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Welcome Bishop O'Connell High School Class of 2023.
We are glad to welcome you
and your family into the O'Connell community!


Placement Exam Information

Algebra 1/Geometry Exemption Exam

Algebra 1/Geometry Exemption Exam
Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 8:30 a.m.
This is for students who are currently enrolled in or have already completed Algebra 1 or Geometry.
Click here for an information sheet regarding the Exemption exams.
Click here for sample Algebra 1 problems.
Click here for sample Geometry problems.

World Language Exemption Exams

World Language Exemption Exams
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.
Make up : May 14, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.
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 7. Students who are enrolled in a public or other private school must come to Bishop O'Connell on May 7.

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,

English Honors Exam

Incoming 9th graders who did not meet the English Honors prerequisites (HSPT verbal and language scores >= 90 AND and A in English 8) may take the qualifying exam. The test will be held on April 15 and April 16 at 2:30 p.m. You only need to attend one of the testing dates.

This test is only for students who did not automatically qualify for English Honors. If you have any questions regarding the test, please contact our English Department Chair, Mrs. Lewicki,

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Don't Forget!


Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019 at 12:30 PM - All freshmen and transfer students and their families are invited to the New Family Welcome Pregame! Make new friends, enjoy some refreshments and stay for the varsity football game. The event will take place at the stadium. Please check in to get your tickets for food and for the game!


Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019 - First day of school for the class of 2023.
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.