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Admissions FAQs

Where is Washington Jesuit Academy located? Is it easy to get to?
Washington Jesuit Academy is located in NE Washington at 900 Varnum St. N.E., next to Providence Hospital. Public transportation is quite good: the Route 80 bus stops just one block away. The nearest subway station is Brookland/CUA on the Red line. WJA provides a shuttle bus service to and from the Brookland station. A number of families have arranged carpools from different neighborhoods.

What does “extended day, extended year” mean?
Our ordinary school day starts with breakfast before classes begin, includes a full set of classes, plus sports and other extracurricular activities in the afternoon and mandatory supervised homework sessions in the evening – a day that extends from about 7:30 in the morning until 6:30 at night. Our school week includes enrichment study, field trips, clubs, and service projects. In addition, our school year extends into the summer with required participation in a 7-week summer camp that provides academic, recreational and cultural activities.

Will the teachers be qualified?
Experienced, well-prepared and skilled teachers provide most of the instruction in the core academic courses. Our full-time staff of professional teachers are assisted by volunteers who work in instructional and administrative support. Our teachers are not only well-qualified in the teaching profession, they are fully committed to our more rigorous and more supportive program.

Is the Academy a Catholic school?
The Academy is sponsored by the Jesuits, a Catholic religious order with a long and successful history in education. (Locally, the Jesuits sponsor Georgetown University, Georgetown Prep and Gonzaga High School.) While the Academy will offer religion classes from a Catholic perspective and provide worship opportunities in keeping with the Catholic tradition, we do not require that our students be Catholic. The educational approach is respectful of the particular religious faiths of all of our students.

How big will the school and the classes be?
At full enrollment in the 2017-18 academic year, the Washington Jesuit Academy will have just over 110 students throughout the school. There will be full classes of the 5th through 8th grades, each with a maximum of 27 students split into two sections of up to 14 students. There will also be a small cohort of 4th graders.

What kinds of classes will be available?
The goal of the WJA is to prepare students to be very successful at the high schools of their choice so as to be able to continue on to and excel in college. Therefore, our classes are academically rigorous and demanding with a strong focus on the core subjects of reading, language arts, science, math, social studies and religion. In addition, supplemental courses are offered in art, finance, physical education, health, technology, study skills, etc. We set very high standards for our students but we provide a great deal of time and assistance in order to achieve goals.

Will the Academy have sports and extracurriculars?
Although the Washington Jesuit Academy is a relatively small school, we have a variety of sports and other activities in which our students participate. In fact, all Academy students will participate in sports and/or organized extracurricular activity as part of their regular school experience. WJA has competitive soccer, football, basketball, baseball, and track and field teams. Clubs include newspaper, cooking, gardening, entrepreneurship, poetry, art, and debate, among others.

How much will it cost?
All students selected for the Academy receive full tuition support; families are asked to provide $30 each month, or $300 for the whole school year, to support student activities and our Home and School Association (H.S.A). Parents or guardians will be expected to contribute their time and talents in support of the Academy’s programs as well through mandatory volunteer hours.

Will the Academy provide meals for the students?
Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided on a daily basis.

Do the students wear uniforms?
Academy students wear shirts, jackets, sweaters and sweatshirts as provided by the Academy. Students provide their own trousers that must be twill or “khaki” material; they may be tan, dark blue, gray or black. Jeans and denim are not permitted. Students must also wear “school shoes” in the building (sneakers are allowed to be worn to school but students must change into shoes once here).

Will the discipline at the Academy be strict?
The faculty and staff at the WJA are not only qualified but also caring and supportive people. In keeping with our mission to maintain the highest standards of learning and conduct, our students are expected to exhibit excellence in appearance, behavior, enthusiasm and cooperation.

What students will be accepted to the Academy?
WJA has the specific mission to serve students from low income families. Students at the Academy will be young men whose families meet approximately the same guidelines as the qualifications of the National School Lunch Program. (For example, a household of four persons may not exceed an annual income of approximately $53,000). For this reason, the Academy reviews a family’s income information to see that the family qualifies. Academically capable students with very strong motivation, good attitude, and with strong family support will be successful at the school.

How do I apply for the WJA?
Parents or guardians of prospective students should download and print an application from the Admissions section of the website, or they can pick up an application at the school. In addition to completing the standard informational forms, parents will be asked to provide financial information so that the Admissions Committee at the Academy can ensure that all students meet the financial qualifications. Prospective students will also be required to participate in a Saturday Morning Admissions Program, as described in the application.

The WJA will accept applications from incoming students in 4th through 7th grades only. Final selection of the new 4th through 7th grade classes will be made after the end of the Saturday Morning Program sessions and candidates will be notified on a rolling basis. We will maintain a waiting list and go to that list should space become available during the school year.

Contact us

For more information on applying to the Washington Jesuit Academy, please contact Shannon Keller at 202-832-7679 x294.


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