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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 Lottery

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 assigned school(s). This lottery is not for children attending their current school out-of-boundary who wish to continue attending. 

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. Applications become available on Dec. 16, 2013 and will be due on Feb. 3, 2014 


The My school DC application for school year 2014-2015 will become available Dec. 16, 2013.

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