Admissions Process at CDS
SCHEDULE A TOUR: October through Spring
During the tour, parents have the opportunity to see CDS in action and meet with a CDS teacher about the school’s philosophy of education, the child applying for admission, and any questions parents may have. Following the parent visit, the application process continues as follows.
Notification of Enrollment: First enrollment decisions are made in January
Admissions decisions for new families are made in mid-January after current families have gone through the priority re-enrollment process. After January, any remaining openings will be filled on a rolling basis. Once a placement becomes available and an applicant has been accepted, parents will be notified and sent an Enrollment Contract confirming acceptance. Enrollment is finalized once the Enrollment Contract is returned to CDS by the specified date, along with a tuition deposit.
To complete Elementary and Middle School Applications: Admissions Visits
Students applying for kindergarten can spend a half-day or full-day in the class of their current grade. Students applying for first through eighth grades will visit for a whole day in the class of their current grade.
Teacher Recommendation Forms
Please give your child’s current teacher and/or administrator the recommendation forms with a stamped envelope addressed to Charlottesville Day School, 320 10th Street NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902. These forms are confidential and should be forwarded directly to CDS from the teacher or administrator, prior to the Admissions Visit.
Please complete the Transcript Release Form and give it to the administrative office at your child’s current school, enabling them to forward your child’s records to Charlottesville Day School. This is required to complete all first though eighth grade applications.
Please indicate on the application form if you would like to receive information about our financial assistance. Financial aid is based upon need. In January, families who made the indication on their application, will be sent an email with the link to the online financial aid application. The applications are processed through FACTS. A summary report is sent to CDS and is used in aid decisions made in February.