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A  Guide  to  the  DCPS     Preschool,  Pre-­‐K  and   Out-­‐of-­‐Boundary   Lo=ery  Process  

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Lo=ery  Basics  
§  There  are  two  types  of  applicaAons  in  the  Lo=ery:  
1.  Pre-­‐school  (3yrs)  &  Pre-­‐kindergarten  (4yrs)  ApplicaAons   2.  Out-­‐of-­‐Boundary  ApplicaAons  for  Kindergarten  –  12th  Grade  
 

Why  do  we  have  a  Lo=ery?    
§  DCPS  is  proud  to  offer  numerous  pre-­‐school  and  pre-­‐k  seats.  However,   students  are  not  required  to  a=end  pre-­‐school  or  pre-­‐k,  and  some  schools   are  unable  to  accommodate  all  applicants,  because  of  space.  Therefore,  pre-­‐ school  and  pre-­‐k  seats  are  allocated  using  a  fair  and  equitable  lo=ery  system.       §  The  Out-­‐of-­‐Boundary  Lo=ery  is  used  to  allow  parents  of  K-­‐12th  grade   students  to  apply  for  available  seats  at  a  school  other  than  their  child’s   assigned  school(s).  
 

   

Lo=ery  Timeline  
Before  February  25:    
§  Parents  should  apply  ONLINE  for  the  DCPS  Lo;ery  between  January  28,   2013,  and  February  25,  2013.  Only  ONLINE  applicaAons  will  be  accepted;  no   paper.    

AFer  Feb  25:    
§  §  §  §    Lo=ery  Runs   March  8,  2013  -­‐  Lo=ery  Results  Available  Online   Week  of  April  1  -­‐  Lo=ery  Results  Mailed  Home  with  Enrollment  Forms     By  May  1,  2013  –  Applicants  who  receive  a  seat  through  the  lo=ery  must   submit  a  complete  DCPS  enrollment  packet  in  order  to  claim  their  seat  

    Lo=ery  Timeline  
 

Seats  Remaining  &  Waitlists:      
§  Families  will  be  placed  on  the  waitlist  only  at  schools  they  ranked  higher  than  the   school  where  they  received  a  seat.  It  is  possible  to  be  waitlisted  at  all  school   selecAons.     §  Some  schools  may  sAll  have  seats  available  a`er  the  lo=ery.  These  seats  are   available  on  a  first-­‐come  first-­‐served  basis,  regardless  of  whether  the  child  lives  in-­‐ boundary  or  out-­‐of-­‐boundary.       §  If  all  of  a  school’s  seats  are  filled  through  the  lo=ery,  parents  who  approach  the   school  a`erwards  will  be  added  to  the  waitlist  in  the  order  they  contacted  the   school.     §  If  a  seat  opens  at  any  point,  the  school  will  contact  parents  on  the  waitlist  in  order   of  waitlist  rank.  

What  to  Consider  When  Looking  for  a  School  
1.  Distance  to  travel  to  school   2.  In-­‐person  school  visit  
•  Meet  school  staff   •  Observe  classroom(s)  

3.  Special  Programs  Offered    
•  •  •  •  Reggio  Emilia/Montessori   Arts  IntegraAon   STEM  (Science,  Technology,  Engineering,  &  MathemaAcs)   InternaAonal  Baccalaureate/Dual  Language/World  Cultures  

4.  5.  6.  7. 

Before  and  A`er  Care  Offerings   Feeder  Pa=erns  &  DesAnaAon  Schools   Parent  &  Community  Feedback   Special  EducaAon  Needs    
-­‐If  your  child  has  an  IEP  and  you  have  quesAons  about  the  lo=ery,  please  
contact  the  Office  of  Special  EducaAon  at  202-­‐442-­‐5400.  

FAQs  –  PS/PK  Lo=ery  
§  What  are  the  age  cut-­‐offs  for  preschool  and  pre-­‐k?  
§  Per  DC  Municipal  RegulaAons,  preschool  applicants  must  turn  3yrs,  and  pre-­‐k   applicants  must  turn  4yrs  old  old  prior  to  9/30/13.      

§  What  are  the  preferences  in  the  PS/PK  lo=ery?  
 1.  Students  who  live  in-­‐boundary  with  a  sibling  at  the  school  are  placed  first..   2.  Students  who  live  in-­‐boundary  without  a  sibling  at  the  school  are  placed  next.   3.  Students  who  live  out-­‐of-­‐boundary  with  a  sibling  at  the  school  are  placed  next.   4.  Students  who  a=end  a  closing  school  in  a  non-­‐transiAon  grade  are  placed  next  (when  applicable).   5.  Students  who  live  within  reasonable  walking  distance  (3000`  ES/EC).   6.  Any  remaining  seats  go  to  students  who  do  not  qualify  for  any  of  the  above  preferences.    

  §  My  address  may  change,  how  do  I  fill  out  my  applicaAon?  
§  Applicants  receiving  in-­‐boundary  or  proximity  preference  in  the  lo=ery  must  be   able  to  prove  in-­‐boundary/proximity  status  at  the  Ame  of  residency  verificaAon.    

   

FAQs  –  Out-­‐of-­‐Boundary  Lo=ery  
§  Does  the  order  in  which  I  rank  my  school  selecAons  affect  my  results?  
§  Yes.  The  lo=ery  system  first  tries  to  place  applicants  at  their  first  ranked  school,   then  their  second  ranked  school,  and  so  on.  The  order  in  which  you  rank  your   school  selecAons  is  taken  into  account  along  with  the  number  of  seats  offered,   and  any  preference(s)  you  may  have  received.      

§  My  child  a=ends  their  current  school  out-­‐of-­‐boundary,  do  I  need  to  reapply?  
§  No.  All  out-­‐of-­‐boundary  students  may  conAnue  a=ending  their  school  through   the  terminal  grade,  and  may  also  a=end  their  school’s  desAnaAon  school  in  the   feeder  pa=ern.  Please  visit  profiles.dcps.dc.gov  to  check  your  feeder  pa=erns.    

  §  How  do  I  apply  to  a  specialized  city-­‐wide  high  school?  
§  All  students  interested  in  a=ending  a  specialized  high  school  must  do  so  using  the   High  School  Online  ApplicaAon.  The  applicaAon  became  available  on  Nov.  16,  and   is  due  by  Dec.  14.  For  more  informaAon  please  visit  dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/HSOA.      

QuesAons?  
Please  visit  our  website  at     dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/lo=ery,  for  more   informaAon.     You  may  also  call  our  CriAcal  Response  Team   at  202-­‐478-­‐5738.