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Commonwealth Academy is a college prep school. Whether a student is in C/A Lower School, Middle School, or High School, that student benefits from the same robust curriculum offered by some better-known independent and private schools in the region. Our key distinguishing asset is that our teachers deliver instruction in such a way that our students, who all have ADHD, executive functioning challenges, and mild learning differences, thrive. 

The common denominator among our students is the need to improve their executive functioning.

  • That is why C/A embeds an extensive array of executive functioning support strategies into our program. Students learn different strategies, so they can adopt those that are most helpful and make them life-long habits in school, work, and personal lives.
  • While support mechanisms are the same throughout the grades, as students mature, the responsibility for implementing those strategies changes hands from teacher to student so that students can independently advocate for themselves by the time they move on to college.
  • That is also why we offer ADHD coaching support to our students, both within the classroom and as a pull-out model by our experienced Student Support team.
  • At Commonwealth Academy, we are aware of the unique and exceptional abilities of our twice-exceptional (2e) students, who present evidence of exceptional ability and disability. Supports and opportunities for our 2e students are woven into their daily school lives and routines, along with extra-curricular and elective offerings that focus directly on student strengths and interests. It is our goal that the exceptional ability of every 2e student be realized.

We’re delighted you’re interested in applying to Commonwealth Academy!

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 and tour the school.

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 2022-2023 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.

Commonwealth Academy is pleased to offer shadow day experiences for applicants that have completed all admissions requirements.  If all admission requirements have been met, please contact the admission office to schedule a shadow day visit.

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 towards the student's tuition, may be paid online through a secure website by clicking HERE.


"Our son is a solid "A" student at Christopher Newport University. He is studying neurochemistry with an interest in pre-med. Before he attended C/A, I did not even have the hope that he would graduate high school, no less get top grades in a challenging major at a top state school.

I give so much credit and thanks to C/A for all that you did for him. I know he was challenging at times. I credit the staff members who believed, encouraged, and inspired him."

Parent of C/A 2017 Alumnus


"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