Bishop Ireton High School

ABOUT BISHOP IRETON: Bishop Ireton, a co-educational, college preparatory high school located in historic Alexandra, Virginia, began its proud heritage of academic excellence rooted in Catholic tradition in 1964. 

The notable quote from our Patron Saint, Francis De Sales, “Be who you are and be that well” is at the core of Bishop Ireton's extraordinary mission and values which is rooted Salesian spiritual tradition. The school offers a challenging academic environment and outstanding quality of student life,  in academics and co-curricular activities,  and campus ministry.  We have with a strong focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) courses, critical writing across the disciplines, and fine arts. The spirit of community service and giving back is part of everything the school does. Bishop Ireton’s top-tier status is reflected in its talented faculty and staff, who take great pride in seeing virtually every graduate head to college - often to the most prestigious universities. 

Together with families, Bishop Ireton provides students with the foundation and relationships for a lifetime, helping to ready the next generation to be exemplary and ethical leaders in an ever-changing world. 

Serving students in Grades 9-12, Bishop Ireton is one of four Catholic High School's in the Diocese of Arlington and is accredited by the Virginia Catholic Education Association, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and AdvancED. 


In the Catholic tradition and in the spirit of St. Francis De Sales, Bishop Ireton High School is a college preparatory school that promotes spiritual, intellectual, creative, social, and physical development.  As a Salesian community of learning and service, Bishop Ireton challenges students to Advance Always in the love of God and man in order to meet and surpass present and future challenges in the 21st century.
Bishop Ireton High School accomplishes its mission by developing within each student the following:

  • Deepened faith in order to encourage a loving commitment to God and the Catholic Church
  • Spiritual and moral values
  • Desire for life-long learning
  • Pursuit of academic excellence in all disciplines
  • Appreciation of the fine and creative arts
  • Understanding of our multi-cultural heritage to appreciate and respect individual differences
  • Knowledge and application of technological innovations for the benefit of humanity
  • Pursuit of physical fitness and a knowledge of mental and physical health as a life-long goal

Bishop Ireton High School is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Virginia Catholic Education Association.