IDEA Public Charter School

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1027 45th St. NE, Washington, DC 20019 Phone: (202) 399-4750
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Admissions and Enrollment

Apply to IDEA for the 2021-2022 School Year

  • The MySchoolDC lottery closed February 1. IDEA has received all applications from students and families who selected IDEA in their applications. Our admissions team is in the process of contacting all students who applied to IDEA.

  • If you missed the high school lottery application deadline, you can still submit a post-lottery application beginning February 2, 2021. Post-lottery applicants are added to schools’ waitlists below lottery applicants. When you apply, rank IDEA as your #1 choice to be matched with IDEA.

  • If you entered the MySchoolDC lottery but did not select IDEA as one of your top schools, you may add IDEA to your application beginning April 2 by clicking on the ADD MORE SCHOOLS icon in your MySchoolDC account.

  • Whether you've already applied or are considering applying, you're invited to attend an open house or schedule an individual presentation to learn more about IDEA and hear from IDEA scholars and staff. Please register for an open house here. 
Important Dates
  • February 5 | IDEA Open House | Noon-12:45pm
  • February 10 | IDEA Open House | 6pm-6:45pm
  • February 20 | IDEA Open House | 11am-11:45am
  • April 2 | Lottery results announced
  • April 5 | Enrollment documents can be submitted to IDEA
  • May 3 | Deadline to enroll

COVID-19 Considerations
Because of COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, our enrollment procedures have changed and are subject to further change. Please contact us at or 202.399.4750 if you have questions.
Enrollment at IDEA Begins April 5, 2021
IDEA staff will help you enroll for the 2021-2022 school year. Review and complete all required forms. Submit them to IDEA one of three ways.
  • In person | Although our building is currently closed to all but essential personnel, enrollment packages are available for pick-up in the visitor tent at the main entrance. Families are welcome to complete their paperwork at a table in the visitor tent, and valid proof of residency will be photocopied and returned while families are there. Paperwork received by families in the mail may be dropped off at the school in the tent or returned by mail. The building is open for enrollment in the visitor tent every weekday from 8am to 4pm.

  • By mail | IDEA will mail a packet of required enrollment forms to all newly matched scholars. If returning (re-enrolling) families would like a package mailed to them, they should call the school at 202-399-4750 to request a packet. All mailed enrollment packages will be sent with addressed, stamped return envelopes for documents to be sent back to the school. Original paperwork will be returned by mail upon request.

  • Electronically | If enrolling online, rename files with document name and your student's name. Email all forms and supporting documentation to

IDEA Public Charter School is a free, open-enrollment, public high school for District of Columbia. If the number of applications exceeds the number of spaces available, a lottery is held to determine the order in which students are offered seats. Per the District of Columbia School Reform Act, siblings of current IDEA Public Charter School students receive preference in the lottery should they apply during the open enrollment period. Students applying after the lottery will be added to the wait list on a first-come-first-served basis.