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Boundaries and Feeder Planning

School choice and student assignment policies determine:

  • Who gets to go to which school,
  • What rights students have to remain in a school they have chosen, and
  • What rights students have to transfer between schools.

Until 2013, the District had not undertaken a comprehensive review of its student assignment policies, including school attendance boundaries and feeder patterns, in over three decades. Meanwhile, District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) and public charter schools opened and closed, neighborhoods changed, and the city’s population shifted.

In 2013-2014, the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education (DME) and the DC Advisory Committee on Student Assignment led a comprehensive review process of the city’s student assignment policies, including DCPS school boundaries. The process culminated in a series of recommendations made by the DC Advisory Committee on Student Assignment. In August 2014, the Mayor and Chancellor fully adopted and approved the recommendations.

This resource shows the SY20-21 DCPS school feeder patterns. A feeder pattern school is one that a student has the right to attend based on their current school. This assignment only happens during the year a student is moving from the terminal grade of their current school. The feeder patterns reflected in the attachment are active for students transitioning grades between SY19-20 and SY20-21.

Boundary School Changes

For more information about your boundary school changes, please visit the DME website.