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Opportunity Academy

DCPS has three Opportunity Academies (Ballou STAY, Luke C. Moore, and Roosevelt STAY) that offer a personalized competency-based learning program to ensure that all students in the district have a positive pathway to post-secondary success.

Ballou STAY High School: Ballou STAY Opportunity Academy offers the National External Diploma Program (NEDP), a high school diploma program for the adults 23 years of age and over. Ballou STAY High School’s commitment to their students goes beyond academic achievement, they empower their students’ transition to life after receiving a high school diploma or certification.

Luke C. Moore High School: Luke C. Moore Opportunity Academy services youth ranging in ages from 16 - 22 years old. All students aspire to obtain a high school diploma. Their mission is to inspire, challenge, and empower their scholars by promoting their academic, social and emotional well-being. They are committed to developing a community of life-long learners by engaging students, addressing social and emotional needs through goal-oriented instruction and developing life-long learners, which encourages community engagement through purposeful action for social change.

Roosevelt STAY High School: Roosevelt S.T.A.Y Opportunity Academy exists to serve the unique academic, physical, social and emotional needs of students who are in a critical period of their lives as they change from adolescence to adulthood. All aspects of the school are to prepare students for success in college and to be thoughtful, contributing members of society.

Students who could benefit from a non-traditional setting may be referred for transfer or may elect to pursue entry to an Opportunity Academy. Transfer priority will be determined based on how many credits a student has earned relative to his/her first ninth grade year, the intensity of interventions attempted at the current high school and the student and parent/guardian’s preference for a transfer.

Opportunity Academy Eligibility Criteria for High School Students:

High School students meeting the following criteria may be referred for a school-initiated transfer to an Opportunity Academy high school:

  • 16 years of age or older; and
  • 6 or more credits behind grade level relative to their first 9th grade year.

Students receiving special education services on a certificate track are not eligible for transfer to an Opportunity Academy.

High school students meeting the following criteria must be referred for a school-initiated transfer review to an Opportunity Academy high school:

  • 12 or more credits behind grade level based on their first 9th grade year.

Opportunity Academy: Special Education Programming

DCPS Opportunity Academies offer a continuum of special education (SPED) services for over-age, under-credited students with disabilities.  All Opportunity Academies can implement Individualized Education Plans (IEP) that provide for less than twenty hours of specialized instruction outside of the general education (OGE) classroom.  Learn more about special education within the Opportunity Academies[PDF]

Below is additional information on enrollment guidelines:

  • Opportunity Academies are optional; students will not be mandated to attend an Opportunity Academy.
  • Opportunity Academies do not participate in the My School DC Lottery process.
  • High school Opportunity Academy students requiring full-time special education programming can be accommodated at Ballou STAY.
  • Students currently enrolled in another DCPS school should go through the referral process for the Opportunity Academies. 
  • Students who are 17 and under and not enrolled in a DCPS school may pursue Opportunity Academy enrollment through the Student Supports Team.
  • Students who are 18 years and older and not currently enrolled in a DCPS school may pursue enrollment directly at any point in the year at an Opportunity Academy and admission will be granted based on available space.

Opportunity Academy Referral Form[PDF]

Please direct inquiries about Opportunity Academy referrals to [email protected] or call (202) 939-2004.