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 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.

Our School Family

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  • 950 Students

    total enrollment
  • Our Three Divisions

    338 in EL-Grade 4
    263 in Grades 5-8
    349 in Grades 9-12
  • 116 New Students

    21% students of color
  • 20% Students of Color

  • Our Girls come from

    55 ZIP Codes
  • 246 Dedicated Faculty & Staff

    114 advanced degrees and 10 doctorates
  • 263 Families

    with children at St. Catherine's and St. Christopher's
  • 5,300+ Active Alumnae

    in 49 states, D.C. and 22 countries

Fast Facts

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  • School Motto

    "What we keep we lose; only what we give remains our own."
  • 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.
  • 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
    • 36 Honors Classes
    • 23 AP Classes
    • 81% of students taking AP exams scored a 3, 4 or 5 (2020-2021)
    • 211 AP Scholar designations since 2018 (students taking 3 or more AP exams earning a score of 3 or higher)
    • 17 National Merit designations (2018-2021)
  • Arts and Athletics

    • Age 3-12 Dance Program
    • 26 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
    • 34 state titles and 60 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

    Early Learners (Age 3), Junior Kindergarten, Kindergarten and Grade 1
    Arrival: 7:30 - 7:55 a.m. Students will be counted late at 8 a.m.
    Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Friday: 8 a.m.-2:15 p.m. 
    Optional After-School Care until 6 p.m.

    Grades 2-4
    Arrival: 7:30 - 7:55 a.m. Students will be counted late at 8 a.m.
    Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
    Friday: 8 a.m.-2:45 p.m.
    Optional After-School Care until 6 p.m.

    Grades 5-8:
    Arrival: 7:30 - 7:55 a.m.
    Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-3:25 p.m.
    Optional After-School Care until 6 p.m.

    Grades 9-12:
    Arrival: 7:30 - 7:55 a.m.
    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

    • $56.9 million Endowment
    • $1.78 million Annual Giving
    *as of June 30, 2021

We Invest in Girls

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  • 25% of Students

    receive financial assistance
  • $3.2 million

    total assistance awarded
  • $13,730

    average need-based financial assistance grant
  • One of 6

    Church Schools in the Diocese of Virginia
  • $9.2 Million

    2020-2021 Giving
    Annual Giving and
    Gifts to Endowment and
    Gifts to Capital Projects
  • $56.9 million

    as of June 30, 2021

Let's Get Started

The best way to discover what a St. Catherine's education can do for your daughter is to visit us or call us at 804-281-7140. We can't wait to meet you!

    • Private Girls Elementary School: St. Catherine's School
6001 Grove Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 23226 | 804-288-2804
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