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Pillars of DeMatha
Faith, Community, Service, Academics, Arts, Athletics.

Affixed to the main building and visible from the front circle is a banner that outlines the six core promises that we make at DeMatha. Each promise represents a pillar of DeMatha’s foundation.

The first three of these are things to which we are dedicated, values that should inform our pursuit of excellence in the second three.

DeMatha Catholic High School stands at the intersection of several great traditions: the 2000-year-old Catholic intellectual tradition of reason informing faith, the 800-year-old tradition of the Trinitarians and their commitment to faith and redemption, and its own history of excellence since 1946.

The great American figure Alexander Hamilton once observed, “Those who stand for nothing fall for everything.” One of the great strengths of DeMatha is that we know what we stand for and our students embrace this knowledge when they graduate.

A good Catholic school, a Trinitarian school such as we are, can only really judge the success of its mission by the caliber of the men we turn out who live their faith in a way that betters their communities and that finds its external expression in service to others. DeMatha builds its program on both the formation of faith, community and service, and the information of academics, arts and athletics that come together to create Faith-Filled Gentlemen and Scholars.

Mission & Philosophy


DeMatha Catholic High School is a college preparatory institution dedicated to educating young men in the Trinitarian tradition. DeMatha’s historic and ongoing mission is to serve students of differing abilities, interests, and backgrounds from the culturally rich and diverse greater Washington Metropolitan area.

Faculty and staff work to help young men develop a way of life characterized by attention to scholarship, dedication to moral principles, devotion to hard work, and the awareness of the need to serve others. Through a broad-based and rigorous curriculum, numerous opportunities for spiritual growth, a wide range of co-curricular opportunities, and a comprehensive service program, DeMatha cultivates a respect for other people that finds its most complete expression in students who become faith-filled gentlemen and scholars.

School Philosophy

DeMatha Catholic High School offers to young men in the Washington area a college preparatory program in which faith and knowledge complement each other. A faculty and staff composed of Trinitarian religious and dedicated lay men and women provide a program of instruction that serves young men of varied intellectual, religious, cultural and economic backgrounds. The Trinitarian charism that informs DeMatha asks that students become “men of action, men of prayer.”

The DeMatha student develops spiritually and morally in a community where faith seeks understanding and is lived in service to neighbor. Religious instruction provides the student with an intellectual appreciation for the Judeo-Christian tradition as well as an ecumenical respect for diversity in religious expression and creed. Intellectual growth occurs within the moral framework and is achieved through a broad-based curriculum that incorporates appropriate pedagogical techniques and technological innovations.

A rich co-curricular program provides an opportunity for informal and formal instruction where students witness and understand the sound principles for human rights and the corresponding need for self-discipline. By experiencing healthy competition and sportsmanlike behavior involved in physical education and athletic events, students grow toward physical and social maturity.

DeMatha’s administration and faculty are engaged in a continuous program of self-study, but the goal of a DeMatha education remains the same, to produce Faith-Filled Gentlemen and Scholars.