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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 you may schedule a shadow day
    • Shadow days are on Monday ‐ Friday, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    • Students visit with our oldest toddler class 
  3. Previous School Records 
  4. Teacher Recommendation Form 
  5. Parent Interview - ideally conducted during the shadow day

Jr. Kindergarten - Grade 2

  1. Online Application and $100 Application fee
  2. Shadow Day
    • Once an application is submitted, you may 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  
  4. Teacher Recommendation Form
  5. Parent Interview - ideally conducted during shadow day 

Lower School

Grades 3 - 4

  1. Online Application and $100 Application fee
  2. Shadow Day
    • Once an application is submitted, you may 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. Previous School Records
  4. Teacher Recommendation Form 
  5. Parent Interview - ideally conducted on shadow day

Middle School

Grades 5 - 6

  1. Online Application and $100 Application fee
  2. Shadow Day
    • Once an application is submitted, you may 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 
  4. Teacher Recommendation Form   
  5. Parent Interview - ideally conducted on shadow day
  6. 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 

Grades 7 - 8

  1. Online Application and $100 Application fee
  2. Candidate Questionnaire for Grade 7-8 
  3. Shadow Day
    • Once an application is submitted, you may 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   
  5. Three Teacher Recommendations from current school 
    1. General Teacher Recommendation 
    2. Math
    3. English
  6. Parent Interview - ideally conducted on shadow day 
  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 School 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, sex, disability, 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.

The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the School’s non-discrimination policies, including its Title IX policy:

Names: Tinelle Davies, Brent Hinrichs and Kim O’Neil

Titles: Director of Human Resources; Associate Head of School, Director of Lower and Middle School; and Assistant Head of School, Director of Early Childhood and Primary School

Office Address: 3229 Sleepy Hollow Road, Falls Church, VA 22042

Telephone Number: 703-533-9711

Email Addresses: tdavies@congressionalschool.org; bhinrichs@congressionalschool.org and koneil@congressionalschool.org

For assistance related to Title IX or other civil rights laws, please contact OCR at OCR@ed.gov or 800-421-3481, TDD 800-877-8339.

Visit our Title IX Notification Page

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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:

Laura Day
Admission Associate