St Charles School

St Charles School Photo #1 - St. Charles students perform in the annual Christmas Pageant.
  • The best-kept secret in Arlington sits in the heart of Clarendon. Saint Charles Early Childhood Education Center offers large sunny classrooms, a full-size gymnasium and a supportive community feel.
  • You are invited to visit the open houses at Saint Charles being held in November, December, January and February.
  • Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Parish has housed a school on this spot since 1909.
  • The school is conveniently located close to the Clarendon and Virginia Square metro stations in Arlington.

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School Overview

School TypeEarly Childhood / Day Care
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-Prekindergarten
Year Founded1909
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program Cost$350
Summer Program Cost NotesPrice per week for an 8 hour day.

Student Body

Total Students190 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 24%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers12 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio16:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size12 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineDec. 19 / rolling
Tuition NotesOffering 2, 3, or 5 mornings, full day Jr.Kindergarten, and Daycare. Rates available on school website.


Total Sports Offered3 sports
SportsBallet, Basketball, SoccerBalletBasketball,

School Notes

Morning classes and full-day care are offered for our youngest students (age 2 by September 4) through Pre-Kindergarten with very small class sizes. The Junior Kindergarten is a full school day (8:30-3:00) targeted to students who are technically of age to go to Kindergarten but would benefit developmentally from another year of preparation as the oldest class of leaders and role models in our school.   Our dedicated teachers understand that a caring relationship with a trusted adult is essential to every child`s success.  Staff members work hand-in-hand with our parents as partners in the education process.

Highlights from the many offerings that make St. Charles such a nurturing community: Weekly visits to the Children`s Chapel and Prayer Services throughout the year
Halloween "Parade-a-Thon" charity walk to benefit Borromeo Housing, Inc.
Traditional Christmas Pageant on our stage for friends and families to attend
Mother`s Day Tea in May and Donuts for Dads in March to celebrate our families
School-Wide Play Dates on school holidays to fun area attractions like:
  • Jumping Joey`s
  • Pumpkin Patch
  • Natural History Museum 
  • Hayes Park
  • Brown Planetarium
Saint Charles partners with some of the best talent in Arlington to offer engaging afterschool enrichment opportunities including:
  • Players Soccer Academy,
  • BalletNova 
  • Educational Theater Company.

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