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Gonzaga College High School, 19 I St., NW 20001; 202-336-7100; boys 9th–12th grades; $14,850; 940 students; www.gonzaga.org.
Recent accomplishments: Last year, Gonzaga received the Seimens AP School Award for performance in math, science, and computer-science AP exams. Also, Sports Illustrated ranked Gonzaga in the top 25 high school athletic programs in the country for 2007-2008.
Colleges where the greatest number of 2008 graduates enrolled: University of Virginia, University of Maryland, and Fordham University.
+ 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.
St. Anselm’s Abbey School, 4501 South Dakota Ave., NE 20017; 202-269-2350; boys 6th–12th grades; $19,350-$19,900; 234 students; www.saintanselms.org.
What’s new: The school’s Arabic program is in its second year.
Recent accomplishment: St. Anselm’s completed a major renovation/addition to its academic building in April. Also, the school welcomed a new headmaster, Mr. Louis Silvano.
Colleges where the greatest number of 2008 graduates enrolled: Georgetown University, University of Maryland, and Harvard University.
The Avalon School, 200 W. Diamond Ave., Gaithersburg 20877; 301-963-8022; boys 3rd–12th grades; $10,500-$13,000; 159 students; www.avalonschools.org.
What’s new: A music program in the lower school and a writing program for the middle and upper grades.
Recent accomplishment: The school is hoping to relocate to Clarksburg by 2010 with an initial capacity of 500 students.
College where the greatest number of 2008 graduates enrolled: Catholic University.
DeMatha Catholic High School, 4313 Madison St., Hyattsville 20781; 240-764-2200; boys 9th–12th grades; $10,500; 1,000 students; www.dematha.org.
What’s new: A forensic science course. Drama and Chinese courses will be added next year.
Recent accomplishment: Principal Dr. Daniel McMahon and social studies chair Rich Macheski were recognized as outstanding educators by The Washington Post.
Colleges where the greatest number of 2008 graduates enrolled: University of Maryland at College Park, University of Maryland at Baltimore, and Towson 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.
The Heights School, 10400 Seven Locks Rd., Potomac 20854; 301-365-4300; boys 3rd–12th grades; $13,540–$17,530; 460 students; www.heights.edu.
What’s new: A senior thesis program initiated this year enables seniors to work one-on-one with faculty members on year-long research projects. There’s also a new nature center for the lower school, musical instruments and classes for all fifth grade students, and middle school wrestling.
Recent accomplishments: The school has one National Merit finalist and eight commended students in the class of 2009. The school also completed a 40,000-square-foot Upper School building with state-of-the-art science and computer labs and 15 new classrooms.
Colleges where the greatest number of 2008 graduates enrolled: Catholic University, University of Notre Dame, and University of Maryland at College Park.
Landon School, 6101 Wilson La., Bethesda 20817; 301-320-3200; boys 3rd–12th grades; $27,400–$28,400; 679 students; www.landon.net.
What’s new: The school added forensic science and health and wellness classes.
Colleges where the greatest number of 2008 graduates enrolled: Georgetown University, Davidson College, Dickinson College, and Miami University.
Mater Dei School, 9600 Seven Locks Rd., Bethesda 20817; 301-365-2700; boys 1st–8th grades; $12,600; 225 students; www.materdeischool.net.
Yeshiva of Greater Washington, 1216 Arcola Ave., Silver Spring 20902; 301-649-7077; Orthodox; 7th–12th grade; $14,500 (7th and 8th grades), $16,670 (9th–12th); 85 students; www.yeshiva.edu.
Colleges where the greatest number of 2008 graduates enrolled: Yeshiva University and University of Maryland.
+ 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.
+ Fishburne Military School, 225 S. Wayne Ave., Waynesboro 22980; 800-946-7773; boys 8th–12th grades; $9,500 (day), $25,000 (boarding); 132 students; www.fishburne.org.
Recent accomplishments: The school has had 100% college acceptance for the past five years. Last year, the school had an undefeated swimming season and a state-champion rifle team.
Colleges where the greatest number of 2008 graduates enrolled: Virginia Military Academy, Radford University, and the Citadel.
+ Fork Union Military Academy, 4744 James Madison Highway, Fork Union 23055; 800-462-3862; Christian; boys 6th–12th grade, postgraduate; $29,700 (including uniforms); 500 students; www.forkunion.com.
Recent accomplishments: Twenty-five percent of the seniors received full academic scholarships to college. The cadets received a total of $9.3 million in scholarship grants.
Colleges where the greatest number of 2008 graduates enrolled: James Madison University, University of Virginia, and Virginia Tech.
+ 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.