Parent Testimonials

“The Chelsea curriculum immerses students in their cultural heritage under the guidance of challenging and encouraging teachers who convey the intrinsic value of the intellectual and imaginative life. Classroom work is complemented by extracurricular activities that allow students to explore new areas of knowledge and talents, be it performing Shakespeare plays, reciting poetry publicly, engaging in math and science fairs, or appreciating the gift of the natural world. In the process, Chelsea students can form substantive relationships with friends who nurture a commitment to excellence and a pursuit of the true, good, and beautiful.  In short, Chelsea Academy offers its pupils the chance to cultivate their humanity more fully by loving learning and one another for their own sake.”
      Adam Schwartz, Front Royal, VA


“We are continually impressed with Chelsea Academy. The academics are stellar, and the faculty is warm and engaging. We appreciate the time both the teachers and the headmaster have taken to get to know our daughters. The students are friendly and courteous, and the house system within Chelsea fosters wonderful school spirit!”
      Dennis and Judith Adamec, Warrenton, VA


“The credentials and dedication of the Chelsea faculty are phenomenal; the students are happy and courteous coming from wonderful families; the sports program, house, and club activities are impressive; and the facilities, including the chapel, are beautiful. I wish I could’ve gone to a school like this!”
      Wendy Lee, Rappahannock County, VA


“Our children have thrived under the instruction of Chelsea’s top-notch faculty. They challenge the students academically while taking great care and skill for each student’s individual learning progress. The Chelsea community has provided our family with a wonderful support network and lasting friendships. Chelsea’s spirit, in seeking adventure, growth and challenge for mind, body and soul in an authentically Catholic education environment, all come together to provide a rich, classical education and Christian formation experience, not only for their next steps in college, but to mold future leaders living out their Catholic faith, in whatever future vocation the Lord may call them. These have been real graces for our children and our family.

“We love Chelsea’s vibrant spirit of adventure. Chelsea’s four houses foster friendships across grade levels and enable each student to contribute to the school in academic, athletic, and artistic competitions and good works. Our kids especially love the rich extracurricular activities that are truly unique to Chelsea: the annual all-school hike up Old Rag Mountain, Camping Trip, Ski Trip, Canoe Trip on the Shenandoah, and Spring Festival, as well as school dances, music festivals, Christmas and Easter concerts, and school plays, developing and showcasing the gifts and talents of Chelsea’s students.

“Chelsea’s patron, St. Thomas More, and its motto, “Domine, ut videam” (“Lord, that I may see”), are perfectly chosen, well-suited to the Chelsea spirit and to forming its students in knowledge and virtue, to live their faith as future leaders in society.”
      Jack & Gina Peters, Haymarket, VA


“Six years ago, I was doing the impossible by simultaneously homeschooling all seven of my children at home. A friend and a faculty member highly recommended Chelsea to us. What a blessing! Chelsea has been an extension of our family’s faith values, and we are so grateful that our Lord led us here.”
      Mariefe Sotelo, Front Royal, VA


“Our son Eddie started at Chelsea Academy as a freshman. We have been delighted. The teachers are extremely talented individuals. We are impressed not just by their credentials and their competence, but also by their genuine commitment to reaching and challenging the unique potential of their individual students. We see this in daily feedback that tells us how much Eddie is motivated by his teachers, by the challenging curriculum, and by lively classroom discussions. He is able to participate in excellent extra-curricular activities and sports programs.

“It is so very comforting for us to have found in Chelsea, a solid Catholic school focused on both the academic and spiritual needs of our children. We look forward to sending our daughter Elizabeth to Chelsea Academy. We wanted a school that strives to initiate children into, and make them conversant with, the deep and rich intellectual tradition of the Church. We are confident that Chelsea fills that bill — right in step with our intent to see that the development of our children is grounded in Catholic orthodoxy.”
      Dr. Edward and Mrs. Anne E. Smith, Winchester, VA


“Holly has managed to step right up to Chelsea’s curriculum/workload. That is a testimony not only to Holly’s attitude and effort, but to the attitudes of the teachers at Chelsea and the environment that the school fosters. It is not so much that Holly is attending a school, as it is that we have joined a family . . . To sum it up: we couldn’t be happier with our investment in Holly’s education at Chelsea Academy!”
      Eric and Susan Anderson, Front Royal, VA


“Our son had been home schooled for six years with a variety of curricula so we weren’t sure how he’d respond. He has truly blossomed. We couldn’t be happier with his course of studies. From the study of insects (Fabre) to his study of Latin and French, we have been very pleased. When he walks in the door and sits down with his newest literature assignment to read, I know he is fully engaged and we are blessed.

“As parents of nine children who have attended private, parochial and public schools, as well as home schooling, Chelsea Academy has been our best experience in education by far. A major reason for this, we are sure, is the excellence of the faculty, who show real care and concern for the students inside and outside of class.”
      Dr. and Mrs. Timothy O’Donnell, Stephens City, VA


“As parents of four current students and two alumnae, we could not be happier with our decision to send our children to Chelsea. It is a blessing to see our children growing academically, physically, socially, and spiritually. From the first day, we have felt like we were truly part of the Chelsea family, and this is most clearly represented by the deep commitment of the faculty and administration: openness to our questions and concerns, desire to put in extra effort to help students succeed, and the personalized touches, right down to the individual notes on report cards. We could not imagine life without Chelsea.”
      Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Pilon, Front Royal, VA