Enrollment: 1,200 students
- 80% Roman Catholic; diversity of other faiths represented
- Average class size: 18
- Student to faculty ratio: 12:1
A faculty of both religious and lay men and women staff Bishop O'Connell High School. Seventy-two percent hold a master's degree or higher. The Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (I.H.M.) have taught at the school and served in its administration since its founding in 1957.
All students follow a demanding college preparatory curriculum designed to ready them for admission to the leading colleges and universities. The Muller Academic Services Program provides support for students with documented learning disabilities. Coursework is available at the Honors and Advanced Placement levels. Dual credit and dual enrollment opportunities are also available through a partnership with Marymount University. The Global Studies Certificate Program offers optional beyond-the-classroom learning experiences focused on themes of world importance.
Advanced Placement (AP)
O'Connell offers AP courses in 28 subject areas:
Art/Drawing, Art History, Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Comparative Governments, Computer Science, English Language and Composition, English Literature, Environmental Science, French Language, Human Geography, Latin, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Modern European History, Music Theory, Physics 1, Physics 2, Physics C (mechanics), Physics C (electricity/magnetism), Psychology, Spanish Language, Spanish Literature, Statistics, United States Government & Politics and United States History.
In May 2020, a total of 147 students were recognized as AP Scholars, including:
National AP Scholars - 4
AP Scholars with Distinction - 30
AP Scholars with Honors - 27
In the last 15 years, O'Connell has had 41 National Merit Finalists and 216 commended scholars.
Unique Academic Programs
I feel incredibly fortunate to have been a part of the O'Connell community over these past four years. The support that the faculty, administration, and my classmates has given me has had a truly significant impact on my life. I know that O'Connell has prepared me for all of the exciting opportunities that lie ahead and I will always be proud to call myself a Knight.
- Walter W. '16
Bishop O'Connell is accredited by the Virginia Catholic Education Association and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools - Council on Accreditation and School Improvement.
Bishop O'Connell High School was named as a Blue Ribbon School by the Department of Education, and a School of Excellence by the Cardinal Newman Society.