How to Apply

Step 1: Schedule a time to tour our outdoor learning spaces and meet with the Admissions Director. 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.

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.