Admissions Process

The 2020-2021 Admissions Period

opens Dec 1st!

 

The admissions process is designed to introduce families to the Montessori and Classical philosophies and to ensure a good fit between your child and Good Shepherd School. Be sure to ask any questions you might have. We are happy to talk through anything!

Important Dates

Dec 1: Enrollment Opens for 2021-2021

Jan and Feb, dates TBD: Family Interviews and Student Placement

Feb 15: Student Application deadline

Mar 1: Financial Aid Application deadline

Open Now:

Please contact Katheryn Caro, our admissions director, at admissions@goodshepherdschoolva.com, if you are interested in applying for the 2020-2021 school year. Katheryn will help you schedule a school tour, student shadow day, or Primary parent observation.

School Tour.  You have the opportunity to tour the school at any time during the admissions process. Tours are conducted after school hours. Children are welcome!

Student Shadow Day.  An important part of the admissions process is the Shadow Day, which gives prospective students the opportunity to experience Good Shepherd School firsthand.

Primary Parent Observation.  An essential part of the Montessori process is observation. The Montessori environment is unique. It’s essential for you to see how the teacher and students interact and how the students are able to work on their own even at a young age. This observation can last anywhere between 15 minutes and 1 hour. It is recommended that your child is not present. Contact our Admissions Department for scheduling.

Prospective families should feel free to contact Kimberly Begg, our head of school, at kimberly.begg@goodshepherdschoolva.com or 703-507-9999, at any time to schedule a call or meeting. Kimberly would be pleased to answer any questions you may have about our academic program and school community.

​Dec 1 – Feb 15: Submit an Application

You may submit an application and application fee online starting Dec 1st, 2019. The application is two parts:

Part A: “Family Information Page

Part B: “Primary Student Application” or “Elementary or Middle School Student Application“.

The application deadline is Feb 15, 2020. Applications received after this date will be considered on a rolling basis.

Jan – Feb: Family Interview and Student Placement

If you think Good Shepherd School is right for your child, an interview for both parents and your child will be scheduled.  Interviews are available in January and early February of 2020 and you can schedule this interview through our website. The meeting is low-key and enjoyable. Your elementary child will participate in part of the conversation and will spend time working with a staff member to assess academic placement. Your primary child will spend time with our Montessori teacher in our 3-6 year old environment.

Early Jan – Mar 1: Financial Aid

We strive to extend aid to families to the very best of our ability. Our goal is to make GSS tuition relevant and affordable for any family. Please don’t hesitate to apply because of finances. We will work with you.

Financial aid is an optional part of the application process. The financial aid application will be available through FACTS. Families may set up an account or access their existing account to complete the application. You will need your tax statements and your information is kept strictly confidential. All aid awards are conferred along with notifications of acceptance.

The aid period closes on Mar 1, 2020. Aid applications received after this date will be considered on a rolling basis.

​March: Admission and Deposit

Admissions decisions for the 2020-2021 academic year will be released in March, and a deposit of 10% tuition will be issued. This deposit is required to hold your child’s place in class. We do expect to have a waitlist, and your child’s enrollment will be forfeit if your deposit is not received within the allotted time.

The first six weeks of school are considered a trial period to ensure a healthy fit between your child and the school. If you or the school decides that your child is not flourishing in the Good Shepherd School environment, we’ll help you in any way we can to transition your child and help them on to their next school environment.

Rolling Admissions and Waitlist

Student applications and aid applications received after the deadlines will be considered on a rolling basis. Please be aware that we expect most classes to be filled during the enrollment period. If your child is waitlisted, we will notify you if enrollment becomes likely and if you should schedule a family interview with us. Due to changes in family circumstances, we usually see a few seats open up through the spring and summer months.