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Alexandria, VA
Students enrolled: 828

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201 Cambridge Road
Alexandria, VA 22314

(703) 212-5190
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September 08, 2015
As a graduate of BI who went on to attend a top 40 university for free, I can attest that Bishop Ireton is a good school. There are many AP options, and if you have good tests scores and grades, there are courses that will challenge you. As it is a smaller school, it is easy to be involved in sports and other extra curricular activities.

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Teacher effectiveness: Very effective
September 08, 2015
Two of the best teachers I have ever had were from my time at Ireton, in the History and English departments.

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Develops grit: Strongly agree
September 08, 2015
The school is challenging academically, and pushes students to not only be scholars, but athletes and fully rounded persons.

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Develops empathy: Strongly agree
September 08, 2015
There is a mandatory service requirement, and the school sponsors a school in Haiti for kids that really need the support.

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Develops honesty: Strongly agree
September 08, 2015
The school has an honor code, and focuses on developing the whole student. It is also a religious school, rooted in its Catholic faith.

- submitted by a community member

September 06, 2014
I attend bishop ireton and have mixed feelings about this school. The math teacher i had last year was absolutely awful. I completed my 8th grade year with the highest grade in my math class and ended freshman year with barely a C-. However, some of the teachers are excellent! There are several tests a week and studying daily would be recommended to pass all classes with an A. I disagree with freshman taking earth science as i took it in 8th grade and repeated it ninth grade even though i made a solid A in the class in middle school. All schools have pros and cons. I would recommend bi if your willing to spend excess money on tutoring outside of school.

- submitted by a community member

February 22, 2014
BI has communication issues and lack of responsiveness to parental concerns. I would not recommend.

- submitted by a parent

October 22, 2013
Bishop Ireton is a great private high school for what it costs. Be sure your child studies in advance when taking placement tests as this can dictate, especially in math, the courses you will take until you are a senior. Recommendations from teachers can help bump a student to a higher level, but they must have a track record as a student working hard to improve their performance. Public high schools may offer more in tech. courses, but you go to B.I. so as to get into a great college. If you work with the administration, one-on-one you can take a needed course at an outside high school and get it applied to your curriculum. My daughter was accepted to every college of which she applied. She earned $144,000 in merit scholarships and many of her class mates earned more. The class of 2013, approximately 190 students, earned over $9,000,000 in scholarships to colleges and universities of every academic level in Virginia and across the US. At B.I. many students are involved in sports, drama, music and other extracurricular activities. The opportunities can be exhaustive, just look for them. At B.I. the school, parent and student together can make a difference in your child's future.

- submitted by a parent

October 18, 2013
Bishop Ireton High School provides the students with academic challenge as well as a friendly and nurturing environment. I have been very impressed with the faculty and staff. The teachers are wonderful! My son is a senior, so during his first 3 years at BI, Mr. Hamer was the head of school and also his advisory teacher. My son enjoyed his time with Mr. Hamer, who was always there for him. BI was the only high school my son applied to because it was the only school that he wanted to attend (and we wanted him to attend). BI exceeded all our expectations.

- submitted by a parent

October 14, 2013
Teachers in some subjects are good. Math has required tutoring outside of school. Administration communication is poor, technically, topically, and minimal on important information relating directly to a students academic success. The guidance counselors are stretched and abbreviated in communications. A new guidance counselor was learning about the topics I was inquiring about with me.

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October 05, 2013
Bishop Ireton is a high school which focuses on the whole person, through religious instruction. Our daughter graduated last spring with honors, due to the wide variety of honors and AP courses offered. The whole graduation process of filling out college applications and meeting deadlines was well organized by the Office of Counseling Services. The PTO is active in many ways, offering family fellowship.

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September 29, 2013
BEFORE you enroll, check out course requirements and offerings. Compare BI to Fairfax County schools. You will never get as much variety or quality at BI. Either a "prerequisite" locks you out of a course that is really just understaffed, or your year just won't happen to offer a course that was available previously. Earth Science, a standard 9th grade class at BI, is a middle school class in Ffx Co..(and should be!) BI is way behind the curve in Math ANY way you look at it. Foreign language classes are a sheer waste of time if you want to hear or speak a language besides English. College prep doesn't happen, either. What I've learned in college about my BI "education" makes me feel like I need to pay back my parents for the money they wasted.

- submitted by a student

September 28, 2013
Bishop Ireton is an amazing school!!! I am having soo much fun! The teachers are great and the sports are very fun. It is conveniently located near some restaurants so I can stay after school and before practice, eat dinner. There are many clubs and they're fun to be in. I HIGHLY recommend sending your kid to BI.

- submitted by a community member

October 18, 2012
Bishop Ireton High School has a wonderful culture that emphasizes students becoming strong, mature adults with character and a commitment to helping others. The principal is engaged and highly respected and approachable. The students love being there and are involved with so many clubs, charities and sports programs it is more of a community - parents get together as well as the kids. Mass is also fun, the Priest is interesting and students play instruments and are involved, just like adults. The faculty like teaching, the coaches like their students to get good grades and brag about their teams GPA's I am not kidding! They arrange for tudoring, buses to college fairs - mentors. Counselors are really current from ADHD to Concussion disorder. Negative is costs more than sticker, all the add-ons add UP and UP. I like the fact that you can see exactly what you student purchases for lunch - you can clamp down on that!

- submitted by a parent

February 27, 2011
I go to Bishop Ireton and i highly suggest not sending your children there. The teachers and staff are unprofessional and rude, while the school is just down right unhealthy. There are rats and bugs throughout the school and the food is highly overpriced. Save yourself and a transfer and do not go to this school.

- submitted by a student

May 11, 2010
Thank you so much...Great School. My daughter loved it.

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October 05, 2009
Bishop Ireton is one of the best private school;s in the area. The quality of the teachers, the extracurricular activities are unmatched. In addition tuition is so much less than inferior private schools. It is the best deal in town!

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April 24, 2009
Bishop Ireton is a great school, and my child has learned so much and has made many new friends. It is the true high school experience.

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January 25, 2009
Fantastic school! We turned down TJ and have never looked back! BI has the toughest grading scale in the Washington area and truly challenges students in all areas of academics, service and character. My two children have made friends for life. It is a warm and welcoming community. Students are accepted at all top notch and Ivy league colleges.

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August 02, 2008
As our first child completed her first year at a competitive university she thanked us for sending her to BI. She was well prepared and completed her first year with all A's due to the competitive classes at BI. She was more prepared than many of her peers from our local public school. Our 2nd child, an athlete has found a great balance between courses and sports.

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February 17, 2008
I believe that this school was not nearly as good as people think. It was very easy to get through and rarely challenged me or other students. I think the school just gets by with its name and not its teachers.

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August 15, 2007
We are on our 3rd (out of 4) child attending Bishop Ireton and we cannot express how much the Salesian tradition has enhanced their high school experience. The academic and sports environment is excellent, and our two graduates have settled nicely into their chosen colleges. They find some college classes easier than the ones they took as preparatory at BI. The facility is constantly being upgraded and parental consensus is solicited in most changes. There are a few 'clunkers' on the faculty, but largely they are inspirational educators. An 800 student high school provides such a wonderful environment compared to our 'neighborhood' 3000 student behemoth. We are so glad we chose BI.

- submitted by a parent

July 15, 2007
My graduates worked hard academically, played athletics against the best competition, and found challenges of college less stressful than than their peers. Strong spiritual component, commitment to students and school evidenced by the constant improvements to facilities, curriculum, and faculty.

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August 27, 2005
Great school! The teachers, staff, and coaches are fantastic. The preparation for college is first rate. The students are outstanding, very inclusive, and have outstanding spirit.

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Bishop Ireton High School
201 Cambridge Road, Alexandria, VA  22314
(703) 212-5190
Last modified Bishop Ireton High School is a Private school that serves grades 9-12
Bishop Ireton High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 28 reviews. Top