How to Apply

Interested in becoming a part of Dulin Cooperative Preschool?

 

2022-2023 Admissions

Applications for new families for the 2022 – 2023 school year will be accepted during General Registration from December 15, 2021 through January 31, 2022.

An updated virtual tour introducing the Dulin community and our approach to cooperative preschool learning will be available in December 2021. We will hold an Open House (including small in-person tours of the school) on Wednesday, January 12, 2022. If you would like to attend our Open House, have questions about Dulin, or would like to view a recording of our 2021 – 2022 Open House, please contact our Admissions Chair.

2021-2022 Admissions

Live, virtual open house presentations were held on January 16th. Applications for new families were first accepted during General Registration from January 15, 2021 through February 15, 2021, and continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for the remainder of the 2021 – 2022 school year, as openings become available. If you have questions or would like to view a recording of our Open House, please contact our Admissions Chair .
 

Application Form

 
APPLICATION FEE (2021 – 2022): 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.

APPLICATION FEE (2022 – 2023): The NON-REFUNDABLE application fee for new families is $85 for the first child and $55 for each additional child. The NON-REFUNDABLE application fee for currently enrolled families is $55 per child.

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 January. Although it is not a requirement, we strongly encourage parents to view the video tour of the school and attend our Open House. 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. If you cannot attend our Open House, please contact our Admissions Chair.


Here’s what you need to know to apply.

When is the upcoming Open House?
Our Open House will be held on Wednesday, January 12, 2022. Please check our Home Page for the confirmed time. Parents or guardians will be able to visit the school, chat with Dulin Cooperative Preschool board members, and get more information about Dulin’s philosophy and what to expect from a year with Dulin. More information about our Open House will be posted to this page in December.

We will make a virtual video tour of the school available here in December. Before the updated tour is available, interested families are welcome to view the 2020 tour posted at the top of this page. Please note that the COVID-19 protocols described in the tour have since been updated to reflect current federal and state guidance relating to COVID-19, and current policies and procedures will be described in the updated tour.

Can I complete the application now for the following school year?
The application is available on the first day of general registration, December 15th. At the end of the general registration period on January 31st, a lottery will be held to fill our open slots for the 2022 – 2023 school year and establish our wait list.

Do I have to attend the Open House to apply?
No, you do not. However we encourage you to take advantage of the Open House, virtual tour, and other opportunities to get to know Dulin better!

When is the deadline for turning in next year's application?
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 on January 31st. 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 the Open House?
Our Open House will include small group in-person tours, discussions with Dulin Cooperative Preschool board members, and an informational presentation.

Can I bring my child(ren)?
Our Open House is only open to adult visitors; we are not able to provide childcare during the Open House.

Do you have a make-up date for Open House due to inclement weather?

Dulin follows Fairfax County Public Schools’ (FCPS) inclement weather policy. If FCPS has a delay or closing, we will make every effort to reschedule the Open House (typically for the following week, at the same time). 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, and post any notices to our social media accounts. Please check our site if weather is a question!

Our virtual tour will be available via this site, and our open house presentation will be available for make-up viewing. If you have any questions in the event of a weather-related cancellation, please contact our Admissions Chair.

What if I miss the Open House?
All is not lost! If you cannot make the Open House, or end up missing it at the last minute, please contact Dulin’s Admissions Chair to view the presentations.

Do I have to reapply if I applied last year and didn't receive a spot at Dulin?
Yes, you have to apply each year if you are interested in a spot for the upcoming school year. We do not have rolling admissions.

How will I learn if I’ve been accepted to Dulin?
Once the lottery has taken place after general registration closes on January 31st, the Dulin Admissions Chair will notify all those who have received a spot, as well as those who have been placed on the wait list.

Any applications received after our first round of admissions will be added to the wait list. 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.