Thank you for your interest in Porter Traditional School.  At this time, the 2022-2023 Porter Application process is closed.  We'll begin taking applications for 2023-2024 school year in December 2022.


The 2022-23 LOTTERY has taken place and decisions have been posted to the ONLINE PORTAL.  All families must logon to the ONLINE PORTAL to see the results.  

Enrollment at Porter Traditional School is limited, if the number of applications received exceeds enrollment capacity, a lottery is used to select students for current openingsThe lottery will be conducted in February 2022. 

Parents will be notified of the results, via the PWCS Specialty Program Application portal, at the end of February.  Families will receive an email asking them to check the portal for a decision.

Any student not pulled in the lottery is placed on the waiting list (by grade)

We continue to pull from the waiting list until September 30. The waiting list becomes void after September 30.  If a student is not pulled from the waiting list, then he/she will have to re-apply the following year.  


If a student does not meet the  PWCS Age of Entrance for Kindergartenage 5 by September 30 of that school year, and he/she is attending a private school for Kindergarten, in order to advance to 1st grade at a PWCS school, the private school MUST BE ACCREDITED by the Virginia Council for Private Education (VCPE) and/or the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).   You may go to VCPE.ORG and/or NAEYC.org to check if a private school is accredited. 

**per REGULATION 723-1:"...A child who has not attended kindergarten but meets the age requirements for first grade may be admitted to first grade.  After appropriate informal and/or formal observation and assessment, the principal, with the consent of the parents, may recommend alternative placement."
Additionally, "...Instruction in the home of a child or children by the parent/guardian or other person having control or charge of the child or children shall not be classified as an accredited kindergarten program. ."

Students residing in the eastern part of Prince William County are eligible to apply to Porter Traditional School.  If your child’s base (neighborhood) school is listed below, you may apply:
Antietam Ashland Bel Air Belmont Covington-Harper
Dale City  Dumfries Enterprise Featherstone    Fitzgerald
Henderson Jenkinds Kerrydale Kilby King
Lake Ridge Leesylvania      Marumsco Hills   McAuliffe   Minnieville
Montclair Neabsco Occoquan Old Bridge Pattie
Potomac View     River Oaks Rockledge Rose Parks Springwoods
Swans Creek Triangle Vaughn Westridge Williams