Welcome to the Star of the Sea School website

Thank you for your interest in Catholic education, and more specifically Star of the Sea!

Star of the Sea, a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence (2011), serves students from three-year-old preschool through 8th grade. Being a Catholic school we have high academic standards that are rooted in gospel values. Our diverse student population includes students from all faiths and welcomes lifelong Virginia Beach residents, as well as those new to the area and those here serving in our military.

This is our 64th school year in the oceanfront community; we are very proud of our past and are also looking toward the future. As Catholics, we are called on to evangelize, Star of the Sea provides that opportunity to share and embrace our faith each and every day.

On behalf of our entire Star of the Sea Family, which includes faculty, staff, students, parents, and our pastor, Fr. Steve we look forward to welcoming you to our STAR school by the big sea!

Dr. Carey Averill, Principal

Principal Dr. Averill

Meet Our Principal

Dr. Carey Averill was appointed as principal at Star of the Sea Catholic School in 2017. Dr. Averill’s career has been blessed with a variety of experiences and opportunities that have taken her all over the world. She began her teaching career with the Department of Defense Dependent Schools teaching in Seoul, Korea, which is where she met her husband. She then had the opportunity to teach in Schweinfurt, Germany, and Fort Bragg, NC on Army bases. She also taught in public schools in FL and NC and served as a crisis counselor in Syracuse, NY.

Dr. Averill earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Purdue University, a Master of Education in School Counseling from Campbell University and a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from George Washington University where her research focused on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Education. Blessed with numerous military moves, she had the opportunity to earn additional endorsements in Gifted Education, Middle School Mathematics, and School Leadership as well as serve as a STREAM Coordinator.

Dr. Averill’s goal is to enhance the educational and spiritual opportunities for all students at Star of the Sea. With recent renovations and an administrative addition, she is excited for the new opportunities this affords current and future students. She encourages everyone to tour and experience the welcoming school and environment that her amazing teachers and staff provide!

Dr. Averill and her husband, retired Army LTC, reside in Virginia Beach with their two sons and Boston Terrier. You can find them on a basketball court, lacrosse field, or at a cross country or track meet. She invites everyone to become a STAR!