Why Bishop Ireton

Admissions Checklist

Please use the checklist to the right to determine the items required to complete your application to Bishop Ireton High School.
First round decisions have been made. We continue to accept applications for the 2020-2021 school year on a rolling basis. Once all of the checklist items have been received, a decision will be made.
Applications are considered complete when all of the listed items have been received.  

We do not accept students who have repeated or reclassified in high school. It is our policy to not accept local senior transfers. However, exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis.

The listed items (other than the application and fee) can be submitted via the admissions portal, mailed or emailed to the school.  

Bishop Ireton High School
Admissions Office
201 Cambridge Rd.
Alexandria, VA  22314

List of 13 items.

  • Online Application

    Completed online. Click here to apply.
  • Application Fee

    $60 non-refundable application fee due with the application. Paid via the online application.
  • Official Transcripts

    Current, plus 2 previous years. Students applying from public schools or private schools outside the Arlington Diocese, please use the “Release of Records” form. Transfer students require current high school transcript with credits noted. Click here for the Release of Records form.
  • HSPT

    High School Placement Test Results are required for all 9th grade applicants. Visit our website for details on how to register. Students in diocesan schools will take the HSPT at their middle school on November 21; all other students will need to register to take the exam on November 23, 2019 (or January 11, 2020). Click here for more information and the HSPT registration form.
  • Student Recommendation

    Please have a current teacher, counselor or principal complete the Student Recommendation Form. Students coming from diocesan schools do not need to submit this form as recommendation forms are automatically sent from diocesan schools.
  • Essay

    Students must provide a writing sample (at least 2 paragraphs) answering the following question: Bishop Ireton is a supportive school community in which students grow in knowledge and faith while having the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities. Our motto is “Advance Always.” If you attend Bishop Ireton, what will you contribute to our community, and how will you advance always? Please write your name on the essay.
  • Discipline Record

    All transfer applicants and 9th grade applicants coming from public schools or private schools outside the Arlington Diocese must complete the Discipline Record Request form. This must be completed by a school administrator.
  • Immunization Record

    The student's latest immunization record is required. The student’s current school can send it with the transcripts or it can be sent separately.
  • Birth Certificate

    A copy of the student's birth certificate is required with the application.
  • Baptismal Certificate (if applicable)

    A copy of the student's baptismal certificate (for Catholic applicants) is required to obtain the Catholic tuition rate.
  • IEP/ISP or 504 (if applicable)

    We require the following:
    1. Neuropsychological or psycho-educational evaluations
    2. Eligibility minutes
    3. The IEP/ISP or 504 plan
  • SAP or ICEP (if applicable)

    We require the following:
    1. Neuropsychological or psycho-educational evaluation
    2. The SAP or ICEP plan
  • Custody Agreement (if applicable)

    Diocesan policy requires diocesan schools to have a copy of the custody agreement to ensure proper communication and release of student information.

Additional Important Notes

  • The High School Placement Test is not only used as an admissions requirement, it is also used in consideration for scholarship and as a pre-requisite to determine course level once your student is enrolled at Bishop Ireton. See the Course Catalog to review pre-requisites for honors classes.
  • Class of 2024 Subject Area Placement Exams - Due to COVID - 19, a new procedure is in place for course placement for the 2020-2021 school year. Bishop Ireton will consider final grade, HSPT scores, SCANTRON scores and teacher recommendations. Please contact the Admissions Office for details (
  • Fall sports try outs and practices take place starting August 12, 2020. If your student is planning on participating in a fall sport, please plan accordingly.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Catholic Schools, administered under the authority of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, age, marital status, disability, national origin or citizenship in the administration of their educational personnel, admissions, financial aid, athletic and other school-administered programs.

Further, a student need not be Catholic to attend Bishop Ireton, but is required to participate in the established curriculum and programs offered throughout the school day.