Admissions News
From Our Principal
Thank you for your inquiry to Saint Benedict Catholic School! We hope you will find the following information useful in your journey towards the 2019-2020 school year! We know there are a lot of decisions to make when choosing a school for your child. Here at Saint Benedict's we have been blessed to serve Richmond's families for nearly 100 years, and we are here to help you navigate the way! We look forward to welcoming you at an upcoming Open House or Welcome Wednesday Tour. As the Rule of Saint Benedict states, "Let all guests who arrive be received like Christ." We hope to see you soon!
One Beautiful Community
Take a peek at our First Week of School video and you will see the wonderful community we have here at Saint Benedict's. From different faiths, cultures, backgrounds and neighborhoods, our students come together to learn united as God's beautiful children. Here, we strive to form the entire child...
  • Academically - through a classical curriculum, which helps students understand the relationship between faith and reason – and how to think critically about the world around us, in light of our Creator.
  • Spiritually - through faithful Catholic formation, weekly School Mass, and an active prayer life that punctuates our school days.
  • Culturally - through an appreciation of the arts, music and classical literature which help to raise students' minds and hearts to that which is truly good and beautiful.
  • Physically - through the availability of after school athletics programs and the promotion of giving our best to God and practicing good sportsmanship.
  • Socially - through a House System that builds camaraderie across grades and promotes virtue in a wonderful, small-school community.
2019-2020 Admissions Calendar
Open Houses 
  • Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 9:00 am - 11:30 am (Fall Open House) REGISTER HERE!

  • Sunday, January 27, 2019 - 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm (Catholic Schools Week Open House) REGISTER HERE!   
  • Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 9:00 am - 11:30 am (Spring Open House) REGISTER HERE!

Tours are scheduled by appointment every Wednesday.  For further information contact Gretchen Ridgely, Director of Admissions (email,  or call 804-254-8850).

The Application Process
Click here or visit the Admissions page at .

Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten Screening
The Director of Admissions will contact you once your application has been submitted online to schedule your student for a screening. The following are our upcoming screening dates.
  • Saturday, January 27, 2019 - 9:00 am - 10:00 am
  • Friday, February 8, 2019 - 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Testing for Applicants Grades 1 - 8
By appointment, usually in conjunction with a Shadow Day. Shadow Days and testing take place after you have applied online. The Director of Admissions will contact you once your application has been submitted online.

Application Deadline
March 1, 2019
 (applications completed after the deadline are considered on a rolling basis)

Tuition Assisstance Application
Round 1 - March 1, 2019
Round 2 - June 1, 2019

Notification of Admissions (for applications received by deadline)
(Mailed out) March 12, 2019 - Pre-Kindergarten
(Mailed out) March 19, 2019 - Kindergarten
(Mailed out) March 26, 2019 - Grades 1 - 8

Notification of Tuition Assistance (from Diocese and School)
Round 1 - mid April
Round 2 - late June
Saint Benedict's - At A Glance
  • Founded in 1919 by the Benedictine Sisters.
  • We offer the only Catholic, Latin-based, classical education program for grades JK-8 in the Diocese of Richmond. Classical teaching methods and the early integration of Latin from the first grade help students to learn faster and move ahead of their non-classical peers in most subjects. 
  • We offer a small-school community with one-class per grade and a maximum of 25 students per grade. Our current enrollment is approximately 200 students.
  • Our Classical curriculum coordinates with the Consensus Curriculum Standards set forth by the Diocese of Richmond.
  • We offer a faithful, Catholic education. Our faith infuses everything we do, from morning and afternoon prayer, to weekly Mass, celebration of Church feasts, the study of Scripture, and developing a closer relationship with Jesus Christ.
  • In addition to core subjects, our students participate in PE, music, and art, along with a host of afterschool activities and athletics programs including choir, music lessons/band (with GRSM), technology club, drama, running club, Boy Scouts, track & field, basketball, flag football, and middle school sports programs with Benedictine and St. Gertrude.
  • We offer the only House System in the Diocese, designed to foster camaraderie, collaboration, and leadership across grade levels. Students, faculty, and staff are divided among four houses: St. Jerome, St. Ambrose, St. Augustine and St. Gregory.
  • We are AdvancED Accredited, which is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that conducts rigorous, on-site external reviews of Pre-K-12 schools and school systems to ensure that all learners realize their full potential. 
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Saint Benedict Oktoberfest - Wilkommen!
Saint Benedict's Oktoberfest brings over 40,000 GUESTS to our Church's parking lot-turned-Festplatz, along with thousands of dollars to support OUR SCHOOL ! The event is quickly approaching September 21-23! This is our school's most important fundraiser of the year, put on through the dedication of our parish. Enjoy authentic German food, oompah bands, a children's area, one of Virginia's largest craft beer offerings, and a Christkindlmarkt with many artisans, crafts and gifts! Visit  for more information!