Commonwealth Academy

Commonwealth Academy is a college preparatory school that embraces students of average to gifted ability who have ADHD, executive functioning challenges, and mild learning differences.
In an inclusive caring community, we empower our students to thrive and discover their path to excellence with small class sizes and differentiated instruction.

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School Overview

School TypeSchool with Special Program Emphasis
School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Children and Adults with Attention Deficit or Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)
Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS)
AIMSMDDC (Assoc. of independent Maryland and DC Schools)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 3-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedADHD, Executive Functioning challenges, and mild learning differences
Year Founded1997
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students146 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 26%
Students by Grade Commonwealth Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers40 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio4:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size8 students
Number of AP Courses4 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesAP Calculus AB and BC, AP Computer Programming, AP Physics
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Regular jeans & Khaki pants, etc.)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 29 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$39,500
Tuition NotesFinancial Aid available
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$7,500
Admissions DirectorJosh Gwilliam


Total Sports Offered5 sports
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Ultimate Frisbee, VolleyballBasketballCross Country,
SoccerUltimate Frisbee,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.6 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
January Term, Model United Nations Club, Senior internships and trip, SGA, Yearbook

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Soccer and Basketball

School Notes

Commonwealth Academy empowers our students to thrive and discover their path to excellence with small class sizes and differentiated instruction. In a caring and responsive environment, our students gain the self-confidence to achieve academically, recognize their strengths, and pursue their passions.

As students move through Lower, Middle, and Upper School, they become aware of their learning differences, learn to accept them, and are taught how to advocate for what they need. 
  • Differentiated Instruction: Our teachers use differentiated instruction to meet the learning styles and educational needs of our students, including those who are twice-exceptional.
  • Executive Functioning/Social Support: Emphasis on school-wide organizational strategies and time management skills. Study skills are directly taught, and there are scheduled daily advisory period(s), Integrated team- building and character education. Every quarterly progress report includes an Executive Function component documenting executive function skills.
  • Accommodations: All accommodations are based on documentation from a qualified professional. Mandatory implementation of individual student accommodations by every teacher, made possible by class sizes of 10 or less 

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    Fairfax, VA 22031
    (703) 691-3040
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    (703) 933-4062
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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (5 reviews)
As parents of a bright child whom learns differently, Commonwealth Academy has been a wonderful discovery. Our child is a happy and socially active teenager; however, she needed a supportive environment which would nurture her creativity. C/A continuously encourages her creativity while keeping her focused through its curriculum. Our child enthusiastically looks forward to school and is excelling. C/A has inspired our child, emphasizing that people don't learn one way but multiple ways. Laying this as a foundation that there are multiple ways to arrive at a goal or ending. This approach has made learning fun for her, and she uses this approach in other areas in her life. We enthusiastically endorse Commonwealth Academy for any parents who are searching for that school.
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Our daughter had an excellent experience as a high schooler at C/A. The teachers were attentive and engaging. The small class-size encouraged participation. She gained confidence in her writing and math skills. She received strong support from Mr. Clarke and Ms. Litvak in preparing college applications and an art portfolio. Lots of school spirit visible at sporting events and award ceremonies. Faculty and staff worked very hard to make graduation week meaningful and memorable despite the challenges posed by COVID.
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Our son attended Commonwealth Academy for four years (5th to 8th grade) after really struggling in another private school in fourth grade. He has some executive function and general organizational issues and is a slower than average processor. Commonwealth gave him the confidence and skills to really succeed academically. He is a super-responsible worker now, always getting his homework done and generally doing quite well. In fact, he succeeded so well that he has asked to move to another school for high school, a school with out the singular focus on helping kids with learning differences. He will start that school this fall and we are confident that C/A gave him the skills, habits, and confidence that he will need to succeed there. We highly recommend C/A for kids who may be struggling in a more traditional school setting.
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Commonwealth has been a game-changer for my third grader. She's in class with teachers who understand ADHD and anxiety - they have a giant toolbox full of ways to engage her and keep her interest. I don't have to play quarterback to figure out what accommodations she needs or try to explain ADHD or anxiety to the teachers. My daughter's self-confidence in her ability to learn, which had flagged in second grade, has been restored. She doesn't get singled out and criticized for trouble paying attention - she gets praised for her successes and encouraged where she needs help. For example, after one very rocky day in early fall, the next day my kiddo was thrilled to show me the cougar's paw (Commonwealth Cougars!) she earned for her attention to a particular task. I didn't even realize how much my daughter would benefit from working on social interactions. Support for social skills is huge at Commonwealth - my daughter constantly complained about one classmate at the beginning of the year. By Christmas, she considered this girl her very best friend at school. My daughter absolutely lives for the "quiet lunch" she can attend twice a week that's led by C/A's occupational therapist. Maybe the most meaningful thing Commonwealth did for us this year was to plan for the pandemic and at-home learning. My daughter is now online for core classes, with her teachers and her classmates, in real time from 7:45 a.m. to noon. The video class meetings and the schoolwork primarily use the same platform - a platform the kids were already familiar with at school! There's also a daily activity requirement for P.E. and an elective most afternoons, though timing for those is more flexible. She's at home, but my daughter still has the kind of structure that has been critical to her success at school. And they're still working to build community - classmates and teachers create online bulletin boards full of compliments for kids' birthdays since they can't do their usual birthday compliment chain in person. There are also spirit days and various challenges that have been fun to do. We can't say enough about how much this place has meant to us. If you have a kiddo with the challenges C/A specializes in, it is worth a visit.
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Great school for preparing students to succeed in college. Worth every bit of the investment for the best trained and dedicated teachers, comprehensive instruction and careful attention and support for each and every student's success. Best kept secret among all the private school choices in the northern Virginia and DC metro area.
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