How to Apply
Interested in becoming a part of Dulin Cooperative Preschool?
Dulin Preschool is run by parents. That’s why we understand and appreciate that parents want as straightforward an admissions policy as possible. At Dulin Preschool, we don’t require families to get on wait lists years before children are eligible (or born!), nor do we expect families to camp out in a parking lot.
The application process begins with taking a tour of the preschool and/or attending our annual Open House, which takes place in late January or early February. Although it is not a requirement, we strongly encourage parents to take a tour of the school before applying. We have found that this is the best way to make sure that Dulin is a good fit for your family’s needs. Being a member of a cooperative preschool is incredibly fun and rewarding for both parents and children, but it also requires a certain amount of time, commitment, and accountability. Meeting you in person is the best way we can demonstrate what Dulin is all about and answer any questions you have. If you cannot attend our Open House, please contact our Admissions Chair to arrange a personal tour.
Applications received after the February 15th registration deadline will be placed on a waitlist and notified if a spot becomes available.
Application for Admission
APPLICATION FEE: The NON-REFUNDABLE application fee for new families is $75 for the first child and $50 for each additional child. The NON-REFUNDABLE application fee for currently enrolled families is $50 per child. Please make checks payable to Dulin Cooperative Preschool. The application fee must accompany this form.
Here’s what you need to know to apply.
When is the upcoming Open House?
Can I complete and mail the application now for the following school year?
Do I have to attend the Open House to apply?
When is the deadline for turning in next year's application?
Priority registration and general registration are January 15th – February 15th. Priority is given to siblings of currently enrolled students, siblings of former students, children of Church Members, and children of actively participating caregivers. General registration for any remaining spots is open to the public.
The deadline for including your child(ren)’s application(s) for entry into our initial drawing for the upcoming school year is the end of our General Registration period in mid February. Please see the Calendar of Events for details after the conclusion of Open House to make sure you don’t miss this deadline! All applications received after our first initial round of Admissions will be accepted and added to our wait list, as we will continue to fill spots as they open all the way up to the start of the school year.
What is the schedule for Open House?
Can I bring my child(ren)?
Do you have a make-up date for Open House due to inclement weather?
Yes, we do. Our make-up date is usually scheduled for the following week, same time. Dulin follows Fairfax County Public Schools’ (FCPS) inclement weather policy. If FCPS has a delay or closing the Open House will be rescheduled. Please see our home page for specific and up-to-date information. We will do our best to update our home page if we have any last-minute weather cancellations. Please check our site if weather is a question!
What if I miss the Open House?
Do I have to reapply if I applied last year and didn't receive a spot at Dulin?
How will I learn if I’ve been accepted to Dulin?
Wait to hear from us. After we fill our spots with our Pre-priority applicants (current students) and Priority applicants (siblings of current students, alumni, Dulin Church members), we hold a lottery for any remaining openings, and for our wait list. Any applications received after our first round of admissions are added to the wait list as well.
Didn’t get a spot this go-around? Let us know of your continued interest. Due to relocations and other factors, we almost always draw upon our wait list over the spring, summer, and occasionally through the fall.