Military Families

As a Virginia Distinguished Purple Star School, St. LouiPurple Stars Catholic School welcomes and supports our military students and families from Fort Belvoir, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, the Pentagon, Fort Myers, the U.S. Coast Guard Station and other military facilities throughout the Washington, D.C. area.

Our school counselor, Mrs. Jennifer Cotnoir, serves as the point of contact for our military families to provide support to students who may face frequent relocation or a deployed parent.

Our National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) members make up our student transition team for military families, assisting with open house tours, helping with student visitors, and hosting a farewell reception for students who receive military transfers during the year.


Planning Your Arrival to St. Louis Catholic School

Visit Us!
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to host our traditional Open Houses in November and January. Guided virtual tours will be offered on most Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning in November. Registration for these tours on the right. Our development director, Mrs. Kristin Matheis, is our office liaison for military families, ready to assist with any enrollment questions that families may have. 

St. Louis understands that military families may be awaiting confirmation of orders prior to applying, but do encourage military families to apply early if there is even a possibility of relocation to the Alexandria area as applications are considered within the order they are received by priority criteria and wait lists at all grade levels are common.

Please visit our Admissions Protocol page for K-8 application instructions. Applications for the upcoming school year are accepted beginning November 1st. Families interested in applying for a mid-year transfer should space be available, should contact the school registrar (

Practicing Catholic, active duty military families relocating to the area within 6 months of the start of school may be considered in that application priority category with a signed Faith Acknowledgement Form from their current parish as well as Baptismal certificates and age-appropriate sacramental certificates for their children. Military families who have resided in the area and are considering a local school transfer will be considered within the appropriate application priority category - parishioner, Catholic or non-Catholic.

In addition to the 5-page application, a complete application packet includes a $55 non-refundable application fee, a copy of the child’s birth certificate and baptismal certificate (Catholic applicants), and proof of custody where applicable.

Additional Requirements
Upon acceptance and before a student may start school at St. Louis, parents must submit a Virginia Health Form and immunization records to the school nurse. Families who have not yet relocated to the area can download the form here and have their current physician fill out the form. Families with students entering the 7th Grade are reminded that students must also have a Tdap booster and Meningococcal vaccine prior to the start of school.

Tuition & Financial Aid
Catholic active duty military families may qualify for the Active Parishioner tuition rate noted on the Tuition page. Financial assistance may be available through the Arlington Diocese tuition program. Please visit the Financial Aid page for eligibility requirements and application instructions. Deadlines for financial aid are mandatory.

St. Louis Preschool and the St. Louis School Extended Day Care program are approved providers in the Operation Military Child Care (OMCC) Program. Military families may qualify for financial assistance through the Child Care Aware of America Military Fee Assistance program. For more information, please visit Child Care Aware.

Academic Planning for Prospective Students

All academically qualified students are welcome at St. Louis Catholic School regardless of race, creed or ethnic origin. The application process includes an academic assessment for all K-8 applicants and review of student records for students entering 1st-8th Grades. Military families relocating may schedule their assessments with the registrar for a timeframe in which they will be in the local area. Parents of applicants should submit the Release of Student Records form found on the Application Forms page to their child’s current school so that student transcripts are shared with St. Louis Catholic School.

St. Louis follows the curriculum guidelines designed and outlined by the Diocese of Arlington Office of Catholic Schools. Additional information on the curriculum and assessments specific to St. Louis may be found under the Academics tab of this website. The comprehensive Diocesan curriculum guidelines may be found here.

Students who wish to enter Kindergarten must be age 5 by September 30th of the school year for which they are applying.

Mrs. Renee Madden
Applications & Assessments
(Mon-Thurs. 12-4pm)
Mrs. Kristin Matheis
Director of Development & Communications
from St. Louis School
  • St. Louis families who are awaiting military orders, may receive an extension on their annual re-registration upon request.
  • Families must notify the school once orders are received confirming their intent to remain at St. Louis or their pending departure date.
  • Once identified, families must submit the appropriate record release form from their child’s new school to St. Louis so that student records may be forwarded on your family’s behalf.