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.

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked VA School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Students: 1,175 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $16,535
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 10 / rolling

Top Rankings

Bishop Denis J O'Connell High School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Virginia for:

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 9-12
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
Muller Academic Services Program for students with documented learning disabilities
Year Founded
Summer School Offered
Summer Program Details
 Blue Ribbon School - Selected in 1994

Student Body

Total Students
1,175 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 29%
Students by Grade
Bishop Denis J O'Connell High School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
110 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
18 students
Number of AP Courses
28 courses
List of Courses Offered
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
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
(Fall/Spring Casual; Winter more formal with jacket)

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Jan. 10 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Tuition varies based on whether the student is Catholic
% on Financial Aid
Admissions Director
Michael Cresson
Admissions Associate
Kathryn Haas


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

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
Great school. The instructors encourage open discussions and idea sharing amongst students. It is definitely not a stagnant environment.
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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked VA School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Students: 1,175 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $16,535
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 10 / rolling

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The average private school tuition in Arlington, VA is $11,956 for elementary schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).

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