Admission Process

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.
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.

The school considers a student for admission or re-enrollment based upon multiple criteria, including:
  • 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
Interested parties are encouraged to connect with Jamie Paradis through the New Student Inquiry Page and begin the application process. Applications are accepted at any time.
Our application is on a secure platform and is accessible by connecting with our Admissions Director.
To help us generate the application, a tour request form should be completed first and is accessible on our New Student Inquiry Page
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 – Start the Conversation: Inquiry Form
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 directly after school hours or held virtually. To arrange your tour, please call complete the Inquiry Form.

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 $115 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 or professional evaluations, such as recent report cards and standardized test scores, if they exist.
Upon the receipt of a complete application, 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 February 4, 2022, and thereafter as openings exist. Once enrollment decisions are made, acceptance packets are emailed to accepted applicants with an acceptance letter, Registration Form, Enrollment Contract, Student Profile, tuition, and fees for the 2022-2023 school year. You typically have 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.
If you are put on a waitlist your registration fee is only due at the time of full acceptance, but please note that your reply time from waitlist acceptance is shortened as we must move to the next acceptance quickly. So waitlist waits can be long but the time to perform will be short.

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. The signed enrollment contract is binding as of June 1, at which time families are liable for the school year’s entire tuition, and payments start then based on the payment schedule selected for the upcoming year.

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 elementary families; or a non-refundable, non-transferable $200 registration fee is available for a family completing the financial aid process for the Elementary Program. FA registration fee is not refundable even if the award doesn't meet the need, this fee facilitates the financial aid screening process and committee work needed to award financial aid each year.

Tuition payments begin on June 1.
December 17, 2021 – Applications Due for New Students for first-round consideration
December 17, 2022 - Financial Aid Applications Due to F.A.S.T. for first-round consideration.
We have the right to hold acceptances until second-round decisions to meet the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging goals for the school, so you may be waitlisted to the second-round, which happens in late Spring, and not all that apply will be able to receive financial aid or be accepted as we have a limited F.A. budget and limited spots in school. Also, please note that FA funds are financially supported through the gifts of our full pay diverse and non-diverse families in support of this mission. To complete your online aid application and for assistance, click on the link FAST Online.
F.A. is only offered to Elementary students
January 21, 2023 - Elementary Reenrollment  (Registration back Feb 25th)
January 21, 2023 - Preschool Admission Notification for New Students (Acceptance & Registration by Feb 25th)
February 4, 2023 - Elementary Admission Notification for New
Students (Registration due back by February 25th)
February 4, 2023 - Financial Aid Award Notification First-Round Consideration (some might be waitlisted to the second-round happening in late Spring)
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 service.