St. Charles School Photo #1 - St. Charles students perform in the annual Christmas Pageant.
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 and December.
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 History

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-Prekindergarten
Year Founded
Summer School Offered
Summer Program Cost
Summer Program Cost Notes
Price per week for morning only.

Student Body

Total Students
190 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 29%
Students by Grade
St. Charles School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
13 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
14 students
Classroom Dress Code
(Play clothes are meant to get dirty.)

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Dec. 19 / rolling
Tuition Notes
Offering 2, 3, or 5 mornings, full day Jr.Kindergarten, and Daycare. Rates available on school website.


Total Sports Offered
3 sports

School Notes

Morning classes and full-day care are offered.  Our youngest students (age 2 by September 4) through Pre-Kindergarten enjoy 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 

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