About Us

Mission


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St. Matthew’s School Vision:

Empowering leaders one faith-filled day at a time.

St. Matthew’s School Mission:

St. Matthew’s Catholic School provides a Christ-centered environment that forms a foundation of learning for all through spiritual, academic, and physical education.

Accreditation

St. Matthew School is AdvancED accredited and the Diocese of Richmond is AdvancED accredited as a school system.
AdvancED is the largest community of education professionals in the world. They are a non-profit, non-partisan organization that conducts rigorous, on-site external reviews of Pre-K-12 schools and school systems to ensure that all learners realize their full potential. While their expertise is grounded in more than a hundred years of work in school accreditation, AdvancED is far from a typical accrediting agency. Their goal isn’t to certify that schools are good enough. Rather, their commitment is to help schools improve.
Combining the knowledge and expertise of a research institute, the skills of a management consulting firm and the passion of a grassroots movement for educational change, AdvancED serves as a trusted partner to 34,000 schools and school systems—employing more than four million educators and enrolling more than 20 million students—across the United States and 70 other nations.

Overview


Saint Matthew’s School is within the Diocese of Richmond. As a regional school, it serves students from across South Hampton Roads, including students from as far away as North Carolina.

School Size: The school serves more than 550 students in preschool through 8th grade. The teacher:student ratio is 1:20.

Facilities: Preschool: The school’s preschool building includes three large classrooms, serving children ages 3 and 4. The classrooms include lofts and many educational manipulatives. Outside the building is an age-appropriate playground. Preschool students walk to the school’s main school building daily for lunch and specials.

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Main School Building ( includes the Elementary School and Middle School Wing):

  • 17 large elementary school classrooms
  • Two Cafeteria Spaces
  • A State of the Art Media Center
  • Art Room
  • Music Room
  • Gymnasium with a Stage
  • Discovery Learning Center
  • Middle School Wing, including a Science lab and 6 classrooms
  • Nurse’s Clinic
  • Counselor’s Office

The school building is attached to Saint Matthew’s Church. Outside are two other playground areas for use for the older children, a large pavilion and field space for team practice, PE classes and recess.

School Divisions: Preschool: T/Th, MWF, or five day options are available. Parents can choose between half and full days; Elementary School: K-5th grade; Middle School: 6th-8th grade

Location: Saint Matthew’s is located in Virginia Beach near the city borders of Chesapeake and Virginia Beach. The address is 3316 Sandra Lane, Virginia Beach, VA

School Times: Half Day Preschool: 8:15am-12:00pm; All Other Students: 8:15am-3:15pm

Before & After School Programs: Before School: 6:30-7:30am, Cost: $2.00/1/2 hour; After School offered from 3:30pm-5:30pm, Cost: $3.50/hour. All students are offered the option of attending the before and after care programs. There are no age restrictions.

Tuition & Admissions: Please visit our Admissions section.

Curriculum: Saint Matthew’s follows the curriculum provided by the Diocese of Richmond. Click here for more information from the diocese. More specifics about our curriculum are also available in our Academics section.

Spiritual Life: Students attend religion class daily and mass weekly. The school begins and ends the day in prayer and also prays before lunch.

Athletics: Saint Matthew’s offers soccer, basketball, cheerleading, cross country, track and field, volleyball, field hockey and golf. More information may be found in the Athletics section.

Arts: All students attend art and music classes weekly. Band, chorus, drama and after-school art classes are also available.

Other Activities: Saint Matthew’s offers a variety of after-school clubs. Please visit our Activities section for a complete list.

Transportation: Saint Matthew’s offers bus service in Chesapeake. Bus stops are at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, the Riverwalk neighborhood the Orchard Square Shopping Center, and St. Stephen, Martyr.

Lunch: Daily lunch is offered, along with some breakfast items and ice cream after school. Visit our lunch menu link under “Parents” for the latest offerings.

Uniforms: All students in 1st through 8th grade wear uniforms. Our uniform requirements may be found in the handbook.

Committed Faculty:
43% of teachers have worked at St. Matthew’s for more than 10 years.
12% of teachers have worked at St. Matthew’s for more than 20 years.
6% of the St. Matthew’s faculty and staff are alumni of St. Matthew’s School
81% of St. Matthew’s faculty and staff send or sent their school age children to St. Matthew’s

Alumni Accomplishment
In 12 of the last 15 years, a student from St. Matthew’s has been either the Valedictorian or Salutatorian from Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School.
2003 – Katie Daniels, Salutatorian
2005 – Lawrence McDermott, Salutatorian
2006 – Katrina Fernandez, Valedictorian
2007 – Matthew Davis, Salutatorian
2008 – William Hoey, Valedictorian
2009 – Caitlin Foley, Salutatorian
2010 – Christine Chesley, Valedictorian
2011 – Maya Chesley, Salutatorian
2012 – Matthew Foley, Valedictorian and Andrew Altobello, Salutatorian
2013 – In the top 10, SMS Graduates are ranked 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8
2014 – In the top 10, SMS Graduates are ranked 4, 5, and 6
2015 – Angela Leon, Valedictorian
2016 – Patrick West, Valedictorian and Ryan Remias, Salutatorian
2017 – Caroline Foley, Valedictorian (Total of 5 students in the top 11)