D.C. school lottery opens today
District families seeking preschool or pre-kindergarten spots, or schools beyond their neighborhood boundaries, can enter a lottery beginning today. To apply, families can log on to the DCPS Web site. Paper applications will not be accepted.
Each applicant can list up to six schools. Preschool or pre-K slots must be secured through the online application, even if they are for in-boundary schools. Families can sort through their options by visiting the school profiles tool that lists all DC Public Schools, and describes program offerings.
The application period ends on Feb. 28. The lottery will be run on March 2, with results posted on-line March 3 and mailed home March 8. Applicants who receive a seat in the lottery must accept the offer by April 1 by returning the "Intent to Enroll" form and must submit a complete enrollment packet by May 2 (including DC residency verification) in order to secure the seat.
For more information or help, call 202-478-5738, or visit the DCPS Out-of-Boundary Lottery webpage here.
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