Admissions Process

Due to Covid-19, our usual Admissions process has been modified to ensure the health and safety of our prospective families, children, and staff.


Talk & Tours

Talk & Tours are held between October and February. These will be held virtually at this time. You can sign up for a virtual tour here. During your Virtual Talk & Tour, you will learn more about St. Columba’s early childhood programming, hear from a current parent, and have the opportunity to ask questions. Once you have participated in a Talk & Tour, you will have the opportunity to submit an enrollment application and upon submission, participate in an-person school visit.


Admissions Timeline

Admissions Cycle Closes – February 28, 2022

Admissions Decisions Sent Out – on March 4, 2022

Financial Aid awards Sent to Families – on or before March 14, 2022

Enrollment Deposit of $1,000 and Signed Contract due by March 18, 2022 to secure child’s seat

Tuition becomes binding on June 1, 2022


Open Enrollment
At this time, we are fully enrolled for the 2021-2022 school year. If you would like to add your name to a waiting list, please call the office at (202) 742-1980.


Applicants with Special Education Needs
We want to ensure that we are the right school for helping each child learn and grow. We designate a significant number of seats for children with a variety of special education needs but are most successful with children who are interested in socializing with others and have some language and/or communication abilities. At the end of the application process, children with known special needs are invited to come to a playdate with a parent.  The playdate gives us a chance to get to know your child  and ensure that our program will meet his or her needs and help him or her to develop well under our care.

If you have any questions about your child's needs and the application process, our Inclusion Specialist, Nancy Schwartz, will be happy to talk with you about your child. Her extension is 208.

Application Fee
An application fee of $75 is required for all applicants. We do not require testing or an interview for general admission. Your application is incomplete without the application fee.

Parents, would you like to know more about family involvement at St. Columba’s?


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