5.00 (3 reviews)
Commonwealth Academy Photo #7 - Lower School students conduct research for their Living Museum projects
- 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.
Commonwealth Academy places among the top 20% of private schools in Virginia for:
- Category Attribute
- Advanced Degrees Highest percentage of faculty with advanced degrees
|School Type||Special 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)
|Grades Offered||Grades 3-12|
|Learning Difference Programs||Yes|
|Learning Programs Supported||ADD, ADHD, dyslexia, and mild to moderate learning differences|
|Summer School Offered||Yes|
|Total Students||162 students|
|Student Body Type||Co-ed|
|% Students of Color|
State avg.: 26%
|Students by Grade|
Academics and Faculty
|Total Classroom Teachers||40 teachers|
|Student : Teacher Ratio||4:1|
National avg.: 13:1
|% Faculty w/Advanced Degree|
|Average Class Size||8 students|
|Number of AP Courses||4 courses|
|List of Courses Offered||Link to List of Courses|
|Advanced Courses||AP Calculus AB and BC, AP Computer Programming, AP Physics|
|Matriculation DataMatric. Data||Link to Matriculation Data|
|Classroom Dress Code||Casual|
(Regular jeans & Khaki pants, etc.)
Finances and Admission
|Admission Deadline||Jan. 31 / rolling|
|Yearly Tuition Cost||$39,500|
|Tuition Notes||Financial Aid available|
|% on Financial Aid|
|Admissions Director||Josh Gwilliam|
|Total Sports Offered||5 sports|
|Sports||Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Ultimate Frisbee, VolleyballBasketball, Cross Country,|
Soccer, Ultimate 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
- 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.
Profile last updated:
- School Location Miles Grades Students
- Springfield Grades: 1-12 | 82 students
8519 Tuttle Rd
Springfield, VA 22152
(703)451-8041 10.3 1-12
- Alexandria Grades: NS-12 | 1128 students
1000 Saint Stephens Road
Alexandria, VA 22304
(703)212-2704 2.6 NS-12
- Alexandria Grades: 9-12 | 793 students
201 Cambridge Road
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703)212-5190 1.7 9-12
- Alexandria Grades: 9-12 | 442 students
1200 North Quaker Lane
Alexandria, VA 22302
(703)933-4062 2 9-12
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.
- Posted by Parent - The Young`s
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.
- Posted by Parent - Elizabeth
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.
- Posted by Parent - Dmull
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