Application Process


The application process begins each fall. We invite prospective parents to sign up online to visit us for a tour or Open House. Applications to all grades PreK through 8th are accepted online from late September through mid-January, and admissions decisions are communicated to applicant families in early March.

Throughout the admissions process, we meet all applicants to PreK – 8th Grade in person, with small group playdates scheduled for our youngest applicants, and classroom visits scheduled for our elementary and middle school students. We learn more about each applicant by collecting a teacher recommendation from the applicant’s current teacher, as well as testing. Transcripts and additional information are also collected for applicants to our elementary classes and middle school.

Who Can Apply

PreKindergarten is a major entry year at Capitol Hill Day School. Each year, we welcome 24 new PreK students. To be eligible, a child should be fully toilet trained and 4 years old by October 1st of their start year. Younger siblings of current Capitol Hill Day School students are given preference for entry into the PreKindergarten year only.

In Kindergarten through 8th Grade, there are typically 15 to 20 spaces available for new students each year; however, this number fluctuates based on attrition. We anticipate several openings in 5th and 6th Grades for fall 2019 as our middle school program grows. If you have questions about availability in a specific grade, please contact us.

How to Apply

Capitol Hill Day School is one of several schools in the DC area that uses a system called Ravenna for online applications. Through Ravenna, families can register for tours and other admissions events, submit an application, track the status of its completion, and view the decision notification when it is released. To begin, please go to Ravenna to login or create an account. 

Dates & Deadlines

  • September: Fall tours begin
  • Early October: Application available online
  • January 10, 2020: Application deadline
  • Late January/Early February: Admissions playdates for PreK, K, and 1st Grade applicants held consecutive Saturday mornings
  • February 3, 2020: Deadline for submitting all supplemental application materials and deadline for submitting financial aid application
  • March 6, 2020: Admissions decisions are communicated to applicant families
  • Mid-March: Reception for parents of newly accepted students
  • Mid-March: Enrollment contract and deposit due for new families
  • April-June: Spring tours

Admissions Forms

Steps in the Application Process

Attend a Tour or Open House

Register for a Small Group Tour, Open House, or Head of School Tour through Ravenna. Schedule your visit here.

Submit an Application

Submit application online through Ravenna and pay $60 fee. Applications to all grades PreK through 8th are accepted from late September through mid-January.

Optional: Attend a Parent Meeting

Parent meetings are optional. They are open to parents/guardians of applicants to all grades PreK - 8th. A parent meeting allows you more time to ask questions and share more information about your applicant and family. Applicant families can register for a parent meeting through Ravenna.

Submit Teacher Recommendation(s)

Submit the required teacher recommendation form to your child’s current teacher(s). Teachers return completed forms directly to the Admissions Office.

Submit Assessment Test Results

Schedule the required assessment with an outside provider and ask the tester to submit results to the Admissions Office. See a list of assessment centers.

  • PreK and K applicants should take the WPPSI test.
  • 1st grade applicants should take the WPPSI if they are five years old and the WISC test if they are six years old. 
  • 2nd - 5th grade applicants should take the WISC test.
  • 6th - 8th grade applicants submit results from any recent standardized assessment test they have taken

Complete Student Visit

  • PreK, K, and 1st grade applicants will attend a playdate at Capitol Hill Day School on a Saturday in late January or early February 2019. Families can schedule the playdate through Ravenna.
  • 2nd - 8th grade applicants will visit during a school day during January or February. The Admissions Office will contact you to schedule a visit.

Complete Student Questionnaire (only for applicants to 3rd - 8th)

Submit the form completed by your child to the Admissions Office.

Submit Transcripts (only for applicants to 2nd - 8th)

Request your child’s transcripts from the current school and ask the school to send them directly to the Admissions Office.

Optional: Submit Financial Aid Application

Families may submit a financial aid application at Details available here. 


Have Questions?

Or want to learn more?

Drop us a line below, and a member of our admissions team will be in touch shortly.

Meet Our Team

Hana Carey

Director of Admissions
(202) 386-9920

Emily Prigg

Admissions & Communications Associate


Policy of Non-Discrimination: Capitol Hill Day School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sexual orientation, religion, gender, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its education policies, admissions policies, financial aid program or other school programs.