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Military Families - K-12 Enrollment District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS)

Education in DC – An Overview

Public education in Washington, DC comprises more than 60 local education agencies (LEAs) overseeing over 200 individual campuses. This includes the District of Columbia Public Charter School (DCPS), with over 100 campuses, and more than 100 public charter schools operated by 60+ nonprofits.

In the 2014-15 school year, nearly half of the students attending public schools in the District attended one of the District’s more than 100 public charter schools. Like DCPS, public charter schools are publicly funded and tuition-free. However, enrollment in public charter schools is a separate process. All new students interested in attending a charter school must use the My School DC application. My School DC is the common application and lottery process to apply for placement at schools across the city.

To enroll in kindergarten, a student must have reached the age of 5 years on or before September 30 of that school year or come from a state where students must have reached the age of 5 years on or before a date later than September 30, per the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children.

Under a directive from the Chancellor of DCPS, any child in grades K-12 of a parent actively serving in the military and living on a military installation can enroll, at any point during the school year, in the DCPS school of their choice, pending classroom and/or program availability. For more information on this opportunity for military families, contact a DCPS enrollment specialist at [email protected] or (202) 478-5738.

District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS)

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. All DCPS schools are free to District residents.

What is my child’s right-to-attend school within DCPS?

Here are the right-to-attend schools for students residing at the following locations:

Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB):

School Address Grades
Leckie Elementary School 4201 ML King Ave. SW
Washington, DC 20032
Grades pre-K 3-5
Hart Middle School 601 Mississippi Ave, SE
Washington, DC 20032
Grades 6-8
Ballou High School 3401 4th Street, SE
Washington, DC 20032
Grades 9-12

 Fort Lesley J. McNair:                                                                        

School  Address Grades
Tyler Elementary School 1001 G Street SE
Washington, DC 20003
Grades pre-K 3-5
Jefferson Middle School Academy

801 Seventh Street SW
Washington, DC 20024

Grades 6-8
Eastern High School 1700 East Capitol Street NE
Washington DC 20003
Grades 9-12

Marine Barracks, Washington, DC:

School  Address Grades
Amidon Bowen Elementary School 401 I Street SW
Washington DC 20024
Grades pre-K 3-5
Jefferson Middle School Academy 801 Seventh Street SW
Washington, DC 20024
Grades 6-8
Eastern High School 1700 East Capitol Street NE
Washington, DC 20003
Grades 9-12

Washington Navy Yard:

School  Address Grades  
Van Ness Elementary School 1150 South Street SE
Washington, DC 20003
Grades pre-K 3-1st  
Amidon Bowen Elementary School 401 I Street SW
Washington DC 20024
Grades 2-5  
Jefferson Middle School Academy 801 7th St SW, Washington, DC 20024 Grades 6-8  
Eastern High School 1700 East Capitol Street NE
Washington, DC 20003
Grades 9-12  

You may also find your right-to-attend school within DCPS and you can view and compare school profiles.

How do I enroll my child in his or her right-to-attend DCPS school?

To enroll your child in his or her K-12 right-to-attend school within DCPS, you must complete the following documents in the DCPS Enrollment Packet and submit them in person to your child’s right-to-attend school:

  • Student Enrollment Form
  • Home Language Survey
  • Military Recruitment Opt-Out/Media Release Form
  • DC Universal Health Certificate
  • Oral Health Assessment Form

You may also contact your selected school directly or a DCPS enrollment specialist at [email protected] or (202) 478-5738.

How do I enroll my child within DCPS but at a school other than my right-to-attend school (i.e. an out-of-boundary school)?


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