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We’re delighted you’re interested in applying to Commonwealth Academy! C/A is currently following a hybrid instructional model. 

  • All Lower School students are on campus five days a week.
  • All Middle School students are on campus for in-person learning every Monday and Tuesday and on alternate Wednesdays.
  • All High School students are on campus every Thursday and Friday and on alternate Wednesdays.

Our website provides valuable information about C/A’s unique strengths as a school, but the best way to decide if it is the best match for your child is to talk to us! Our Admissions Office is fielding inquiries to fill spaces still available in specific grades. 

Interested parents are encouraged to schedule an Initial Inquiry phone call with Mr. Josh Gwilliam, our Director of Admissions, at a time convenient to them:

Here are the typical steps in the Admission process for new students:

Mr. Gwilliam can be reached by phone (703.548.6912, Ext. 100) or email ( Interested parents may prefer to complete our Online Inquiry form. Click HERE.

Or, interested parents can choose to schedule an Initial Inquiry Phone Call with Mr. Gwilliam at a time convenient to them at:

Mr. Gwilliam will need the most recent standardized test results available, including diagnostic testing if your child has been diagnosed with ADHD and/or a learning difference. We may request additional testing if the results are more than three years old. Educational test results are just the first step in ascertaining whether your child appears to be an appropriate candidate for admission. Please feel free to forward this information with your inquiry.

If your child’s profile aligns with the Mission of C/A, we will invite parents to an initial telephone or online virtual interview. 

Parents can schedule the Parent Interview and Info Session for a time that is convenient for them. Go to

The interview will give you the chance to ask questions about our school and give us an opportunity to learn more about your child. Due to recent circumstances, we are not permitted on campus. We are asking parents to review our website and visit our social media pages. Post parent interview we would be delighted to connect you with current Commonwealth Academy families.

To give your child the opportunity to learn more about C/A and for us to learn more about your child, your child will meet virtually with the Director of Admissions. We use this time to deepen our understanding of your child’s strengths and weaknesses, interests, and learning style.

To schedule your child's Student Interview & Info Session at a time convenient for you, go to

C/A has an online common application for all grades so some questions do not pertain to younger applicants.

After parents have met with the Admissions Director or Head of School, they may click HERE to begin the application process. Please complete everything that applies to you and your child, and submit the application with the application fee. The $125.00 application fee for the 2020-2021 School Year may be paid online through a secure website by clicking HERE.

New student applications are due no later than the last day of January to be considered for early March notification. 

All applications received after the application deadline will be evaluated as they are made.

  • A teacher recommendation from your applicant’s current teacher. Teacher recommendations are confidential and must be submitted directly from the teacher or the school to C/A. The recommendation forms can be downloaded when you complete the online application. Or click HERE for the recommendation form. We also accept the AISGW Common Recommendation Form.

  • Progress Reports/Transcripts. Progress or academic reports are required for Lower and Middle School applicants. Transcripts are required for High School applicants, as well as any Middle School applicants who have earned high school credit. Official academic records are required and must be submitted directly to C/A from your child’s current school.

Due to the current situation, Commonwealth Academy is forgoing shadow days. Instead, we may request that your child meet virtually with specific members of the Admissions Committee, such as the Division Director or our Director of Student Support Services.

The Admissions Committee will meet to determine the fit of placement and decide if a student is to be offered an invitation to attend.

Official notifications will be emailed or families will be notified via phone call once the Admissions Committee has reached a decision.

Families notify C/A if they accept the offer to join our school by returning the contract with the non-refundable registration fee ($1,500.00), on or before the date specified in the Enrollment Contract.

The non-refundable registration fee, which will be applied toward the student's tuition, may be paid online through a secure website by clicking HERE.


"Our daughter just received her acceptance letter to Catholic U! This momentous day would not have been possible without C/A. Every teacher, every member of the team has supported, encouraged, challenged and nurtured our daughter over these past six years to reach this milestone and so many more! Forever grateful to all of you!"

Parent of C/A 2018 Alumna


"We will always be eternally grateful to all of you at C/A (especially the dynamic, passionate teachers) for changing our scared, bullied, and worse of all, feeling unintelligent, little son into an incredible, confident, curious, and avid learner with so many talents and strengths."

Parents of a C/A
Middle & High School Student