Catholic High School

  • Catholic High School is a faith based college preparatory school focusing on academics, community service and athletics.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS)
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedLearning Resource Center
Year Founded1949

Student Body

Total Students459 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
Students by Grade Catholic High School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers41 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio11:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size24 students
Number of AP Courses18 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Average SAT score1169
Classroom Dress CodeFormal

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$12,700
Tuition Notes Financial aid available
Admissions AssociateMrs. Mary Beth Dober


Total Sports Offered17 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cheering, Crew, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Sailing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryField Hockey,
Track and FieldVolleyball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.18 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Fencing Club, Filipino Culture Club, Web Design, Winter Running Club

Club or Organization:
Art Club, Blue Crab Bowl Team, Cooking Club, Forensics, German Club, Great Computer Challenge, Haiti Club, Literary Mazagine, Math Club, Model United Nations, Spanish Club, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Chorus, Drama

School Notes

  • Catholic High School was originally established under the auspices of the Catholic Diocese of Richmond as Norfolk Catholic High School in 1949. In 1993, the school relocated to Virginia Beach and opened as Catholic High School. In the fall of 2003, the school was renamed to honor the Most Reverend Walter F. Sullivan, D.D., Bishop of Richmond. Based firmly on Catholic tradition, Catholic High School is dedicated to nurturing the intellect, shaping character and forming Christian values. The student body is composed of young men and women from varied socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds. Students represent the major cities of southside Hampton Roads-Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth and Suffolk. Catholic High School is a unique community of inquisitive students, gifted teachers, dedicated staff and generous clergy who come from all the cities of south Hampton Roads. Our students come from the Catholic schools of Christ the King, St. Gregory the Great, St. John the Apostle, St. Matthew, St. Patrick, St. Pius X, and Star of the Sea as well as the public schools of Chesapeake, Norfolk and Virginia Beach, and other schools in the area. Every parish in south Hampton Roads is represented. Many international students are counted among the student body coming from a diverse group of countries from no less than four continents.Family ties are strong at Bishop Sullivan. We are lucky to have alumni from 2007 to 1965 on our faculty and staff. And many current students are the children and grandchildren of alumni. We value these multi-generational relationships.Based firmly on Catholic teaching, Catholic High School is dedicated to nurturing the intellect, shaping character and forming Christian values. Although approximately 80 percent of the student body is Catholic, other Christian denominations and beliefs are represented. Our goal is to make a Bishop Sullivan Catholic education available to more students.Our student body is composed of young men and women from varied socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds. As a Catholic school, we strive to serve the entire community of south Hampton Roads. 

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