Lottery and Admissions: Apply to Our Schools
Lottery and Admissions/Apply to our Schools
From the elementary grades, to middle school and through high school, District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) offers an exciting array of academic and extracurricular programs that will challenge and engage your child. Many of your school options require an application through the My School DC common lottery. You must complete the My School DC common application if you want your child to attend the following school or program:
•PK3 or PK4 program at any DCPS school
•DCPS school outside your boundary or feeder pattern for any grade (PK3–12)
•DCPS specialized high school (grades 9–12)
Pre-K3 and Pre-K4
DC Public Schools is proud to offer many seats for three- and four-year old children across all Wards. Though DC law does not require children to attend PK3 or PK4, DCPS places strong value on early childhood education. We strive to make seats in these grades available to as many families as possible in a fair and equitable way through the Preschool/Pre-Kindergarten Lottery.
All families wishing to secure a PK3 or PK4 seat in a DCPS school must apply through the My School DC Common Lottery.
K-12 Out-of-Boundary Schools
The Out-of-Boundary Lottery is a school choice service offered by DCPS to allow parents to apply for available seats in grades kindergarten through 12 at a school or schools(s) other than their child’s right-to-attend school(s). This lottery is not for children attending their current school out-of-boundary who wish to continue attending.
All families wishing to secure a new out-of-boundary placement in a DCPS school must apply through the My School DC Common Lottery.
Specialized High Schools
A specialized high school is a citywide high school with no boundary that has specific admissions requirements and selection criteria. DCPS has six citywide high schools. Learn more here.
All students who wish to attend a specialized school for grades 9 or 10 must use the My School DC Common Application; no paper applications will be accepted.