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My School DC is excited to bring you EdFEST, DC’s annual public school fair!
Save the date!
Saturday, December 8, 2018
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
DC Armory (2001 East Capitol St SE)
FREE admission and parking
Let us know you’re coming! RSVP here.
*Interpretation in sign language, Spanish, Amharic, Mandarin, Vietnamese, and French available throughout the day.
Spread the word! Download your EdFEST flyer today: English | Spanish (Español) | Amharic (አማርኛ፤) | French (Français) | Chinese (中文) | Vietnamese (Tiếng Việt)
Interested in volunteering at EdFEST? We'd love to have you! Register HERE.
Metro Station: Stadium–Armory (Orange/Blue/Silver lines)
Metro Bus: B2, D6, 96, 97
Free onsite parking: Lots 3, 4 and 5
Come to EdFEST and explore the city’s public school options (PK3-12) for your child. Representatives from DC Public Schools (DCPS) and public charter schools will showcase their programs. With the launch of the My School DC lottery application on December 10, 2018 for the 2019-20 school year, EdFEST is a timely event to help you make informed school selections.
EdFEST will also feature many free services and fun activities for the whole family:
- Lottery application information and guidance from the My School DC team – learn how it all works!
- Flu shots and vaccines for youth and adults, health screenings for kids and teens, open enrollment for health insurance coverage, and lots more family fun and games brought to you by the DC Department of Health, DC Health Link, Safeway, and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (Take a sneak peek at services offered by the KIDS Mobile Medical Clinic/Ronald McDonald Care Mobile and MedStar's FITNESS program.)
- Recreational activities brought to you by the DC Department of Parks and Recreation, including information about DPR Fun Days, Winter and Spring Break Camps, and Cooperative Play
- Start your application for a childcare voucher to pay for your before and after care needs with the DC Department of Human Services (DHS), get information about the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and learn how DHS supports youth
- Register for a library card with DC Public Library, sign up for Books from Birth, and learn about the library’s Go Digital campaign
- Stop by WETA Kids' booth and meet Princess Presto!
Plan for EdFEST in 3 steps
EdFEST is a unique opportunity to learn about all your public school options (PK3-12), including key resources that will support you and your child throughout your child’s educational journey. Follow these three easy steps to have a successful EdFEST:
Step 1: Think about what’s most important to you and your family in a school. Is distance from home important? Before and after care? Academic offerings? Extracurricular activities?
Step 2: Make a list of schools to visit, including your in-boundary schools. You can apply to up to 12 schools on the My School DC application. Use the School Finder to search by address, grade, and program type and find DCPS and public charter schools near you, including your DCPS in-boundary schools.
Step 3: Ask questions! Download these helpful questions and bring them with you as you visit school booths on your list to help narrow your choices.
Chart your course by viewing the floorplan for EdFEST. School exhibitors are grouped into two sections (Grades PK3-8 and Grades 9-12) in alphabetical order. Event staff, interpreters, and volunteers are on hand to make sure you get the most out of EdFEST!
Schools are excited to meet you! All schools that participate in My School DC will exhibit at EdFEST. The following options outside of My School DC will also exhibit at the event: Latin American Montessori Bilingual (LAMB) PCS, Maya Angelou PCS - High School, Associates for Renewal in Education (PK CBO), Barbara Chambers Children's Center (PK CBO), Bright Beginnings (PK CBO), Bright Start Early Care & Pre-school (PK CBO), Communikids Pre-school and Children's Language Center (PK CBO), Easter Seals (PK CBO), Educare of Washington, DC (PK CBO), Edward C. Mazique Parent Child Center Inc. (PK CBO), Home Away from Home Child Development Center (PK CBO), Jubilee Jumpstart (PK CBO), National Children's Center (PK CBO), Rosemount Center (PK CBO), Spanish Education Development (SED) Center (PK CBO)
Educational support does not just start and end at the school. Make sure to visit these key resources available to families and students at EdFEST that will support you year round.
- My School DC operates the common application and public school lottery for the city’s public schools.
- Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) is the State Education Agency for the District of Columbia. Learn about the many ways OSSE supports families, including the new school report card, early childhood, student transportation for kids with special needs, and college and career planning.
- DC Public Charter School Board is the District’s charter school authorizer. Public charter schools are independent from DCPS (the local public school system). The DC Public Charter School Board (DC PCSB) provides oversight to, but does not manage, any public charter school. Students complete a My School DC application to request space at a participating public charter school for grades PK3-12.
- DC Public Schools (DCPS) is the city’s local public school system. DCPS offers families a set and predictable K-12 pathway through its right-to-attend schools. Every K–12 student who lives in Washington, DC, has the right to attend at least one DCPS school — a school where he or she can directly enroll without applying through My School DC. Families can also choose to apply through My School DC to other DCPS options outside their right-to-attend schools.
- Ombudsman for Public Education provides conflict resolution for families on all issues impacting student learning.
- Office of the Student Advocate empowers families to navigate the educational landscape in DC and achieve equal access to public education through advocacy and outreach.
- State Board of Education (SBOE) is responsible for approving state-level regulations, including state academic standards and District high school graduation requirements.
- Learn24 is a network of afterschool and summer opportunities to ensure children and youth in the District have access to quality educational and enrichment activities beyond the school day.
- Every Day Counts! is a citywide effort initiated by Mayor Bowser to ensure every student attends school every day.
- DC Department of Transportation (DDOT) administers the Kids Ride Free program, which offers reduced fares for District students who use Metrobus, Metrorail or the DC Circulator to travel to and from school.
- Connect.DC works to bridge the digital divide by making technology easier to use, more accessible, more affordable, and more relevant to the everyday lives of District residents.
- DC ReEngagement Center reconnects District youth (ages 16-24) not currently in school and who don’t have a high school diploma or GED to educational options and other critical services to support their attainment of a diploma or GED.
- Advocates for Justice and Education (AJE) is the federally designated Parent Training and Information Center and the Health Information Center for DC. AJE empowers families, youth, and the community to be effective advocates to ensure that children and youth, particularly those who have special needs, receive access to appropriate education and health services.
- DCSRN helps families navigate the DC school choice process so that all students can access quality public schools.
- FOCUS supports the diverse set of public charter schools in DC.
- #DC2Me is a citywide campaign led by Mayor Bowser to create a common vision for DC by DC residents. Learn more and share your story here.