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Frequently Asked Questions

We know you may still have questions as you navigate the application process, but we hope the below will help answer most of them.

Admissions FAQs

List of 9 frequently asked questions.

  • What is the cost of tuition?

    Benedictine and Saint Gertrude tuition for the 2022-23 school year is $21,900. To learn more about merit scholarships and financial aid, please visit Affording BSoR.
  • How can I learn more about financial aid?

    We recognize independent school tuition can feel prohibitive to many families, but know that we are committed to making a BSoR education as affordable and accessible to as many families as possible. Over 60% of BSoR students receive some form of tuition assistance. You can learn more about financial aid and merit scholarships on our Affording BSoR page or you can reach out to our admissions office directly at admissions@benedictineschools.org.
  • Will applying for tuition assistance have an effect on the admissions decision for my child?

    No. All admissions decisions are made without regard to financial status, and we encourage students from all financial backgrounds to apply. With our robust tuition assistance program, we hope to make a BSoR education as affordable as possible. For more information about financial aid and scholarships, visit Affording BSoR.
  • What is the application deadline?

    Admission and scholarship applications are due Friday, January 20, 2023; however, after this initial application deadline we continue to accept applications for all grade levels and issue acceptances on a rolling basis, if space is available.
  • Are there any assessments required for admission?

    Students at both SGHS and BCP are required to take the SSAT, submit transcripts and recommendations (math, English, and administrative), and interview with someone from the admissions team. To view all requirements for admission, visit Application Process.
  • How can I prepare for the personal interview?

    Don’t stress about the interview. The personal interview is simply a conversation where our admissions team wants to get the applicant better.  Applicants will be asked several questions regarding their applications and their interest in our schools. This is also a great opportunity for applicants to ask us questions. The interview is informal and relaxed; it’s simply a way for us to get to know each other better
  • When will I find out if my child has been accepted to BSoR?

    The first round of acceptances are sent the first week of March. However, after the initial application deadline in January, we will continue to accept applications and issue admissions acceptances on a rolling basis, as space is available.
  • How do I schedule a tour of campus?

    We’d love to have you on campus to explore our campus and even meet a few teachers and students. Schedule a personal tour with someone from our admissions team today!
  • What schools do BSoR students come from?

    BSoR students matriculate from a variety of schools and areas across Central Virginia. A vast majority come from the local parochial schools and public middle schools; however, some students transfer from other private schools

School Life FAQs

List of 12 frequently asked questions.

  • When does the school day start and end?

    Each school day starts at SGHS with morning gathering at 7:35 a.m. and morning formation at 7:30 a.m. for BCP. The school day ends for both schools at 3 p.m.
  • Is there a dress code?

    Yes. Students at Saint Gertrude and Benedictine are both required to wear a uniform. 
  • Do I have to be Catholic to attend?

    The Benedictine Schools of Richmond prides itself on fostering an environment in which young men and women can mature in their faith with support from our community. However, admission to our schools is open to students of all faith backgrounds, and only 60% of our current students are Catholic.
  • What is the student-to-teacher ratio? What is the average class size?

    Both schools offer a student-to-teacher ratio of 6:1 and an average class size of 15.
  • What are the transportation options?

    Bus transportation is available (for a nominal fee) with the bus picking up and dropping off students at predetermined locations. Currently, two bus routes are offered in the morning with one in the afternoon. Routes and locations may change based on the needs of the student body. Additionally, parents may drop-off and pick-up students in the designated carpool line. Students with a valid drivers license may park in the student designated parking lot, with special spots reserved for seniors. Complimentary bus transportation is provided for all athletes who need transportation to the Outdoor Athletic Center (OAC) for games and practices. Athletes are responsible for their own transportation home from the OAC.
  • Is there a lunch program?

    Yes, daily hot lunches are provided in the dining commons. Each student is given a lunch card in which families can add funds in order to purchase lunches.
  • Is there a community service program or requirement?

    While community service is a requirement of our students at both schools, it is also an inherent part of both schools’ missions. Forty service hours are required for graduation from SGHS; eighty hours are required for BCP students.
  • Do you offer individualized learning and differentiated instruction? 

    Benedictine and Saint Gertrude provide challenging academic experiences while providing the necessary support to meet the learning needs of all students. The Student Support Team is designed to maintain the dignity and uniqueness of each individual with a diagnosed learning difference, and our learning support specialist provides a place for the students to attain various skills such as study techniques, time management, organizational strategies, and goal planning. 
  • What colleges do BCP and SGHS graduates attend?

    Graduates of the Benedictine Schools of Richmond attend a variety of colleges based on the needs and desires of each individual student. Our school counselors work with students and families during every stage of the college search and application process to help find the best university for each student. Some recent college enrollments of our graduates include: Catholic University, Duke, James Madison, Liberty, Notre Dame, Tennessee, University of Richmond, University of Virginia, Vanderbilt, VMI, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, and William and Mary.
  • How many scholarships do your graduates typically receive toward college tuition?

    This past year, both graduating classes from Benedictine and Saint Gertrude were each awarded just shy of $3 million in scholarship money.
  • What is the school’s educational philosophy?

    The Benedictine Schools of Richmond are single-sex, Catholic, college preparatory high schools, Saint Gertrude High School and Benedictine College Preparatory, co-located on the Benedictine Abbey campus. This unique coordinate program is founded on the mutual complementarity of women and men and the equal dignity of all human persons. We seek to form all students to be self-motivated learners and leaders in their vocations. We provide a common Catholic culture, steeped in Benedictine values, that promotes the education of the whole person -- body, mind and spirit. To view the full Educational Philosophy, click here.
  • Are BCP and SGHS accredited?

    Both Benedictine and Saint Gertrude are individually accredited through the Virginia Association of Independent Schools.