Application Process


Thank you for your interest in Pennington Traditional School!  Our application period for 2024-25 school year will begin on November 1, 2023. The link will be available in Specialty Program Application Process (


If your child’s base school is in western Prince William County and is listed here, you can apply:

Alvey ES, Bennett ES, Bristow Run ES, Buckland Mills ES, Cedar Point ES, Coles ES, Chris Yung ES, Ellis ES, Glenkirk ES, Gravely ES, Haymarket ES, Innovation ES, Loch Lomond ES, Marshall ES, Mountain View ES, Mullen ES, Penn ES, Piney Branch ES, Signal Hill ES, Sinclair ES, Sudley ES, T. Clay Wood ES, The Nokesville School, Tyler ES, Victory ES, West Gate ES, and Yorkshire ES.


Monday, January 8, 2024, at 6:30- 8:00 p.m. (in person)

*Registration is not required.


Wednesday, November 1, 2023 - Applications for SY2024-25 will be opened.

Monday, January 8, 2024, at 6:30- 8:00 p.m.  – Prospective Family Info Night

Wednesday, February 1, 2024 – Last day to apply for SY2024-25.

February 2024 – Lottery will be held.


Early March, parents will be notified by email about the results. This email will direct you to the PWCS Specialty Program Application portal to see the lottery results. In case your student was accepted you must CONFIRM THE SEAT. Since the enrollment capacity is limited, a student could be WAITLISTED, as well. We will pull students from the waiting list until September 30. After that term, the student will need to apply for the following school year.


  • The child should be 6 years old by September 30 of that school year applying for 1st
  • Current Pennington Families do not need to submit a new application each year.

Specialty Program Application Help Sessions

Application help sessions (virtual) for families needing assistance with the specialty program application will be held at 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. on the following dates:
January 3, 10, 17, 22, 24, 26, 29, and 31
February 1
Visit Specialty Programs ( to get the Zoom information for the meetings.