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Frequently Asked Questions


Are there age requirements for admission?

To be considered for the preschool program, students must be three years of age by September 1 of the year they start school. Students applying to junior kindergarten and kindergarten must be four and five years old, respectively, by September 30 of the year they start school. Students applying to grades 1-8 are admitted to grade levels appropriate for their development.

What testing is required for admission?

Testing is required for all applicants except those students applying to preschool. Parents of children applying to junior kindergarten through grade 5 should schedule an assessment at a professional evaluation center.

  • Applicants to junior kindergarten, kindergarten, and grade 1 who are 5 years old and younger should take the WPPSI-IV.
  • Applicants to grade 1 who are 6 years old should take the WISC-IV.
  • Applicants to grades 2 through 5 should take the WISC-IV.
  • Applicants to grades 6 through 8 should take the SSAT test. Students must pre-register with SSAT (www.ssat.org) and know that Langley’s school code is 4507.

Will you consider my application after the application deadline?

Although the official deadline for applications is in mid January for the following year, Langley reviews applications on a rolling basis throughout the school year. See Apply Now for more details.

Is financial aid available?

Yes. Need-based financial aid is available for all students who qualify. For information regarding our financial aid program, please visit Tuition & Financial Aid.

What are The Langley School’s hours?

The school day runs from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. for grades K-8 (with staggered dismissal times from 2:50 – 3:15 p.m.); from 8:00 a.m. – 12:50 p.m. for junior kindergarten (with an option to extend the day until 2:50); and from 8:00 – 11:50 a.m. for preschool (with an option to extend the day until 2:50). Extended care is available for all students until 6:00 p.m.

What is the average class size?

While class sizes vary by grade, Langley’s overall student/teacher ratio is 7:1. We build our classes each year to create diverse and balanced classrooms.

Is bus transportation available?

Yes. Langley operates our own bus service and offers round-trip, one-way, and half-day bus transportation for all ages.

Does Langley offer student lunches?

Yes. All students have the option of ordering daily catered lunches from Smart Lunches. Students in junior kindergarten through grade 2, as well as preschoolers participating in The Leopard Spot program, may order a boxed lunch which they eat in their classrooms. Students in grades 3-8 eat in Langley’s Café and may sign up for a buffet-style lunch. All students also have the option of ordering pizza each Tuesday.

Do students wear uniforms?

No. Students at The Langley School do not wear uniforms; however, Langley does have a student dress code that is outlined in the school’s handbook. During special occasions, students are expected to dress “Langley Respectable.”

Is there any high school placement counseling provided?

Yes. Navigating the high school application and selection process is an important step in our students’ educational journey, which is why Langley is here to assist parents and students every step of the way. The school provides an informational meeting for rising eighth-grade parents with a detailed view into the process and timelines; one-on-one counseling for eighth-graders and parents to discuss high school options; a standardized test prep class for eighth-graders; and mock interviews for eighth-graders with Langley administrators. Our students are consistently accepted to the most respected high schools in the area. Click here to learn more.

How will the school communicate with families throughout the year?

Langley maintains our strong partnership with parents by keeping you well informed and in touch through a weekly schoolwide e-newsletter, weekly class updates, and an online parent portal. Parent/teacher conferences are held each fall and spring, while progress reports are sent to parents twice a year in the Primary School and three times a year in the Lower and Middle School.

How can parents get involved at Langley?

Langley’s active parent organization, the Parent Association of The Langley School (PALS), offers numerous volunteer opportunities in the classroom, in the library, or as part of a special event like the Fall Fair or spring auction. PALS also hosts on-campus speakers on a wide range of topics pertinent to our parents. Click here to learn more.

How do I get more information about The Langley School?

Call the Admission Office at (703) 848-2782 or fill out an inquiry form online.


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