Washington DC Schools

Author: Susan Isaacs | The Isaacs Team

Schools are an important component of your DC real estate purchase decision, but finding and comparing the options in various neighborhoods can be time-consuming job. That’s why we compiled a list of DC school resources.

How does the DC school system operate?

DC schools operate on a boundary and feeder system. The system determines:

  • Which school students attend
  • Rights students have to remain in their school of choice
  • Rights students have to transfer to a different school

A feeder pattern school shows which schools a student has the right to attend.

SY24-25 School Feeder Patterns. Active for students transitioning grades between SY23-24 and SY24-25.

SY23-24 School Feeder Patterns. Active for students transitioning grades between SY22-23 and SY23-24.

Boundary School Changes
For more information about your boundary school changes, please visit the DME website.

DC School Lottery

My School DC facilitates a common lottery that determines placement for new students at all participating schools. Criteria for student-school matches includes:

  • Number of available spaces at each school
  • Sibling, in-boundary, and other lottery preferences
  • Student ranked choices
  • Student’s random lottery number

*DCPS selective high schools and programs select students based on specific criteria.

Take Note

  • DC has a boundary & feeder system
  • DC offers a common lottery

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DC School Rankings | Ratings

Washington DC School Ratings, Reviews & Resources
Browse the links to ratings, information and data you need to research District of Columbia schools.

Primary Resources

Additional Resources:

  • Kids Count
    A project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Kids Count is a source for data on child and family well-being in the United States. Access hundreds of indicators, download data and create reports and graphics to help make informed decisions about children and families.

HomeSchooling In DC

Homeschooling in DC provides resources, support, information and ideas to parents considering homeschooling in the District of Columbia.



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