New or Interested Parents » Enrollment



Key Dates:

March 29, 2024: Lottery results are released

April 1, 2024: Enrollment begins

May 1, 2024: Enrollment deadline for new families


ECA cannot guarantee seats after the deadline date of May 1, 2024!!


Gather the following documents: unexpired government issued driver's license or non-driver's ID, student's birth certificate, DC Dental Certificate and DC Health Certificate, and  proof of DC residency ready to upload. Using your electronic device, upload the documents here.


If you do not have all of the requested documents at the time of upload you may send them via email to [email protected], put your child(ren)’s name(s) in the subject line of the email. 


Once the above documents have been received, we will review your submissions and reach out to you with next steps. 

We will offer in person enrollment assistance. Future dates TBD.


If you do not have access to technology or are running into issues our office hours are 8:30am-4pm, Monday-Friday call 202-373-0035 and an enrollment specialist will provide support.


All immunization records MUST be current (within the last 12 months). No Shots, No School. 

Only DC residents are eligible to enroll and receive a tuition-free education in the District of Columbia. Enrollment of the student in a DC Public School or Public Charter School must be conducted by an individual that has the authority to enroll the student and can prove DC residency. Individuals who have the authority to enroll a student should be a parent, guardian, custodian, adult student, or an other primary caregiver (who must meet strict requirements to qualify).
To be a resident, the enrolling person must: be physically present in DC and submit valid documentation of DC residency.
The District of Columbia may use whatever legal means it has at its disposal to verify residency. Providing false information or documentation may result in the payment of retroactive tuition, withdrawal from school, and referral to the DC Office of the Attorney General for prosecution.