Instruction at C/A is designed to address various learning styles, including students who struggle with organizational, attention, planning, and time management challenges. 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 their 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.
Finally, C/A is aware of the unique needs of the "twice exceptional" student, who is highly intelligent but struggles in school due to a learning difference, ADHD or sensory integration disorder. Our 2e program provides support and coaching to 2e students to help them make the most of their gifts.
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:
He’ll 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 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.
If your child’s profile aligns with the Mission of C/A, we will invite parents to visit for a tour and interview. The interview will give you the chance to ask questions about the school, see our teachers and classrooms in action, and give us time to learn more about your child.
Your child will meet with the Director of Admissions and tour the school to gain a firsthand look at C/A and imagine what it would be like to be a part of our school community. We use this time to deepen our understanding of your child’s strengths and weaknesses, interests and learning style.
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. Simply complete everything that applies to you and your child, and submit the application with the application fee. The $100.00 application fee for the 2018-2019 School Year may be paid online through a secure website by clicking HERE.
The application deadline is the last day of January for the upcoming academic year unless openings are available in the current year.
Supporting materials include:
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.
The Admissions Office will provide details and a date for your child’s Shadow Day. A Shadow Day must be completed for an application to be considered.
The Admissions Committee will meet to determine the fit of placement and decides if a student is to be offered an invitation to attend.
All official decisions and contracts are mailed to applicant families on or about March 1st.
Families notify C/A if they accept the offer to join our school by returning the contract with the non-refundable deposit ($1,500.00), on or before March 15th. The tuition deposit may be paid online through a secure website by clicking HERE.
On June 1st, all new and returning student contracts become binding.
"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