Saint Rita Catholic School

In the Classical Tradition
Preschool - Grade 8
"The soul of education is the education of the soul"

Come Visit!

Open House Dates:



To schedule a tour between 8:30 am and 2 pm on any school day, contact Assistant Principal, Malia Busekrus:

(703) 548-1888 ext 24 or

For a tour of our morning preschool program, contact Preschool Director Caitlin Rockwell:

(703) 548-1888 ext 16 or

Other Ways to Get to Know Our Community:

Participate in our Fall 5K & Fun Run on November 18, 2023

Come to our Cookies, Crafts & Carols event on December 14, 2023

Attend our annual Gala Dinner & Auction on Saturday, February 10, 2024

Watch our K-8 School Musical, Mary Poppins Jr. at Bishop Ireton High School on April 13 & 14, 2024

Hoping for a Kindergarten Spot?

All rising Kindergarteners whose families have submitted completed applications will come for a required small group visit in January to meet our Kindergarten teaching team.  More details about scheduling these visits will be provided closer to that time.  Because our lead Kindergarten teacher periodically visits our preschool program, current Shepherds do not need to schedule this visit.

Shadow Program

Once a completed application has been submitted to Saint Rita Catholic School, families may schedule a day for their rising first through eighth grade child to spend at Saint Rita, shadowing their possible future class.  This will give them a glimpse of life as a Saint Rita student, and give us a chance to get to know them! 

Scheduling: To schedule a shadow visit after you have submitted your application, contact our Assistant Principal, Malia Busekrus at (703) 548-1888 ext. 24 or Schedule your visit as soon as you have completed your application for best availability, as there are a limited number of spots available each day.

Days: Shadow days are Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning in November.

The Shadow Day: Please plan to drop off your child(ren) between 7:50 and 8 am on the shadow day.  Once you pull into our school parking lot, you can park in any spot on the periphery and walk your children to our priests and administrators who are meeting carline.  They will escort you into the office, where you can sign your child(ren) in and we will connect them with their teachers. Please come to pick them up between 2 and 2:15 pm.  You can park in the spots between the Church and the Parish Center, and then walk to our main entrance on Russell Road (Door 1) to buzz our office.  We will meet you and return your child(ren) to you!

Attire: Our students wear a formal uniform, so please dress them in a similar fashion.  Khaki-style pants for boys with a button down shirt and belt would be great, while girls could wear a knee-length skirt and top or dress (or khaki-style pants are permitted for young ladies too!).  Please make sure they have warm jackets, hats, and mittens, as we play outside twice a day in all kinds of weather!  If you are scheduling a 5th-8th grade visit on a Tuesday or a K-4 visit on a Thursday, your child will get to participate in P.E.! He or she may wear school-appropriate activewear and sneakers to participate comfortably with the class!

Please Bring: They will need a morning snack, a lunch, and a water bottle.

Assessment: At some point in the day, our resource team will conduct a short assessment of their current reading and math ability so we can learn more about their current abilities and areas for growth.  This is not meant to be stressful or high-stakes, just a current snapshot of how they are doing academically.

When our family joined St. Rita, it felt like we were welcomed to a big family. I like that parents are involved with their kids but also help with other kids too. I hope that my other sons will be able to share the same experience too.
– Asqual