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Pre-Kindergarten (PK3 and PK4)

Photo of a smiling male pre-kindergarten student wearing a white shirt

DCPS places a strong value on early childhood education and strives to make seats in these grades available to as many children as possible in a fair and equitable way. However, because students are not required by law to attend preschool (PK3) or prekindergarten (PK4), the “right to attend” is not extended to children in these grades.

DCPS offers seats for 3-year-old children in PK3 and seats for 4-year-old children in PK4. Per DC Municipal Regulations (DCMR), families may enroll children in PK3 if they are 3 years old and in PK4 if they are 4 years old, respectively, by September 30.

To apply for a PK3 or PK4 seat, families must submit an application through the My School DC lottery.

Early Action PK Schools

As per the Student Assignment and School Boundary implementation plan, "early action" access for in-boundary families in PK3 and PK4 will be provided at the following schools for the 2017-2018 school year:

  1. Aiton Elementary School
  2. Amidon-Bowen Elementary School
  3. Browne Education Campus
  4. Bunker Hill Elementary School
  5. Burroughs Elementary School
  6. Drew Elementary School
  7. Langdon Elementary School
  8. Langley Elementary School
  9. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School
  10. Miner Elementary School
  11. Moten Elementary School
  12. Noyes Elementary School
  13. Payne Elementary School
  14. Stanton Elementary School
  15. Turner Elementary School

To secure their seat at your school, in-boundary families must submit a My School DC lottery application by the Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 11:59 pm deadline. Families will only receive the Early Action PK3 or PK4 match for a school if they are not matched to any other school. Therefore families are encouraged to rank their Early Action Pre-Kindergarten school as their first choice on the application.

If the child is matched with the in-boundary school, the family must enroll the student by the lottery enrollment deadline of May 1, 2017.

Note, if a student is matched with a PK3 or PK4 seat at a school ranked higher than the in-boundary school, the student will no longer qualify for “early action” access at the in-boundary school.

Photo by Andy Le