We feel blessed to be part of this community of caring parents and faculty and staff, all of whom have both feet on the ground and see the potential in each child. Our daughter has been blossoming since she started at St. Patrick's and looks forward to school every day! She has become a stronger learner, a better friend, and she found her artistic voice as well. Among the five schools she has gone to at her young age, this one is by far the best fit.
While the 2020-2021 admission deadline has passed, late applications will be considered if spaces remain for individual grade levels. Please contact the admission office by email if you are interested in submitting a late application.
The best way to learn about St. Patrick's is by visiting us! You may choose to come for an individual/small-group tour or to a larger Admission Program. Whichever you choose, please sign up by accessing Ravenna, our online admission system, through the online inquiry form, on the open house page, or by creating a Ravenna account here.
Admission Programs are our largest admission events and are offered outside of school hours. At each program, you will hear from teachers, administrators, and parents about what makes our school unique. In addition, you will tour the facilities.
Admission Programs begin on our Whitehaven Campus (4700 Whitehaven Parkway, NW). We encourage applicants to Grades 5 through 8 to join their parents for the program, some of which will be held on our MacArthur Campus (4590 MacArthur Boulevard, NW). We will provide childcare for our younger applicants, while their parents explore our Whitehaven Campus. The events run about two hours. Please sign up to attend an Admission Program by accessing Ravenna, our online admission system, through the online inquiry form, on the open house page, or by creating a Ravenna account here.
Admission Program: Faculty Spotlight
Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 6:30 PM
Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 9:15 AM
We offer weekly small-group information sessions and school tours for Nursery and PK on Wednesday mornings from 9:30 to 11:00 AM and for Kindergarten on Tuesday mornings from 9:30 to 11:00 AM. Please sign up for a small-group tour by accessing Ravenna, our online admission system, through the online inquiry form or by creating a Ravenna account here.
We offer individual parent tours for applicants to Grades 1 to 8. Please call (202-342-2831) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) the St. Patrick’s Admission Office to make an appointment.
There have been so many St. Patrick’s moments over the last three years! The one that stands out is when my son was "Head of School for the Day" with Head of School Peter A. Barrett. Mr. Barrett ensured that my son had a day never to be forgotten—spending the entire school day together and even honoring our son’s ad hoc requests for a one-on-one meeting! He was overjoyed. There have been many moments when we've thanked our lucky stars that our son is a Wolfhound!
I've had so many fantastic St. Patrick's moments but a favorite one was when I was at school one fall morning during our first year, when one of our kids was in PK, and I looked out the window to see her running across the Nursery School Playground laughing with a group of friends. She looked so happy and carefree! She is my first child and shy and reserved, so I was always second guessing myself as a parent, constantly analyzing each decision I made for her. . . but I clearly remember in that moment feeling so confident that this was one decision that I knew I got right! Seeing that joy in my child, her comfort, and happiness at this school. . . I just knew. And we both still feel that way. I feel it as I see her happiness, her confidence, and her growth each year.
Our son’s excitement at the start of each school year reminds us why we chose St. Patrick’s more than six years ago. The early years of play-based learning allowed him to enjoy the wonders of childhood exploration, cultivated his curiosity about the world around him, and taught him the importance of establishing friendships and being part of a community. The faculty and staff at St. Patrick’s consistently create an environment that promotes a love for learning. Our son is now a thriving Grade 3 student who enjoys telling us about his day—a character he read about in a book, a state he is studying, or a challenging math problem.
I remember the first time I set foot in to St. Patrick’s with my daughter. We had toured a couple other schools and were pleased with them and being first-born in the family, I was extremely cautious with any school we toured because this would be the place she would spend the most time outside of her home for many years to come so it had to be just right.
So we went in for her visit and it’s so hard to describe the feeling in words but it was simply magical! I felt an overwhelming rush of “this is it - this is THE school” and I could envision her there through Grade 8. The warmth of every person we came in contact with inside the walls of St. Patrick’s ﹘ from Mr. Barrett to Mr. Giguere to her would-be teachers Mrs. Gunja and Ms. Pereira - to the flow of the school and the vibe of the classrooms being so inviting while set up for greatness - to the messages of love and openness St. Patrick’s exudes along with a top-notch quality education focused on academics - the thing that sealed the deal was the fact that St. Patrick’s believes your child’s schools should be focused not only on academics but also in creating a community of empathetic, open-minded, caring, loving, and good children because we want to create a class of children who give back to their community and have friends and support during their journey of learning and excelling.
I knew St. Patrick’s would give my daughter the full package of what she will need through the rest of her life, because any child can learn academics but becoming a successful individual in life means you need to be well-rounded. It takes a very special school like St. Patrick’s to embrace and show students how to become the best they can be and bring goodness, kindness, love, faith, philanthropic, and academic skill sets into society. I consider St. Patrick’s part of our family and am so grateful for the years we’ve had and the years to come.