general information

  • Academics 
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 a minimum of 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.  For students in need of regular academic supportwe offer our Academic Enrichment Program ($2,500 per year).
The following are some quick facts regarding the Class of 2016's academic successes:
  • 97% of the seniors pursued higher education immediately after graduation.
  • Two National Merit Finalists on the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program.
  • Eight Commended Students in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program.
  • Four students were named National AP Scholars, thirty-two were named AP Scholars with Distinction, twelve were name AP Scholars with Honor, and forty-three were named AP Scholars.
  • One student was named a finalist in the National Achievement Program.
  • The graduates earned over $19.0 million in college scholarships.
  • They averaged 1724 (out of 2400) on the SAT and 25 on the ACT
  • Athletics
"It's great to be a Cardinal!"

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 within the framework of good sportsmanship. The athletic department encourages student athletes to maximize their athletic talents during all three sports seasons. 

We field 48 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. Bishop Ireton is also eligible to compete for Virginia State Independent school championships and Virginia State Catholic titles.

  • Co-curricular Activities
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 nearly 50 years since its inception to be one of the most highly acclaimed high school music programs in the United States.

frequently asked questions

List of 3 frequently asked questions.

  • Does Bishop Ireton High School offer summer courses?

    Bishop Ireton offers selected courses during summer.  Please refer to the course catalog for more information.
  • When does the academic school year begin?

    The academic school year begins at the begining of September. Please refer to the academic calendar for details. 
  • Are non-Catholic students required to take theology and religious studies courses?

    Bishop Ireton High School's curriculum centers around creating a well-rounded educational environment for its students.  In order to facilitate this, all students enrolled at Bishop Ireton will be required to take theology and religious studies coureses. 

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