Bishop Denis J O'Connell High School

6600 Little Falls Rd
Arlington, VA 22213-0222
Tel: (703)237-1433
Grades: 9-12 | 1175 students
Bishop O'Connell High School is a Catholic coeducational community located in Arlington, Virginia.
The spiritual atmosphere is enriched by the presence of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Our mission is to provide students an education rooted in the life of Christ and to foster the pursuit of excellence in the whole person.
We believe in the full development of the human person, including the spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional, and physical aspects of one's being.
Commitment to academic excellence is an integral part of our identity as a Catholic school.
We believe that students learn best when they are actively engaged in the learning process, and when each student has appropriate opportunities for success.
We believe that student self-esteem is enhanced by positive relationships and mutual respect among and between students and faculty; that students thrive in a supportive yet stimulating climate which affirms the dignity of all persons; and that we are called to educate students of diverse economic, cultural, religious, racial, and ethnic backgrounds.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
Southern Association Of Colleges And Schools (SACS)
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic
Grades Offered Grades 9-12
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported Muller Academic Services Program for students with documented learning disabilities
Year Founded 1957
Awards  Blue Ribbon School - Selected in 1994

Student Body

Total Students 1175 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 26%
Students by Grade Bishop Denis J O'Connell High School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 110 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 11:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 18 students
Number of AP Courses 28 courses
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Advanced Courses Art History, Art/Drawing, Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Comparative Political Systems, Computer Science, English Language, English Literature, Environmental Science, French Language, Latin, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Modern European History, Music Theory, Physics B, Physics C (E &M), Physics C (Mechanical), Psychology, Spanish Language, Spanish Literature, Statistics, United States Government, United States History,
Average SAT score 1867
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual
(Fall/Spring Casual; Winter more formal with jacket)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Jan. 23
Yearly Tuition Cost $13,390
Tuition Notes Tuition varies based on whether the student is Catholic
Admissions Director Michael Cresson
Admissions Associate Christine Spann


Total Sports Offered 20 sports
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Crew, Cross Country, Dance, Diving, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Winter Track, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryDance,
DivingField Hockey,
Ice HockeyLacrosse,
Track and FieldVolleyball,
Winter TrackWrestling,

School Notes

  • A Catholic co-educational community since 1957
  • Small class sizes with teachers who care
  • Financial assistance available
  • Convenient location with bus transportation provided (walking distance from East Falls Church Metro)
  • 70 different Clubs that students participate in
  • Dual Enrollment Courses available through Marymount University
  • One of a kind Global Studies Program
  • Project Lead the Way Engineering Curriculum

Profile last updated: 08/07/2015

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