Frequently Asked Questions
1. Is it too late to apply for admission?
We will continue to accept applications as we have space.
2. Do I have to take a test?
Possibly, based on the year for which you are seeking admission. All eighth graders applying to grade 9 who live in the metropolitan DC area must take the High School Placement (HSPT). Transfer students do not have to take the HSPT or any other entrance exam.
3. What kind of scores do I need on the HSPT?
We do not set a minimum national score on the HSPT; it is one factor used in determining admission. Over 55 percent of the class of 2019 scored in the 70th percentile or higher on the HSPT.
4. How big is the school?
Our student population is around 1,100 in grades 9 through 12. The Class of 2019, for example, is comprised of 310 students from 78 different elementary/middle schools and home schooling. We are presently 50% female and 50% male.
5. Do I have to be Catholic to attend?
No, you do not have to be Catholic to attend Bishop O'Connell. Eighty-three percent of our current students are Catholic. We welcome students of all other faiths at Bishop O'Connell.
6. How much is tuition?
For the 2015-16 school year, a Catholic student pays $13,995 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 $15,995. Our tuition for International students is $18,495. 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.
7. Is there financial aid?
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.
8. What courses do you offer?
We offer 160 unique courses at Bishop O'Connell High School. We offer 36 Honors Courses, 28 AP courses and five Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit courses. We offer the most AP courses and honors courses of any private school in the area. You can view our course listing HERE.
8. What type of clubs do you have?
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 Clubs and Organizations.
9. What are some of the unique programs offered at Bishop O'Connell?
10. Can I come shadow at Bishop O’Connell High School?
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.
11. What type of sports teams do you have?
A wide range of athletic teams, from freshman and junior varsity to varsity are offered for both boys and girls. We have 28 different sports teams that students can choose from. Sports vary by season; we offer a full complement of fall, winter and spring choices. We are strong competitors of the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference. Learn more by visiting Athletics.