Bishop Ireton offers an extraordinary and gifted faculty and staff. The average Bishop Ireton teacher is someone with a master’s degree, often two, with more than ten years of teaching experience. Our teachers understand they are seeking to "touch eternity" by preparing students through instruction and example to lead future generations.
The dedication of our teachers fosters a learning environment characterized by challenge. Our students focus on preparing for college, and take 26.5 credit hours in order to graduate. Students can take courses in each of three levels: College Prep, Honors and/or Advanced Placement. Our classes are kept small (student/teacher ratio is 13/1) to facilitate increased individual attention. Computer technology is integrated in all subjects to produce students with the skills needed to excel in today’s information society.
The following are some quick facts regarding the Class of 2012's academic successes:
99% of the seniors pursued higher education immediately after graduation.
2 students were named National Merit Finalists and 4 students were National Merit Commended students.
The graduates earned over $6.5 million in college scholarships.
They averaged 1711 on the full SAT and 23.7 on the ACT.
Excellence in Academics and Athletics
Bishop Ireton invites all students to participate in athletics and urges student athletes to strive for academic and athletic excellence. In team sports, a dedicated coaching staff provides the leadership for our teams to be competitive in the WCAC within the framework of good sportsmanship. The athletic department encourages student athletes to maximize their athletic talents during all three sports seasons.
We field 41 interscholastic teams on which more than 500 of our students, almost 70% of the student body, participate. We compete in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference, and our teams are supported by the Athletic Boosters through service and fundraising. Ireton is also eligible to compete for Virginia State Independent school championships and Virginia State Catholic titles.
As we focus on developing the whole person, we believe opportunities for social and personal development are essential to a complete education.
Co-Curricular programs are designed to enable each student to discover, develop and respect their God-given gifts and talents. This process of self discovery fosters in each student an appreciation of the aesthetic nature of human life and culture. By being involved in one of our many programs, like Drama, Model United Nations or Peer Helpers, our students will learn to respect their own uniqueness and dignity and to be confident and self-possessed adults. In addition to these benefits, co-curriculars foster a spirit of trust and hopitality among students, faculty and staff.
Our Symphonic Wind Ensemble is an activity which epitomizes "excellence" in co-curricular programs. This program is based on two concepts: the artistic performance of quality wind and percussion literature, and the development of individual musical responsibility. This program has grown over the more than 40 years since its inception to be one of the most highly acclaimed high school music programs in the United States.