Navigating the Admissions Process (Fall 2021)
The school search process starts well before applying to any independent school. As you begin the search to find the best school for your children, you will find various schools designed to meet different needs.
After visiting, researching and understanding the academic options at multiple schools, you will want to begin the admission process for your children. As the majority of our families do not have an independent school background, we’ve put together this quick timeline below to assist you with understanding the process.
Please know that our admissions team is on hand to assist you with any questions and look forward to partnering with you on this journey.
VISIT: We encourage you to visit campus. There is no better way for you to get a sense of what Powhatan offers than to walk the campus grounds, meet our students and engage with our faculty. Setting up a campus tour is easy. Simply call the Office of Admissions at 540.837.1009 or use our quick and easy online schedule page to book your personal campus tour: CLICK HERE.
APPLICATION: After you have toured the campus, your next step is to complete and submit the application for admission. It takes about 15 minutes to fill out and is the start to the official admissions process. Once we have received the application for admission, our team will assist you with the rest of the process. Applications are due by January 31, 2021 in order to be considered for the first round of admissions decisions. Apply today: CLICK HERE.
ASSESSMENT: Our admissions team will work with you to schedule your child’s on-campus assessment. Pre-K and Kindergarten Assessment Days are held in January and February with our faculty. Assessments for students starting in first grade are scheduled individually. These are full-day visits in the classroom with peers in the corresponding grade. All assessment is grade level specific, and the admissions team will provide you with specific details about what is covered at the different grade levels.
DOCUMENTATION: In order to complete your child’s admissions file, additional information may be required. Official transcripts, letters of recommendation, faculty interviews and other supporting information differs by grade level. Our admissions team will assist you with what is required for your child’s file any questions you might have about the process. We provide third-party forms for you to use to request information from your child’s current school.
FINANCIAL AID: Powhatan School is committed to opening the experiences of an exceptional education to as many qualified students as possible. Powhatan currently administers a generous tuition assistance program that funds roughly 20 percent of the student body, based upon demonstrated financial eligibility. In order to be considered for financial aid for the 2021-2022 school year, School and Student Service (SSS) must receive your application no later than February 15, 2021. Click here for more information: CLICK HERE.
ADMISSIONS DECISIONS: Admission decisions will be mailed no later than March 5, 2021. We still mail a traditional acceptance letter via USPS, but simultaneously use an e-notification and enrollment system to make it easy and convenient for you to complete. New student enrollment contracts and deposits are due back to Powhatan School by March 17, 2021.
We are here to help you navigate the admissions process. Please feel free to contact the Office of Admissions at 540.837.1009 with any questions.