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Saint Rita Catholic School

Preschool - Grade 8
3801 Russell Road, Alexandria, VA 22305

Our Catholic Life

What Every Student Receives:

  • Daily religious instruction in each grade level to provide knowledge of the Catholic faith and encourage an active faith-life.
  • Students attend weekly Mass & Eucharistic Adoration.
  • Morning, noontime and after school prayers are said during the school day, including a morning offering, a monthly prayer and prayers before and after meals.
  • Faculty, staff and students participate in seasonal observances, including Advent, Christmas, Lenten and Easter activities, May crowning, Eucharistic Procession and Saints festivals.
  • In the school’s commitment to Catholic teaching in regards to charity, service projects are sponsored by the school throughout the year.
  • Grade-specific prayers and devotions, such as the Rosary, the Divine Mercy chaplet, the Angelus, the Act of Contrition and the Saint Michael prayer are taught and revered.
  • Religious images depicting Christ and the Saints are integrated into the classroom, as well as a crucifix, packages of classroom rosaries, Bibles, and other religious items that serve to enhance the school’s curriculum and remind students of their call to serve God and others.
  • Students are prepared to receive their sacraments in the second and eighth grade years. In collaboration with our families, preparation for the sacraments of First Penance and First Holy Communion (in second grade) and Confirmation (in the eighth grade) are an important part of our Catholic curriculum.
  • The sacrament of Penance is made available to students twice weekly during noontime recess.
  • Saint Rita School is blessed by the presence of our priest in all aspects of school life. The parish priest visits all grade levels and blesses, teaches, and provides students with an outstanding example of his vocation to the priesthood. Father also participates in a wide range of school activities and sports with the students.
  • Teachers at Saint Rita School provide an excellent example of following Christ through word and deed, both in and out of the classroom.