Admissions Process

Selecting the right school for your children is one of the most significant decisions parents face.  At Ad Fontes Academy, our admissions process is thoughtfully designed to help your family determine if our school is the best fit for your child’s education.  The following steps outline that process.


During the school closure, italicized information indicates adjustments to a more virtual admissions process.

Visit Ad Fontes

Whether you’ve heard about us through friends, neighbors or our website, the next best step is to come see us! Beginning in October of each year, we offer semi-weekly Open Houses on Tuesday mornings.  These mornings provide families with an opportunity to tour the campus, visit classrooms, and hear from both our leadership and our students on the benefits of the AFA community and of a classical education.  Walk-ins are welcome, but we will be better prepared to provide you with the best experience if you register in advance.

During the school closure, click here for Zoom Information Sessions. 

Give us a call at 571-348-0784 or e-mail, or fill out our request for more info form.

Apply Online

To begin an application, simply create an account here or or click on the “Online Application” button from the left menu.  Application fee is is $170 for grades kindergarten though 11th and is non-refundable. In addition to basic information, parents will be asked to submit an email address for a teacher referral, read and sign our Statement of Faith, and request records  from the child’s current school.  All parents will be asked to complete a parent questionnaire, and Upper School applicants will submit a questionnaire as well.  Please note that applications will not be reviewed until all portions, including receipt of teacher referral and records, are received.

Ad Fontes provides needs-based tuition aid to qualifying families.  If you plan to apply for assistance, please complete the FACTS application in addition to the school application.

Ad Fontes Academy admits students and hires staff of any race, color, national or ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, employment policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

Complete Assessment

After an application is complete and has been reviewed, every prospective student must complete an assessment. Lower School assessments are administered by our Educational Therapist, while our Upper School students will be assessed by our Student Life and Support specialist. The Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement, referred to as the KTEA, assesses students for academic skills in math, reading and writing, appropriate to their age and grade level.

Assessments will be completed online via Zoom during the school closure


The best way for prospective students to get a true sense of the Ad Fontes Academy experience and community is to spend a day with us.  Students applying for 6th through 11th grades will schedule a “shadow day” in order to get a sense of daily life at our school and be hosted by a student in their prospective grade.

As requested, we will seek to connect Upper School students via Zoom to meet current AFA students.

Family Meeting

Upon completion of all other criteria, a family interview will be planned between parents and AFA leadership.  More conversation than interview, this provides parents an opportunity to ask and share answers that will help both parents and our leadership determine if Ad Fontes is a great fit for your children.  Upper School candidates are included in the family interview.

Family Meetings will be completed online via Zoom during the school closure.


Ad Fontes is currently accepting applications for all grades for the 2020-21 sch0ol year on a first come, first served basis.

Determining where and how your children will be educated is a weighty decision.  At Ad Fontes Academy, we will work together with you to determine if our school is the best fit for your family.  Our step-by-step admissions process is deliberately designed to achieve that goal.

Most families plan to visit Ad Fontes in the late fall through the early winter months.  We will begin accepting applications for the 2020-21 school year on October 16th, 2019.

  • Early application deadline – December 31st, 2019.  All complete applications will be given priority over those submitted after that date.
  • Second application deadline – January 31st, 2020.  Any applications received after that date will be considered (space permitting) on a rolling admissions basis.
  • Rolling admission beings – February 1st, 2020.  Any applications received after this date will be considered (space permitting) on a rolling admissions basis.

Family interview will be scheduled after all admissions materials are received and considered complete.  Early admissions decisions will be made by mid-February.