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DC Decision Day

What is DC Decision Day?

DC Decision Day is the District’s adaptation of College Signing Day, a national movement created in 2015 within former First Lady Michelle Obama's Reach Higher initiative. The goal of DC Decision Day is to recognize high school seniors for their postsecondary education plans and encourage younger students and families to prepare early for postsecondary education. National College Signing Day is held annually on or around May 1 and is designed to coincide with the date that seniors must inform most colleges of their plans to enroll.

Decision Day initiatives are inspired by the NCAA’s National Signing Day where student athletes are celebrated for signing a letter of intent, committing to the athletic program at the college they will attend, often accompanied by a partial or full athletic scholarship. Decision Day events reinforce that academic excellence should be given as much pomp and circumstance as athletic excellence. By supporting the tradition of DC Decision Day, we want every student in the District with a postsecondary plan to receive as much attention and experience the same feeling of importance.

In the District of Columbia, individual high schools are encouraged to host DC Decision Day events during the months of April and May with the “I Have a Plan!” theme. No matter which postsecondary options your students are pursuing after high school, we want to them to be excited to shout, “I Have a Plan!”  

Like College Signing Day, DC Decision Day seeks to:

  • Encourage community leaders, schools, and celebrities, as well as nonprofit and advocacy groups to host a “Decision Day” to support students planning to Reach Higher by attending and graduating from college; and
  • Celebrate ALL students and their commitment to complete their education beyond high school.

DC Decision Day is one of OSSE’s college-readiness pathway events that, along with College Application and Exploration Month and our Districtwide FAFSA Completion Initiative, help guide seniors and their families in planning, applying, paying for and completing college.

For more information or questions, please contact Janel Young at (202) 481-3485 or [email protected].