Saint Rita Catholic School is a parish school in the classical tradition. Classical education focuses on the Western tradition in terms of its historical narrative, its literature, and its developments in art, music, science, and religion. The teachers convey their lessons using narrative, nature, literature, and primary sources to tell the story of their designated time period in an ongoing conversation with their class. Classical education emphasizes the ability to read, write, and think well. This is done through a progression of skills that are matched to the age and ability of students – from memorization to analysis to expression. A classical education also imbues students with a particular sort of attitude or mindset – one of wonder and appreciation for God’s creation, a desire for goodness, truth, and beauty, and a sense of how to live a virtuous life.
Our school, staffed entirely by practicing Catholics, prioritizes the spiritual formation of our students and fosters each child’s relationship with God. All of our students attend school Mass every week and participate in weekly Eucharistic Adoration and Confession as well.
We encourage the well-rounded development of the whole person through various clubs and extra curricular activities, such as Band, Strings, Theater, National Junior Honor Society, Chess Club, Battle of the Books, Student Council, Track and Field, and Basketball.
An active Parent Teacher Organization supports the school by volunteering in the school and fundraising to support school programs.
In addition to our K-8th grade classes we also offer three preschool classes:
Angels: 2 day 2 year old program Mon/Tue or Thurs/Fri
Lambs: 3 day 3 year old program M/W/F or T/W/Th
Shepherds: 5 day 4 year old program
School Hours: Preschool
8:15 am to 11:45 am
Preschool Lunch Bunch is available until 1:30 pm
School Hours: K to 8th grade
8:10 am to 3:10 pm
Extended Day Care Available for K to 8th grade only
From dismissal until 6:00 pm
Uniforms available secondhand from our Uniform Closet and brand new from our local retail partner:
Robcyn’s Clothing Store in the Bradlee Shopping Center
3660 King Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22302