St. Anselm's Abbey School

Educating young men in the Benedictine tradition since 1942. St.

Anselm's Abbey School is an independent, Benedictine, Catholic school in Washington, DC serving young men in grades six through twelve.

Operating as usual

Photos from St. Anselm's Abbey School's post 02/05/2024

Abbey AP Chemistry students traveled to James Madison University in Virginia for the Brain Bee on Saturday. They had a great time participating in the Bee and touring the JMU campus.

Photos from St. Anselm's Abbey School's post 02/01/2024

WE are just one month away from the 76th annual St. Anselm's Basketball Tournament. Come one, come all and enjoy one of DMV's oldest continuous high school traditions! March 1 - 3 in the Abbey gym.

Photos from St. Anselm's Abbey School's post 01/31/2024

Abbey boys have a new activity: jigsaw puzzles. It started in December when they worked on and finished an Advent puzzle. Now they are working on a map of Judea. They work on it as they walk by the table in the library, and it is a true joint venture of teachers and students.


With the conclusion of the penny drive students raised $1,650 for charity. These funds will be split between two charities, "So Others May Eat" and "Latin America Youth Center." On behalf of the Inter-House Council, we would like to thank the parents, teachers, and students who, without your generosity, this gift to the above charities wouldn't have been possible!

Photos from St. Anselm's Abbey School's post 01/29/2024

The Harvard University Model United Nations trip was a great success. Over 5000 students from around the world were in Boston to participate in the program. Abbey boys represented Palau, an island country in Oceania. They served on various committees and panels. They also got in some sightseeing and museums and attended a dance on Saturday night.

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Abbey boys in the community. Despite snow and cold weather, this junior attended the March for Life on the Mall. Other students flew to Boston for the Harvard Model UN Conference. Abbey boys spread their wings and participate in a wide variety of activities.

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Our beautiful campus also has a wonderful sledding hill. Abbey boys love to take advantage of it!

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Juniors and seniors have a built-in service period on Tuesday mornings. These students go to the Lamond-Riggs Library on South Dakota Ave., NE near the Ft. Totten Metro stop. They help in any way they can. Today they are pulling books that have been placed on reserve by DC patrons.

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At St. Anselm's, we ended up having three snow days last week due to 2 different storms. After last year, when there was NO snow, students welcomed the days off.

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Last week, some Middle School students participated in a trivia match. They worked in teams and were asked (hard) questions from varying subjects, including music, sports, politics, history, literature, and science. They had a lot of fun - and, in true Abbey manner, answered most of the questions correctly! ?

Photos from St. Anselm's Abbey School's post 01/17/2024

Shout out to our intrepid maintenance staff! They cleared the driveway and parking lots at the Abbey in record time. However, Montgomery County Public Schools are keeping us home again today. SNOW Day 2024! ❄️

Photos from St. Anselm's Abbey School's post 01/12/2024

Make sure to support YOUR varsity Panthers. They are in action next Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Abbey Abbey Abbey Oi Oi Oi. 🏀

Photos from St. Anselm's Abbey School's post 01/11/2024

Fire Drill today. Learning how to stay safe in the event that an emergency happens.

Photos from St. Anselm's Abbey School's post 01/10/2024

The Abbey is in the midst of a penny-war, which ends on Jan. 19. The four houses are competing to get the most points. Coins in their jars are positive points while bills are negative points. All proceeds are donated.

Photos from St. Anselm's Abbey School's post 01/08/2024

Besides directing the Priory Players plays and musicals, our Drama teacher, Ms. Laney Shaw, also teaches several classes. Today, she exposed our 7th graders to opera and taught them about all of the genres, forms, and content.

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Abbey!! Abbey!! Abbey!! Middle School B team is in action. The A team plays immediately after. GO PANTHERS!


Alex McCuaig is a junior and an AP Language and Composition student. The semester class concluded with reading Dr. King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” Alex visited the location of the letter’s origin over Christmas break.

Photos from St. Anselm's Abbey School's post 01/03/2024

Abbey boys sang in their final performance of three this holiday season. They performed in the “Nine Lessons and Carols” with the MD State BoyChoir in Baltimore. Graydon is a member of the Concert Choir and Eamonn is in the Tour Choir. This is the second year for both boys in the MD State BoyChoir, which is a year-round commitment.

Photos from St. Anselm's Abbey School's post 12/18/2023

Last week, we celebrated Christmas with our annual Service of Lessons and Carols. Our talented musicians and readers were able to show off their many talents!

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Fun English activity on the last day of school before break...diagram the words to Christmas carols!

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To Kill a Mockingbird is a deeply nuanced and complicated novel. The 8th graders give their impressions on the themes and ideas in the book. In true Abbey fashion, their peers ask pertinent and probing questions of each other in order to get a deeper understanding.

Photos from St. Anselm's Abbey School's post 12/13/2023

Students at the Abbey have the choice of studying French, Spanish, or Arabic starting in the 7th grade. These students, who chose Arabic, first need to learn the Arabic alphabet. Here, they are writing their names and Merry Christmas.


The InterHouse Council (student government) has been collecting toys and coats to donate to the Central Union Mission in Northeast Washington. Today, they loaded and completely filled a St. Anselm's bus with 90 toys and 83 coats.

Photos from St. Anselm's Abbey School's post 12/11/2023

The Abbey InterHouse Council (student government) hosted a trivia contest after school for students.

Photos from St. Anselm's Abbey School's post 12/08/2023

Today, we celebrated the Immaculate Conception as a school community.

Photos from St. Anselm's Abbey School's post 12/07/2023

All semester, Abbey boys know to go to Mr. Dean's office during the mid-morning 10 minute break on Thursdays. He is conducting taste tests with various flavors of potato chips, including sushi seaweed, grilled prawn, sesame sauce hot pot, spicy chili, and kobe beef. At the end of the semester, he will announce the winner!

Photos from St. Anselm's Abbey School's post 12/06/2023

On a chilly, gray December day at the Abbey...teaching, learning, discussions - all a part of the great education our boys receive!

Photos from St. Anselm's Abbey School's post 12/05/2023

We have two lunch periods. The 6th graders all have first lunch and are a lively bunch! Here are a few pictures as they interact with Fr. Ignacio and Mr. Gubartalla, our Athletic Director. They always have something going on!

Photos from St. Anselm's Abbey School's post 12/04/2023

Abbey Big Brothers and their Little Brothers made gingerbread houses!

Photos from St. Anselm's Abbey School's post 12/01/2023

10th graders took a field trip to the National Cathedral. In their Humanities class, they were studying gothic architecture, and the Cathedral is one of the finest examples of this in Washington, DC.

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Make plans now to see Willy Wonka in the Devine Theater in the Lower Building this weekend! #abbey #prioryplayers #willy...
VERY early rehearsal for Willy Wonka, on stage November 17-19. Don't miss it! #abbey #willywonka #musicaltheatre #drama ...
9th graders start their retreat today with a game. #abbey #retreats #games #icebreakers
Every month during our Advisory period, we have a "Monk Minute" regarding one of the Benedictine Hallmarks. This month, ...
A parent took this video of the water main break this morning. #water #toomuchwater #abbeylife
St. Anselm's Abbey School - Form II Transition Service
St. Anselm's Abbey School - Baccalaureate Mass For The Class of 2021
Mass for the Solemnity of the Passing of St. Benedict - March 22, 2021
St. Anselm's Service of Lessons and Carols 2020
Alumni Memorial Mass - November 28, 2020
Thanksgiving Service - November 24, 2020
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4501 South Dakota Avenue NE
Washington D.C., DC

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