St. Patrick’s students come from all over the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Twenty-three percent of the student body self-identify as African-American, Latino/Hispanic, Asian-American, or multiracial.
St. Patrick’s is an Episcopal, co-educational, Nursery-Grade 8 school that enrolls 500 students in three divisions:
Nursery School (Nursery and PK): Nursery, 2 sections; PK, 3 sections
Lower School (Kindergarten-Grade 3): 3 sections per grade
Upper School (Grades 4-6): 3 sections per grade
(Grades 7-8): Students grouped in advisories
Nursery School: 9 am–noon, with an optional afternoon program until 2:45 pm, except Friday
Lower School: 8:15 am–2:50 pm
Grades 4-6— 8:05 am—2:50 pm
Grades 7-8—8:05 am—4:15 pm (daily, except Thursday); Thursday, 3:15 pm dismissal
Early Arrival: Students in Kindergarten to Grade 8 can begin arriving at 7:30 am (8:05 am for Nursery School students).
The facilities include two campuses (Whitehaven and MacArthur) featuring three science labs, three libraries, three art studios, four music rooms, a gymnasium and performance center, a mini-gym for early childhood classes, three playgrounds, and a playing field. Development has recently begun on the Foxhall campus, beginning with a regulation-size athletic field.
St. Patrick’s has a catered hot lunch program for Kindergarten through Grade 8. Typically students have a hot (meat and vegetarian) entrée option, cold cuts, salad bar, dessert, and fresh fruit daily. The School Nurse works closely with our caterer to accommodate children with food allergies.
St. Patrick’s has 72 full-and part-time teachers. The average tenure is eight years. Approximately 60% of teaching faculty has advanced degrees.
Secondary School Placement
The Head of School, Assistant Head of School/Head of Upper School and Director of Outplacement play important guidance and advocacy roles for Grade 6 and Grade 8 students across the placement process. They conduct meetings for parents of those students to outline available secondary school options, pointing out some of the differences among them; suggest questions to consider in relation to a specific child and his/her family; recommend a timetable for the process of investigation and application; and assiduously follow up with other schools on all applications. For more information about placement results, click here.
St. Patrick's has a generous, need-based, Financial Aid Program that provides assistance to approximately 17% of our population. Our Financial Aid Program has, for many years, assisted families with moderate to significant need.