The Corner Forum
Sunday, Jan. 19, 2003
Issue #15

D.C. Public Schools Revise Transfer Rules

By Tammi Cioffi, 536 13th St. NE

There is a new system for applying to an out-of-boundary school in D.C., according to a Jan. 8 D.C. Public Schools press release and a Jan. 12 Washington Post article.

The old system forced many parents to camp outside the school they preferred, and students were accepted on a first-come-first-served basis. Last month, the school board approved a new lottery system for the district.

Under the new policy, all students who apply will be accepted until all of the out-of-boundary spaces are filled. Applicants with siblings currently attending the school will be given first priority. Second priority goes to students coming from a school that is officially designated by the superintendent as a "feeder school" to the requested school, and third priority will go to applicants who reside within walking distance of the requested school.

When the requests exceed the number of spaces available at a particular school, DCPS officials will administer a lottery procedure using a computerized random selection process.

Applications will be available Jan. 28 through Feb. 28 at all D.C. public schools and at central administration, at 825 North Capitol St. NE, Suite 8020.

Parents must submit original applications in person between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Workforce Development Center Annex, at 215 G St. NE. The office will be open two Saturdays: Feb. 1 and Feb. 22. Only three applications can be submitted.

If you would like more information, call the Division of Student Services at 442-5200 or visit the DCPS Web site,§