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DCPS Equitable Access Designated Seats

DC Public Schools is proud to be a national leader in providing early childhood education to our youngest learners. The Equitable Access Designated Seats program is designed to expand access to Prekindergarten seats at DC Public Schools for students furthest from opportunity. Families who meet the criteria will receive additional considerations in the school lottery process when applying for certain schools.

Who is eligible for Equitable Access Designated Seats?

Prospective PK3/PK4 students who are:

  • Experiencing homelessness, OR
  • In the District’s foster care system, OR
  • Receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) program

Do I need to apply for this program for my child?

There is no special application for Equitable Access seats outside of the My School DC application. All PK3 and PK4 students must apply via the My School DC lottery to access a seat. Eligible students should apply just as they would otherwise to their preferred choices on their My School DC application. If they select one of the participating schools, and they are applying in an eligible grade (PK3/PK4), as long as they consent to sharing their information with My School DC, the system will automatically check whether the student is eligible for an Equitable Access seat.

Which schools are participating?

There are nine DCPS schools participating in the Equitable Access Designated Seats program in School Year 2022-23:

  • Barnard Elementary School (neighborhood school)
  • Capitol Hill Montessori (citywide school)
  • Dorothy I. Height Elementary School (citywide school)
  • Garrison Elementary School (neighborhood school)
  • H.D. Cooke Elementary School (neighborhood school)
  • Military Road Early Learning Center (citywide school)
  • Stevens Early Learning Center (citywide school)
  • Van Ness Elementary School (neighborhood school)
  • John Lewis (West) Elementary School (neighborhood school)

More information is available at myschooldc.org/apply/applying-to-PK.