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Welcome from Director of Admissions, Gretchen Ridgely


Dear Future Comet Parents:

Welcome to Saint Benedict Catholic School - RVA's oldest parochial school - now in our 102nd year of service! We look forward to sharing with you our wonderful community and talking with you about what makes a Saint Benedict Catholic School education so special.   

Following common sense health and safety protocols, we have been blessed to be in school with all of our students, full-time, since August 24th, 2020. We completed the 20-21 academic year without interruption, and we are grateful for the amazing team of faculty and families who worked together to keep us "Learning Together - Comet Strong!" 

If you are interested in the upcoming 21-22 school year, we do have limited spaces available in several grades, though we are full in JK, K and 4th grades. As time is of the essence, I encourage you to INQUIRE HERE, so that we can begin the admissions process now. The first day of school is August 24th, which will be here very soon.

If you are interested in the 22-23 Admissions Season, our Application will be live on our website HERE as of October 1, 2021. We will also be hosting Open Houses - both virtually and in-person - in October, so please be sure to check our Admissions Calendar HERE to register. (The new dates will be posted by July 15, 2021.)

In the meantime, I encourage you to take time to view our Virtual Open House which can be accessed HERE. While it originally taped in October 2020, it provides a comprehensive overview of our school, our classical program and you get to hear first-hand from our teachers who share valuable information about what your student will be learning at different ages and stages of their growth at St. Benedict. It also shares how we approached Covid restrictions to help keep our school community healthy, happy, and in-person all year long.

As you begin your research into our school, please complete our inquiry form so we can connect with you. To that end, I can be reached to set up some time to visit by phone or Zoom. As a mother of a SBCS graduate and a middle schooler - (both of whom have been here since Kindergarten) - I am well familiar with the admissions journey you are on, and I look forward to sharing with you our amazing little school that has been blessed to serve so many of Richmond's families since 1919!

Go Comets!

Gretchen Ridgely
Director of Admissions & Development

Inquire Today!