Process and Policy

Process and Policy

The admissions process at Chance is designed to help interested families explore Chance’s unique philosophy and program. Together, we can decide if the school is a good fit for your child and your family.

We take steps to learn about your child as a student. What abilities and interests does the child have and what are his or her needs? Families can tour the school and submit any relevant information that highlights the child’s development.

Because parental involvement is encouraged at Chance and the safety and the well-being of our community are paramount, the school requires criminal background checks according to state regulations. Each parent and any adult associated with the family who will be working directly with children or who have access to students is required to submit a Youth Leader Form and a Child Abuse/Neglect form. Completed forms are submitted to the school with Back to School papers, distributed in June.

A goal of Virginia Chance School is to attract and retain a diverse student body that reflects a range of racial, economic, cultural, religious and ethnic backgrounds, which will benefit from Chance’s philosophy and mission while maintaining a small-school environment.

In all cases, the school reserves the right to determine, at its sole discretion, whether to select a student for admission or re-enrollment. Chance’s faculty and staff make recommendations to the Head of School, who has ultimate authority on enrollment or retention. Typically those decisions are based upon multiple criteria, including but not limited to:

  • academic readiness or qualification
  • gender balance
  • diversity
  • maturity
  • parent or grandparent is an alumnus
  • commitment to completing the full program through 5th grade
  • appropriateness of the match between the family and the school

The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, color, religion, national origin, ancestry or physical or mental disability that are unrelated to the ability to work or to enjoy the benefits of the school’s programs, facilities or services.

Interested parties are encouraged to call for a tour and begin the application process. Applications are accepted at any time.