Bishop Denis J O'Connell High School

  • 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.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
Southern Association Of Colleges And Schools (SACS)
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedMuller Academic Services Program for students with documented learning disabilities
Year Founded1957
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details
Awards Blue Ribbon School - Selected in 1994

Student Body

Total Students1180 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
31%
State avg.: 24%
Students by GradeBishop Denis J O'Connell High School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers110 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio11:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
81%
Average Class Size18 students
Number of AP Courses28 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesArt 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 score1220
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Fall/Spring Casual; Winter more formal with jacket)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 11
Yearly Tuition Cost$15,900
Tuition NotesTuition varies based on whether the student is Catholic
Admissions DirectorMichael Cresson
Admissions AssociateKathryn Haas

Sports

Total Sports Offered21 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cheering, Crew, Cross Country, Dance, Diving, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Sailing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Winter Track, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,
CheeringCrew,
Cross CountryDance,
DivingField Hockey,
FootballGolf,
Ice HockeyLacrosse,
SailingSoccer,
SoftballSwimming,
TennisTrack and Field,
VolleyballWinter Track,
Wrestling

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

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