Admissions Protocol

St. Louis School will begin to accept applications for the 2023-2024 school year beginning November 1, 2022.

Policies and Procedures for K-8 Admissions

The school sets registration procedures and admission policies. The availability of space and the order of preference for admission of applications received by the appropriate deadlines for first round of consideration is determined by the school according to general criteria below. All applications received after the first round deadline will be considered in the order in which received regardless of priority criteria.

  • Children currently enrolled in the St. Louis Preschool (for Kindergarten)
  • Siblings of children currently enrolled in St. Louis Catholic School
  • Children from St. Louis parish
  • Children from other Catholic parishes, or from recently relocated practicing Catholic, active duty military families*
  • Children from inactive and non-Catholic families
* To qualify for this application priority, military families must be relocating to the area within 6 months of the start of school and provide a signed Parish Acknowledgement Form from their current parish. Student applicants must also be baptized and have received age-appropriate sacraments in the Catholic faith to be considered in this priority category. Military families who have resided in the area and are considering a local school transfer will be considered within the appropriate application priority category - parishioner, Catholic or non-Catholic.
Age for Kindergarten Admission:
Children who will have reached the age of five years by September 30th may be admitted to a kindergarten program. Readiness testing, at the discretion of school officials, may be used to determine, among other things, the developmentally appropriate placement in the kindergarten program.
8th Grade Admissions:
St. Louis School reserves any 8th Grade openings for those applicants who may be re-locating to the area. Local transfer students are not typically accepted for admissions into the 8th Grade class. Exceptions may be considered. Please contact the principal, Mrs. Anne Dyke ([email protected]) before submitting applications.


  • All academically qualified students are welcome at St. Louis Catholic School regardless of race, creed, or ethnic origin. 
  • Only St. Louis Catholic School admissions packets will be accepted for consideration. Prospective families who have submitted an application through the Arlington Diocese enrollment portal will need to submit a St. Louis application as well to be placed in the applicant pool.
  • All prospective students must be screened and prior school records and teacher recommendations reviewed before acceptance.* Kindergarten readiness assessments are scheduled beginning early February. Academic assessments for transfer students (1st-8th grades) are scheduled upon receipt of the complete application packet, student records and teacher recommendation.
  • An application must be completed and submitted with a non-refundable application fee.
  • Complete application packets may only be submitted electronically.
  • Notification of acceptance will begin at the end of February.

*St. Louis Catholic School follows the Fairfax County Public Schools Inclement Weather policy. In the event of a delayed opening on a scheduled assessment date, the testing time will be pushed back as appropriate for the same day. In the event schools are closed, prospective families will be contacted to re-schedule.

St. Louis does not maintain wait pools beyond the currently accepted application year. Applicants may be placed in the wait pool for the current application year and will remain in the wait pool until the start of the school year for which the applicant applied. If at any time you wish to be removed from the wait pool, please contact the school registrar ([email protected]).

Applications do not carry over year to year. The start of the school year concludes the admissions cycle for that year. Prospective students remaining in the wait pool at the start of the school year will be removed. Should you remain interested in St. Louis Catholic School, you must re-apply for the following school year beginning with the start of the next admissions cycle in November.


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