Bishop O’Connell High School
About Bishop O’Connell High School
Bishop Denis J. O’Connell High School is a faith-filled community of learning, rooted in a 57-year tradition of service and excellence. Founded by six local parishes in 1957, our school was built to serve the rapidly growing suburban Catholic population in the Washington, D.C. area. Today, our student body of over 1,100 reflects the diversity of this community. The spiritual atmosphere at O’Connell is enriched by the presence of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, who have served the school population since its doors opened in 1957. Bishop O’Connell is accredited by the Virginia Catholic Education Association and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools – Council on Accreditation and School Improvement. In 1992-1993, Bishop O’Connell High School was named as a Blue Ribbon School by the Department of Education, and in 2014 was named a School of Excellence by the Cardinal Newman Society.
By the Numbers
Great things happen every day at Bishop O’Connell High School. Take a look a few accomplishments over the past year:
Total dollars in college scholarships and grants awarded to the Class of 2015.
Dollars raised for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation over the last 38 years of student-organized Superdance 12-hour dance marathons.
Cans of hearty soup collected for Christ House in Alexandria during the fall 2014 drive.
AP Scholars named at Bishop O’Connell, based on the May 2015 Advanced Placement exams. This number includes 4 National AP Scholars, 25 AP Scholars with Distinction and 16 AP Scholars with Honors.
Alumni now serving as priests or religious. In addition to this number, there are four O’Connell alumni who are currently preparing for the priesthood.
Students receiving college credit from Marymount University. This represents the number of seniors who graduated with credits earned from a dual credit/dual enrollment course in 2015.
Speech or essay contest awards. O’Connell students were recognized by outside organizations at the local and state level in 2014-2015. Four student entries qualified to compete at the national level.
Number of Advanced Placement (AP) courses offered.
Student-Athletes committed to playing their sports at the college level from the class of 2015.
Members of the class of 2015 receiving a Global Studies Certificate at graduation. These students completed the equivalent of a ninth semester of work through beyond-the-classroom experiences and a capstone project.
Newly renovated science classrooms since 2012, including three chemistry labs, three biology labs, three physics and engineering classrooms.
Members of the class of 2015 enrolled at the U.S. Naval Academy.
Mission trips in 2014, including an alternative spring break to Peru and two summer mission trip–one to Haiti with the Medical Missionaries and another to the diocesan mission in the Dominican Republic.
Theater productions staged in 2015-2016
The Trial of Robin Hood – fall musical
Sound of Music – spring musical
2015 National Championship – The O’Connell men’s varsity 4+ rowing team won the Scholastic Rowing Association of America’s championship in Camden, N.J. in May 2015.
Bishop O’Connell High School
6600 Little Falls Rd
Arlington, VA 22213