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.

Fast Facts

List of 8 items.

  • School Community

    2017-2018 Enrollment
    • 979 Girls JK-grade 12 • 2017-2018 Enrollment
    • 321 girls in Lower School (age 3-grade 4) 
    • 332 girls in Middle School (grades 5-8)
    • 326 girls in Upper School (grades 9-12)
    Demographics
    • 60+ ZIP codes represented by our students
    • 19% student diversity and growing, 28% new-student diversity 
    • 230 dedicated faculty and staff with 104 advanced degrees, including 19 doctorates
    • 283 families have boys who attend our brother school, St. Christopher’s School
    • More than $3 million in financial assistance awarded to 28% of students
    • 5,000 active alumnae in 48 states and 28 countries 
    • 1,600+ girls and boys enrolled in our Brilliant Summer 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

    • JK-12 Leadership, Global Education and STEM Programs
    • Chinese and Spanish beginning at age 4
    • Intensive Studies and X-Term (grades 9-12)
    • 300+ Upper School classes with St. Christopher’s School
    • 33 Honors Classes
    • 24 AP Classes
    • 77% of students taking AP exams scored a 3, 4 or 5 in 2017
    • 141 AP Scholar designations since 2016 (students taking 3 or more AP exams earning a score of 3 or higher)
    • 21 National Merit designations since 2016
  • Arts and Athletics

    • JK-12 Dance Program
    • 25 Performing Ensembles
    • Outré: Coed Middle School Theatre Group
    • Ampersand: Coed Upper School Theatre Group
    • 40 teams in 14 sports for grades 7-12
    • 28 state titles and 50 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, makerspaces, community garden and 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): 
    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

    • $47 million Endowment
    • $1.7 million Annual Giving
    • $1.1 million Building Gifts
    • $771,000 Endowment Gifts
    *as of June 2017

St. Catherine's At-A-Glance

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. Call St. Catherine's School at 804-281-7140 or email us at admissions@st.catherines.org.