About Bishop Ireton

Our School

Bishop Ireton High School, a Catholic preparatory high school located in historic Alexandria, Virginia, began its proud heritage of academic excellence in 1964. As a Salesian community of learning, Bishop Ireton is dedicated to the educational and spiritual formation of young men and women, challenging them to Advance Always in scholarship, service, and in the love of God and one another. The school is accredited by the Virginia Catholic Education Association, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and AdvancED.

The notable quote from our Patron Saint, Francis De Sales, “Be who you are and be that well” is at the core of Bishop Ireton's mission as a center of intellectual and spiritual formation. The school offers a challenging academic environment along with an outstanding quality of student life. Bishop Ireton has a strong focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) courses, critical writing across the disciplines, fine arts, and athletics. The spirit of community service is at the core of the school's identity. Bishop Ireton’s top-tier status is reflected in its talented faculty and staff, who take great pride in witnessing every graduate head to college.

Together with its community of families, Bishop Ireton provides students with the foundation and relationships for a lifetime, helping to ready the next generation to be exemplary and ethical leaders in an ever-changing world.


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Spirit & Community

Mission Statement

In the Catholic tradition and in the spirit of St. Francis De Sales, Bishop Ireton High School is a college preparatory school that promotes spiritual, intellectual, creative, social, and physical development.  As a Salesian community of learning and service, Bishop Ireton challenges students to Advance Always in the love of God and man in order to meet and surpass present and future challenges in the 21st century.

Bishop Ireton High School accomplishes its mission by developing within each student the following:
  • Deepened faith in order to encourage a loving commitment to God and the Catholic Church
  • Spiritual and moral values
  • Desire for life-long learning
  • Pursuit of academic excellence in all disciplines
  • Appreciation of the fine and creative arts
  • Understanding of our multi-cultural heritage to appreciate and respect individual differences
  • Knowledge and application of technological innovations for the benefit of humanity
  • Pursuit of physical fitness and a knowledge of mental and physical health as a life-long goal
Bishop Ireton High School is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Virginia Catholic Education Association.