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School History

St. Patrick’s was founded in 1956 as a parish day school offering, at first, classes for only six Nursery School students in Washington, DC. The addition of the elementary grades began in 1967, and the first Grade 6 class graduated in 1974. In September 2002, St. Patrick’s completed the addition of Grades 7 and 8, and the first Grade 8 class graduated in 2003.

Today, St. Patrick’s is a thriving PK-8 private school on two light-filled campuses, the Whitehaven Campus and the MacArthur Campus. A third, the Foxhall Campus, houses the Day School’s stadium and regulation-size athletic field. Other campus facilities include multiple libraries, science labs, art studios, music rooms, a gymnasium and performance center, and expansive outdoor playgrounds.
 

In September 2017, St. Patrick’s opened a 19,000-square-foot Middle School for students in Grades 6, 7, and 8. The facility is a mix of instructional spaces targeted at the particular needs of young adolescent learners.

The Day School has benefited from the committed and stable leadership of only three Heads of School for some 50 years, who have cultivated and maintained the strong tradition of academic excellence within the Episcopal tradition, influenced and contextualized by an ever-changing world.  In July 2022, Jalene Spain Thomas joined as St. Patrick's fourth Head of School.

St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School strives to create a diverse and inclusive learning community of students, faculty and staff, and parents who recognize the infinite value of every individual as a child of God. We are committed to developing character, advancing human understanding, and promoting academic excellence to shape engaged citizens who live with integrity, empathy, and purpose.

Thoughts, speeches & articles from
Head of School Emeritus Peter A. Barrett
 

Setting Compass
Two Decades of Teaching: My Thoughts on Change & Direction for St. Patrick's
A Personal Statement on Education, Values, & Guiding Principles For Our Work
The Larger Framework: Our Goal, Measuring Success & Values that Shape Our School
Building Exceptional Literacy: Our Basis for Character, Understanding, and Academic Excellence
The Architecture of Literacy
Measurements of Success : Those Goals Around Which We Should Organize Our Work, Our Thought, Our Life as a School Community
Fundamental Values: What We Believe to Be True of Children, We Should Stand For as a School