Visit O'Connell

There's no better way to find out more about Bishop O'Connell High School than to visit for yourself!

We offer many opportunities for prospective students and their families to visit our campus. We host an Open House and tours for families. Prospective students are welcome to come shadow current students as well.

Open House - Sunday, Oct. 13

Presentation at 1 p.m. in the auditorium.
Classroom demonstrations follow and run until 4 p.m.
  • Tour our completely renovated science classrooms (biology, chemistry, engineering and physics labs)
  • Find out about our "Project Lead the Way" engineering program
  • Learn about our Dual Credit and Dual Enrollment partnership with Marymount University.
  • Hear more about our Global Studies Certificate Program.
  • Explore our college-prep curriculum, including our 28 AP subject areas.
  • Visit our chapel and the student lounge sponsored by the Chaplain's office.
  • Learn about our Expanded Services for students with intellectual and cognitive disabilities.
  • Find out more about our First Year Experience program and our comprehensive college counseling program.
  • Have a conversation with the staff of the Muller Academic Services Center.
  • See our arts program in action on stage and in our visual arts studio.
  • Come out to our sports fields and gym and feel the excitement of Knights athletics.
  • Explore our diverse clubs and activities available to all students.
  • Find out more about scholarships, tuition assistance and O’Connell bus transportation.
  • Meet our faculty, administration and coaches and chat with current students.
  • Experience the O’Connell community first-hand, and find out why it’s a GREAT day to be a KNIGHT!

SAVE TIME! Download and fill out the Open House registration form before you arrive. Bring the form with you to OPEN HOUSE and return to the registration desk upon arrival.

DOWNLOAD the registration form HERE.

Questions? Contact or call 703-237-1433.

Bishop O'Connell Tours at 10:30 AM

Would you like to learn more about Bishop O'Connell High School? Join us for a tour.

Prospective students and their families have the opportunity to take a 75-minute tour of the school and discover more about our academic offerings, extracurricular opportunities, and innovative new programs.

Please join us inside Entrance #1. You may park in the spots reserved for admissions or any un-numbered spots.

Click here to see available dates and to reserve your space for a tour.

If you have any questions please contact us at or 703-237-1433.

Entrance #1

Shadowing a Current Student

SHADOW VISITS (Oct. 1, 2019 - May 1, 2020)

Shadowing is for any prospective student interested in spending a school day with a current Bishop O'Connell student. Students in the Class of 2024 can now register online to reserve a space in an upcoming shadow day.

Please click here to reserve your shadow day.


ARRIVAL - Please plan to have your child at the school by 7:30 a.m. You can enter the school through the main entrance (Entrance #1) at 6600 Little Falls Road. There is reserved parking for visitors located near Entrance #1. If no space is available, you may park in any unnumbered space. Please look for the Admissions Office on your right once you enter through the main doors.

DEPARTURE - Please plan to meet your child by the Admissions Office (right by Entrance #1) at 2:15 p.m.

DRESS - If your child attends a school that has a uniform, it should be worn during your child's visit to O'Connell. If your child's school does not have a uniform, appropriate clothing is required (comparable to what one would wear to Church, i.e. nothing too short, too tight, too low). Jeans and athletic wear are not permitted.

STUDY HALL- During the middle of the school day our entire student body has a one-hour study hall. Your child is welcome to bring homework or other materials so that they will have something to do during this time period.

CONTACT - Your child may use any school phone to contact you if needed. Should you need to contact your child, feel free to call the Admissions Office at 703-237-1433.

LUNCH -You will need to bring a bag lunch or bring cash to purchase a lunch. Students will spend between $5-$10 at lunch. Should you have any concerns about allergies, please be aware a wide variety is available. Click Here to see a Menu

SCHOOL CLOSINGS OR DELAYS - Regarding school closings or delays, Bishop O'Connell follows the Fairfax County School System. In the event of a delayed opening, you are still welcome to attend or reschedule for another day. In the event that the school is closed, you should reschedule your visit by calling or emailing the Admissions Office.

Other Events

Youth Football Day
Varsity Football vs. John Paul the Great
Saturday, Sept 21, 2019 at 1:30 p.m.

Students K-8 who register in advance will receive free admission to the game and an O'Connell water bottle.


Regular admission price for parents and adults is $5, and tickets will be available at the gate.

8th Grade Dance
Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019
7:00-10:00 p.m.

Cost is $5 per student and you do not need to register in advance.The dance is an orange and black theme.


Youth Music Festival
Saturday, November 16, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

6th through 8th grade students are invited to participate in a full day of music clinics and performances. This event is free, but registration is required. Participants will get to learn from many different clinicians and work with our students as well.



College Readiness Night
Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

We invite all 8th graders and their parents to join us for our College Readiness Information Night. This event is geared toward our freshman class and we are happy that you can join us too! In addition to a presentation, there will be breakout sessions focused on learning and using Naviance, the O'Connell Four Year Plan, and more.

Youth Day at Upcoming Boys and Girls Basketball Games

Students K-8 who register in advance will receive free admission to the game and an O'Connell water bottle.

Boys Varsity versus Friendship Collegiate at 7:00 on Jan. 17
Girls Varsity versus Carroll at 7:00 on Jan. 30


Regular admission price for parents and adults is $5, and tickets will be available at the gate.


In the spring, Bishop O'Connell High School offers 7th graders the chance to take a practice High School Placement Test, or PRE-HSPT. Find out more...



You are welcome to park in the designated Admissions or Visitors spots located next to Entrance number 1. You are also welcome to park in any unnumbered spots.

Entrance #1

Front Entrance Photo


We are located off Route 66, exit 69 in Virginia. We are located 1.1 miles from the East Falls Church Metro Station. Click here for a detailed map.

For more information on these programs, contact the Office of Admissions:

Meet Our Graduates

Christina F.

My past four years here at Bishop O’Connell have given me the opportunity to explore my passion of serving others while being in a spirited community. Each day at O’Connell reminds me of how lucky I am to be a part of such a well-rounded and diverse community nestled in the heart of Arlington. Everyday is truly a great day to be a Knight!

- Christina F. '19
(Penn State)

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