School Closed for MLK Holiday


School Closed for MLK Holiday

Bishop Ireton is closed on Monday, January 21 in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.
Fine Arts


At Bishop Ireton, students will learn to understand the purposes and uses of a range of arts forms – visual arts, media, dance, music, drama and literature, and how to make and share meaning from and through them.

Since 1964, Bishop Ireton has been known for its brilliant artists and as a haven for helping students discover their potential.  As you walk around the campus, you will notice the walls are adorned with displays of art produced by students at every level of development in their craft. 

BI is also well known for its Cappies-award-winning Theater Department as a charter member of the very first Cappies, a writing and awards program that trains high school students to be expert writers, critical thinkers, and leaders.

The acoustical excellence of the Garwood Whaley Auditorium is widely recognized and highly acclaimed in Northern Virginia. Our Symphonic Wind Ensemble performs concerts throughout the year in the auditoirum, and travels across Europe to perofrm as well. 

“We pray best before beauty.” - St. Francis de Sales.  These words by our school’s patron saint, words that adorn the main entrance of the Garwood Whaley Auditorium, call to mind the mission, purpose, and philosophy of the Bishop Ireton Fine Arts Program.

what we offer

At BI we have something for everyone, including four year course sequences in art, theater, and music.

Art Theater Music
Principles of Art Theater I, II, III, IV Wind Ensemble
Painting and Drawing Costume Design and Construction Concert Band
AP Studio Art:  2-D Design Introduction to Stage Crafts Choir
Honors Portfolio Preparation/Senior Studio Stage Crafts String Ensemble
AP Art History Honors Advanced Stage Crafts and Design Jazz Ensemble
Art Show Basic Lighting Guitar I, II, and Ensemble
Evening with the Arts Fall Show AP Music Theory
Spring Show Private Lessons
One Acts Concerts
Evening with the Arts International and Stateside Tours
Commissioned Composers
Evening with the Arts

201 Cambridge Road
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 751-7606
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