FAQs

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What type of student is St. Patrick's seeking?

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St. Patrick’s Admission Committee strives to offer admission to children whose level of development, emerging skills, and interest in the world around them indicate that they are ready for the program to which they are applying and will thrive within it. Because no single piece of a child’s file can give a full picture, we seek to gain a more complete profile of each student through teacher recommendations, transcripts, standardized assessment (Kindergarten and up), and student visits to the school. We evaluate the picture of the applicant that emerges and view it in the context of the class the student would join. The Admission Committee is also mindful of creating groups that reflect a vibrant mix of backgrounds, interests, and ability.

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How does the school determine the readiness of applicants for the Nursery School applicants?

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Small group visits provide an opportunity for teachers and representatives of the Admission Office to get to know our youngest applicants. For Nursery and PK children, readiness is signaled by language, motor, cognitive, and social skills that fall within developmental norms. Children entering the Nursery School need to have an emerging sense of comfort in interacting with other children and with adults as well as the ability to focus on an activity for a short period of time, to follow simple directions, and to attend to a brief “story time” or “circle time.” No standardized testing is required for Nursery and PK applicants.

While children do not need to be toilet trained at the time of their visit, all children must be toilet trained to attend the Nursery School.

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I am interested in St. Patrick's, but my family is not Episcopalian. What role does religion play at St. Patrick's Episcopal Day School?

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Rooted in the Episcopal tradition, which encourages and fosters inclusion, St. Patrick’s comprises a diverse population of families, faculty, and staff. Clear about our own identity as an Episcopal parish day school, St. Patrick’s regards the presence of children and families of other faith traditions as a source of richness and strength. Religion classes (beginning in Kindergarten), chapels, and community service opportunities enable us to promote the moral and spiritual growth of our students, regardless of their faith traditions.

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Does St. Patrick’s provide after-hours care for its students?

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St. Patrick’s Extended Day Program provides after-hours care for students until 6 pm on school days. Fees are determined by the number of days that a student participates in the program. In addition to Extended Day, students can enroll in a variety of After-School Activities ranging from Spanish, French, cooking, baking, karate, gymnastics, chess, and science. Grade 1-6 students can enroll in an after-school study hall available Mondays through Thursdays.

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How do I schedule a parent tour?

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Contact the admission office at 202-342-2831/2834. Tours for Nursery are conducted on Tuesdays and PK tours are conducted on Wednesday mornings from 9-11 am beginning October 16, 2012. Parent Tours for Kindergarten-Grade 6 begin September 12, 2012. The Kindergarten-Grade 6 tours include a 30 minute parent interview. Parent interviews help the admission office learn more about each individual child through their parent's eyes. Open Houses held on October 20, November 7, and January 9 may substitute for a parent tour, although for applications at K and above parents will still need to schedule a separate interview time.

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Will my child be evaluated when they come for their student visit?

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As part of the admission process, all applicants visit St. Patrick’s. Our youngest applicants (Nursery, PK, and Kindergarten) join us for a group play date. During these play dates members of the Admission Committee meet and observe participants playing together, working with selected materials, and participating in a story time with a teacher. For applicants to Grade 1 through 8, a portion of their visit is dedicated to a developmentally-appropriate assessment of their literacy skills (reading and writing) and mathematical skills conducted by one of our learning resource teachers. The majority is spent shadowing a current St. Patrick's student.

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How does St. Patrick’s make admission decisions?

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Admission decisions reflect the school’s assessment of the individual candidate’s preparation for the program to which s/he is applying and its effort to enroll a well-balanced class. Decisions are made by Admission Committees that include admission officers, faculty members, and Division Heads.

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What are the possible decisions?

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Qualified applicants receive either a letter of acceptance or one offering a place in the school’s wait pool. Those who are accepted receive an enrollment contract which must be completed and returned to the school with a deposit by March 22. A wait pool letter signals the fact that the applicant met all admission requirements but that the number of spaces available at the particular grade was insufficient to make an immediate offer of acceptance. When the Admission Committee finds that St. Patrick’s is not a good match for an applicant at the time of application, the applicant receives a letter of denial.

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Are students accepted from the wait pool?

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Yes, although it is not always easy to know when this might happen. The admission office welcomes ongoing contact with applicants placed in the wait pool in order to maximize the opportunity for a candidate to move from the wait pool to acceptance.

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What if my family cannot afford the tuition at St. Patrick's?

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Financial assistance is available for tuition, activity fees, lunch, and extended day coverage (until 6 p.m. on school days). Families in need of financial assistance may apply online as of November 1, 2012. Go to sss.nais.org. Admission decisions are based on children's academic qualifications, regardless of families' financial need. For the 2011-2012 school year, St. Patrick’s allocated $1.6 million in need based financial aid.

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Will a request for financial aid influence an admission decision?

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Admission decisions are made without regard to financial need. However, St. Patrick’s may not be able to meet the financial needs of all admitted students, thus some students may be accepted and receive partial, or no aid. When St. Patrick’s is unable to offer the required assistance, a family will be placed in the financial-aid wait pool. At times funds become available and a financial aid offer is extended to a family in the wait pool.

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What is Special Consideration?

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Special Consideration is for applicants to Nursery and PK who are siblings, parish, or children of St. Patrick's graduates.

Within the context of our policy of special consideration, the Admission Office strives to construct classes that are balanced in terms of age, gender, racial and cultural background, socio-economic status, and other important factors that maintain the integrity of our educational program. Furthermore, St. Patrick’s fulfills its institutional goals of diversity and inclusion through the active recruitment of families new to our community.

Therefore, if—and only if—the Admission Office finds that there is a material conflict between acceptance of all qualified special consideration candidates and achieving balanced classes and an inclusive school, some qualified candidates in the special consideration categories may not be offered spaces in any given admission season. The Admission Office works closely with parents, providing the fullest available information and earliest possible notification for such candidates in each admission year

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I understand that St. Patrick’s is in the process of expanding. Where does that process stand?

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St. Patrick’s Strategic Plan, approved by the Board of Trustees in 2008, includes provisions to protect, maintain, and continue to enhance the existing Nursery through Grade 8 program on the Whitehaven Campus while at the same time working toward our goal of becoming the first coeducational Nursery through Grade 12 Episcopal school in the nation’s capital.
In April 2012, the Day School completed the first phase of that work, opening St. Patrick’s first regulation-size athletic field on our new Foxhall Campus. A Broader Vision, the $8 million capital campaign to finance that project, also included infrastructure for further development on the property, improvements to Foxhall Road as mandated by the District, and provided for the strengthening of our capital base through the reduction of debt. A Broader Vision concluded successfully in April 2012.
Planning for further development on the Foxhall Campus is currently underway. However, neither a timetable for further construction nor the structure of a capital campaign to support that work has yet been solidified. St. Patrick’s will make every effort to communicate those decisions to our constituency in real time.

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How does St. Patrick's accommodate out-of-town applicants?

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We regularly work with families in the process of relocating and seek to be as flexible and helpful as possible. Please contact the Admission Office directly to work out any necessary accommodations.

The Admission Office

 

Xiomara Hall
Director of Admission and Financial Aid
202-342-2831
hallx@stpatsdc.org

Sara Dickson
Admission and Financial Aid Associate
202-342-2834
dicksons@stpatsdc.org

Jennifer S. Danish
Assistant Head of School for Enrollment, Communication, and Marketing
202-342-2807
danishj@stpatsdc.org

Charisse Noche
Admission Assistant/ School Receptionist
202-342-2805
nochec@stpatsdc.org 

Confidential Admission Fax
202-342-2839