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Welcome Bishop O'Connell High School Class of 2021.
We are glad to welcome you
and your family into the O'Connell community!

Algebra 1 Exemption Exam
Saturday, June 3 at 8:00 a.m.

This is for students who are currently enrolled in or have already completed Algebra 1.
Click here for an information sheet regarding the exam.
Click here for sample Algebra 1 problems.
Click here for sample Geometry problems.

World Language Exemption Exam
Tuesday, May 9 at 3:00 pm

This is for students who are currently enrolled in or have already completed the first level of a world language.

Students enrolled in a Diocesan grade school will take the test at their own school on Tuesday May 9. Students who are enrolled in a public or other private school must come to Bishop O'Connell on May 9.

In addition to taking the placement test, all Spanish Heritage speakers must come for an interview with Mrs. Rubio. This means that if your student attends a diocesan school, he/she will also need to come to Bishop O'Connell to take the Heritage Speakers portion of the placement test.

Non-diocesan students should also have their language teacher submit a letter of recommendation to Adriene Cunningham, Chair of World Languages, Bishop O'Connell HS, Arlington VA 22213. If you have any questions, please contact Adriene Cunningham,

General FAQ for PE and Sports Participation

Do you have questions about how participation in school sports may excuse a student from taking physical education classes? Visit our FAQ page.

Summer Courses

Click here to see our list of available summer courses. These courses are open to incoming freshmen and transfer students.

Carpool Form

Click here to complete the Online Carpool Form. The carpool list will be periodically emailed out starting in June.


Orientation 1
Held March 29 and April 6 (9:30 a.m. or 7:00 p.m.)
Topics include course selection, books,uniforms, transportation, sports and the PTO.

Orientation 2
Held June 20 and June 22 (9:30 a.m. or 7:00 p.m.)
Topics include technology, student services and activities, Christian service program, summer assignments, and institutional advancement.

Orientation 3
Held Aug. 9 and Aug. 15 (9:30 a.m. or 7:00 p.m.)
Topics include opening week schedule, school rules, "A Day in the Life," bell schedules and Knight Time.

Orientation 4 - Play Like a Champion Today
Held Aug. 29 (7:00 p.m.)
This is a required workshop for parents of students who plan to participate in any sport.


Saturday, Aug. 26 (Time TBD) - New Family Cookout - All freshmen and transfer students and their families are invited! Make new friends, watch a sports scrimmage and enjoy a variety of food and entertainment. Rain or shine (if it's raining, we will be inside the cafeteria).


Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017 - First day of school for the class of 2021.
Students should arrive between 7:30 and 7:45 a.m. in fall uniform.


If you have questions about upcoming programs and events, please contact our main office at 703-237-1400.