The My School DC application is a single online application families must use to apply for participating public charter schools (PK3–12), DCPS out-of-boundary schools (K–12), all DCPS PK3 and PK4 programs, and DCPS citywide selective high schools (9–12).
On each student’s application, a family lists school choices in preferred order — their 1st choice, 2nd choice, 3rd choice, and so on. Each student can apply to as few as one or as many as 12 total schools.
The My School DC common lottery is a single, random lottery that determines placement for new students at all participating schools.
In past years, DCPS had a lottery for out-of-boundary spaces and for all PK3 and PK4 spaces, plus a separate application process for the selective citywide high schools. Each public charter school also had its own lottery. Many families found the process confusing and difficult to manage.
My School DC gives families a single application and a single lottery that matches all students and all participating schools. The My School DC application and common lottery are designed to accomplish the following goals:
- Simplify the process for families;
- Maximize the number of students who are matched with a school they choose. No student will be offered more than one space, so more students will be matched with schools; and
- Match students with the schools they want most. My School DC will try to match each student with their 1st choice, then their 2nd choice, and so on through the student’s list.
Submit an application if your child wants to be a new student at a:
- Public charter school for any grade (PK3–12)
- PK3 or PK4 program at any DCPS school
- DCPS school outside your boundary or feeder pattern for any grade (PK3–12)
- DCPS citywide selective high school (grades 9–12)
You do NOT need to submit an application if your child will:
- Attend a right-to-attend DCPS school for grades K–12.
- Remain in his or her current school. (Contact your current school to re-enroll.)
For each child, you can apply to as few as one school, as many as 12 schools, or any number in between. (You cannot apply to more than 12 schools.) The more choices you list, the better the chance of getting a match. Remember to only apply to schools you want your child to attend.
Visit the My School DC school profiles. Each school profile provides a snapshot of key facts and data, as well as links to the school’s website and other resources for information about that school.
The My School DC lottery is designed to match students with the schools they want most, and maximize the number of students who are matched. The matching algorithm is the computer program that runs the lottery. It is a deferred acceptance model that was developed specifically for My School DC by the Institute for Innovation in Public School Choice (IIPSC) and is based on the Nobel Prize-winning work of economist Al Roth of Stanford University. IIPSC also developed the lottery algorithms for New Orleans and Denver and is currently working with Philadelphia and Newark.
The two most important things to know about the algorithm are:
- Because of the way the algorithm works, students who rank schools on their application according to their true choices have the best chance of being matched to the schools they most want to attend.
- Students who apply early get no advantage in the matching process.
For all schools except DCPS selective citywide high schools, the algorithm follows this process.
The matching algorithm assigns each student a random lottery number and attempts to match each student with his or her first choice first, then his or her second choice, and so on. A student’s ranking of schools (the order a student puts schools on his or her application) is critical because the matching algorithm attempts to match each student with his or her first choice first, then his or her second choice, and so on. However, when the matching algorithm is comparing two students who have applied to the same school, the decision is based on two criteria: (1) each student’s preferences at that school (e.g., sibling preference); and (2) if there is no difference in preferences, each student’s randomly assigned lottery number. The students’ rankings of the schools are not a factor at that point in the process. This is why the system is strategy-proof — and why students are best served by ranking schools according to their true choices (the school they most want to attend first, then their second choice, and so on).
Each student is waitlisted at every school he or she ranked higher than the school to which they were matched. (It is possible for a student to be waitlisted at every school on his or her list if they are not matched.) Siblings who apply to the same schools also are waitlisted at any school where one of their siblings is matched.
The six DCPS citywide selective high schools admit students based on specific criteria. Each of the selective high schools identifies which applicants meet their specific minimum requirements, and then each school determines the order of priority among that group. The matching algorithm uses the process described above: It attempts to match each student with his or her first choice first, then his or her second choice, and so on. (The student’s ranking may include any combination of DCPS schools, public charter schools, and DCPS selective high schools.) However, when the matching algorithm is comparing two students who have applied to the same selective high school, the decision is made based on the school’s order of priority for the applicants.
Yes. You will only be matched to a school you list on your application, and the lottery system works to match students with their 1st choice, then their 2nd choice, and so on through the student’s list. For this reason, it is important that you rank your list of schools in the order you prefer. In addition, students are only waitlisted at schools they rank above the school to which they are matched. For example, if a student applies to five schools and is matched with his or her 3rd choice, the student would be waitlisted at choices #1 and #2. He or she would not be waitlisted at choices #4 and #5. If a student is not matched at any school, he or she will be waitlisted at every school he or she selected.
No. My School DC will not give this information to schools.
The age cutoff is the age a student needs to be to attend a particular grade. For all schools participating in My School DC, an applicant for PK3 must be 3 years old by September 30, 2015, an applicant for PK4 must be 4 years old by September 30, 2015, and an applicant for Kindergarten must be 5 years old by September 30, 2015. In other grades, age cutoffs vary. If your child does not make the age cutoff for a particular school, you will not be able to select that school on your application.
Click here to see age cutoffs for individual schools. If your child does not make the age cutoff for a particular school, you will not be able to select that school on your application.
No. Some accept applications from new students in all grades (although spaces may be limited in some grades), while others only accept applicants in certain grades. This information is noted on each school profile.
Students may have a lottery preference at one or more schools. Students with a preference at a particular school are offered space at that school before students who don’t have a preference, or receive a higher waitlist placement than students without a preference. There are four types of preferences.
- Sibling preferences. Most schools offer a preference for the siblings of current students, called a sibling enrolled preference. There is a place on the application to indicate that you have a sibling currently attending the school. Before the lottery, the school will verify eligibility for that preference. Some schools also offer a preference in the lottery and/or on the waiting list to siblings or twins of accepted students, called sibling accepted and twin accepted preference. For example, if you have two children applying to the same school this year and one is accepted, the school may offer a preference to the accepted child’s brother or sister. If your child is admitted with a sibling preference, be prepared to prove that your children are siblings when you enroll them. The definition of 'sibling' can vary by school. Please contact the school for further clarification.
- Geographic preferences. DCPS offers in-boundary and proximity preference at DCPS schools’ based on applicants’ addresses. You can identify your in-boundary schools using our School Finder. The application will automatically populate any geographic preferences based on the home address you provided. If your child is admitted with a geographic preference, be prepared to provide proof of DC residency at the address you listed on the application.
- Transfer preference. Some public charter schools offer a transfer preference to students who currently attend one of their campuses and want to transfer to another one. Transfer preference will automatically populate on the application based on the applicant’s current school as provided. Schools will verify that a student is eligible for a transfer preference before the lottery.
- Children of Staff preference. New for SY15-16, some charter schools offer a preference for children of their staff applying to their school. There is no place on the application to indicate eligibility. Schools will inform My School DC directly of any applicants who are eligible for this preference.
The preferences that a school offers are listed on its My School DC school profile.
The preference order for charter schools varies by school. For all DCPS schools except dual-language schools, the order is:
- In-boundary with a sibling already enrolled at the school (PK3 and PK4 only)
- In-boundary with a sibling who is applying at the same time and is matched to the school (PK3 and PK4 only)
- In-boundary (PK3 and PK4 only)
- Out-of-boundary with a sibling already enrolled at the school
- Out-of-boundary with a sibling who is applying at the same time and is matched to the school
- Out-of-boundary with proximity (PK3–8 only)
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 202-888-6336 if you have a question about preference order at a specific school.
The application for SY2015-16 opens on December 15, 2014. You can access the application here. The application is available in English and Spanish. Application guides will be available to download in Amharic, Chinese, Vietnamese, and French.
- February 2, 2015: Deadline for high school applications (grades 9–12).
- March 2, 2015: Deadline for early childhood, elementary, and middle school applications (PK3–grade 8).
- March 27, 2015: Lottery results for Round 1 are available online. Families that used an email address to create their My School DC family account will receive an email notification that their results are available online.
- May 1, 2015: Deadline to accept a space if your child is matched with a school through the lottery. To accept your space, you must submit required enrollment forms, including the My School DC Enrollment Form, and prove DC residency. (Schools have different enrollment requirements.)
You will need basic information for your child, including name, date of birth, and your child's student ID number if he or she is a current DCPS or public charter school student. You will also need to provide the guardian's name and contact information, including residential address. If applying to one of the DCPS selective citywide high schools, you will need to provide additional information required by the selective high school(s) to which you are applying. Find out more about what you'll need to apply here.
A Student ID is only required for applicants who currently atttend a DCPS or public charter school. If an applicant is not currently enrolled in a public school in DC, they do not need to provide an ID. Collecting student IDs from students on the My School DC application helps My School DC ensure that only one application is submitted per student. If you need help finding your Student ID, please call the My School DC Hotline at 202-888-6336, Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, applicants may also use their DC One Card number if they do not have their Student ID number readily available.
No. Students who want to apply to DCPS (out-of-boundary, selective citywide high schools, or any PK3/PK4 DCPS program) or participating public charter schools must use the My School DC application. Participating schools will only accept the My School DC application.
No. The application is only available online.
Families who do not have access to a computer have several options for completing their applications.
- You can complete applications at any DC public library, at any DCPS school, or any participating public charter school.
- My School DC staff will be at school-related events throughout the city, and they will have computers. You can attend one of these events and use a My School DC computer to complete your application(s). Find events here.
- You can call the My School DC Hotline, 202-888-6336, and complete your application over the phone.The Hotline is staffed with bilingual staff and equipped with telephonic interpreters to assist families who are not able to communicate in English.
The My School DC application is available online in English and Spanish. Application guides will be available to download in Amharic, Chinese, Vietnamese, and French. My School DC Hotline staff are equipped with telephonic interpreters to assist families in completing their application who are not able to communicate in English. Call 202-888-6336 for assistance Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm.
Yes. You must submit a separate application for each child who is applying to attend a new school. But, you should create only one family account because students who apply under the same family account are identified as siblings in the lottery. Families use a single family account to create, save, edit, and submit an application for each child in their family who is applying to a new school. Families also use this account to view their lottery results.
Families with multiple children should learn about sibling preferences. All schools, except the citywide selective high schools, offer a preference to siblings of current students, called a "sibling enrolled" preference. If a child wants to attend a school where his or her sibling is already enrolled, the child must apply. The application includes a place to note that a sibling is currently enrolled at the school. Families must provide the name and grade of the sibling currently enrolled at the school to receive a sibling preference.
Some schools also offer a preference in the lottery and/or on the waiting list to siblings admitted in the lottery, called a "sibling accepted" preference. The preferences that each school offers are listed on its My School DC school profile.
No. There is no advantage to applying early. All applications submitted by the Round 1 deadline are treated equally in the lottery and for placement on waitlists. The deadlines are February 2, 2015, for grades 9–12, and March 2, 2015, for grades PK3–8.
Only residents of the District of Columbia are eligible to receive a free public education in the District. All parents and guardians are required to verify residency each year. This process is regulated by the Office of the State Superintendent for Education (OSSE).
On the My School DC application, you have the option of applying without a DC address. If you use this option, you will not receive in-boundary or proximity preferences.
If you are matched with a school through the lottery, you must accept your space by May 1. Accepting your space requires submitting required enrollment forms and proving DC residency.
Families who move to the District after Rounds 1 and 2 of the lottery can apply to schools individually using the My School DC application. Families who apply after Round 2 of the lottery will not rank schools or participate in a lottery, but they will be eligible to attend schools that have space in their child’s grade.
I am a teacher, guidance counselor, or social worker helping a parent or guardian with an application. Should I create my own family account?
No, you should not create your own account. All information in the account should be family information only. If you are helping multiple families, you have to create a separate family account for each family and then, within that family account, a separate application for each child in that family who is applying to attend a new school. However, you can list yourself as the additional contact on as many applications as you would like. Would you like materials to help you assist families? Email us at email@example.com, call the My School DC Hotline at 202-888-6336.
The SY2015-16 application deadlines for Round 1 of the lottery are February 2 for grades 9-12 and March 2 for grades PK3-8.
Yes. You can edit your application any time before the deadline without penalty. This includes adding schools, deleting schools, or changing your school ranking. After editing, you must re-submit the application before the deadline. The deadlines are:
- February 2, 2015, 11:59 p.m. ET: Deadline for high school applications (grades 9–12)
- March 2, 2015, 11:59 p.m. ET: Deadline for early childhood, elementary, and middle school applications (PK3–grade 8)
There will be a Round 2 for the lottery. However, it will only be open to students who (1) did not participate in Round 1; or (2) were not matched with any school in Round 1. There is no advantage to waiting to apply until Round 2. More information will be posted about Round 2 after Round 1 is completed.
You can get your Round 1 lottery results online at MySchoolDC.org. Log in to your family account on March 27, 2015 to view your lottery results.
If you created a family account using an email address, you will receive notification that your results are available. We’ll also mail a letter to the address listed on your application. You’ll receive a separate letter for each child for whom you submitted an application.
You can also get your results by calling the My School DC Hotline at (202) 888-6336, Monday through Friday, from 9 am to 5 pm beginning March 27, 2015.
If you were matched with a school through Round 1 of the lottery, you must accept your space by May 1, 2015. Accepting your space requires submitting required enrollment forms, including the My School DC Enrollment Form, and proving DC residency in person, at the school. Note: Schools have different enrollment requirements.
If your child currently attends a different public charter school or an out-of-boundary DCPS school, you will be asked to acknowledge that you are giving up your right to re-enroll in that school.
If a student is matched in the lottery, they are waitlisted only at schools they ranked higher than the school to which they are matched. The only exception to this is the selective citywide high schools. If a selective high school finds a student ineligible, they will not be waitlisted, regardless of how the student ranked the school.
If a space becomes available at one of the schools for which your child is waitlisted, and you are next on the waitlist, you will be contacted by that school. It is common for applicants to move up the waitlist throughout the spring and summer. If you have already enrolled at a school, and you are offered a space at a different school, you may choose to withdraw from the first school and enroll at the second. Please contact the school from which you are withdrawing so that they can offer your space to another student. Note: Accepting your match does not impact your position on any school's waitlist.
At any time, you can log into your family account to see your waitlist position at the schools to which you applied.
Students who apply in Round 1 but are not matched will be eligible to submit a new application in Round 2. They should submit a new application only if they want to apply to additional schools. (They are already waitlisted at all schools on their Round 1 applications.) The Round 2 lottery will work in the same way as Round 1. Students will be matched with no more than one school. They will be waitlisted at any of the choices they ranked above the school where they are matched. It is possible to be placed on the waitlist at every school you select. The best chance of getting into the schools you choose is to participate in the first round of the lottery. Students who apply to schools that are filled in Round 1 will be added to the schools’ waitlists in Round 2. Round 2 applicants will be added to waitlists below applicants from Round 1, except for applicants with lottery preferences.
If you don’t want your child to attend the school where he or she is matched, contact the school so they can offer the space to someone else. Declining the match will not affect your waitlist positions at other schools. Since your child was matched in Round 1, he or she is not eligible for Round 2, regardless of whether you accept or decline the match. But you may apply to additional schools after Round 2 of the lottery ends.
I was matched in Round 1, but I just found out that my child will be held back a grade. What should I do?
Contact the school where you were matched. Ask if they can accommodate your child in the other grade.
You can only submit one application for your child in the lottery. You should apply for the grade you think your child will be eligible for in the 2015-16 school year. Schools require report cards and transcripts from your previous school as part of the enrollment process and will verify that your child was promoted into the next grade. If you have questions about a school’s academic or enrollment requirements, please contact the school directly.
I have a child applying to high school. If my child is offered a match through the lottery, can the school turn him or her away for past academic performance?
High schools have different policies on credit requirements so it’s best to contact the school directly with questions. For example, some schools do not accept a D as a passing grade. If your child is admitted to a school in the lottery and upon reviewing your records the school determines that he or she is not eligible based on credit requirements, the student may not have a space at that school. If you have concerns, review the requirements of the schools you are applying to or talk to the schools’ counselors or admissions officers.
The school determined that your child is not eligible to attend. For DCPS selective citywide high schools, students are not eligible if they do not meet the school's entrance requirements. Other cases of not eligible are rare, such as a student re-applying to a school from which he or she was expelled. If you have questions, contact the school directly.
If a student is matched in the lottery, they will only be waitlisted at schools they ranked higher than the school to which they are matched. If a student is not matched in the lottery, they will be waitlisted at all schools they selected on their application. The only exception to this is the selective citywide high schools. If a selective high school finds a student ineligible, they will not be waitlisted, regardless of how the student ranked the school.
If a space becomes available at one of the schools for which your child is waitlisted, and you are next on the waitlist, you will be contacted by that school. It is common for applicants to move up the waitlist throughout the spring and summer. If you have already enrolled at a school, and you are offered a space at a different school, you may choose to withdraw from the first school and enroll at the second. Please contact the school from which you are withdrawing so they may offer your space to another student.
At any time, you can log into your family account to see your waitlist positions at the schools you applied to.
There is no benefit to reapplying to a school if your child is already on that school’s waitlist, as you cannot move up on the waitlist by reapplying. Students who apply through Round 1 of the lottery have the highest spots on schools’ waitlists. Students who apply through Round 2 of the lottery are added to waitlists below the Round 1 students. Students who apply after Round 2 get added to waitlists below the Round 1 and Round 2 students. The only exception to this is for applicants with lottery preferences. For example, an applicant with in-boundary preference will jump ahead of an applicant without in-boundary preference on the waitlist regardless of when they applied.
You can apply to additional schools in Round 2 of the lottery. (Your child is already waitlisted at the schools you applied to in Round 1, so do not reapply to those schools.) In addition, if your child will attend kindergarten through grade 12, you can directly enroll him or her in their right-to-attend DCPS school without submitting an application. Click here to find your in-boundary school.
For SY2015-16, My School DC will manage waitlist data on behalf of participating schools. For the first time, families will be able to see their current status on waitlists in their My School DC family account, rather than having to contact schools individually. Schools are still responsible for reaching out to families when space is available for their child, and schools set their own deadlines for accepting spaces.
If you are matched to a school in Round 1 of the lottery, you must enroll your child by May 1. This includes providing proof of DC residency in person, at the school, completing the My School DC enrollment form, and completing any other paperwork required by the individual school. Some schools may require you to complete paperwork online. If you do not enroll your child by May 1, you may lose your space.
If you receive a match in Round 1 of the lottery and you do not enroll your child by May 1, you may lose your space at that school. However, if your child was placed on one or more waitlists, his or her place on the waitlist(s) will not be affected by missing the enrollment deadline. You will not be able to participate in Round 2 of the lottery if you are matched in Round 1, regardless of whether or not you meet the May 1 deadline. Round 2 is only open to applicants who are not matched in Round 1. You may begin to apply to schools after Round 2 of the lottery.
Every student matched through the lottery must complete the My School DC Enrollment Form and prove DC residency. In addition, many schools also have their own enrollment requirements. Families should contact the school at which they are matched directly to learn about any additional enrollment paperwork required by the school. A parent or guardian must enroll each child, in person, at the child’s school.
Only residents of the District of Columbia are eligible to receive a free public education in the District. All parents and guardians are required to verify residency each year. This process is regulated by the Office of the State Superintendent for Education (OSSE).
I was matched at a school, and I’m not sure I can meet the May 1 proof of residency deadline. What do I do?
Contact the school where you were matched immediately and ask what options are available to you.
The My School DC Enrollment Form confirms that you are accepting your space. It also authorizes your child’s current school to transfer your child’s school records to his or her new school. Finally, the form confirms that you are giving up your child’s space in his or her current school.
In August 2014, the Mayor and Chancellor approved and adopted the updated attendance zones and feeder patterns. Information on the changes was sent home with DCPS students and mailed to impacted addresses. The new attendance zones will go into effect in SY2015-16 with extensive phase-in (grandfathering) policies that are meant to help ease the transition for many families. For more information on phase-in policies please click here.
The lottery system will reflect the rights families have to DCPS zoned schools, based on the updated boundaries approved and released in August 2014. The lottery application will also reflect the extensive phase-in policies that allow many families to maintain their current rights to schools. For more information on the phase-in policies and how the changes may impact your family, please click here.
I am a military family, and I do not yet have my housing orders. Can I still participate in the lottery?
You may be able to participate. Please connect with your Joint Base Anacostia Bolling School Liaison at Joint Base Anacostia Bolling AFB for additional information. The number to contact is (202) 433-2566.
If I am matched through the lottery, what do I do if I am PCSing and my arrival date does not coincide with the school's enrollment deadline?
Please contact the school at which your child is matched immediately to explain your circumstance. It will be up to the school to accommodate your specific situation. You may also contact your Joint Base Anacostia Bolling School Liaison at Joint Base Anacostia Bolling AFB for additional information. The number to contact is (202) 433-2566.
No. There are no lottery preferences assigned to children of military families.
Yes, transportation to and from school is provided by the Department of Defense to families residing on Joint Base Anacostia Bolling AFB, but restrictions do apply. Families may contact the Joint Base Anacostia Bolling School Liaison Officer at 202-433-2566 or Joint Base Anacostia Bolling School Bus Coordinator at (202) 767-8138 for specific information regarding this program.
What are the right-to-attend schools for military families housed at Joint Base Anacostia Bolling AFB?
The right-to-attend schools for families residing in Joint Base Anacostia Bolling AFB are Leckie Elementary School, Hart Middle School, and Ballou High School.
Yes. Military families can use the My School DC application to apply to out-of-boundary DCPS schools and public charter schools.
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act is a federal law that requires each state education agency (SEA) to ensure that a child of an individual who is experiencing homelessness and each homeless youth have equal access to the same free and appropriate public education, including a public preschool education, as provided to other children and youths. The Office for the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) is the SEA for the District and works closely with local education agencies so that this education is provided. To learn more about the Act and to find out who the Homeless Liaison is at your school, please click here. You may also contact OSSE for additional information at 202-727-6436 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
No, students who are currently homeless do not have to prove DC residency. The residency requirements include an exemption for homeless students. If you have questions about your particular situation, please please email email@example.com or contact your school's liaison for students who are homeless.
Whom should be contacted if a dispute arises regarding enrolling a homeless child or youth in school or if other assistance is needed?
The Homeless Children and Youth Program has been designed to assist children and youth who are experiencing homelessness and their families regarding educational issues. If a homeless child or youth is experiencing difficulty in enrolling in school, please contact the Homeless Children and Youth Office at (202) 654-6123, to obtain referral information to the Local Lead Homeless Liaison for the relevant school or school district where the child/youth attends.
No, they do not. Public schools do not discriminate based on special education needs of students. Students who are eligible for special education services can apply to any DCPS or public charter school. The My School DC application does not ask if an applicant has an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or any other questions about special education.
Where can a non-English speaker receive assistance in his or her language with questions regarding the My School DC application and lottery?
Non-English speakers should call the My School DC Hotline, 202-888-6336. A call center representative will work with a telphonic interpretation service to assist the caller. This service is available in multiple languages, including Spanish, Amharic, Mandarin, Vietnamese, and French.
The My School DC application is available online in English and Spanish. Application guides will be available to download in Amharic, Chinese, Vietnamese, and French. My School DC Hotline staff are equipped with telephonic interpreters to assist families who are not able to communicate in English with completing their application. Call 202-888-6336 for assistance Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm.
District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) is the local, traditional public school system of Washington, DC. All DCPS schools are free to DC residents. Every K–12 student who lives in Washington, DC, has at least one right-to-attend DCPS school — a school where he or she can enroll at any time. A right-to-attend school is determined by a family’s address and the feeder pattern of the student’s current school. Students do not need to apply to their right-to-attend school(s) for grades K–12. Students can complete a My School DC application to request space at other DCPS schools. Families of all new PK3 and PK4 students must complete a My School DC application and enter the lottery even if they want to attend their in-boundary DCPS school. In 2013–14, 56 percent of DC public school students attended DCPS schools. Find your in-boundary school using the School Finder.
A selective citywide high school is a high school with no boundary. DCPS has six selective citywide high schools that admit students based on specific admissions requirements and selection criteria. Anyone can apply to these schools, but only students who meet the school’s requirements will be eligible to attend that school.
The six selective citywide high schools, all grades 9-12, are:
- Benjamin Banneker Academic High School
- Columbia Heights Education Campus (CHEC) — CHEC serves grades 6–12. Only grades 9–12 are part of the selective citywide high school.
- Duke Ellington School of the Arts
- McKinley Technology High School
- Phelps Architecture, Construction and Engineering High School
- School Without Walls High School
Learn more about what is needed to apply to the six selective citywide high schools here.
DC public charter schools are public, tuition-free, and open to all students, and they do not have selective entrance requirements. They offer District families a wide variety of educational choices. Public charter schools are independent from DCPS (the traditional public school system). The DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB) oversees, but does not manage, the schools. PCSB uses a Performance Management Framework (PMF) to rate a public charter school’s academic performance and places each public charter school in one of three performance tiers: Tier 1 (High Performing), Tier 2 (Mid Performing), and Tier 3 (Low Performing). Students complete a My School DC application to request space at participating public charter schools. In SY2013–14, 44 percent of DC public school students attended public charter schools.
Private schools, parochial schools, some K–12 public charter schools, DCPS alternative schools, and all adult education public charter schools are not participating in My School DC. Contact the individual schools directly if you'd like more information.
PK3–12 public charter schools not participating in My School DC:
- Community Academy PCS – CAPCS Online
- Ideal Academy PCS
- Latin American Montessori Bilingual (LAMB) PCS
- Mary McLeod Bethune PCS
- Monument Academy PCS
- Options PCS
- Roots PCS
- SEED PCS of Washington, DC
- St. Coletta Special Education PCS
- Tree of Life Community PCS
Adult education public charter schools not participating in My School DC:
- Academy of Hope PCS
- Briya PCS
- Carlos Rosario International PCS
- Community College Prep Academy PCS
- Maya Angelou Young Adult Learning Center
- Next Step/El Proximo Paso PCS
- YouthBuild LAYC PCS
DCPS schools not participating in My School DC:
- Ballou STAY Senior High School
- CHOICE Academy
- Luke C. Moor Academy
- Mamie D. Lee School
- Roosevelt STAY Senior High School
- Sharpe Health School
- Washington Metropolitan High School
Are schools in Maryland and Virginia participating in the My School DC application and common lottery?
No. Only public schools in Washington, DC, are part of My School DC.
My School DC staff are employees of the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education. My School DC is governed by a board called the Common Lottery Board, with representation from both DCPS and participating public charter schools. The Deputy Mayor for Education chairs the board. A Parent Advisory Council and committees of participating LEAs provide input to My School DC and the Common Lottery Board to inform the design of the process and parent outreach efforts.
You can reach us by calling the My School DC Hotline at 202-888-6336, Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm. You can also send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.