IDEA Public Charter School

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1027 45th St. NE, Washington, DC 20019 Phone: 202-399-4750
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Application Timeline

IDEA Public Charter School participates in My School DC, a common application for all DC public schools. The lottery for the 2019-20 school year is now open. Create a My School DC account and rank IDEA as your #1 choice!

Important Dates for New Families and Students

  • December 10, 2018: High School lottery application opens
  • February 1, 2019: Application deadline (grades 9-12)
  • March 29, 2019: Lottery results are available
  • May 1, 2019: Enrollment deadline

Important Dates for Returning Families and Students

April 2 – June 1, 2019: Current IDEA PCS families will be required to verify their DC residency in person at school to re-enroll for the 2019-20 school year.

Visit an IDEA PCS Open House

  • February 2 @ 9am-10:30am
  • March 2 9am-10:30am
  • April 6 @ 9am-10:30am

Please note tours can be scheduled outside of scheduled open house dates.


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.


If you have additional questions regarding enrollment, please contact our enrollment team at or 202-399-4750.