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Selective High Schools

DCPS students working on engineering assignment

DCPS has six selective high schools that admit students based on specific criteria, or eligibility requirements. Students eligible to enroll in grades 9-12 can apply, but only students who meet a selective high school’s requirements will be considered eligible for admission.

To apply to a selective high school, a My School DC lottery application must be submitted. No paper applications will be accepted. Please note, admission to a selective high school is based on students meeting specific criteria, not random lottery.

My School DC Lottery Important Dates

  • Monday, December 12, 2016 – SY 2017-2018 My School DC Lottery  Application Opens
  • Wednesday, February 1, 2017, 11:59 pm EST -- Application Deadline (grades 9-12)
  • Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 11:59 pm EST -- Application Deadline (grades PK3-8)
  • Friday, March 31, 2017 -- Lottery Results Released
  • Monday, May 1, 2017 -- Enrollment Deadline

Review SY17-18 DCPS Selective High School Admissions Requirements and Processes.
  *Note: Several selective high school have additional application components beyond the general My School DC application timeline. Contact the Enrollment Team with questions at [email protected] or (202) 478-5738.

Banneker Senior High School
School profile: Banneker Senior High School
School website: benjaminbanneker.org

Columbia Heights Education Campus
School profile: Columbia Heights Education Campus
School website: checdc.org

Duke Ellington School of the Arts
School profile: Duke Ellington School of the Arts
School website: ellingtonschool.org

McKinley Technology High School
School profile: McKinley Technology High School
School website: mckinleytech.org

Phelps Architecture, Construction, and Engineering High School
School profile: Phelps Architecture, Construction, and Engineering High School

School Without Walls Senior High School
School profile: School Without Walls Senior High School
School website: swwhs.org

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