As the new Head of School, I am so excited to start this new school year together! Linton Hall School is a special place that has already made me feel so very welcome and I look forward to getting to know all of our students and families. Linton Hall School is a ministry of the Benedictine Sisters of Virginia and as such supports our mission to provide Catholic educational experiences that empower students to master academic skills, to develop a sense of self-worth and integrity, and to learn to live effectively and responsibly with others.
Our goal is to focus on educating the whole child, in mind, body, and spirit and promoting the moral development of our students within the context of the Catholic faith. We encourage all students to pursue intellectual excellence, spiritual discovery, creativity, environmental awareness, and physical well-being. Grounded by the Benedictine charism, we strive to educate our children so that they leave Linton Hall successfully equipped to handle any academic, spiritual, and social challenges that they may face. We hope that they are properly prepared to provide a positive impact on their community, society, and the world.
We look forward to collaborating with you this upcoming year!
Head of School
The mission of Linton Hall School is to provide Catholic educational experiences that empower students to master academic skills, to develop a sense of self-worth and integrity, and to learn to live effectively and responsibly with others.
Since its inception, Linton Hall School has always been a close-knit, nurturing community where children have the opportunity to develop as learners and to pursue academic, athletic, artistic and moral excellence. We work hard to foster core values of respect, responsibility, integrity and friendship in our students. We believe these are the most important years in a child’s education and the formation of their identity. It is during these critical years that the foundation is built for their development as lifelong learners and as actively engaged, responsible members of a global community.
Guided by our mission, we provide a family-oriented, student-centered environment that empowers each student in his or her journey to personal academic, artistic, athletic, and moral excellence. We place great importance on the development of integrity, respect, responsibility and friendship and are deeply committed to our local and global communities.
Our students are resourceful, independent and disciplined learners who have the skills and confidence to take risks and who graduate ready for the challenges of college-preparatory secondary schools and to serve as honorable, responsible citizens for our country and our diverse world.
The school and the Monastery are situated on land that was originally part of Lintonsford — a 1,700 acre farm owned by the John Augustine Elliot Linton. In 1844, his only child, Sarah Elliot Linton, professed at Georgetown Visitation Convent, becoming Sister Baptista Linton. As the last heir of Lintonsford, she donated her family property to the Benedictine Monks from Belmont Abbey, NC for the purposes of opening two schools — one for boys and one for girls.
The Monks first opened St. Joseph’s Industrial School at the far end of the property in 1894. That same year, the Benedictine Sisters of Virginia opened the all-girls’ school and the two schools grew in size and reputation. After 30 years away from their Abbey, the Monks returned to North Carolina entrusting the schools to the Sisters.
By 1922 tastes and traditions were changing and parents no longer wished their daughters to be educated in such a rural location. The Sisters moved their all-girls’ school, now called Saint Gertrude High School, to Richmond. A few Sisters remained in Bristow to establish Linton Hall School as a residential school for the boys. In the late 1930s, this transitioned to Linton Hall Military School. The school remained an all-male, residential military academy until the 1970s when it added a day program.
In response to parents’ requests and local community growth, Linton Hall School transitioned to a co-ed day school serving Kindergarten through 8th grade in the 1980s. A Pre-K program was added in 2003 and expanded in 2013 to include Little Sprouts starting with 2 ½ year olds.