Finding God’s Love in the fall

              It was May 1978, and I was just as happy as a young boy could be. You see I was on my way to my grandmother’s house in Springfield, VA. It was a long car ride from Pennsylvania, but I knew at the end of that ride, I… Read more


Preached by the Rev. Whitney Edwards in Upper School Chapel  August 28, 2017 Watch the New York Times video that accompanied the chapel talk here. On Aug 21st the USS John S. McCain, a guided-missile destroyer in the 7th fleet, collided with the Liberian-registered Alnic MC, a commercial oil tanker, at the entrance of a channel in the Straits… Read more

Year-End Review 2016-17

Center for the Study of Boys Year-End Review for 2016-17 CLICK  HERE to view the document online in ISSUU. CLICK HERE to download a PDF version of the pamphlet.

Doing the Right Thing

Two hundred thousand dollars.  This was the amount of money staring at a Richmond police officer after he arrested a drug dealer.  What would you do if there was enough money right in front of you to change your way of life?  Would you take it knowing that the only other person in the world… Read more

Jesus Wept

When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. “Where… Read more

Relational Teaching with Lower School Boys: What Works for Teachers, Boys, and Parents

We have identified what works for boys in grades 6-12, but how are these findings similar or different for younger boys? From 2014-2016, St. Christopher’s participated in a research cohort of four primary schools in the United States, Canada, and Australia to tackle this question.  Through parent surveys and focus groups, teacher surveys and interviews,… Read more

Boys Will Be Boys

Excerpted from Jim Jump’s Chapel talk, presented in Upper School Chapel on January 30, 2017 Whenever I prepare a chapel talk there is a moment where I ask myself, “What made you think this was a good idea?”  Normally that feeling goes away–not so much today.  Today I want to tackle a subject that is… Read more

I Love Teaching Boys

I love teaching boys. I love their humor laced with sarcasm, their directness, their camaraderie, their enthusiasm and energy, and even their occasional misstep that lands them in trouble. They come to class with a palpable desire to please and be liked by their teacher. Unfortunately, this desire is often intertwined with insecurity and false… Read more

50 Great Years: A Tribute to Mr. Boyd

The image of an impeccably drawn cartoon bear omnipresent on a Chamberlayne Hall bulletin board epitomizes math teacher Mr. Jim Boyd ’54. He, of course, is much more than that, but he has made math fun for 50 years for St. Christopher’s students by turning Professor Bear and Doctor Dog into school icons. The school mantra, “We… Read more