Award Year: 2014

Charlottesville Catholic School

1205 Pen Park Road
Charlottesville, VA, 22901-3111

(434) 964-0400

Mr. Michael Riley, Principal at time of Nomination

Richmond Diocese

School Website


Charlottesville Catholic School was founded on Faith, Knowledge, and Community: supporting the education of the whole child, while providing a rich and challenging curriculum.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 4%
  • White: 78%
  • Hispanic: 6%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 7%
  • Two or more races: 4%
  • ELL: 5%
Charlottesville Catholic School fourth grade students performing at our Annual Art and Music Fair!

Charlottesville Catholic School fourth grade students performing at our Annual Art and Music Fair!

Founded in 1996, Charlottesville Catholic School was built on three pillars: Faith, Knowledge, and Community. These three pillars combined to support the education of the whole child by integrating Christian values with life-long learning. The school recognizes the uniqueness and individuality of its students, and guides them to discover and develop their God-given gifts.

Recognized for the second time as a National Blue Ribbon School, Charlottesville Catholic has a focus on excellence in education. From its small start in a Jewish synagogue, the school has continued to grow and excel. Even after moving to its newly built, permanent school location in 2001, the school has continued to expand its programs and offerings, and looks forward to incorporating even more STEAM programs and facilities in the future. The school believes it must continue to move forward with technology and teaching innovations in order to prepare students for the world of tomorrow.

In addition to an intellectually stimulating curriculum, Charlottesville Catholic also offers a variety of electives, foreign language classes, fine arts classes, and extracurricular activities, including a variety of sports teams. The very active student body also participates in community service projects and organizations. This past year, students and teachers gave back over 6,300 hours of community service to Charlottesville and the surrounding areas.

The story that started with the vision of a small, dedicated group of parents has truly blossomed into a flourishing, successful school whose students not only excel academically, but also become successful citizens within the community.