Head of School Message

Dr. Joseph Vorbach

Welcome to Bishop O’Connell High School!

Just completing a year-long celebration of our founding in 1957, we are a co-educational Catholic high school in the Diocese of Arlington committed to our mission to provide students with an education rooted in the life of Christ that is focused on the development of the whole person. We continue to build on our traditions of excellence, offering a superior college-preparatory high school experience to students who seek the richness of a Catholic education as they prepare for their futures.

I invite you to explore our website to get a good sense for our commitment to our mission and to a student-centered learning experience that is rigorous and relevant. Across the curriculum and all around the school, guided by a talented, dedicated and creative faculty, students are developing 21st century skills as they dive into a robust program of study. Our Catholic identity is woven into the curriculum so that essential concepts like the fundamental dignity of every human person can be reinforced in a multidisciplinary way. Our campus ministry programs provide students rich opportunities to reflect on, grow in, and put their faith in action. Our favorable counselor-to-student ratio ensures students receive the support they need throughout high school.

Unique learning opportunities that differentiate the O'Connell experience include:

  • A vibrant partnership with Marymount University that offers dual credit and dual enrollment opportunities for our students,
  • An innovative Global Studies Certificate Program that allows students to grow in knowledge and understanding of globalization issues, and
  • A growing set of electives offered under our Project Lead the Way engineering curriculum that provide students the opportunity to explore their interest in engineering before college.

Throughout the current decade, O'Connell has been aggressively recapitalizing its physical plant. Renovations of the athletic fields, auditorium, and all science labs are being followed up with a current campaign to tackle the first two phases of our comprehensive facility master site plan. This project includes 13 modern and flexible classrooms, a beautiful new chapel, and a new main entrance and passageway that combine to solve a variety of challenges with our current layout while improving circulation in the building and providing more student and faculty collaboration space. Our commitment to a strong IT backbone is reflected both in our recent investments, that include Wi-Fi access points in all classrooms and a doubling of bandwidth, and our future plans for the new construction.

Whether you are a prospective student and family, an alum, or a legacy parent or grandparent, we hope you will take the time to visit us and learn more about all of the opportunities that await today’s students at Bishop O’Connell High School. I think you will come away impressed with all the great things happening on Little Falls Road.

Thank you for your interest.

God Bless,

Joseph E. Vorbach III, Ph.D.
Class of 1983