Applying to Congressional

 

Admission Timeline: September - January

  • Contact the Admission Office at 703.533.1064 to receive a brochure and arrange an interview and campus tour.
  • Attend an Open House event or schedule a personalized tour.
  • Complete and return the enrollment application with application fee ($100 per child).
  • Schedule admission testing.
  • Schedule classroom visit. This is an opportunity for your child to experience a "typical" day at Congressional.
  • If applicable, confirm a screening reservation.
  • Complete admission testing.

All application materials are due by January 13. Admission notification will be mailed on March 3. Applications received after the January 13 deadline are subject to space availability.  First Round Deadline and Rolling Admissions after this date based on availability

Teacher recommendations are available by logging into our website and can be sent directly to teachers through our site.

Admission Process

Early Childhood

Infants and Toddlers (6 weeks - under 3 years old)

Our Infant and Toddler classes are currently full until September 2017. Openings will only be available if and when a current family withdraws from the program before September 2017.

  1. Online Application and $100 Application fee ‐ once an application is submitted the family is automatically added to our wait pool
  2. Campus Visit
  3. Parent Interview

Primary School

Preschool (3 and 4 year olds)

  1. Online Application and $100 Application fee
  2. Student Visit Day
    • Once an application is submitted, contact us to schedule a visit day
    • Visit days are on Monday ‐ Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
    • Students visit with their current grade
  3. School Records, Progress Reports, Report cards or written assessments ‐ Release Form
  4. Teacher Recommendation Form
  5. Parent Interview

 

Jr. Kindergarten - Grade 2

  1. Online Application and $100 Application fee
  2. Student Visit Day
    • Once an application is submitted, contact us to schedule a visit day
    • Visit days are on Monday ‐ Friday, 8:10 a.m. to 3:15 a.m.
    • Students visit with their current grade
  3. School Records, Progress Reports, Report cards or written assessments ‐ Release Form
  4. Jr. Kindergarten - Grade 1: Teacher Recommendation Form, Grade 2: Teacher Recommendation Form
  5. Parent Interview

Lower School

Grades 3 - 4

  1. Online Application and $100 Application fee
  2. Student Visit Day
    • Once an application is submitted, contact us to schedule a visit day
    • Visit days are on Monday ‐ Friday from 8:10 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
    • Students visit with their current grade
  3. School Records, Progress Reports, Report cards or written assessments ‐ Release Form
  4. Teacher Recommendation Form
  5. Parent Interview

Middle School

Grades 5 - 6

  1. Online Application and $100 Application fee
  2. Student Visit Day
    • Once an application is submitted, contact us to schedule a visit day
    • Visit days are on Monday ‐ Friday from 8:10 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
    • Students visit with their current grade
  3. Student Transcripts ‐ Release Form
  4. Teacher Recommendation Form 
  5. Parent Interview
  6. Standardized Testing
    • SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test www.ssat.org) School code: 2563
    • ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam www.iseetest.org) School code: 472605

Grades 7 - 8

  1. Online Application and $100 Application fee
  2. Candidate Questionnaire for Grades 7‐ 8 
  3. Student Visit Day
    • Once an application is submitted, contact us to schedule a visit day
    • Visit days are on Monday ‐ Friday from 8:10 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
    • Students visit with their current grade
  4. School Transcripts ‐ Release Form
  5. Two Teacher Recommendations from current school
  6. Parent Interview
  7. Standardized Testing (links to testing centers below): 
    • SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test www.ssat.org)
      • School code: 2563 - provide this code to SSAT to send Congressional the test results 
    • ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam www.iseetest.org)
      • School code: 472605 - provide this code to ISEE to send Congressional the test results 
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Diversity

Congressional admits children of any race, color, creed, and national or ethnic origin.

Guided by our commitment to create a diverse, multicultural and inclusive school community, Congressional School does not discriminate on the basis of race, sexual orientation, religion, gender, socio-economic, national or ethnic origin.  We are strongly committed to enrolling and supporting a diverse student body and to maintaining a diverse faculty and staff.  We believe this commitment enhances the quality of our students’ education and fosters global awareness through mutual respect and understanding.

Decisions and Notification

Congressional begins accepting applications in September of the previous academic year. Although Congressional has a rolling admissions policy, all application materials must be submitted by January 13th, in order to be considered in the first round of decisions. Applicants are notified of first-round admission decisions in early March. Completed applications submitted after January 13th are reviewed by the Admission Committee and decisions are made once all application materials are submitted.

Our Admission Committee is comprised of the Director of Admission and Financial Aid, the Division Director of the division for which the student is applying, and relevant faculty members. The committee considers a student's visit, teacher recommendations, academic record including transcripts and test scores, learning style, and overall school experience. Collectively, these indicators must establish that a student is performing at or above grade level and is capable of academic success in our program. In making admission decisions, the committee seeks to create a well-balanced and diverse student body, and aims to admit students who will be successful both academically and developmentally.

Congressional takes great pride in the diversity of its student body. We admit children of any race, color, creed, and national or ethnic origin. The school reserves the right to give preference to children of current families and staff members. Students entering our preschool program must be fully toilet-trained before admission.