Admission Process


Process and Policy

The admissions process at Chance is designed to help interested families explore Chance’s unique philosophy and program. Together, we can decide if the school is a good fit for your child and your family.

We take steps to learn about your child as a student. What abilities and interests does the child have and what are his or her needs? Families can tour the school and submit any relevant information that highlights the child’s development.

Because parental involvement is encouraged at Chance and the safety and the well-being of our community are paramount, the school requires criminal background checks according to state regulations. Each parent and any adult associated with the family who will be working directly with children or who have access to students is required to submit a Youth Leader Form and a Child Abuse/Neglect form. Completed forms are submitted to the school with Back to School papers, distributed in June.

Virginia Chance School is an inclusive school that is warm and welcoming and works to attract and retain a diverse student body that reflects a range of racial, economic, cultural, religious and ethnic backgrounds, where everyone benefits from Chance’s philosophy and mission.

In all cases, the school reserves the right to determine, whether to select a student for admission or re-enrollment. Typically those decisions are based upon multiple criteria, including but not limited to:
  • commitment to completing the full program through 5th-grade graduation
  • educational philosophy match between the family and the school
  • inclusivity with unwavering support of anti-racism enrollment policies
  • academic readiness or qualification
  • gender balance
  • maturity
The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, color, religion, national origin, ancestry or physical or mental disability that are unrelated to the ability to work or to enjoy the benefits of the school’s progressive program, its facilities or services.

Interested parties are encouraged to call for a tour and begin the application process. Applications are accepted at any time.


Admissions Steps

Interested parties are encouraged to tour the school and begin the application process. Applications are accepted at any time. For first-round consideration, families are encouraged to complete the admissions steps by the deadlines listed.

Step 1 – Tour of the school
One of the most important steps in choosing the right school for your child is visiting a variety of schools. We invite you to look, listen and ask questions.

Tours are offered Monday through Friday during regular school hours and given by appointment. To arrange your tour, please call us at (502) 425-6904 or email Jamie Paradis, Director of Admissions, at

Step 2 – Submit required paperwork
Required forms for students and parents are available below for your convenience. Please submit them in a timely fashion so your child’s application is complete. Please submit paperwork with relevant information highlighting a child’s development. We require full transparency as this will help us learn about your child, what abilities and interests a child has and what he or she needs going forward in a progressive school setting. Applications for the upcoming school year are due on or before December 13 for Preschool and January 31 for Elementary, for first-round consideration, and thereafter as parties are interested.
1. Submit an Application for Admissions and a non-refundable, non-transferable $100 application fee.
2. Copies of school evaluations or progress reports, if they exist.
3. Submit a Teacher Recommendation Form for kindergarten through fifth-grade applicants.
4. Copies of school evaluations, such as recent report cards and standardized test scores, if they exist.
5. If applicable, we require copies of any professional evaluations that your child has undergone to study special concerns: vision, speech, psychological, physical, medical, hearing, behavioral or attention as this will help us better understand holistically if the progressive learning environment is the best fit for your child.
Upon the receipt of a complete file, a Chance representative will initiate one or more of these steps:
1. Interview an applicant’s teacher, with a parent’s signed permission on the Application for Admission
2. For Preschool Admission: Observe an applicant at his/her current school
3. For Elementary Admission: Schedule two days of shadowing at Virginia Chance School

Step 3 – Secure your child’s enrollment
First-round enrollment decisions are announced on January 8, 2020 for Preschool and February 7, 2020 for Elementary, and thereafter as openings exist. Once enrollment decisions are made, acceptance packets are mailed to accepted applicants with an acceptance letter, Registration Form, Enrollment Contract, Student Profile, tuition and fees, and financial aid information for the 2020-2021 school year. You have typically two weeks from the date of your child’s acceptance to return the required paperwork and corresponding fees to secure your child’s enrollment at Chance School.

Take these steps according to the deadlines included in your acceptance letter per child:

1. Return the Enrollment Papers – Registration Form, Enrollment Contract and Student Profile for full-paying families or the Registration Form for families pursuing tuition assistance. The signed enrollment contract is binding as of June 1, at which time families are liable for the school year’s entire tuition.

2. Pay a Registration Fee per child according to your acceptance letter – approximately two weeks from date of acceptance: a non-refundable, non-transferable $800 registration fee for all preschool and full-pay families; or a reduced refundable $150 registration fee is available for a family completing the financial aid process for Elementary.

Tuition payments begin on June 1.


2020-21 Admissions Calendar

October 31, 2020 - Applications Due for New Siblings
December 4, 2020 - Preschool Registration Due for Returning
students  (opens November 14)

December 13, 2020 – Applications Due for new Preschoolers (first-
January 8, 2020 - Preschool Admission Notification for New Students

January 31, 2020 – Applications Due for new Elementary (first-round)
January 31, 2020 - Elementary Registration Due for Returning
Students  (opens January 11)
February 7, 2021 - Elementary Admission Notification for New
Students (Registration due back by February 22)
March 1, 2021 - Financial Aid Applications Due to F.A.S.T. for first-
round consideration (rolling thereafter)- FA is only offered to Elementary students

TBA, 2021 - Financial Aid Award Notification (first-round, rolling
TBA, 2021 - New to Chance Day!