Support our Parish School

Saint James Catholic School – Excellence in Education for over a Century

Since 1906, thousands of men and women have been the beneficiaries of an education focused on academic excellence, Christian service and spiritual formation in the truths of the Catholic faith.   In 2020, we became the first Catholic school in our Diocese to be awarded a third Blue Ribbon of Excellence from the US Department of Education.  Statewide, we were one of 8 private schools to receive this honor.  Under the leadership of the Servants, Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, who arrived in 1923, our 100+ year old school has provided our students with academic excellence in a virtue based environment where “Jesus is the Center and Mary is the Model.”  As recipients of your generosity, our students are poised to accomplish great things for their families, communities and the universal church.  Here are the ways you can support our parish school. 

Established in 2012, the Saint James School Annual Appeal keeps our 100+ year old school competitive, accessible and affordable to all who desire a Catholic education.  The SJS Fund makes up the “financial gap” between the school’s annual tuition and what it actually costs to educate each student.  We are proud of the enrichment programs that our parish school provides in advanced math, music, art, technology, and robotics.  These programs keep our school competitive with other private schools but require yearly financial support.  As Bishop Burbidge stated in the Diocesan strategic plan “We need to invigorate Catholic education for all” by making it “affordable and accessible” through the development of “sustainable funding models.”  The SJS Fund is an example of a sustainable funding model for parochial schools. You can make a one-time or monthly donation.

To make a one-time donation, click here:
https://membership.faithdirect.net/givenow/VA50/22645

To make a monthly donation via the General School Support Fund, click here:
https://membership.faithdirect.net/givenow/VA50/8179

The cost of a Catholic education is often prohibitive for many parish families.  While the Annual Appeal does help offset tuition costs, that is not its only purpose.  So in 2014, the Guardian Angel Scholarship Fund was established to focus exclusively on providing tuition assistance to our K-8 students who desired a Catholic education but who could not afford one without financial support.  Our often anonymous donors became known to the children as “Guardian Angels” whose prayers and generosity gave them the great gift of a Catholic education.  To become a Guardian Angel and make the gift of Catholic education a reality to a child in need, donate here:

One-time gift:
https://membership.faithdirect.net/givenow/VA50/4197

Recurring, monthly gift:
https://membership.faithdirect.net/givenow/VA50/4196

The Clarke-Delaney Teacher Retention Fund was established in 2009 to honor two of our longest serving teaching professionals (namely, Mary L. Clarke and Mary Delaney) and to provide educational training and support to our current teachers.  This Fund also helps us to recruit, hire and retain the best educators in the area.  We are proud of the talented and dedicated teachers employed at Saint James Catholic School.   Please consider making a one-time or monthly donation to this Fund.

One-time gift:
https://membership.faithdirect.net/givenow/VA50/7984

Recurring, monthly gift:
https://membership.faithdirect.net/givenow/VA50/7985

We are pleased to announce that Saint James Catholic School is the recipient of two endowed scholarships: The Arlene C. Tate Memorial Scholarship and the Msgr John J. McMahon Memorial Scholarship. You can click on the links to learn more about these special individuals and the endowments their loved ones left to our parish school.

The advantage of an Endowed Scholarship is that it is permanent.  The donor funds it with a pre-determined amount — $25,000, $30,000, $50,000.  Once established, the original principal can never be touched.  Over time, the accrued interest provides the school with money that can be used on an annual basis for student scholarships.  Again, it’s another example of a sustainable funding model for Catholic education.

If you would like to financially contribute to either the Tate or McMahon endowed scholarships or to set up one of your own endowments in memory of a loved one, please contact Kathleen Anderson, Director of Development, at (703) 532-8815 Ext 223 or email her at [email protected].  Thank you for your generosity and support!

Click below to learn more about our current and past Annual Appeal campaigns.

Questions?  Please contact Kathleen Anderson, Director of Development, at (703) 532-8815 Ext. 223 or email at [email protected]