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We can't wait to meet you and your student! Our admissions process is designed to ensure that the acceptance board receives a holistic profile of all prospective students. During this process, families will be given many opportunities to interact with our administrators to get a fuller picture of the TESF experience as well as receive updates regarding screening test results and decision progress. 

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The Application Process

In order to be considered for admission to Thomas Edison School of Fairfax, an application on behalf of the student must be completed in its entirety. This includes the completion of the parent referral form, parent questionnaire, student portfolio, and an on-site Gifted and Talented Screening Exam.

Please contact with any questions regarding the application process. 

Step 1 
Forms & Portfolio

Please select Download Blank Forms to download and complete the parent referral form and questionnaire. Next, please complete the application in its entirety by selecting Application Form. This portion requires you to upload your students' portfolio item(s) and provides guidelines for doing so. 

Step 2 
GT Screening

The next step of the application process is to attend an on-site Screening Assessment administered by our Headmaster. There is a non-refundable $100 application fee that must be paid by cash or check to our main office at the time of the assessment. If you were one of the first 50 people to attend a Virtual Information Session, your application fee will be waived! RSVP is required as spaces per session are limited and available only to active applicants.

Step 3

After the exam has been taken, parents will be encouraged to schedule a free consultation with our Headmaster to discuss their student's results. As admission is conducted on a rolling basis, applicants can expect to receive a decision concerning their status within two weeks of the completion of the process. 

Those who are recommended to our program will receive the official registration form in addition to a formal acceptance letter. Please contact with any questions regarding the application process. 

Info Sessions
& Screening Dates

Parents with prospective students are encouraged to register for our Virtual Information Session AND a Gifted Screening Test upon applying. Select a date and time below:

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Testing/Info Sessions

Tuition & Fees

Below are the tuition and fees for the 2022 - 2023 school year. Fees are subject to change. If you would like to discuss need-based financial aid options, please contact ​

Tuition 2022 - 2023 | $15,900 

Application Fee | $100 | Due at time of screening test

Non-refundable deposit | $200 |

Due upon registration, credited towards full tuition cost

Textbook + Activities Fee | $450 


  • Students whose parent(s) have active duty or veteran military status receive 15% off tuition 

  • Each additional sibling of an enrolled student receives 10% off tuition

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can my child transfer in or out of Thomas Edison School of Fairfax easily?
    To add a new question go to app settings and press "Manage Questions" button.
  • Do you offer financial aid or discounts for military families?
    Yes! To add a picture follow these simple steps: Enter App Settings Click the "Manage Questions" button Click on the question you would like to attach a picture to When editing your answer, click on the picture icon and then add an image from your library
  • Is TESF an online school?
    Yes! Users can add video from YouTube or Vimeo with ease: Enter App Settings Click the "Manage Questions" button Click on the question you would like to attach a video to When editing your answer, click on the video icon and then paste the YouTube or Vimeo video URL That's it! A thumbnail of your video will appear in answer text box
  • Is this school VCPS accredited?
    The FAQ title can be adjusted in the settings tab of the App Settings. You can also remove the title by unchecking its checkbox in the settings tab.
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