How do Waitlists Work


If your child is on a school’s waitlist, you may log in to your family account for your status at any time. Waitlist updates made by any school will be reflected immediately when you log in. Any waitlist offer a school makes will be sent to you via e-mail with a deadline to contact the school and accept. The information in the sample results display below explains the terms you may see as waitlist movement occurs throughout the year.


Beginning March 31, 2017, families are able to re-rank the schools at which their children are waitlisted. Please note that re-ranking the order of schools your child is waitlisted at does not give you a better chance of getting into a school. If you are called off a school's waitlist and accept the offer by enrolling your child at that school, you will still be removed from your child's current school and all waitlists of schools you ranked below the school you enroll in.


For additional information on waitlists, click HERE. Questions? Call the My School DC Hotline, 202-888-6336.

Sample Results Display

The information below explains the terms used in the lottery results, including next steps to accept or decline a waitlist offer.  Click on a term below the graphic to get more information. For a complete list of results terms, click HERE.


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What do these terms mean?



    This section only displays schools where your child is currently matched, enrolled or actively on a waitlist.



    The order of preference in which you listed schools on your My School DC lottery application.



    The schools you selected on your My School DC lottery application.



    Any preferences you claimed and that your child is eligible for (e.g., sibling preference or in-boundary preference). Students with a preference at a particular school are offered a space at that school before students who don’t have a preference. If you claimed multiple preferences at the same school and your child is eligible for them, you will see the best of your child’s preferences in their results for that school. If your child did not claim or is not eligible for a preference at a school, you will see “No Preference” next to the school’s name. To learn more about each lottery preference, click HERE



    Your child’s current status at a school to which you applied. For a complete list of status definitions, click HERE



    Student was originally waitlisted and has recently been offered a placement but has not yet turned in enrollment forms and / or proved DC residency to the school to claim the seat.



    Your child’s current waitlist position at the school. For example, if there are 10 students on a waitlist and your child is Waitlisted - #9, numbers 1 through 8 must first be called before an offer can be extended to your child. For more on how waitlists work, click HERE



    If your child is offered a placement off a school’s waitlist, you have two options: (1) You can accept the offer by enrolling your child at the school by the school’s assigned deadline, or (2) You can decline the offer.



    Click the "Edit Rankings" button if you want to re-rank the order of your active school selections. 



    This section only displays schools that have been removed from your application for one of five reasons: (1) Your child is not eligible to attend the school; (2) You declined a match or waitlist offer at that school; (3) Your child was not waitlisted at the school through the lottery because he / she was matched to a school ranked higher on their application; (4) Your child accepted a waitlist offer at a school ranked higher than this school on their application and was removed from the waitlist of this school; or (5) You had formerly accepted a placement and enrolled your child at this school but later accepted a waitlist offer from another school and enrolled at that school.



    If you submitted a lottery application for school year 2017-18, click the “View Original Lottery Results” button to see what your lottery results were on March 31, 2017. These results are static. The main page in your family account will have the most up-to-date results as waitlist movement occurs.