Frequently Asked Questions

List of 14 frequently asked questions.

  • Why should you choose an all-girls school?

    At St. Catherine's, we are girl centered. Every teacher, every lesson plan, and every resource dollar aligns with the way girls learn best. We intentionally foster a culture of confidence that allows each girl to emerge as a strong, smart and confident young woman.
  • Is St. Catherine’s School religiously affiliated?

    St. Catherine’s School is an Episcopal School in Church Schools in the Diocese of Virginia (CSDV). We recognize the unique gifts and potential of each person and welcome students from all faith traditions. Learn more about spiritual life at St. Catherine's.
  • Is the St. Catherine's student body diverse?

    Yes! 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.

    This year, our students of color represent 20% of our student body and our students live across 52 zip codes in the Richmond region. We are proud to have more than 14 faith traditions amongst our students and we are committed to providing an inclusive educational environment.
  • At what age can girls first apply to St. Catherine’s?

    • In order to apply to our Early Learners Program, a girl must be at least three years old by September 30 of the entering school year. 
    • In order to apply to our Jr. Kindergarten Program, a girl must be at least four years old by September 30 of the entering school year 
    • In order to apply to our Kindergarten Program, a girl must be at least five years old by September 30 of the entering school year. 
  • What are main entry grades at St. Catherine’s?

    • Lower School main entry points are in Early Learners, Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten
    • Middle School begins in grade 5
    • Upper School begins in grade 9 and we always add new girls to Upper School
  • Does St. Catherine's have a brother school?

    St. Catherine’s has a coordinate program with our brother school St. Christopher’s, which is located a couple of blocks away. This allows students at different grade levels the opportunity to connect on each campus throughout the year. As students move into Middle School, many programs such as music and theatre are coed. In the Upper School, we are fully coordinated with St. Christopher’s, with the girls and boys attending classes on both campuses, allowing for numerous opportunities for co-educational experiences.
  • When is the application deadline?

    We are accepting applications now for the 2022-2023 school year. The priority deadline to submit the initial application for first-round consideration for Fall 2022 is January 15, 2022.
  • Does St. Catherine’s offer financial assistance or scholarships?

    We are committed to helping families afford a St. Catherine's education. The school awarded more than $3.2 million in need-based financial assistance for the 2021-2022 school year.  25% of the student body receives financial assistance, with an average grant of $ 13,730.

    St. Catherine's offers one merit-based scholarship to an incoming student to our Upper School  Through the generosity of the Robert P. Holding Foundation, an endowment fund was established in 1986 to provide scholarships for girls with strong academic records, personal character, and a desire to learn. The Holding family has renamed the fund to honor First Citizens Bank, the institution that members of their family have led since 1935. The First Citizens Bank Merit Scholarship awards up to $15,000 on an annual basis to an incoming new student in grades 9, 10 or 11.
  • Can I pay for private school tuition with a 529 College Savings Plan?

    The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act allows families to use 529 plans to pay up to $10,000 per year in tuition expenses at elementary or secondary private schools. Parents/Guardians may want to consult with a financial advisor to evaluate the potential benefits under this law.
  • Is there an admission test?

    • Early Learners applicants complete an admissions screening.
    • Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten applicants complete an abilities assessment (WPPSI-IV) and a readiness assessment.
    • Grades 1-6 applicants take an age-appropriate abilities assessment (WPPSI-IV or WISC-V) and a grade level skills assessment.
    • Grades 7-12 applicants take the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT).
  • What are the school hours?

    Early Learners (Age 3) - Junior Kindergarten: 
    Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m.-2:45 p.m.
    Friday: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. 
    Arrival: 7:40 - 8 a.m. with Optional After-School Care until 6 p.m.

    Kindergarten - Grade 2
    Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Friday: 8 a.m.-2:15 p.m.
    Arrival: 7:40 - 8 a.m. with Optional After-School Care until 6 p.m.

    Grades 3-4
    Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
    Friday: 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
    Arrival: 7:40 - 8 a.m. with Optional After-School Care until 6 p.m.

    Grades 5-8:
    Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-3:25 p.m.
    Arrival: 7:40 - 7:55 a.m. with Optional After-School Care until 6 p.m.

    Grades 9-12:
    Monday-Friday: 7:55 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
    Arrival: 7:30 - 7:55 a.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
  • Do St. Catherine’s students wear uniforms?

    St. Catherine’s has a dress code and encourages girls to dress in attire conducive to learning. Lower School students do wear specific attire when participating in school field trips.
  • Is lunch provided?


    Lunch will only be served in the Dining Hall for grades 5-12 for the 2021-2022 school year due to Covid-19 protocols. Lunch for students in kindergarten through grade 4 will be in McCue Hall. Early Learners and Junior Kindergarten will continue to eat in their spaces. A boxed lunch option is available for students in kindergarten through grade 4.

    Café 2010

    The Café serves hot breakfast items, including sausage biscuits and sausage, egg and cheese biscuits. The expanded menu includes assorted bakery items, fresh fruit, Greek yogurt, hummus with pretzels and frozen treats. Alumnae, parents and visitors are welcome to enjoy the Café after signing in at one of the four main school entrances (Bacot, Washington, McCue or Kenny Center - the Washington entrance is the closest to the Café). Cash and SAINTSCard CATSCash is accepted at the register (when attendants are present) and at self-serve checkout anytime (accepting VISA, MasterCard and Discover debit and credit cards) at the iPad console.   

  • What are St. Catherine's after-school offerings?

    • After-school Care for Early Learners - Care is available up until 6 p.m. in the same space as their learning day. Families may select from one of three pick-up times. 

    • Extended Day - After-school care for students in JK-grade 8 is available through our coordinated after-school program called “Extended Day” which is held at St. Christopher’s. There are various schedule options available.

    • Lower School Clubhouse - kindergarten-grade 4 girls can continue to explore, learn and grow after the school bell. Families may select Tuesdays and/or Thursdays up to 6 p.m., with sessions taking place throughout the school year on days when school is in session. Parents with daughters in kindergarten-grade 4 may choose Clubhouse participation with or without Extended Day enrollment.

    • Middle School GAP - Girls in 5th and 6th grade can keep exploring after the school dismissal and fill up the space between school and home with more learning and fun. This enrichment program is designed especially for pre-teen girls - and will contain two parts — one part for academic time, with a special emphasis on English and math, and one part for exploration of extracurricular interests. Similar to Lower School Clubhouse, it is offered on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and can be combined with Extended Day after-school care.
    Learn more about after-school care and programs.
St. Catherine's admits qualified students without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation or national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to the students by the School.

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