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4201 Albemarle Street, NW | Washington, DC 20016 | 202-742-1980

Admission Process

Attending Talk & Tour
For a child to be eligible for St. Columba’s Nursery School, parents MUST attend one of our Admission Talk & Tours and complete an information card. These tours are held from October through February. After attending, we will send you a link to the 2019-20 online application. Talk & Tours attendee applications receive priority consideration.


Current Talk & Tour Dates:

Our admission season for the 2019-20 year is closed.

Talk & Tours will begin again in October 2019 for the 2020-21 school year.

All Talk & Tours begin at 9:30 am in the Great Hall.


Apply Online without Talk & Tour
If you are unable to attend one of our many Talk & Tours, you may apply online after the admission period closes on February 26. Please note that your application will be considered separately from those who attended a Talk & Tour.

Application Fee
An application fee of $75 is required and can be submitted in person, by mail, or online. We do not require testing or an interview for general admission.


All new applications must be received in the office by 4 pm on Friday, March 1, 2019. Decision letters will be mailed the following week. Your application is considered complete once you have paid the application fee to the school office by check or cash, or online by clicking the Pay App Fee button below.


Open Enrollment
Although we normally begin the year fully enrolled, occasionally spots become available during the school year. If you hope to apply for the current school year, please call the office at (202) 742-1980 to inquire about the waitlist and the likelihood of a mid-year admittance.


Special Needs Applicants
Making sure that we are the right institution for helping each child grow is our top priority. We save a significant number of spots for children with a variety of challenges but are most successful with children who are interested in socializing with others and have some language abilities. After the application process is completed, children with known special needs are invited to come to a play date with their parents, which enables us to determine how we might best support them in our program. The play date gives us a chance to get to know your boy or girl to ensure that our program will meet his or her needs and help them develop.

If you have any questions regarding our application process, please come to our admissions Talk & Tour, or call our office at 202-742-1980. Our Inclusion Co-ordinator, Kathrin Gilbert, will be happy to talk with your about the process and our program.

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