Frequently Asked Questions

List of 11 frequently asked questions.

  • 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
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • What are the school hours?

    To learn more about teaching and learning during the pandemic, go to St. Catherine's Opening School Plan for 2021-2022.

    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
  • Is lunch provided?

    Lunch and Café 2010 
    Due to COVID-19, lunch will only be served in the Dining Hall for grades 5-12. Lunch for 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 is open for students, faculty and staff.  
  • 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 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.
  • What are St. Catherine's after-school offerings?

    • After-school care for Early Learners (age 3) students 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. 
    • After-school care for students in JK-grade 8 is available through our coordinated after-school program called “Extended Day” that is held at St. Christopher’s. There 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.
  • 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.
  • Does St. Catherine’s offer scholarships?

    St. Catherine’s offers need-based financial aid to those families who qualify. Learn more about affording a St. Catherine's education.
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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