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MacArthur High School (Opening August 2023)


About MacArthur High School

In August 2023, DCPS will open its newest high school! MacArthur Blvd High School (final name to be determined) will be a comprehensive, neighborhood high school serving the diverse interests and needs of students. By enrolling in MacArthur at its founding, the first cohorts of students will have access to exceptional leadership opportunities and will help to shape the character of DCPS’s newest high school. Read the school's informational brochure.

For any questions, please reach out to [email protected]

MacArthur High School Events

We held our first virtual open house on Saturday, January 14. Watch a recording of the meeting. Review the presentation slides. Se ofreció una reunión informativa virtual en español. Vea una grabación de la reunión en español. Revise la presentación en español.

We held a staffing information session on Friday, February 10. We discussed positions available for SY2023-24 and the selection and hiring process at DCPS. If interested, please send your resume specifying the position you are applying for to [email protected]. Please be sure to formally apply on the DCPS portal at

Watch a recording of the meeting. Review the meeting slides


Facilities Updates 

As construction activity is gearing up at the future home of MacArthur High School, we’ll be sharing out roughly biweekly updates that provide an overview of what work has happened over the previous two weeks, what work we expect to see on site in the coming two weeks, and accompanying photos so that you may track the course of the project at home. You can find the updates below: 

Principal Announcement for MacArthur HS

Dr. Harold McCray will lead MacArthur High School as the founding principal for the 2023-2024 School Year. Learn more about Dr. McCrayRead Dr. McCray’s introductory letter. 

We're excited to meet the future students and families of MacArthur HS! See all the events that Principal Dr. McCray will be attending throughout January 2023. 

Enrollment for SY23-24 Begins April 2023 

MacArthur High School is looking for 9th and 10th graders for School Year 2023-24! We’ve set our goals to enroll 200 students for 9th grade and 50 students for 10th grade for our inaugural year.   

Who Can Attend MacArthur

In-Boundary Students: MacArthur is the in-boundary neighborhood school for all students living in the Hardy Middle School boundary and is the destination high school for all students attending Hardy or one of Hardy’s feeder elementary schools.  Students currently attending Hardy or those who live in-boundary will have a guaranteed right to attend MacArthur and can directly enroll beginning March 31, 2023. A My School DC application is not required. To find your in-boundary school, visit

Other Ward 3 Students: MacArthur is interested in enrolling current students from Deal MS, Oyster-Adams EC, and Jackson-Reed HS (9th grade) to help alleviate overcrowding pressures at Jackson-Reed. Interested students will automatically receive a transfer preference through the lottery. For more information about the transfer preference, visit  

District-Wide Students: All are welcome to apply! Students who do not attend Hardy MS or live outside of the MacArthur boundary can apply through the My School DC Lottery. Submit your high school application online at by February 1, 2023. For more information about applying to high school, visit

Equitable Access Designated Seats (EADS): MacArthur will offer equitable access designated seats in the My School DC lottery. These designated seats are available for eligible applicants who meet specified criteria. For more information about the criteria and designated seats, visit

Updates (as of 08.09.2023) 

Read the latest FAQ document (#3) related to MacArthur Blvd High School. This document details enrollment phase-in policies, academic programming and facilities information. Questions are sourced from community emails and meetings. 

DCPS has hosted six Community Working Group (CWG) meetings so far. All meeting resources can be found in the shared folder here. Below is a summary of the meetings:

CWG meeting #1 on June 2, 2022 - The group engaged in conversation that included the roles and responsibilities of CWG members, the announced phase-in policies for MacArthur HS, and design and construction plans.

CWG meeting #2 on June 23, 2022 - The group completed a school visioning activity, learned about the elements of a comprehensive DCPS High School, and heard from DCPS content experts about specialized curriculum available for MacArthur HS.

CWG meeting #3 on August 8, 2022 - Results from the community survey and student survey were shared in the meeting which provided insights about programming preferences and school name options for MacArthur HS.

CWG meeting #4 on September 8, 2022 - The group discussed updates about enrollment, student recruitment strategies, and school leader recruitment. 

CWG meeting #5 on September 22, 2022 - The group discussed updates about building construction, academic programming focusing on exploring the IB curriculum.  

CWG Meeting #6 on Tuesday, November 15, 2022 - DCPS hosted a virtual Community Working Group (CWG) meeting for MacArthur High School. The group discussed academic programming recommendations focusing on CTE options, world languages and athletics.