Admissions Process

The purpose of the admissions process is to attract students who will contribute to, as well as benefit from, the rich learning environment provided at Loudoun Country Day School. We seek to enroll boys and girls who have a genuine interest in learning, demonstrate academic promise, and exhibit a sincere, caring attitude of respect for others and a regard for rules and discipline. Our students are offered a wide range of educational experiences in the context of a supportive, nurturing environment. Believing that a diverse student body enriches the academic and social environments, we seek to enroll students from varying racial, ethnic, and economic backgrounds.

Admissions Policies and Procedures

Parents are invited to tour the school prior to submitting their application. To apply, an application can either be completed online at our website www.LCDS.org or mailed. A $75 fee per application is required. For applications submitted by mail, please forward the $75 fee to: Loudoun Country Day School, 20600 Red Cedar Drive, Leesburg, Virginia, 20175.





Admissions Timeline:

Fall-Early March Applications are accepted

January-March Applicants attend scheduled activity sessions or classroom visits

All documentation including testing results, recommendations, and transcripts are due. LCDS has a rolling admissions policy. Decision letters are mailed upon completion of the admissions process and receipt of all necessary documentation.

Admissions Process for Preschool, Prekindergarten and Kindergarten Candidates

Once the application and a $75 fee are submitted, a file for the candidate is established, and the candidate is eligible to proceed through the rest of the admissions process.

Preschool

Preschool applicants should have reached their third birthday by the start of school. Each preschool candidate is invited to participate in a one-hour activity session with two teachers and a small group of applicants, to meet the children and gauge readiness for the program through play and developmental activities. There is no formal testing requirement. The recommendation form may be submitted by a current instructor or daycare provider, if applicable.

Prekindergarten

Prekindergarten applicants should be four years old by the start of school. Candidates for prekindergarten must complete the 30-minute DIAL developmental screening assessment administered at LCDS. Screenings are scheduled daily by appointment with the Director of Admissions.

Participation in a teacher-led 90-minute activity session with other candidates is required for prekindergarten admission. The activity session provides our teachers with the opportunity to observe how a child interacts in a classroom environment through play and developmental tasks. An activity session must be scheduled for prekindergarten candidates.

We require a recommendation from an individual who has worked with the candidate in a structured setting, preferably a teacher, if applicable. Click here to view or print the form. It is important for the recommendation to be sent or faxed directly from the teacher to LCDS.

Kindergarten

Kindergarten applicants should be five years old by the start of school. Candidates for kindergarten must complete the WPPSI (Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence), a standard cognitive assessment, to be administered by a licensed clinical psychologist. Test results should not be more than a year old. A list of area psychologists who can provide this service is available in the admissions office.

Participation in a teacher-led 90-minute activity session with other candidates is required for kindergarten admission. The activity session gives our teachers the opportunity to observe how a child interacts in a classroom environment through play and developmental tasks. An activity session must be scheduled for kindergarten candidates.

We require a recommendation from an individual who has worked with the candidate in a structured setting, preferably a teacher, if applicable. Click here to view or print the form. It is important for the recommendation to be sent or faxed directly from the teacher to LCDS.

Admissions Process for First through Eighth Grade Candidates

Each candidate must provide a transcript of his or her academic record from the current school and a recommendation from a teacher who has taught the candidate. Please submit the Parent’s Authorization to Release Student Records form directly to your child’s school. All records or transcripts must be sent directly from the applicant’s school to LCDS.

Candidates for the first through eighth grade must complete the WISC-V, a standard cognitive assessment administered by a licensed clinical psychologist. Results should not be more than a year old. Candidates for first grade who have not reached their sixth birthday at the time of testing should provide the results from the WPPSI evaluation, administered by a licensed clinical psychologist. A list of area psychologists who provide this service is available in the Admissions office.

Second through eighth-grade applicants must visit Loudoun Country Day School for a full day. During the classroom visit, grade level assessments will be administered in reading, writing, and math by the classroom teacher.

We require a recommendation from an individual who has worked with the candidate in a structured setting, preferably a teacher. Click here to view or print the recommendation form for second through eighth. Click here for the recommendation form for first-grade candidates. This recommendation should be sent or faxed directly from the teacher.

Summer applicants must complete the grade-level assessments administered by the teacher during a visit to the school.

General Remarks

When considering candidates for admission to our program, we use a "whole child" approach, reflecting our mission and philosophy. We strive to select students who we believe are well suited for our program, and in turn, for whom our program is a good match. Candidates are accepted during the school year provided there are openings in the grade level. The admissions committee is comprised of the Director of Admissions, the Directors of the lower and middle school, and the grade level teachers.

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