DCPS Lottery Receives Record Applications

3/16/2011, 12:44 p.m.

The District of Columbia Public Schools system, which has had a growth in its enrollment, has also had a rise among its lottery applicants.

According to DCPS officials, while the system received a record 6,661 applications, 59 percent of students who participated will be attending one of their preferred schools.

"The lottery application process helps us gauge public interest in our schools and programs," said Chancellor Kaya Henderson. "Last year, we received an overwhelming number of applicants, which resulted in our first enrollment increase in 40 years. "This year, we exceeded that number, proving that our programs continue to offer exciting options for thousands of families seeking a quality education for their children."

The annual lottery is comprised of two components: pre-school for 3-year-olds and pre-kindergarten for 4-year-olds. Because those two grades are not mandatory in the District, the lottery is used to fairly award seats to all families that interested. The second component called out-of-boundary, is for families interested in obtaining a seat at a kindergarten through 12th grade school that is outside of their regularly assigned school.

This year's applications also outpaced the 2010 process by 25 percent, with the 5,219 applications received last year nearly doubling those received in 2009.

Earlier this month, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education released an audited enrollment for the 2010-2011 school year that revealed the number of students attending District public schools and charter schools jumped by 3.5 percent.