Head of School Message

Sister Lorraine

Welcome to the Bishop O’Connell High School Website!

We are a college-preparatory Catholic high school in the Diocese of Arlington serving ninth through twelfth grade students in a co-educational setting.  It is our mission to provide students an education rooted in the life of Christ and to foster the pursuit of excellence in the whole person.

In exploring our website, you will discover a tradition of excellence dating back to our founding in 1957 combined with a commitment to engage students in contemporary learning experiences which will prepare them for the professional and personal challenges of adult life in the 21st century.  Course offerings are wide-ranging and designed to enrich core requirements with a selection of high interest electives.  Our Catholic identity is woven into the curriculum in ways that allow essential concepts like the dignity of every human person to hold a significant place in each student’s growth to maturity. 

Learning opportunities which differentiate this O’Connell experience include:

  • The Global Studies Certificate program, a uniquely personal set of learning experiences centered on global issues.
  • Expanded services: inclusive education for students with cognitive and developmental delays and the peer mentoring opportunities which evolve from this inclusion.
  • A vibrant partnership with Marymount University that offers dual credit and dual enrollment opportunities for our students.
  • Opportunities to explore engineering in high school through Project Lead the Way engineering courses.

Throughout the school year talented, dedicated and creative teachers challenge and encourage students to be fully engaged in learning.  Counselors provide creative and timely support programs ranging from stress relief to seminars on life at college campuses. 

Our full-time chaplain and campus ministry team develop prayer, retreat, and service experiences which offer students rich opportunities to deepen and live out their faith.  The school’s spiritual life is enriched by the presence of IHM sisters in teaching and administrative roles. 

This will be a year of on-going construction at Bishop O’Connell as we complete work on a student and visitor-friendly entrance plaza and improve access to different areas of the school.  With that phase nearing completion, construction begins for a new wing of the school housing a chapel, classrooms and collaborative areas.  This is an exciting and purpose-filled time for us.

I invite all alumni, past parents, prospective students and parents, and parishioners interested in Catholic education to explore our website, to visit in person. and to remain or become connected in some way to Bishop O’Connell High School: the school where “Tradition Transforms.”

God Bless you and your family,

Sister Lorraine McGrew, IHM
Interim Head of School