Since mid-March (and for some of us even before), the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our lives and changed the way that we operate on a daily bases. From a trip to the grocery store to a summer family vacation, each of our daily tasks or annual events require additional thought and preparation.

As we excitedly prepare to return to campus, Admissions is busy preparing a robust virtual experience to help new families learn more about our curriculum and community. This year will be a little different. As we work to provide a safe and healthy learning environment for our Red-Tails Hawks, our Admissions team, in addition to our students, parents, teachers, and other administrators, are working tirelessly to design virtual, informational events to help you get to know us better!

2021-22 Application Live

I am delighted to share that our 2021-22 application is now live! The application is open for students from age 2-grade 10. Start your application today.

If you are still interested in admissions for the 2020-21 school year, we do still have space available in some grades, so please contact me today.

If you are new to our interest list, welcome! For those returning, welcome back! Please use our website, blogs, and social media to research our school. As a member of our interest list, you will continue to receive important admissions information on application deadlines, upcoming events, and community traditions and achievements, as well as, our approach to this school year. If you have not yet joined our interest list, join here.

Key Admissions Dates & Deadlines

We have two admission cycles: Early Admissions and Regular Admissions. The applications for both cycles are now open, and the requirements for both cycles are the same. The main differences are the application deadlines and notification and response timelines. If you know that BASIS Independent McLean is your top choice, we encourage you to apply during Early Admissions to secure your child’s place as quickly as possible. Let’s review the deadlines and timelines associated with each cycle.

Early Admissions

  • Application Submission Deadline: Sunday, November 15, 2020
  • Application Completion Deadline: Tuesday, December 1, 2020
  • Decision Released: Thursday, December 10, 2020
  • Response Deadline: Friday, January 8, 2021

Regular Admissions

  • Application Submission Deadline: Wednesday, January 20, 2021
  • Application Completion Deadline: Friday, February 5, 2021
  • Decision Released: Thursday, March 4, 2021
  • Response Deadline: Tuesday, March 23, 2021


Regardless of which cycle you choose, the Admissions team recommends that you get started on your application today!

Visit with Us

As a mom, I understand that many of you may have questions about how to get to know our school community and our campus when we are only able to share it virtually. Yes, COVID-19 has changed our processes and the traditional format of many of our get-to-know-us activities. However, let me assure you that our Red-Tailed Hawk community stands ready to get to know your family, share our school, and welcome you. We will continue to update the Admissions Events site with additional informational programs, so please check back regularly. From Information Sessions to Open Houses and tours to Shadow Days, we are busy planning robust (although remote) experiences for your family.

In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me at stephanie.cancienne@basisindependent.com or 703.854.1253. As always, we look forward to getting to know your family and your child!