Meet Our Principal

Mr. Daniel V. Cinalli

Welcome to The Basilica School of Saint Mary!  I appreciate your visit to our website and encourage you to learn about our wonderful spiritual and academic offerings.

I am so happy to be the Principal; joining a school and community rich in history and tradition is a blessing for me and my family. Prior to my arrival at Saint Mary, I started my career as an English teacher at Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax before moving on to be the Assistant Principal of Saint Timothy Catholic School in Chantilly. Most recently, I served as Principal of Saint Michael School in Annandale. I attended Catholic schools all my life and received my Masters in Education Administration from Marymount University. I have a love for education and the Faith that makes working in Catholic schools an ideal place to serve.

I am thrilled to work with children every day and always do my best to model a life focused on Christ. I firmly believe that every child can learn, every teacher can teach, and it is the role of the administration to partner with our parents to ensure our students are formed to their greatest potential. If I am not in my office, I am usually found in the classrooms helping to teach or at recess engaged in a game of hoops.

I pray that you will find, as I have, that The Basilica School of Saint Mary is filled with dedicated, professional, and devoted faith-filled men and women. Our school is committed to developing our students into saints, stewards, and scholars. Our patroness, Mary Seat of Wisdom, leads us by her example towards Christ in all that we do, whether it is through daily prayer, weekly Mass, or spiritual events and assemblies. We not only educate our students about God’s presence, but provide numerous opportunities for them to grow closer to Him every day. Our academic programs are rigorous and work to combine cutting edge technologies with classical educational strategies and differentiation to ensure all students are given the opportunity to grow. As long standing members of the local Alexandria community and representatives of the Catholic Church to the world, we understand the importance of doing all we can to improve our neighborhoods, as well as be stewards of care and improvement for the world.

I look forward to welcoming all of our students and having a fantastic school year!

God bless,

Mr. Daniel V. Cinalli