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The Diocese of Arlington announced today that it will proceed with the relocation of Paul VI Catholic High School (PVI) from its current 18-acre campus in Fairfax City to a 68-acre property 12 miles west in South Riding, Virginia. The projected opening of PVI's new campus in 2020 will ensure the award-winning high school has a facility that fits its needs and strengthens the school's legacy of excellence. The estimated $60 million school will be built on property currently owned by the diocese, with state-of-the-art facilities able to accommodate diverse academic needs and robust extracurricular and athletic programs. The move will not affect any current Paul VI students or the incoming Class of 2019.
"The relocation of Paul VI High School to a world-class facility ensures that future generations of students in our diocese will receive Catholic education at the highest level of excellence," said Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde.
The decision to relocate the high school follows an extensive assessment of diocesan Catholic education and the long-term needs of Paul VI High School, including curriculum development, co-curricular programming and the sustainability of the current campus. The 80-year-old facility, previously occupied by Fairfax High School and George Mason University, is being used to its maximum potential: there is a forced cap on student enrollment due to space restrictions, site expansion is not possible, and rising costs of building maintenance are unsustainable.
Paul VI High School was established in 1983 by Bishop Thomas J. Welsh to provide Catholic education to students in the western region of a rapidly growing diocese. Since that time, the diocese has opened nine parishes and seven schools to serve over 92,000 Catholics living in western Fairfax County and in Loudoun County, currently the fastest-growing county in Virginia.
Sister Bernadette McManigal, Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Arlington, said, "I am so proud of the achievements of the students, faculty and staff of the Paul VI community. It is with great excitement that I look forward to PVI's future in a new complex which will enhance the students' educational opportunities." The Paul VI students, faculty and staff will be engaged in the planning of the new campus.
In 2014-2015, the Catholic Diocese of Arlington educated over 12,900 students in 37 elementary schools. Four diocesan high schools-Paul VI, Bishop Ireton, Bishop Dennis J. O'Connell, and Saint John Paul the Great-currently serve 3,570 students throughout the northern tier of Virginia.
More information on the relocation of Paul VI High School can be found online at www.arlingtondiocese.org and in this week's edition of the Arlington Catholic Herald.
The Catholic Diocese of Arlington encompasses 21 counties and seven independent cities in the northern tier of Virginia. Over 450,000 Catholics belong to the diocese's 69 parishes and five missions.