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What Makes Ad Fontes Different?
Choosing the right school is one of the most important decisions you will make as a parent. We understand. We’ve been there and will walk with you through this process and welcome you to the Ad Fontes community.
At Ad Fontes, we want to get to know you. Our passion is to uniquely assist you in meeting the spiritual, academic, and social needs of your student through smaller class sizes, qualified mentor teachers, and an academic program that is challenging and thoroughly grounded in Christ’s teachings.
You are probably wondering what makes us different. To give you a better understanding, here are some of the most distinguishing features of an Ad Fontes education.
Christ-centered Education – Strengthening Student’s Faith
Ad Fontes believes Jesus Christ is Lord of all creation, every person, and every school subject. Thus, we are firmly committed to a thoroughly Christ-centered education in all aspects of the school. Our primary goal is for students to know God and His Word, and to continually deepen their love and faith in Christ. Christian faith is modeled and nurtured by leaders and teachers committed to following Christ in their lives and walking with students in applying faith to real life, pursuing and growing in wisdom together. Students are equipped to seek after truth and pursue the purpose and calling for which he or she is created.
Classical Education – Engaging Student’s Intellect
A private school serving Loudoun County and other counties near Fairfax, Ad Fontes is an academically challenging school with a purpose: to equip our students with the ability to think for themselves. We believe a classical (or liberal arts) education best fulfills this goal. Capable teachers engage and prepare students with the foundational knowledge (grammar), the tools of reasoning (logic), and the skills of persuasive writing and speaking (rhetoric). Students develop a strong work ethic and confidence as they exhibit mastery and understanding in each subject. We are dedicated to cultivating young people who are exceedingly well-prepared to excel in college and in life.
Cultivating Students as Servant Leaders
Ad Fontes seeks to develop students who take purposeful action, not for themselves, but for their classmates, younger students, neighbors and the world. Students learn to love classmates of diverse ability and personality. They also learn to care for students across the grade levels, including their younger brothers and sisters on campus. In the Upper School, students take on substantive leadership roles within the school through the House system and creating and leading their own clubs and activities.
Families are exploring new and different educational options like never before.
For the first time, you may be contemplating a change in your children’s education. If you’re considering a private Christian school, you might be wondering, what is it really like?
Choosing an educational setting for your child is a big decision.
There are many things to consider and at times it can feel overwhelming. Many families who may not have previously considered their school options are now thinking about private schools due to COVID-19.
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Help Your Child Transition and Thrive
We know it’s hard for students to switch learning environments. We are committed to helping your child transition and succeed. Some of our teachers and students know from firsthand experience what it’s like. They and the rest of the Ad Fontes community are here to help. We will provide a buddy family and resources for your student to use prior to the start of school so they can better know what to expect and are better prepared academically. Learn more about how we help with the transition.
Afford a Private Education
It’s important to get to know us, find out if Ad Fontes is right for you and your child, and determine if private school fits with your financial situation. Don’t fret, we will brainstorm solutions with you as well as discuss tuition and tuition assistance options. Remember, God provides!
We are accepting applications for the 2021-22 school year. Please visit our admissions process page to learn more or to begin the application process.
While our touring and admissions process may look slightly different during this time, it is our goal to provide every bit of information to help you determine if Ad Fontes is the school for your family.
Virtual Visits and Information
An Open House is the best first step to learning more about Ad Fontes!
Our students are in school, in person, five days a week. However, to better protect our campus, we are offering Virtual Open Houses for the near future.
Hosted by our Admissions Director, the Open House includes a great overview of classical Christian education by the Head of our School, information about the application process, reflections from one of our seniors, and plenty of time for Q&As. Register here.
In addition to attending a Virtual Open House, please fill out our short Inquiry Form. This will give us a chance to connect with you and answer your specific concerns and questions. And spend lots of time on our website! It’s full of great information–whether you’re interested in kindergarten or high school, athletics or after-school activities, staff info or our Statement of Faith.
Sending your little one to school all day is a big deal, and you want to learn as much as possible before you send them! We have devoted a page on our website just for kindergarten families. You’ll find a video tour of the classroom, reflections from kindergarten moms, a Zoom chat with the teacher, and an overview of the curriculum. Please also note that children must be 5 years old by August 1st of the school year to be considered for admission.
Families apply to Ad Fontes by creating an online application account. Before applying, we strongly encourage you to connect with our Admissions Director and attend a Virtual Open House.
Our admissions process is quite thorough, as student records and referrals are needed, and an on-site assessment is conducted with each applicant. The process also includes a family meeting. Please take time to read through the Admissions Process page on our website.
Yes. Our early application deadline is Friday, December 18. To be considered in the first wave of applicants, a prospective student’s application must be submitted, and the teacher referral and records must have been requested.
We also offer a second early deadline of January 31. Rolling admission begins February 1.
We do not hold spots with applications. A contract is offered to a family when the entire admissions process is complete. Please contact our admissions director firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
All students are assessed one-on-one and in person if possible. Those in rising grades K-6 work with our educational therapist, and those in grades 7 and above are assessed by our Upper School Director of Student Support.
Students do not prepare for the assessment, as it is rather an evaluation of a child’s readiness in core areas for the grade for which they are applying; primarily math, reading, and writing.
We agree that nothing can take the place of the experience of school for a day. Meeting classmates and teachers is a vital part of an Upper School student’s decision-making process when considering Ad Fontes. During this time, we are doing our best to ensure that applying students still have the opportunity to engage with their potential classmates, even though they cannot meet in person or come to the school. Thanks to technology, we can connect students through Zoom to get to know one another. Friendship and community are essential parts of the AFA experience!
Tuition and Affordability
Ad Fontes is committed to serving families at all income levels. We have seen God provide in many ways for students to attend AFA. We are blessed to offer tuition assistance for qualifying families. For families with students entering Kindergarten or 1st grade or transferring from public school in grades 2 and above, additional scholarship resources are available for those who qualify. You can apply for tuition assistance here.
Yes. Ad Fontes offers multiple payment plans up to 12 months.
2021-2022 School Calendar
Vacations, Teacher Work Days and Holidays
9/1 First Day of School
9/6 Labor Day Holiday
10/8 No School-Teacher Work Day
10/11 No School-Teacher Work Day
11/5 No School-Teacher Work Day
11/9 No School-Teacher Work Day
11/22-11/26 Thanksgiving Vacation
12/20-1/2 Christmas Vacation (return on Jan. 3, 2022)
1/17 Martin Luther King Day Holiday
1/28 No School-Teacher Work Day
2/21 No School-Teacher Work Day
4/1 No School-Teacher Work Day
4/5 No School-Teacher Work Day
4/11-4/18 Easter Vacation (return on April 19)
5/30 Memorial Day Holiday
6/9 Closing Ceremony