K - 12 Religious Education


St. Ambrose offers religious education classes for students in grades K-12 who attend public or other non-Catholic schools. Students are provided the necessary preparation to receive the Sacraments of First Penance, First Holy Communion and Confirmation.


The St. Ambrose Religious Education program strives to support parents in handing on the Catholic and Apostolic Faith to their children by offering a systematic presentation of the Faith in union with and in fidelity to the Holy Roman Catholic Church founded by Jesus Christ.

2022-2023 Religious Education Classes | September 14, 2022 - May 24, 2023



St. Ambrose Parish respects parents' right to homeschool their children. Parents interested in Religious Education homeschooling for students in grades 1, 3, 4, 5 & 6 should notify the Religious Education Office, and maintain contact with the Director of Religious Education regarding diocesan policies and guidelines, especially those pertaining to Sacramental preparation. Grades 2, 7 & 8 are Sacramental preparation years and St. Ambrose requires those classes be attended in-person with rare exceptions (i.e., for serious health situations). Homeschool classes are asynchronous; they begin October 3 and must be completed by May 24, 2023.



  • One Child - $150
  • Two Children - $225
  • Three or More Children - $250
  • Out of Parish Fee - $50 per family

Sacramental Fees

  • First Communion Fee - $50 (2nd Grade)
  • Confirmation Fee - $75 (8th Grade)


Would you like to share your love of your Catholic faith? Do you enjoy working with children? Are you able to dedicate a few hours each week to their faith formation? If so, please prayerfully consider becoming a volunteer - there is always a need for catechists, co-catechists, classroom aides or hall monitors. All Religious Education volunteers must comply with the Diocese of Arlington's Child Protection Policy by completing a background check and attending a VIRTUS seminar.

More Information

Please contact Therese Ryan, Director of Religious Education, by email or call 703-280-1122.

Right to Opt-Out of FCPS Family Life Education

The Diocese of Arlington has requested the following be made public to parishioners. 

FCPS parents are encouraged to exercise their right to opt-out their child/children from the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) Family Life Education (FLE) curriculum. The following link takes you to the opt-out forms for all grades K-12 (including translations in multiple languages):  https://www.fcps.edu/node/31710

Posted October 31, 2022

Religious Education Office

Therese Ryan | Director of Religious Education                  

703-280-1122 | Email

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