2009 Washingtonian Guide to Private Schools: Boys’ Schools

The + symbol means that the school offers boarding.

DISTRICT
Gonzaga College High School, 19 I St., NW; 202-336-7100; boys 9th–12th grades; $15,850; 950 students.

What’s new: In 2009, the school appointed a new headmaster, Reverend Vincent G. Conti.

Recent accomplishments: In 2008, Gonzaga received the Seimens AP School Award for performance in math, science, and computer-science AP exams. Sports Illustrated ranked Gonzaga as the top athletic program in DC in 2009.

Colleges where the greatest number of 2009 graduates enrolled: University of Virginia, University of Maryland, Fordham University, Georgetown University, Virginia Tech, Boston College, and James Madison University.

+ St. Albans School,  Mount St. Alban, Massachusetts and Wisconsin aves., NW; 202-537-6435; boys 4th–12th grades; $32,990 (day), $46,667 (boarding, 9th–12th grades); 570 students.

What’s new: The school recently completed construction of additional upper-school classroom space.

Colleges where the greatest number of 2009 graduates enrolled: Yale University, University of Virginia, Princeton University, and Georgetown University.

St. Anselm’s Abbey School, 4501 South Dakota Ave., NE; 202-269-2379; boys 6th–12th grades; $19,950-$20,550; 240 students.

What’s new: The school’s Arabic program is in its third year.

Recent accomplishment: St. Anselm’s completed a major renovation/addition to its academic building in 2008.

Colleges where the greatest number of 2009 graduates enrolled: Georgetown University, University of Maryland, and University of Virginia.

MARYLAND
The Avalon School, 200 W. Diamond Ave., Gaithersburg; 301-963-8022; boys 2nd–12th grades; $10,950-$13,000; 155 students.

What’s new: Avalon added 2nd grade in 2009.

Recent accomplishment: The school’s baseball team won the 2009 Maryland Division B state tournament.

College where the greatest number of 2009 graduates enrolled: Catholic University.
DeMatha Catholic High School, 4313 Madison St., Hyattsville; 240-764-2200; boys 9th–12th grades; $11,350; 975 students; dematha.org.

What’s new: This year, DeMatha opened a new music center that can hold more than 400 students. This winter, a new 72,000-square-foot Convocation Center will be dedicated, with additional classrooms, a bookstore, and physical-education facilities.

Recent accomplishment: In June, ten students met with President Obama at the White House and two musicians took part in a White House jazz workshop hosted by the First Lady.

Colleges where the greatest number of 2009 graduates enrolled: University of Virginia, Salisbury University, and Catholic University.

+ Georgetown Preparatory School, 10900 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda; 301-493-5000; boys 9th–12th grades; $25,650 (day), $44,000 (boarding); 475 students; gprep.org.

What’s new: Last year the school started a poetry class for seniors, and in January 2010 the school is opening a new $31-million academic center, complete with a new library, recreation spaces, and classrooms.

Recent accomplishments: Georgetown Prep’s AP calculus scores are the highest in the country for private high schools with 300 to 800 students.

Colleges where the greatest number of 2009 graduates enrolled: Georgetown University, Boston College, and University of Virginia.
The Heights School, 10400 Seven Locks Rd., Potomac; 301-365-4300; boys 3rd–12th grades; $13,960–$18,075; 460 students.

Recent accomplishments: The school has one National Merit finalist and eight commended students in the class of 2009. It also recently 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 2009 graduates enrolled: Catholic University, University of Notre Dame, and University of Maryland.

Landon School, 6101 Wilson La., Bethesda; 301-320-3200; boys 3rd–12th grades; $27,811–$28,826; 678 students.

Colleges where the greatest number of 2009 graduates enrolled: University of Maryland, Dickinson College, and Wake Forest University.

Mater Dei School, 9600 Seven Locks Rd., Bethesda; 301-365-2700; boys 1st–8th grades; $13,400; 230 students.

What’s new: The school recently installed a new turf surface on its athletic field.
Yeshiva of Greater Washington, 1216 Arcola Ave., Silver Spring; 301-649-7077; Orthodox; 7th–12th grade; $15,225 (7th and 8th grades), $17,500 (9th–12th); 90 students.

What’s new: The school recently appointed a new principal, Etan Savir.

Colleges where the greatest number of 2009 graduates enrolled: Yeshiva University and University of Maryland.

VIRGINIA
+ Blue Ridge School, 273 Mayo Dr., St. George; 434-985-2811; boarding only; boys 9th–12th grades; $36,000; 195 students.

What’s new: The school appointed a new headmaster in 2009, John O’Reilly.

Colleges where the greatest number of 2009 graduates enrolled: University of Virginia, Hampden-Sydney College, and College of William & Mary.

+ Fishburne Military School, 225 S. Wayne Ave., Waynesboro; 800-946-7773; boys 7th–12th grades; $9,500 (day), $26,000 (boarding); 150 students.

Recent accomplishments: The school recently renovated its mess hall and cadet rooms and has had a 100-percent college acceptance rate for the last six years.+ Fork Union Military Academy, 4744 James Madison Hwy., Fork Union; 800-462-3862; Christian; boys 6th–12th grade, postgraduate; $31,050 (boarding, including uniforms), $21,000 (day, including uniforms); 500 students; forkunion.com.

Recent accomplishments: Fork Union’s class of 2009 boasted 20 honor graduates, and the school recently developed an ESL language program.

Colleges where the greatest number of 2009 graduates enrolled: James Madison University, George Mason University, US military academies, Randolph Macon College, and Virginia Tech.

+ Hargrave Military Academy, 200 Military Dr., Chatham; 434-432-2481; boarding only; boys 7th–12th grade, postgraduate; $12,000 (day), $29,500 (boarding), $31,350 (non-US boarding); 325 students; www.hargrave.edu.

Recent accomplishment: The class of 2009 was Hargrave’s 100th graduating class.

Colleges where the greatest number of 2009 graduates enrolled: University of Alabama, Virginia Tech, and Indiana University.
+ Woodberry Forest School, 898 Woodberry Forest Rd., Woodberry Forest; 540-672-3900; boys 9th–12th grades; $41,000; 400 students.

What’s new: The school recently started an exchange program with boarding schools in South Africa and a digital-filmmaking course taught by a Sundance Film Festival director.

Recent accomplishment: The class of 2009 received more than $500,000 in merit scholarships.

Colleges where the greatest number of 2009 graduates enrolled: University of Virginia, Wofford College, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.