Contact Admissions & FAQ
- Is it too late to apply for admission?
- Do I have to take a test?
- What kind of scores do I need on the HSPT?
- How big is the school?
- Do I have to be Catholic to attend?
- How much is tuition?
- Is there financial aid?
- What courses do you offer?
- What types of clubs do you have?
- What are some of the unique academic programs at O'Connell?
- Is it possible for a prospective student to spend a day at O'Connell?
- What kinds of sports teams do you have?
For the 2016-17 school year, a Catholic student pays $14,625 in tuition. If an older brother or sister also attends Bishop O’Connell, there are multi-student family discounts. The amount for students of other faiths is $16,625. Our tuition for International students is $19,125. In order to receive the tuition discount for Catholic students, a photocopy of the student’s baptismal certificate must be submitted. Tuition does not include the $275 annual registration fee. We do offer tuition discounts for parents who are active duty U.S. military or parents teaching full time in an Arlington Diocese school.
Bishop O'Connell High School offers two types of need-based aid and one type of merit-based aid. The school does not offer athletic scholarships. Additional information can be found on our Tuition Assistance page.
We offer 160 unique courses at Bishop O'Connell High School, including 36 honors courses and 28 AP courses. We also offer Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit courses in partnership with Marymount University. We offer the most AP courses and honors courses of any private school in the area. You can view our course listing HERE.
Over 70 different clubs, organizations and interest groups are available to our students. We encourage every student to get involved in a few extracurricular activities. It’s a great way to meet other students as well as spend time with an activity you love. For additional information, please visit our Clubs and Organizations page.
During the school year, we encourage all prospective students (grade seven and higher) to schedule a time when you can spend a full or half day attending Bishop O'Connell. For additional information on our Spend a Day with a Knight Program and school tours, visit How/When to Visit.
A wide range of athletic teams, from freshman and junior varsity to varsity are offered for both boys and girls. This adds up to 46 different teams, competing in 18 different sports which vary by season. Most of our teams compete in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference. Learn more by visiting Athletics.
My time at O'Connell has allowed me to grow as both a student and a person. I have been influenced by so many amazing people who have shaped the person that I am today.
- Phoebe R. '16
(Virginia Commonwealth University)