Key Dates

Mark your calendar now with these key 2016 application deadlines for the 2016-2017 school year!

1/21   January open houses (9am & 6pm)
2/1     Lottery deadline for high school (9th – 12th)
2/2    Post-lottery period begins for high school (9th-12th non-lottery participants only)
3/14  Preference verification completed and available seats submitted
4/1    Lottery results release for all grades
4/14  April open houses (9am & 6pm)
4/16  Enrollment fair (10am-2pm)
5/1    Lottery offer acceptance deadline for all grades
5/5    May open houses (9am & 6pm)
5/14  Re-enrollment fair (10am-2pm)

Schedule a personal tour or information session by calling 202-399-4750 or emailing

How to Apply

For 2016-2017 enrollment, IDEA is participating in My School DC – a common application for nearly all DC public schools. Need assistance with the new My School DC application, process, or website? Please contact IDEA at 202-399-4750 x100 or the My School DC hotline at 202-888-6336.

Admissions Criteria

IDEA PCS has set the following criteria for admission:

  • Student and parent/guardian must live in the District of Columbia and provide specific documents to verify guardianship and residency.
  • Student must be entering the 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade with requisite credits under the Promotion Policy outlined in IDEA Student & Family Handbook.
  • Student must have completed the 8th grade with a final report card indicating promotion.
  • Student must submit a completed application for admission. We do not accept applications from students who are 18 or older unless the student has an individualized education plan.