Frequently Asked Questions

List of 12 frequently asked questions.

  • With the Commonwealth of Virginia mandate on closure of K-12 schools for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, is St. Catherine's closed?

    • Our physical campus is closed, but teaching and learning have transitioned to a Distance Learning model.  Staff members, including the Admissions Team members are all working remotely.
  • At what age can girls first apply to St. Catherine’s?

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

    • We have the most availability for student enrollment in our Early Learners, Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten grade levels.
    • Girls also enter our Middle School which begins in Grade 5 and our Upper School which begins in grade 9.  
    • All other grade levels admit students based on available space. 
  • 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 1-8 applicants take an age-appropriate abilities assessment (WPPSI-IV or WISC-V) and a grade level skills assessment.
    • Upper School applicants take the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT).
  • When is the application deadline?

    Applications are accepted now for the 2020-2021 school year. The Admissions Office recommends that prospective families submit an application early in the Fall to allow the applicant to be included in all admissions events for the admissions season. Applications submitted after January 15, 2020 will be considered under a rolling admissions policy as space permits.
  • What are the school hours?

    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.
  • Is lunch provided?

    • Early Learners through grade 2 students bring their own lunch and beverage.
    • Our lunch program is available for students in grades 3-12 five days a week.
    • Lunch is optional for students in grades 3-8 and available for an additional fee. Students who choose to bring their own lunch can purchase a beverage-only plan.
    • For grades 9-12, lunch is included in the student fee, and students may eat at either St. Catherine’s or St. Christopher’s.
    • A variety of choices are available including hot entrees, sides, full-scale salad and sandwich bars with many locally-sourced items, fresh fruit, soups and dressings made from scratch, as well as a variety of beverages.
    • Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available and dessert is served twice a week.
  • 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.
    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.

Let's Get Started

The best way to get started is to come to St. Catherine’s for a campus tour, catch a glimpse of School life, meet our teachers and see teaching and learning up close. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we are unable to have visitors on campus.  The Admissions Team is working remotely and can't wait to share the School with you in other ways.