APPLYING TO CONGRESSIONAL SCHOOL

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APPLICATION DEADLINE:

First-round deadline is January 17, 2020 and rolling admission after the deadline. 

FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION DEADLINE:

The first-round financial aid application deadline is January 17, 2020.

Applications received after this time will be reviewed based on any funds available after the first-round is complete. Second round awards will be offered on a rolling basis until the budget is exhausted. More information here.

ELECTRONIC FIRST-ROUND ADMISSION NOTIFICATIONS:

March 6, 2020

ADMISSION PROCESS

Click on the program you are applying for to see the process. Please note that they vary from age group to age group.

Early Childhood

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

  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. Shadow Day
    • Once an application is submitted, contact us to schedule a shadow day
    • Visit days are on Monday ‐ Friday, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    • Students visit with our oldest toddler class 
  3. Previous School Records  Release Form (parents sign release form and give to previous school registrar ) 
  4. Teacher Recommendation Form (parents give form to current teacher to complete) 
  5. Parent Interview - conducted during the shadow day

Jr. Kindergarten - Grade 2

  1. Online Application and $100 Application fee
  2. Shadow Day
    • Once an application is submitted, contact us to schedule a shadow day
    • Visit days are on Monday ‐ Friday, 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM
    • Students visit with their current grade
  3. Previous School Records ‐ Release Form (parents sign release form and give to previous school registrar)
  4. Jr. Kindergarten - Grade 1: Teacher Recommendation Form, Grade 2: Teacher Recommendation Form (parents give form to current teacher to complete)
  5. Parent Interview

Lower School

Grades 3 - 4

  1. Online Application and $100 Application fee
  2. Shadow Day
    • Once an application is submitted, contact us to schedule a shadow day
    • Visit days are on Monday ‐ Friday from 8:10 AM to 3:30 PM
    • Students visit with their current grade
  3. Previous School Records‐ Release Form (parents sign release form and give to previous school registrar) 
  4. Teacher Recommendation Form (parents give to current teacher to complete) 
  5. Parent Interview

Middle School

Grades 5 - 6

  1. Online Application and $100 Application fee
  2. Shadow Day
    • Once an application is submitted, contact us to schedule a shadow day
    • Visit days are on Monday ‐ Friday from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM
    • Students visit with their current grade
  3. Student Transcripts ‐ Release Form (parents sign release form and give to current school registrar)
  4. Teacher Recommendation Form (parents give to teacher to complete form)
  5. Parent Interview
  6. Standardized Testing: SSAT or ISEE (links to testing centers below)
    • 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. Shadow Day
    • Once an application is submitted, contact us to schedule a shadow day
    • Visit days are on Monday ‐ Friday from 8:00 to 3:30 PM
    • Students visit with their current grade
  4. School Transcripts ‐ Release Form (parents sign form and give to current school registrar)
  5. Three Teacher Recommendations from current school (parents give to current teachers to complete)
    1. General Teacher Recommendation  
    2. Math
    3. English
  6. Parent Interview
  7. Standardized Testing: SSAT or ISEE (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 

NON DISCRIMINATION POLICY

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 NOTIFICATIONS

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 mid January, 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 the first round deadline 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.

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To learn more, ask questions, or schedule a tour, please contact:

Gretchen Herbst
Director of Admission and Financial Aid

703-533-1064