM A-Conference championship and last spring, the school’s lacrosse team won the IAAM B-Conference championship. The school was the 2008 International Equitation Association (IEA) National Champion in riding.
Colleges where the greatest number of 2008 graduates enrolled: University of Virginia, Franklin and Marshall College, and Vanderbilt University.
Georgetown Preparatory School, 10900 Rockville Pike, N. Bethesda 20852; 301-493-5000; boys 9th–12th grades; $24,200 (day), $42,150 (boarding); 450 students; www.gprep.org.
What’s new: This year the school started a poetry class for seniors, and last year they added classes in stained-glass class and digital photography.
Recent accomplishments: A $31 million student learning center is currently under construction and will feature a new-media center, classrooms, offices, a recording studio, and student lounge space when it opens in January 2010. The school also opened a $24 million 150,000-square-foot athletic center in 2007.
Colleges where the greatest number of 2008 graduates enrolled: Georgetown University, Boston College, and the University of Virginia.
Recent accomplishment: The class of 2008 was the first class to earn International Baccalaureate Diplomas; 88 percent of them did.
Colleges where the greatest number of 2008 graduates enrolled: Cornell University, University of Pennsylvania, and Duke University.
West Nottingham Academy, 1079 Firetower Rd., Colora 21917; 410-658-5556; 9th–12th grade, postgraduate; $18,800 (day), $36,300 (boarding); Chesapeake Learning Center for learning differences (an additional $7,900); 122 students; www.wna.org.
What’s new: A school-wide service-learning program and daily transportation for day students.
Recent accomplishments: The school finished renovation on two residence halls on campus.
Colleges where the greatest number of 2008 graduates enrolled: Ithaca College and James Madison University.
Yeshiva of Greater Washington, 2010 Linden La., Silver Spring 20910; 301-962-5111; Orthodox; 7th–12th grade; $14,500 (7th and 8th grades), $16,670 (9th–12th), boarding is optional and costs an additional $4,250 for boarding girls and an additional $5,000 for boarding boys; www.yeshiva.edu.
VIRGINIA Blue Ridge School, 273 Mayo Dr., St. George 22935; 434-985-2811; boarding only; boys 9th–12th grades; $32,000; 195 students; www.blueridgeschool.com.
What’s new: The Foxcroft Summer Science Research Institute, an intensive six-week program offering girls the opportunity to participate in ground-breaking research projects, will debut in summer 2009. New courses include Southern Gothic Literature, Art History, Environmental Science, Advanced Algebra, and Laboratory Techniques in Molecular Biology.
Recent accomplishment: Foxcroft recently broke ground on a $14 million expansion and renovation of the school’s athletic and student center. The project is part of Foxcroft’s campus master plan, which includes proposals for a new dormitory, an arts center, and new classrooms.
Colleges where the greatest number of 2008 graduates enrolled: College of Charleston, College of William & Mary, and James Madison University.
Hargrave Military Academy, 200 Military Dr., Chatham 24531; 434-432-2481; boys 7th–12th grade, postgraduate; $12,000 (day), $27,500 (boarding), $29,350 (non-U.S. boarding); 365 students; www.hargrave.edu.
What’s new: A Center for Integrated Studies for grades 7 through 9.
Recent accomplishment: Hargrave’s class of 2009 will be the school’s 100th graduating class.
Colleges where the greatest number of 2008 graduates enrolled: Auburn University, U.S. Naval Academy, and Virginia Tech.
What’s new: New courses include a Diversity Curriculum for 9th and 10th graders, Global Civilization, Genocide in the Modern Age, Biotechnology and Bioethics, Irish Literature, and a course called Getting Medieval.
Colleges where the greatest number of 2008 graduates enrolled: College of William & Mary, Boston College, and Carnegie Mellon University.
Massanutten Military Academy, 614 S. Main St., Woodstock 22664; 540-459-2167; 7th–12th grade, postgraduate; $24,664 (boarding); 166 students; www.militaryschool.com.
What’s new: The Rosetta Stone program has been added in several languages including Russian.
Recent accomplishment: The school has 28 competitive sports including scuba and Olympic air rifle.
Miller School of Albemarle, 1000 Samuel Miller Loop, Charlottesville 22903; 434-823-4805; 8th–12th grade, postgraduate; $29,7500 (5-day boarding), $33,000 (7-day boarding) $14,350 (day); 150 students; www.millerschool.org.
What’s new: An equestrian program and a Model UN club.
Recent accomplishments: The school has a newly renovated studio art space and has received statewide recognition for its community service.
Colleges where the greatest number of 2008 graduates enrolled: University of Virginia, University of Mary Washington, and Virginia Tech.
Randolph-Macon Academy, 200 Academy Dr., Front Royal 22630; 540-636-5200; 6th–12th grade, postgraduate; $11,959-$13,653 (day), $26,282–$27,900 (boarding), $33,000 (international); 10-percent discount for Methodists; 365 students; www.rma.edu.
What’s new: Courses in AP Art History, Rule Brittania, Honors World History II, and Conceptual Physics. The school is also looking forward to a new state-of-the-art academic building that will open in 2009.
Recent accomplishments: In the last year, students dedicated 8,802 hours to community service; two seniors earned their private pilot certification; the school’s capital campaign reached over $10 million in gifts and pledges; and the R-MA Jets (Physics) team claimed 2nd in JV and varsity competition.
Colleges where the greatest number of 2008 graduates enrolled: Old Dominion University, West Virginia University, and Lynchburg College.
St. Anne’s–Belfield School, 2132 Ivy Rd., Charlottesville 22903; 434-296-5106; preschool–12th grade; $8,900 (preschool and half-day K), $13,100 (full-day K), $15,400–$18,950 (grades 1–12); $12,700 additional for five-day boarding, $21,750 additional for seven-day; 841 students; www.stab.org.
What’s new: The school offers Mandarin Chinese courses to satisfy a full college requirement for language (also offering in Kindergarten). The upper school is using a trimester schedule which allows for greater flexibility to include several new courses and electives. The school is currently designing a lower school learning village, with construction to begin as early as this year.
St. Margaret’s School, 444 Water La., Tappahannock 22560; 804-443-3357; girls 8th–12th grades; $16,000 (day), $40,000 (boarding); 151 students; www.sms.org.
Recent accomplishments: Last year, three out of 28 graduates were named AP Scholars and one student was a National Merit Scholar finalist. Also, last year marked the school’s first full year using its new 42-acre athletic complex.
Colleges where the greatest number of 2008 graduates enrolled: Sweet Briar College, Washington and Lee University, and Parsons: The New School for Design.
Virginia Episcopal School, 400 VES Rd., Lynchburg 24503; 434-385-3607; 9th–12th grades; $17,950 (day), $35,500 (boarding); 210 students; www.ves.org.
Recent accomplishment: The school completed a new freshman girls’ dorm.
Colleges where the greatest number of 2008 graduates enrolled: North Carolina State University, Hampden-Sydney College, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Virginia Tech.