About

A leader in girls' education since 1890, St. Catherine's School offers an exceptional education for girls age 3 through grade 12. A Church School in the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, St. Catherine's is an inclusive community open to all faith traditions.

Our School Family

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  • Our School Family

Fast Facts

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  • School Community

    2020-2021 Enrollment
    • 960 Girls age 3-grade 12
    • 298 girls in Lower School (age 3-grade 4) 
    • 304 girls in Middle School (grades 5-8)
    • 358 girls in Upper School (grades 9-12)
    • 108 new students
    2020-2021 Demographics
    • 52 ZIP codes represented by our students
    • 19.6% student body self-identifies as students of color 
    • 24.7% of new students self-identifed as students of color
    • 228 dedicated faculty and staff with 111 advanced degrees, including 11 doctorates
    • 289 families have daughters at St. Catherine's and sons who attend our brother school, St. Christopher’s School
    • More than $3.2 million in need-based financial assistance awarded to 25% of students, ranging from $200 to over $20,000 (learn more about affordability)
    • 5,100+ active alumnae in 49 states, D.C. and 20 countries 
    • Nearly 500 girls and boys enrolled in our Brilliant Summer 2020 Virtual Program
    • One of six Church Schools in the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia 
  • Mission and Values

    Motto
    "What we keep we lose; only what we give remains our own."

    Mission
    St. Catherine's School provides a rigorous education that prepares girls with diverse perspectives for a lifetime of learning, leadership and service in a global community.

    Core Values
    To fulfill our mission and pursue our vision, we take these values as core:
    • Pursuing academic excellence: We cultivate intellectual habits in which we take joy in learning through energetic inquiry, analytical and creative thinking, and continually striving to reach new levels.
    • Developing character: We teach individuals to live with integrity, responsibility, confidence, compassion and respect for themselves and others.
    • Nurturing spiritual growth: We enable each person to deepen her faith through worship, reflection, humility and the recognition of God in every human being.
    • Celebrating individuals: We recognize the unique gifts and potential of each person and help each to recognize the strength that comes from differences.
    • Building community: We build up community within and beyond the school through teaching social responsibility, inclusiveness and leadership to prepare each person to serve others and contribute to healing the world.
    Diversity Statement
    St. Catherine’s School is committed to providing an inclusive educational environment. We actively engage students, families, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Our school community respects the differences in ethnicity, race, religion, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status. Consistent with the School’s mission, St. Catherine’s fosters in our students, and expects from all others, respect for the dignity and wholeness of every person.

    To further ensure we uphold this focus, various leadership groups work collaboratively to weave mutual respect into every facet of school life across all divisions. 

  • Academics

    • Age 3-Grade 12 Global Education, STEM and Girl-Centered Wellness Programs
    • Mandarin Chinese and Spanish beginning at age 3
    • Intensive Studies and X-Term (grades 9-12)
    • 180+ Upper School course offerings with St. Christopher’s School
    • 40 Honors Classes
    • 26 AP Classes
    • 81% of students taking AP exams scored a 3, 4 or 5 in 2019-2020
    • 220 AP Scholar designations since 2017 (students taking 3 or more AP exams earning a score of 3 or higher)
    • 18 National Merit designations since 2017
  • Arts and Athletics

    • Age 3-12 Dance Program
    • 24 Performing Ensembles, including Outré: Coed Middle School Theatre Group and Ampersand: Coed Upper School Theatre Group
    • 40 teams in 14 sports for grades 7-12
    • 33 state titles and 59 League of Independent School championships in the last decade
  • Campus

    • 16-acre main campus in Richmond, Va. that is listed in the National Register of Historic Places
    • 145-acre campus in nearby Goochland County
    • 70,000 sq. ft. Kenny Sports and Fitness Center with swimming pool and rock climbing wall
    • 16,000 sq.ft. Armfield Science Center including Independent Research Lab
    • 2 libraries, innovation Lab, Imagination Station, community garden, three playgrounds and an Early Childhood outdoor classroom
    • Art studios featuring kilns, photography darkroom, dance studio and theatre
    • 600 solar panels that produce enough electricity to charge 21,293 electric cars or 95,544,435 smart phones
    • Clean Natural Gas bus fleet and filling station was awarded The City of Richmond Department of Public Utilities 2016 Innovation & Leadership Award 
  • Accreditations and Associations

  • School Hours

    School Hours


    Note: The information below reflects standard school hours. In response to the pandemic, 2020-2021 school hours have been adjusted with staggered arrival and dismissal schedules to allow for new health and safety protocols. To learn more about teaching and learning during the pandemic, go to St. Catherine's COVID-19 Updates.  

    Early Learners (Age 3):
     
    Monday-Thursday: 7:55 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Friday: 7:55 a.m.-2:15 p.m. 
    Drop-off: 7:30 a.m. with Optional After-School Care until 6 p.m.

    Junior Kindergarten-Grade 2
    Monday-Thursday: 7:55 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Friday: 7:55 a.m.-2:15 p.m.

    Grades 3-4
    Monday-Thursday: 7:55 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
    Friday: 7:55 a.m.-2:45 p.m.

    Grades 5-12:
    Monday-Friday: 7:55 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

    Office Hours during the School Year:
     
    Monday-Friday: 7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 

    Summer Office Hours: 
    Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Friday:  9 a.m.-noon

  • Philanthropy

    • $46.8 million Endowment
    • $1.76 million Annual Giving
    *as of June 2020

St. Catherine's At-A-Glance

We Invest in Girls

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  • We Invest in Girls

Let's Get Started

Visit our new Virtual Admissions Center and schedule a call or virtual chat with a member of our Admissions team. We can't wait to meet you and learn more about your amazing daughter. We are accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year.