Application Process

The application deadline for the 2018-2019 school year has passed. Please contact Director of Admissions Kate Gallery for more information or if you would like to discuss submitting a late application.

admissions@chds.org 
(202) 386-9920

Application Process

Overview

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

Throughout the admissions process, we meet all applicants 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.

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 (Due Jan. 11, 2019)

Submit application through Ravenna and pay $60 fee. Our online application will be available in early October. 

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) (Due Feb. 1, 2019)

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 (Due Feb. 1, 2019)

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 - 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. Due Feb. 1, 2019)

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

Submit Transcripts (only for applicants to 2nd-8th. Due Feb. 1, 2019)

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 (Due Feb. 1, 2019)

Families may submit a financial aid application at www.mytads.com. Details available at www.chds.org/admissions/tuition.  

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. Our online application will be available in early fall. 

Dates & Deadlines

  • September: Fall tours begin
  • Early October: Application available online
  • January 11, 2019: Application deadline
  • Late January/Early February: Admissions playdates for PreK, K, and 1st grade applicants held consecutive Saturday mornings
  • February 1, 2019: Deadline for submitting all supplemental application materials and deadline for submitting financial aid application
  • March 1, 2019: 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

Steps in the Application Process

Attend a Tour or Open House

Register for a Small Group Tour, Open House, or Head of School Tour. 

Submit Application (Due Jan. 11, 2019)

Submit online application and pay $60 fee. 

Schedule a Parent Meeting (optional)

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. 

Submit Teacher Recommendations (Due Feb 1, 2019)

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

  • Applicants to Pre-K – 5th: One recommendation from your child’s current teacher
  • Applicants to 6th-8th: Two recommendations (one from English teacher, one from Math teacher)

Submit Assessment Test (Due Feb 1, 2019)

Schedule the required assessment with an outside provider and ask the tester to submit results to the Admissions Office by February 1, 2019. 

  • PreK and K applicants should take the WPPSI test.
  • 1st - 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

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

Student Questionnaire (Only for applicants to 3rd-8th grade. Due Feb 1, 2019.)

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

Transcripts (Only for applicants to 2nd-8th grade. Due Feb 1, 2019)

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 (Due Feb 1, 2019)

Families may submit a financial aid application at www.mytads.com. Details available at www.chds.org/admissions/tuition

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.