St. Catherine's School (Richmond, Virginia)

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St. Catherine's School
St. Catherine's School (Richmond, Virginia) logo.jpg
6001 Grove Avenue
Richmond, Virginia 23226
United States
Coordinates 37°34′16″N 77°31′17″W / 37.57111°N 77.52139°W / 37.57111; -77.52139Coordinates: 37°34′16″N 77°31′17″W / 37.57111°N 77.52139°W / 37.57111; -77.52139
Type Private, Day, College-prep
Motto Quæ Teneamus Perdimus,
Quæ Demus Nobis Sunt (Latin)
(What we keep we lose;
only what we give remains our own.)
Denomination Episcopal
Established 1890
Oversight Episcopal Diocese of Virginia
Head of school Terrie Hale Scheckelhoff
Teaching staff 103.5 (on a FTE basis)
Grades Early Learners (age 3)12
Gender Girls
Enrollment 978, including 30 junior kindergarten (2016-17)
Student to teacher ratio 9.1
Color(s) Gold and White        
Athletics conference Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association
Nickname Saints
Rival The Collegiate School
Saint Gertrude
Yearbook The Quair
St. Catherine's School
St. Catherine's School (Richmond, Virginia) is located in Virginia
St. Catherine's School (Richmond, Virginia)
St. Catherine's School (Richmond, Virginia) is located in the US
St. Catherine's School (Richmond, Virginia)
Location 6001 Grove Ave., Richmond, Virginia
Area 14.9 acres (6.0 ha)
Built 1917
Architect Hobart Upjohn
Architectural style Colonial Revival
NRHP Reference # 07000400[3]
VLR # 127-5886
Significant dates
Added to NRHP May 04, 2007
Designated VLR March 7, 2007[4]

St. Catherine's School is an independent Episcopal diocesan school for girls age 3 through grade 12. It is the oldest private, all-girls school in Richmond, Virginia and the only independent all-girls school in Virginia for age 3 - grade 12. St. Catherine's is the sister school to St. Christopher's. The two schools boast a Coordinate Program which includes joint events for the Lower and Middle Schools and shared classes in the Upper School. St. Catherine's competes in 15 different sports as a member of the Virginia League of Independent Schools. The school holds a fund raising event on campus each spring called "Daisy Days." The event is open to the Richmond community. The school was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register in 2008.


The school was founded in 1890 by Virginia Randolph Ellett, known as Miss Jennie, during the middle of Richmond's New South movement.

In 1917 the school was incorporated and moved to its present site in the Westhampton area of Richmond. It was sold to the Episcopal Church in 1920 and renamed for St. Catherine, the patron saint of young women, especially those undergoing education. Virginia Randolph Ellett, who had relinquished her headship some years before, continued to teach and live at the school until her death on April 9, 1939 in her home built on campus. She was buried in Richmond's Hollywood Cemetery and her grave marker was created by sculptor Rene Decartes.


The demographic breakdown of the 943 K-12 students enrolled in 2013-14 was:[2]

  • Native American/Alaskan - 0.3%
  • Asian/Pacific islanders - 3.1%
  • Black - 6.7%
  • Hispanic - 1.6%
  • White - 84.6%
  • Multiracial - 3.7%

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Mission and Core Values". 
  2. ^ a b "Search for Private Schools - School Detail for St. Catherines School". US Department of Education. Retrieved 11 October 2016. 
  3. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  4. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 

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