School History

School Seal

All around Paul VI, our school seal can be spotted on walls, letterhead, and even our school uniforms. But what is the meaning behind the individual items that make up the seal?

The seal includes many elements that represent the history and present identity of St. Paul VI Catholic High School. During the first year of the school, Fr. Donald J. Heet, OSFS, Paul VI’s founding principal, worked with the school ring company on the design.

List of 6 items.

  • The V+J

    The V+J is an abbreviation for the French phrase Vive Jésus, which translates to “Live Jesus.” This is the motto of St. Francis de Sales, the patron saint of St. Paul VI Catholic High School.
  • Crescent Moon

    The crescent moon is from the shield of the Diocese of Arlington.
  • Papal Tiara

    The papal tiara represents Pope Paul VI, in whose honor the school was named.
  • Lion

    The lion represents the City of Fairfax, the location where PVI was founded and operated until 2020.
  • Est. 1983

    In 2018, the seal was updated to reflect the canonization of St. Pope Paul VI and “Est. 1983” replaced “Fairfax, Virginia” to reflect PVI’s relocation to Chantilly in the summer of 2020.
  • Grow in Grace and Wisdom

    “Grow in Grace and Wisdom” is the motto and philosophy of our school and is a paraphrase of a passage from the Gospel of Luke. It was also Fr. Heet who decided on “Grow in Grace and Wisdom” for the school motto. He shares, “I wanted something scriptural that expressed my hope for the school.”
“The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.” Luke 2:40
St. Paul VI Catholic High School is a private Diocesan Catholic preparatory school for girls and boys in grades 9-12 in Chantilly, Virginia, seeking to help our students Grow in Grace and Wisdom. Our school is part of the Diocese of Arlington and offers rigorous academics, an inclusive community focused on spiritual and leadership formation, and a proud athletic tradition featuring nationally renowned programs competing in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference and the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association.

St. Paul VI Catholic High School is an accredited member of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.