The Nation’s Capital is full of educational options. Knowing what these options are and how to take advantage of them is the key to a successful transition to Washington DC. There are options to homeschool, attend private schools and attend DC public schools (DCPS) and DC Public Charter Schools (DCPCS). The information you’ll find below will help you better understand each of these options.
Local School Information
DC Public School students will begin online learning beginning Tuesday, 24 March.
DCPS families can pick up hardcopies of distance learning materials at their school on the following days between 8:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.:
Thursday, March 19
Friday, March 20
Monday, March 23
More information will be shared directly by your school principal and teachers. Distance learning materials will also be available online starting Friday, March 20.
Any family in the District can download lessons specific to a student’s grade level or course through DCPS’ Canvas site, with no login or password necessary. There, you will also see links to DCPS’ collection of other online learning tools and helpful resources for students and families. Bookmark — bit.ly/DCPS_ICP — and start downloading distance learning lessons on Friday, March 20.
To lessen the impact of school closures and other interruptions to daily routines, academic tutors are available to military families at no cost. These online tutors can alleviate stress by helping students understand and complete self-study assignments, homework, writing projects and more. Perhaps most critically, Tutor.com/military can help keep students engaged and feel supported when their routines change.
Tutor.com for U.S. Military Families, funded by the U.S. Department of Defense and Coast Guard Mutual Assistance, is a program that provides on-demand, online tutoring and homework help at no cost to eligible service members and their dependents. With live, expert tutors available 24/7, military-connected students can receive academic help at their moment of need—anywhere they have an internet connection.
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Leckie Elementary/Middle School is the zoned school for Joint Base Anacostia Bolling (JBAB). The school caters to students PK3-8th grade. DC Public Schools classifies the school as a school on the rise since student proficiency scores in Reading and Math have risen each year for the last four years--a positive result of strong instructional leadership and increased enrollment by military families residing on JBAB.
You can inquire about enrollment by calling the front office and scheduling an appoint to visit / register. The school's number is (202) 645-3330 and their website is http://www.leckielionsdc.org/.
The other schools zoned for JBAB are Hart Middle School and Ballou High School.
If you are a military family considering residing off base and within the District of Columbia and would like to know which school is zoned for the residence you are considering, please visit the District of Columbia Schools (DCPS) enrollment Boundary Information System at http://dcatlas.dcgis.dc.gov/schools/
For DCPS enrollment info visit http://dcps.dc.gov/page/how-enroll
For DCPS enrollment forms visit http://enrolldcps.dc.gov/
For DCPS enrollment info for Military Families visit http://dcps.dc.gov/node/1098372
** Note these forms are not used by DC Public Charter Schools. Please visit each Charter School’s website for enrollment information.
Enrollment in Out of Zone Schools
All DC residents have the option, if they wish, to select a public school out of zone or have their child considered for enrollment at a public charter school through the DC Common Lottery. Military families living on JBAB, Fort McNair, or the Marine Barracks should contact their school liaison officer for out of zone enrollment information. Families need to be aware that placement in out-of-zone schools is dependent on availability.
Parents with 6th-12th grade students should schedule an appointment with the DC Public School student placement office to secure enrollment. The zoned schools for JBAB are Hart MS and Ballou HS. These schools have not been able to meet the academic needs for military connected students residing on JBAB. To contact the DC Student Placement Specialist, please call (202) 939-2004. The DC Student Placement Specialist will only assist with out of zone public school placement; enrollment in charter schools must be completed online at www.myschooldc.org .
If you are a parent of an elementary student already classified as gifted and talented, a Montessori student, Primary Years International Baccalaureate, Language Immersion or other specialty program, please notify your School Liaison Officer. Washington DC and all 50 states have signed into their state laws the "Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunities for Military Connected Children”. This law enables sending and receiving states to level the playing field for military connected students so they stay on track programmatically and on track towards graduation. Questions concerning the application of this law should be directed to the School Liaison Officer. For more information about the compact, go to www.MIC3.net .
Military connected students can seek enrollment at any public school of their choosing at any time; however, this does NOT apply to PREK 3 and 4 year old programs or specialty center programs. Again, enrollment can only occur if the school has space available to accommodate the student.
DCPS Academic Offerings: Information about academic offerings across all grades can be found online by visiting https://dcps.dc.gov/page/academic-programs. This page will provide the reader with detailed information about Advance Placement, International Baccalaureate Programs at select Elementary, Middle and High schools, dual language schools, immersion programs and Montessori schools. Parents can learn more about individual school profiles located at http://profiles.dcps.dc.gov/, then select the drop down menu from “Select Program”.
DCPS Application Based Specialized High Schools: DCPS application based specialized high schools are public schools with specialized programs that require advance application, transcripts, and coordination. Learn more by reviewing individual school profiles http://profiles.dcps.dc.gov/, and selecting “Application High Schools”, from the “Select Programs” drop down menu.
DCPS Specialized Schools include:
Benjamin Banneker High School, (International Baccalaureate High School) 202- 673-7322, http://benjaminbanneker.org/
Columbia Heights Education Campus, 202-939-7700, http://checdc.org/
Duke Ellington High School of The Arts, 202-282-0123, http://www.ellingtonschool.org/
McKinley Technology High School, 202-281-3950, http://www.mckinleytech.org/
Phelps High School of Architecture, Engineering and Construction, 202-729-4360, http://www.pacehs.org
School Without Walls High School, 202-698-3793, http://www.swwhs.org
Application dates for these schools are listed on the DCPS website and the schools websites. Application periods generally start in December and end the first week in February for the next school year. If the application deadline has passed, the military family living on JBAB should contact the DCPS Student Placement office at 202-939-2004 for additional guidance concerning specialty center admissions.
Public Charter Schools
DC is a community that enjoys one of the largest collections of charter schools in the country. These schools are free public charter schools available to all DC residents. Enrollment into these programs is through the DC Common Lottery (explained further). These charter school programs cater to PreK3-12 grades and offer a wide variety of instructional approaches from language immersion to expeditionary learning and everything in between. Parents are advised to do their research to determine which schools might be a good fit for their child. The following websites will provide information that will help determine which school best fits the needs of your child. www.dcps.dc.gov ; www.myschooldc.org . Please contact your school liaison officer if you have any questions about this process. For answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Charter Schools and Out of Zone Schools, go to http://www.myschooldc.org/faq/faqs .
DC Lottery for Charter School Enrollment
Another way to enroll into an out of boundary school or a DC charter school is to participate in the DC Common Lottery. Parents must visit the My School DC website and complete an online application for each child. The DC Common Lottery URL is http://www.myschooldc.org. Applications are accepted year round, but understand that the initial placement round is conducted each spring.
School Bus Transportation
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DCPS Graduation Requirements (General Information--not to be applied to Specialty Centers or DC Public Charter Schools)
For more information please visit http://dcps.dc.gov/graduation
Academic Graduation Requirements for DCPS 24.0 Diploma
To receive a diploma in DC, students who enroll in 9th grade for the first time in School Year 2007-2008 and thereafter must earn 24.0 credits (or Carnegie Units) as follows:
Credits (Carnegie Units)
Mathematics (including Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II)
Science (must include three lab sciences)
Social Studies (must include World History 1 and 2, United States History; United States Government, and District of Columbia History)
Health and Physical Education
*For all students entering the ninth (9th) grade beginning school year 2009-2010, one (1) of the three (3) lab science units shall be a course in Biology.
• At least two (2) of the twenty four (24) Carnegie Units for graduation must include a College Level or Career Preparatory (CLCP) course approved by the student’s local education agency (LEA) and successfully completed by the student. The course may fulfill subject matter or elective unit requirements as deemed appropriate by the LEA. CLCP courses approved by the LEA may include courses at other institutions.
• All students must enroll in Algebra no later than ninth (9th) grade commencing with the 2007/2008 school year.
• Students qualifying for the evening program high school diploma are not required to take the 1.5 credits in Health and Physical Education.
• All students must complete 100 hours of community service to receive a high school diploma.
Virginia Private Schools
Unfortunately, there is no transportation service provided by JBAB for students who attend private schools in DC, Maryland or Virginia. The following schools have been popular choices for families residing on Joint Base Anacostia Bolling because of their close proximity to the installation and quality of education.
Our Savior Luthern, (K-8) 825 S. Taylor Street Arlington, VA 22204 (703) 892-4846
St. Ann’s School, (K-8) 980 N. Frederick Street, Arlington, VA 22205 (703) 525-7599
St. Columbia School, (K-8) 7800 Livingston Rd., Oxon Hill, MD 20745 (301) 567-6212 ext.2
St. Thomas More Cathedral School, (K-8) 105 N. Thomas Street, Arlington, VA 22203 (703) 527-0608
Bishop Dennis O’Connell Senior High School, (9-12) 6600 Little Falls Road, Arlington, VA 22213 (703) 237- 1400
Bishop Ireton Senior High School, (9-12) 6600 Little Falls Road, Arlington, VA 22213 (703) 212-5190
St. Peters School, 422 3rd St. SE, Washington DC 2003 (202) 544-1618
Parents interested in home schooling in the District of Colombia must submit the “Intent to Home School Form”. This must be summited annually for the coming school year by August 15th or upon the establishment of residency within the District of Columbia. This form and additional information about homeschooling in the District can be obtained by visiting the Office of the State Superintendent of Education’s website dedicated to homeschooling. http://osse.dc.gov/service/district-columbia-homeschooling-program
Joint Base Anacostia Bolling has a strong home schooling inclusive group known as the JBAB Home Educators. More information about this group and how to connect with them can be found by contacting the JBAB School Liaison Officer or by going to their web page, https://www.homeschool-life.com/dc/bahe/.
HOME SCHOOL PARENTS:
D.C. regulations require you to maintain a portfolio of homeschooling material that includes evidence of your child's current work, such as examples of your child's writings, worksheets, workbooks, creative materials, assessments, or any other materials that demonstrate that your child is engaged in thorough, regular educational activities in a range of subjects. The portfolio is to be maintained for one year and should only be reviewed when there is reason to believe that a regular and thorough education is not being provided. The regulations require you to teach at least the following subjects: language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, art, music, health, and physical education.
While testing is not mandatory for home school students, your child is eligible to participate in public school sponsored testing in your resident school district without charge. The schools zoned for JBAB are Leckie Elementary (K-8th), Hart Middle School (6th-8th), Ballou High School (9th-12th).
If you choose to have your children return to a public school after home schooling, please remember that you must demonstrate that your child has been engaged in thorough, regular educational activities in a range of subjects. For more information and resources to assess your child's progress, visit the Home School Legal Defense Association website: https://www.hslda.org/
Online Public Charter School/Home Based Instruction
Friendship Charter School is a public online charter school that serves students throughout DC. This is an option available to JBAB families seeking online home based instruction. Students enrolled in this online charter school receive online instructional support and also have access to a certified Friendship Charter School teacher during the week. To learn more about this program visit http://fpcso.k12.com/ or contact the JBAB School Liaison Officer for additional contact information.
DCPS places a strong value on early childhood education and strives to make seats in these grades available to as many children as possible in a fair and equitable way. However, because students are not required by law to attend preschool (PK3) or prekindergarten (PK4), the “right to attend” is not extended to children in these grades. DCPS offers seats for 3-year-old children in PK3 and seats for 4-year-old children in PK4. Families may enroll children in PK3 if they are 3 years old and in PK4 if they are 4 years old, respectively, by September 30. To apply for a PK3 or PK4 seat, families must submit an application through the lottery website www.myschooldc.org .
Special Needs Information
Exceptional Family Member Program
To ensure that you are moving to a duty location that offers the services your child may need, be sure to enroll in and consult with the Exceptional Family Member Program. EFMP enrollment is mandatory and required immediately upon identification of a special need for active duty members. Command points of contact and military treatment facility (MTF) EFMP Coordinators can assist service and family members with the enrollment process.
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Points of Contact
EFMP Coordinator: JBAB
579th Medical Group
Military & Family Support Center
Naval District Washington
Naval District Washington
Regional EFMP Lead Liaison
Paperwork required for enrollment in the EFMP is available from the EFMP medical point of contact at the installation. Forms must be completed by the appropriate medical or educational provider and then returned to the EFMP medical point of contact.
The forms for enrollment are:
DD Form 2792 Family Medical Summary – In order to document medical needs only, the service member, spouse or adult family member completes the first page. The remainder is completed by the family member’s physician or other qualified medical professional and includes the diagnosis, frequency of care, medication and any special accommodations required by the family member.
DD Form 2792-1 Educational Summary School Age Children 3+ -- In order to document educational needs, the sponsor, parent or legal guardian completes items one through seven of the first page. The remainder of the form is completed by school or early intervention program personnel. The form includes the child’s educational diagnosis and is accompanied by a copy of the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or individual family service plan.
Source: Military OneSource
Early Intervention Services for Children with Special Needs
Early Stages is a DC Public Schools diagnostic center for children between the ages of 2 years 8 months and 5 years 10 months. This program can help identify any delays that your child may have and arrange services to address them. The first five years of a child’s life are the most important to their development. The earlier a child receives services, the more likely it is that their needs will be reduced or even eliminated as they get older. Early Stages can serve any child who goes to a DC public school, is home-schooled or has not yet entered the school system. Please call if your child attends a charter school. All services are FREE. www.earlystagesdc.org , 202-698-8037. If your child is younger than 2 years 8 months, please contact Strong Start, the DC Early Intervention Program, at (202) 727-3665.
Learning how to navigate the special education system can be difficult for any family, but it can be an even greater challenge for military families whose educational environments are constantly changing. Military OneSource offers tools and resources to help make things easier for you and your family. Start here (http://www.militaryonesource.mil/education-and-employment/pre-k-12-education?content_id=282380) to learn about the special education process, including:
- Relevant regulations
- Moving overseas
- Graduating or leaving school
District of Columbia Specialized Instruction
DC Public Schools aspires be a model district for special education. The goal of DCPS is to provide high quality inclusion and special education services, and to dramatically improve academic outcomes for students with disabilities.
Four strategic goals are to:
1. Increase academic achievement
2. Include more students
3. Involve families in their child's success
4. Prepare students for college and the workforce
For more information about special education programs in DCPS, please download the Special Education Programs and Resources Guide.
Division of Specialized Instruction
1200 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
Behavior & Education Support Program, firstname.lastname@example.org
Communication & Education Support Program, email@example.com
Early Learning Support Program, firstname.lastname@example.org
Independence & Learning Support Program, email@example.com
Medical & Education Support Program, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sensory Support Program, email@example.com
Specific Learning Support Program, firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistive Technology, email@example.com
Early Childhood Inclusion, firstname.lastname@example.org
Early Stages, email@example.com
Extended School Year, firstname.lastname@example.org
Home and Hospital Instruction Program, email@example.com
Inclusion Models, firstname.lastname@example.org
Related Services, email@example.com
Section 504, firstname.lastname@example.org
Transition Programs, email@example.com
OSSE Department of Transportation Parent Resource Center, 202-576-5000
District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE)
810 1st Street NE, Ninth Floor, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 727-6436
Office Hours Monday –Friday 8:30 – 5:30.
Phone (202) 727-6436
9th Floor, 810 1st Street NE, DC, 20002
Office Hours Monday –Friday 8:30 – 5:30.
Phone (202) 727-6436
9th Floor, 810 1st Street NE, DC, 20002
Children's Law Center
616 H Street NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20001
Telephone 202.467.4900 | Fax 202.467.4949
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FAQS and Helpful Links to Local School Districts
OFFICE OF THE STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION
The mission of the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) is to remove barriers and create pathways for District residents to receive a great education and prepare them for success in college, careers, and life.
Currently, there are thousands of military families with students enrolled in the District of Columbia Public Schools and public charter schools. This website provides resources to assist with the specific needs of your military family. https://osse.dc.gov/service/
For answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Charter Schools and Out of Zone Schools, go to http://www.myschooldc.org/faq/faqs.
District of Columbia
DC Deputy Mayor for Education http://dme.dc.gov/page/about-dme
DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) http://osse.dc.gov/
DC School Search http://profiles.dcps.dc.gov/ On this page you can select to view by levels or by individual schools. Once school is loaded click to view school profile
DCPS Charter School Board http://www.dcpubliccharter.com Use this website to view Charter school profiles.
Virginia School Districts within commuting distance
Virginia Department of Education / School, Division Report cards:
Choose the "School, Division and State online report cards" Link in middle of page, Next page: choose division and then school you wish to view.
Fairfax County Public Schools: Schools and Center Directory:
https://www.fcps.edu/schools-centers On Right use search application to locate school of interest.
Arlington County Public Schools https://www.apsva.us/ Click on Parent link and select APS Dashboard from the Quick Picks menu. This information may be very helpful for viewing on-time graduation rates for Arlington high schools. Please view the VDOE school report card site for more detail information about schools.
Alexandria City Public Schools
Click on Schools tab at the top of the home page. On the next page scroll down until you see the school you would like to learn more about and select the "profile" link. This information is general at best. For more specific information about school performance, please visit the VDOE school report card website. https://www.acps.k12.va.us/
Maryland Schools Districts within commuting distance
Maryland Department of Education: 2012 Maryland State report card site: This site will allow you to research student performance measures by state, school system and by school. http://www.mdreportcard.org/
Prince George County Maryland report card page: http://www.mdreportcard.org/Entity.aspx?K=16AAAA
Charles County Maryland report card page: http://www.mdreportcard.org/Entity.aspx?K=08AAAA