About Us

Archdiocese of Washington Catholic schools offer a sense of community, for students, parents and teachers.

By the numbers, we’re 90 schools, preschool through high school—the largest non-public school system in the area, with more than 24,000 students in all.

We’re located throughout the District of Columbia and five counties in Maryland: Montgomery, Prince George’s, Charles, Calvert and St. Mary’s.

Each one of our schools has its own unique qualities, but all share similar attributes: strong academics, a deep sense of community, and a focus on faith, family and lifelong learning.

Catholic Identity

The Archdiocese of Washington has a long and faith-filled history of spreading the good news – the Gospel. Integral to that ministry is Catholic education, and particularly our Catholic schools. In today’s complex fast-paced world, the Catholic faith can ground your child. Our Catholic schools focus on the whole person, preparing your child to live a full, resilient and faithful life, whatever path they take.

Academic Excellence

Our Catholic schools are nationally accredited, with certified faculty. We offer a well-rounded, rigorous curriculum and award-winning programs. If your child has individual learning needs, we’ll work with you to meet them.

In a tangible way, you’ll see technology in classrooms, a full range of extra-curricular activities, and top-notch sports programs. But the best part is intangible: the way we infuse Catholic values into a rich learning environment to meet your child’s specific interests and capabilities.


We want every child in our schools to succeed. We collaborate with you to develop appropriate learning and development goals specific to your child. When we assess progress, we consider your child’s unique gifts and abilities.

If your child needs extra support, we bring into action a team of teachers, administrators, counselors and other resource staff, forming a student assistance team to address the issue and work toward real solutions.


Archdiocese of Washington Catholic schools work hard to make sure a Catholic education is affordable.

Through tuition assistance, scholarships and other programs, we help ensure that as many families as possible realize the dream of a Catholic education, regardless of economic circumstances.

Academic Standards

Excellence. That one word sums up the standards we set for each classroom in every school throughout the Archdiocese of Washington Catholic schools. Excellence extends beyond academics and curriculum. It permeates everything we do. We offer:

  • Education for the whole child: body, mind, and spirit
  • A fully aligned instructional system: standards, assessment, curriculum and instruction
  • Grade A standards
  • A rigorous academic curriculum
  • Preparation for success in college, careers, vocations and service
  • Partnership with you to help advance your child’s education
  • A community of faith where students grow in love for God and all people

Our Team

Our team of administrators and educators believe in the value of a Catholic education. We are committed to nurturing and promoting the dignity of all students.

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Board of Education

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Join Us

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