Commonwealth Academy

  • Commonwealth Academy is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for bright students who benefit from small classes and instruction designed to address various learning styles, including those students who have organizational, attention, or learning differences.
  • We empower students in Grades 3-12 to reach their highest achievement levels, reflective of their true potential, by teaching personal responsibility for learning and behavior in a comfortable community, conducive to academic risk-taking and social success.
  • We offer a broad-based curriculum, compensatory strategies, and a focus on technology to prepare our students for the challenges of college, career, and life pursuits.

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School Overview

School TypeSpecial Education School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.Other school association(s)
Children and Adults with Attention Deficit or Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)
Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 3-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedADD, ADHD, dyslexia, and mild to moderate learning differences
Year Founded1997
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students162 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. 31 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$39,500
Tuition NotesFinancial Aid available
% on Financial Aid
Admissions DirectorJosh Gwilliam


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


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.7 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
January Term, Model United Nations Club, Senior internships and trip, SGA, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Annual Theater Production

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Soccer and Basketball

School Notes

  • Accomodations: All accommodations are based on documention from a qualified professional. Mandatory implementation of individual student accommodations by every teacher, made possible by class sizes of 10 or less
  • 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.  
  • 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.

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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 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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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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