PVI Options

Bishop Michael F. Burbidge

I am so proud that St. Paul VI Catholic High School has been a leader in ensuring students with intellectual and developmental disabilities are provided with excellent Catholic education and incorporated into classrooms and programs throughout the school.
Their application of the Options Program is a model for all schools, and I am so very proud of the good work they are doing!

Individualized, Inclusive, Catholic Special Education

Every student deserves the best education, no matter how they learn. That’s why we are in our 25th year of offering Options. 
  • Provides students with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities access to an individualized, inclusive, student-centered Catholic education 
  • Promotes the inherent dignity of ALL human persons
  • Supports the greater school community in carrying out the school mission by providing all students the means to achieve spiritual, intellectual, personal, social, and physical development according to the teachings of the Gospel and St. Francis de Sales.
Through highly individualized plans, Options encourages each student to become fully included in the school community.

List of 3 items.

  • Curriculum

    Options places a strong commitment on academics with significant emphasis towards students' vocation/transitional exploration. Founded on the belief that all individuals can learn, student success is the cornerstone of the program.
    The PVI Options curriculum is rooted in these tenets:
    • Each student’s course of study is individualized and developed through collaboration between the student, parents and faculty
    • What a student will learn is clearly identified in the annual goals statement.
    • Individual progress is based on demonstrated achievements.
    • Each student's needs are accommodated through a variety of instructional strategies and assessment tools in order to realize his or her potential.
  • Individualized Inclusion

    Students in PVI Options are included in college prep courses with their peers for at least half of their courses. Coursework and assessments are modified to align with the student’s goals and strengths. We focus on each individual’s needs to ensure that inclusion is a positive and rewarding learning experience for all.
  • PVI Options Peer Mentors

    There are multiple avenues for PVI student to serve as peer mentors. Under the supervision of school staff, mentors assist students in PVI Options in both special and general education classes. Mentors assist with academic work, provide positive behavior supports, facilitate inclusion, serve as advocates and, many times, build genuine friendships with the student they peer mentor that reach far beyond their peer mentor class periods.

The Paul VI Options program is proud to be an example for other high schools.

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Admissions Process

Students are admitted to PVI Options on a case-by-case basis. Families should visit the Admissions webpage for detailed instructions on how to apply. 

If you have questions about the Options Program, please contact Dr. Adam Bigbee, Dean of Exceptional Learning.

Inclusion Catalyst Award

On Saturday, June 24, 2023, St. Paul VI Catholic High School, along with three other Catholic Diocese of Arlington high schools, was awarded the Porto Charities Inclusion Catalyst Award at the first annual Porto Charities Advocacy Awards. PVI was recognized by Porto Charities and Bishop Burbidge for leadership in inclusive education and meaningful employment for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
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.