Application Process

We are delighted that you are interested in applying to Capitol Hill Day School!

The application deadline for the 2018 - 2019 school year has passed. Please contact Director of Admissions Kate Gallery for more information.
(202) 386-9920

Prekindergarten is the major entry year at Capitol Hill Day School. Each year, we have openings for 24 new prekindergarten students. To be eligible, a child should be age 4 by October 1 of their start year. There are typically 10 to 15 spaces available in kindergarten through 8th grade; this number fluctuates based on attrition. If you have questions about availability in a specific grade, please contact us.

Admissions decisions at Capitol Hill Day School are based on a combination of criteria, including evaluation of the applicant's visit, teacher recommendations, testing, parent interview, and availability within a given grade level. Special attention is given to maintaining gender balance and diversity within each grade. An Admission Committee of teachers and administrators reviews applications, and decisions are guided by our commitment to the School’s mission. Younger siblings of current Capitol Hill Day School students are given preference for entry into the prekindergarten year only. The Admissions Checklist to the right outlines the admissions process.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Kate Gallery
Admissions Director

Additional Admission Information

Parent Interviews are informal meetings with the Admissions Director, Head of School, or Assistant Head of School. It is an opportunity for you to ask questions and for the School to learn more about your child and family. Parents may attend jointly, or just one parent may attend. Because Capitol Hill Day School values community, the parent interview is seen as an important first step in creating an open dialogue and engaging new parents in our community. Interviews are generally one hour.

Admissions Play Dates are an opportunity for Capitol Hill Day School teachers to meet and engage with your child in a fun and relaxed way. The play date takes place at Capitol Hill Day School on Saturday morning. Small groups of 5 to 8 students will be in a classroom with 3 Capitol Hill Day School teachers. There is no formal assessment of students during the play date. Play Dates are one hour.

Admissions Testing (WISC or WPPSI) is an important piece of the application, but not the sole determinant of admission. Assessment tests are not used to decide class placement. Capitol Hill Day School does not administer the WISC or WPPSI test. Parents should schedule the testing with a psychologist of their choosing. A reference list of testers is provided in the forms and references section on this page.

Recommendations are required for all applicants. If a student has not been in a formal school setting, a recommendation may be filled out by a non-family member who has interacted with the student in another setting (dance teacher, sports coach, etc).

"If I could design a psychologically safe school, every elementary school in the United States would go from kindergarten through grade eight and would be no larger than four hundred children."

from best friends, worst enemies, by michael thompson, phd, psychologist and best selling author

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.