Girl Centered • For 125 Years

Our Legacy

In the 1890s, Virginia Randolph Ellett strongly believed that girls were capable of higher education. The School today carries the same timeless ideals of intellectual rigor and joy in learning. Just as “Miss Jennie” designed the early curriculum that was at once classical and revolutionary, our teachers continue her legacy of innovative teaching and experiential learning techniques, and our students find countless ways to express their talents and passions. In our 125th year, we celebrate all of the girls and young women who have come before us and who will travel this educational journey in the years ahead.


Virginia Randolph Ellett, or “Miss Jennie” as she was affectionately known, was the founder and headmistress of St. Catherine’s School for nearly five decades. Read more.

Then and Now


Since the day we opened our doors, we have prepared girls for a lifetime of learning, leadership and service.
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Historic Timeline


Shaped by local, national and international events, the history of our School has taken many twists and turns during the last 125 years. Start your discovery here.