St. Anselm's Abbey School
- Private, Catholic, All-Boys
- WASHINGTON, DC
St. Anselm's Abbey School Reviews
Rating 4.48 out of 5 33 reviews
Not just a strong, challenging school, a remarkable, close-knit, nurturing community. I think it says somewhere on the website, "St. Anselm's: Where bright boys become exceptional young men." That's not just a slogan. It has been true of 99% of the bright boys I have seen attend St. Anselm's and then contribute in meaningful, thoughtful ways to their communities.
St. Anselm's gave me the tools to succeed as an Ivy League school undergraduate and to eventually earn two advanced degrees in engineering and management. Academics are taken very seriously at St. Anselm's. My 9th grade transition from DC public schools was quite a wake-up call, but I worked hard, received help, and soon found my footing. The monks are the heartbeat of the school's ethos, spirituality, and nurturing environment. The connection to the Abbey is built into the daily life of school. Extracurriculars are abundant and are accessible to virtually all. In short, St. Anselm's sets high standards and I thrived in the environment.
It is a welcoming community with a deeply ingrained culture as the school is based on great values. You can't get the same experience that you get here at any other school.
It is an amazing community where everybody can find their place. The academics are some of the most rigorous and intense in the United States. As a student there, I have found many lifelong friends and family there. I love the school and would recommend it to any parent who wants to see their child succeed in the world.
School administration just not managing either online or reopening very well. School is behind its peers in both areas.
I really am blessed to be given the opportunity to attend St Anselm's Abbey School. The school feels like a second home to me. I enrolled in 9th grade and i was able to feel the warm welcome from the teachers, staff, and students. The teachers are great and I have enjoyed most of my classes. In those I have encountered difficulties, I have been able to work with my mom and teachers to help me surmount the challenges. I sincerely feel that the teachers care. I have been able to play sports, and received support and encouragement to complete my academic work. I feel that St Anselm's has helped me grow even in my character. During this time of confinement due to Covid-19, my teachers have provided enough materials for the students to learn. The distance learning has been much easier than I had anticipated, and I feel like I am working even harder. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to rate my school which provides me a stellar education. I appreciate your consideration.
Nice place. Can overload you with work and makes you lose lots of sleep. Also it sucks to miss a single day cause then again you get overloaded with work. However, if you can deal with the workload, it'll be a mostly good experience.
St. Anselm's is life changing for the young men fortunate enough to be accepted. The academics are outstanding, and combined with moral guidance, its graduates are prepared to make major contributions to society. The classes are challenging but the commitment is worth all their efforts. At St. Anselm's, boys become men of distinction.
I thrived at an Ivy League school in my undergraduate years but nothing could compare to the education I was lucky to receive at St. Anselm's. In middle school, I was much more keen on going some place like Georgetown Prep or Gonzaga but thankfully my mom knew better. She knew that a small close-knit community, personal attention within a rigorous curriculum, and an opportunity to get meaningful time in a couple varsity sports would do wonders for me. She was right. Decades have passed since I graduated from "The Abbey" and I have been able to work and travel around the world both in the private sector and in government. Wherever I have worked or traveled, I have carried my St. Anselm's education with me. It is the essential foundation that has allowed me flexibility to seize so many different opportunities and understand the complex problems of a changing world.
Saint Anselm's has a great academic environment, some of the best teachers in the country, and a challenging course selection. Unfortunately, it suffers from an administration which is out of touch with and highly distrusted by its students.
Attending the abbey is a life altering experience that cannot be compared to to many. This includes, most importantly, the brotherhood you share with your community and piers. The school breeds open minded young men who soon become familiar with virtually every member of the community including the teachers and administration due to the tight knit community. I would trade this experience for nothing. Downsides to this school include, however, weaker athletics (meaning more varsity opportunities on the other hand) and generally further commutes (for a fair amount of applicants.)
Saint Anselm's Abbey School is one of the best things to ever happen to me. The school has an amazing environment that I have not felt outside of St. Anselm's. The faculty love what they do and love to always talk about their respective subjects and offer help to those that need it. The school has a phenomenal community that welcomes in everyone that enters. New students almost immediately become oriented with their new classmates and feel like part of the family the moment they enter the community. The brotherhood at the Abbey cannot be duplicated in high school. Everyone loves each other and seeks the best in each other. There is no bullying or issues like that at our school, there are no cliques or anything of the sort at our school. The sports programs welcome anyone to join, we do not recruit so all of our athletes come from within our walls. I love this school and I encourage anyone looking for a school please consider the Abbey.
This was such a good environment for me to learn and flourish. The social aspect of the all-boys environment was one that allowed me to focus more in the classroom without all of the added social pressures and drama that usually comes with the co-ed environment and adolescents.
St. Anselm's Abbey School, first and foremost, has made me an independent and self-reliant person in many aspects of my life. The strong curriculum allows students to take it upon themselves to earn good grades, join athletics, and participate in extracurriculars. I feel that after 4 years at St. Anselm's, I have the skills and mindset that to help me succeed in college.
Very strong college prep program that encourages independent thinking over simple recitation of facts. Strong STEM instruction paired with multi-language requirements and rigorous English course work.
Without a doubt my time at the Abbey prepared me for a highly challenging college experience. The students share a real academic curiosity and desire to learn. The teachers are eager to share their knowledge and the monks enthusiastically share their faith. The school seamlessly integrates athletics, community service, and extracurriculars into one of the most academic demanding high school curricula you can find anywhere.
Unique environment with dedicated and caring teachers and staff. Students have a good deal of intellectual and creative freedom and make use of it in their own strange ways.
Highly challenging school and caring community. St. Anselm's will challenge the brightest minds, while providing a niche to explore many other varied interests. Small school translates to opportunity across the board... is not uncommon to see students cross between multiple sports, dramatic productions, and other extracurriculars. The Benedictine monastic presence is a huge asset, providing stability and values that promote education and life long learning. Caring and dedicated faculty. While St.. Anselm's is not for everyone, it has made all the difference for me. An indelible influence in my formative years and on my career since.
Everything about this school and community is great. From the teachers to the coaches to the classes I love it and it has done so much for me.
I have attended St. Anselm's since Form A (6th grade) and intend to graduate from it as well. I have never had any issues with the school that were not adequately addressed and I feel as though my teachers sincerely care about me and my future. Given the chance there is practically nothing I would change about my years at the Abbey and I believe they have helped me satisfy my intellectual curiosity while simultaneously increasing my intellectual capacity. The community and school at St. Anselm's is all that one could ask for in a high school