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DCPS Offers Pre-school, Pre-Kindergarten Lottery

1/28/2013, 6:32 p.m.

The District of Columbia Public Schools system is offering seats Jan. 29 through Feb. 25 in its annual lottery for three- and four-year old children across the city for the 2013-14 academic year.

Although District law does not require children to attend preschool or pre-kindergarten, the school system places strong emphasis on the value on early childhood education.

To that end, DCPS strives to make seats available to as many families as possible in a fair and equitable manner, and families wishing to secure a seat for their children in a DCPS school must apply during the above dates.

K-12 Out-of-Boundary Lottery

The Out-of-Boundary Lottery is a school choice service that's also 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, or for those seeking admission to seeking admission to selective citywide high schools.

DCPS officials report that an unprecedented number of families applied to the lottery in 2012, suggesting that demand for a school seat continues to increase in the District.

For more information please call (202) 442-5885.