How to Apply

Student Admissions Visit Schedule – Spring 2022

(ages 3-5)
9:30-11:30 AM2-hour visit requiredMarch 15, April 12, May 10, June 10
Kindergarten8:30 AM to 1:00 PM1-day visit required
March 11, March 18, April 1, April 25, May 4, May 27
(ages 6-10, 1st-4th grade)
8:30 AM to 3:10 PM2-day visit requiredMarch 2-3, March 30-31, April 13-14, April 27-28, May 25-26
Middle School 
(ages 10-14, 5th-8th grade)
8:30 AM to 3:10 PM3-day visit requiredFebruary 15-17, March 14-16, March 29-31, April 26-28, May 16-18
All Community School applicants are required to complete a classroom visit as part of the admissions process. Please see the schedule above for the dates and times for your child’s level. Spaces are limited for each visit day and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact to register for your classroom visit.

Step 1: Schedule a time to tour our outdoor learning spaces and meet with the Admissions Director. While indoor access is restricted due to COVID-19, our open design allows an exterior view into most classrooms. Contact us with questions at 540-563-5036 or email

Step 2: Submit an admissions application and 2 student recommendation forms (Application Fee: $30)

Community School follows a rolling admissions process. We consider and admit students first come, first served based on the date of application. We accept students for mid-year enrollment if space is available. If space is not available at the time of application, prospective students will be placed on a waiting list and notified if a space becomes available. Community School gives priority to alumni families and families with siblings currently enrolled. A non-refundable application fee of $30 must be received within 5 days of submitting an application.

Step 3: Student Records
Parents must complete the record release in the admissions application form so that we can request the applicant’s entire student record from the child’s current and previous schools. The transcript should include academic, health, psychological, disciplinary, and IEP information.

Step 4: Child’s Visit
Prospective students must visit in our classes for one to two days in the preschool and elementary school, or three consecutive days in the middle school. The Admissions Director will contact you to arrange your child’s classroom visit. Plans for student classroom visits will be adjusted in winter and spring 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Step 5: Admissions Decision
The Executive Director, Admissions Director and teachers will meet after your child’s visit to review the application, classroom visit, and student records. We may contact the references listed on your child’s application form for additional information. We base admissions decisions on a thorough and thoughtful assessment of each applicant. The Admissions Director will notify the family of the decision within two weeks after the child’s visit.