Thank you for your interest in applying to ACDS!  We look forward to getting to know your child and family and invite you to visit ACDS and contact our Admissions Office at any time during your application process.  Liz Hendrickson, Interim Director of Admission & Financial Aid can be reached at 703-837-1303 or

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Application Deadlines for the 2019-2020 School Year

Friday, January 18, 2019               Application Deadline*

Thursday, January 31, 2019        Teacher Recommendations, Testing, & School
Records Deadline

Friday, February 15, 2019            Financial Aid Application Deadline

Friday, March 1, 2019                   Admissions Decisions Sent

Friday, March 15, 2019                 Admissions Reply Deadline

*Applications submitted after January 18th will be considered on a rolling basis for any grades in which space might still be available. Please contact Liz Hendrickson at or 703-837-1303 for more information.


Application Process

Age Requirements

Kindergarten applicants must be five years of age by September 30 of the year they plan to enroll.


The first step in the process is to submit an application along with the $75 fee.

Student Visit and Parent Interview

After you submit your application, please contact the Admissions Office at 703-837-1303 to schedule your child’s visit and your parent interview.

Student Visit

Student visits occur  after an application has been submitted.

    • Kindergarten and Grade 1 prospective students will visit for a half-day.

    • Grade 2-8 prospective students will visit for a full-day.

Additionally, if possible, we will visit a Kindergarten applicant’s current school to observe the child in a familiar environment.

Parent Interview

The parent interview is an opportunity for you to ask questions about ACDS, to further inform us about your child, and for us to get to know you. The interview will be scheduled once the application has been received.

Teacher Recommendations

  • Kindergarten and Grade 1 – One current teacher recommendation is required.

  • Grades 2-8 – Two current teacher recommendations are required.


  • Kindergarten applicants are required to take the WPPSI-IV (Wechsler Preschool Primary Scale of Intelligence Test, Fourth Edition).

  • First grade applicants, depending on their age, are required to take either the WPPSI-IV or the WISC-V (Wechsler Intelligence for Children, Fifth Edition).

  • Applicants for grades 2-5 are required to take the WISC-V.

  • Applicants for grades 6-8 are required to take the ISEE or SSAT.

The school code is 472603 for ISEE and 1190 for SSAT.  Please register at (ISEE) or (SSAT).

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School Records

  • Kindergarten and 1st grade: please submit any records and testing information that is available.

  • Grades 1-8: please include a transcript of all courses and grades for past years and the current year and all testing information available.

A completed file includes:

  • Application

  • Application Fee

  • WPPSI-IV, WISC-V, ISEE or SSAT Test Results

  • School Transcript (current year and past two years) if applicable

  • Teacher Recommendation, one for K-1 and two for grades 2-8

  • Student Visit

  • Parent Interview

Upon careful review of each application, the Admissions Committee provides admissions decisions to families in early March. Each piece of the application provides the Admissions Committee with a stronger sense of your child. In making admissions decisions, the Admissions Committee, made up of admissions staff, faculty, and Heads of Lower and Middle School, reviews a student’s visit, academic record, test scores, learning style, and overall school experience. It is our goal to discover all that your child will gain from and contribute to an ACDS experience.


Alexandria Country Day School does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, religion, or national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, financial aid program, or any other school-administered programs.