Admission FAQs

Campus tours are available daily by appointment. Please contact our admission office at [email protected] to schedule a tour. We also provide admission open house events in the fall and winter. All families are encouraged, though not required, to tour the School and talk with our faculty and administration.

Green Hedges School accepts children who are motivated and able to learn, who will benefit from our comprehensive curriculum, and who will embrace the School’s Mission and Core Values.

Children applying for Grade 1 and above are required to have the WISC-V Integrated assessment. No formal testing is required for children applying to the Preschool and Kindergarten programs.

Yes. Children must be 2 years old by September 30 to enter the Montessori Preschool program. At the discretion of the School, and on a space available basis, applicants 3 and older may be considered for mid-year enrollment on or after July 1.

Children may successfully enter the program at ages 4 and 5 if they have the ability to interact positively with others, an appropriate degree of self-control, listening skills, and a willingness to learn.

Two year old children do not have to be toilet trained and will work on these skills within our program.

Children ages 3 and older must be toilet trained to enter the Montessori Preschool program.

Yes. Green Hedges School is accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS) and is affiliated with the American Montessori Society (AMS). We are also members of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), and the Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington (AISGW).

Green Hedges seeks to admit students who will be successful in our program. Admission is based upon academic records, recommendation statements, formal assessment results, and a personal interview. The student assessment visit, which assesses developmental readiness, academic aptitude, behavioral matters, and work habits at age appropriate levels, also informs the School’s decision. Green Hedges School does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, or national origin in the administration of its educational policies.

Montessori Half-Day: 8:15 am–12:00 noon
Montessori Full-Day and Grades 1 -5: 8:15 am–3:15 pm
Grade 6 – Grade 8: 8:15 am – 3:30 pm 

Yes! Each year some students are accepted from the wait pool. Movement from the wait pool most often occurs before June 1, but can happen up to the first day of school. The admission office welcomes contact from wait pool families seeking status updates throughout the spring and summer.

Applicants receive either an offer of enrollment, are declined enrollment, or an offer in the qualified wait pool. A wait pool letter signifies that the applicant met all admission requirements but has applied to a grade where not enough spaces are available to accommodate the number of qualified applicants. If the Admission Committee finds, in their opinion, that Green Hedges is not a good match for an applicant at the time of application, the applicant receives a letter of denial.

Regular admission decisions will be mailed on or after March 1 if the child’s application process has been completed. Rolling admission begins in April for grade levels with available spaces.

Parents wishing to apply for their child’s admission should:
  • Submit an online application and the non-refundable $75 application fee.
  • Delegate the teacher evaluation forms through the online admission portal.
  • Schedule a WISC-IV assessment (Grades 1-8) at a professional evaluation center.
  • Schedule an appointment with the Admission Office for the child’s classroom visit and assessment.
  • Arrange for the child’s present school to mail an official transcript of grades and test scores for the current and previous years to the Admission Office.

Yes. Applications and all supporting paperwork should be submitted no later than February 15. Applications received after the deadline will be processed and considered on a space available rolling basis.

The admission process begins the fall before your child would enter Green Hedges. We begin scheduling campus tours in October.

No. We do not currently offer bus service.

Yes. The Extended Day program is an option for all Green Hedges students who require after-school care. All students may enroll in the Extended Day program from 3:30 until 6:00 p.m. Fees for this service vary and more information can be found here.

Yes. All students either bring lunch and snack from home or participate in the Green Hedges hot lunch program organized by a third party, Yay! Lunch. Yay! Lunch works with local Vienna businesses to provide a lunch program that can be purchased every day of the week or certain days of the week. Morning snacks for Preschool and Kindergarten are provided by families on a rotational basis. 

Our graduates typically enter the most respected secondary schools in the DC and Mid-Atlantic area. For a listing of schools recently accepting our graduates visit our Middle School page under Academics. 

If you have additional questions please contact the Admission Office at [email protected].


Yes. Our uniform is required for Grades 1-8. At Green Hedges, students’ clothing should reflect the importance of school and should not distract from the learning environment. All students are expected to arrive at school in clothing that is neat, clean, and appropriate as this helps foster pride in one’s appearance and contributes to an orderly and attractive school environment. To assist parents and children in selecting appropriate attire, the Green Hedges dress code establishes division-specific standards for dress. These standards honor the important work the children engage in on a daily basis.