The mission of the Office of Catholic Schools is to assist the Bishop in his mandate as Teacher of the Catholic Faith, by establishing a climate and framework for fostering excellence in catechetical and academic education in the schools of the diocese in adherence to the Magisterium of the Church.
The mission of the schools in the Catholic Diocese of Richmond is to develop and nurture the spiritual, intellectual, social, and emotional growth of each student in the spirit of the Gospels and the teachings of the Catholic Church.
Catholic School is Cool!
In our two commercials, students representing the Richmond Region tell us why they LOVE their Catholic school! Richmond area Catholic schools include; All Saints Catholic School, Benedictine Preparatory Academy, Blessed Sacrament Huguenot Catholic School, Charlottesville Catholic School, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School, St. Benedict Catholic School, St. Bridget Catholic School, St. Edward-Epiphany Catholic School, St. Gertrude High School, St. Joseph Catholic School, and St. Mary’s Catholic School. The Office of Catholic Schools serves 29 schools with over 9,037 students in the Diocese of Richmond.
Segura Education Initiative
The Office of Catholic Education has received a three year grant for $150,000 to support the Segura Initiative from the Catholic Campaign for Human development of the USCCB . The monies will be used to fund an additional field person to assist with recruitment and retention of Latino children in Catholic Schools. The program, which began in 2010 with 13 students, expects to have over 300 students when the 2015 school year begins. The Segura Initiative provides scholarships and support for Latino children in Catholic schools.
Important facts about the Diocese of Richmond Catholic Schools
All of our schools are accredited by the AdvancEd and the Virginia Catholic Education Association. In fact, we were the first Catholic diocese to be designated a Catholic school system by AdvancEd as a result of our schools’ high standards and commitment to continuous improvement.
Most importantly, our Catholic schools provide an atmosphere in which students are nurtured in faith, based on Gospel values, and where morality, integrity and habits of service to others are engendered.
- Christ-centered curriculum
- Exceptional scores on nationally-normed standardized tests, including SATs
- Nearly perfect graduation and college attendance rates
- $27+ Million in scholarships awarded to the 236 graduates of Catholic high schools in 2016
- 14 Blue Ribbon schools of Excellence designations
- Needs-based Diocesan scholarships totaling over $3.4 million awarded to students for the 2015-2016 school year
While our schools are uniquely Catholic, they welcome children of all faiths.