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DC Public Schools Announces Enrollment Increase for the 2022-2023 School Year

Monday, November 14, 2022
DCPS Enrollment Reaches 50,000-Student Milestone Since 2019

(WASHINGTON, DC) — DC Public Schools (DCPS) is proud to announce that student enrollment has surpassed the 50,000 milestone for the 2022-2023 School Year (SY22-23) according to preliminary data released today. DCPS enrollment increased to 50,204 students this school year, up from 49,035 students in the 2021-2022 School Year. This is the highest number of enrolled students reported since the 2019-2020 School Year.

“These enrollment numbers are positive indicators for our school communities as we rebound from the challenges the COVID-19 pandemic presented the last few years,” said Chancellor Lewis Ferebee. “DCPS provides high-quality education to District families, and as we continue to grow, we will make sure every student feels loved, challenged, and prepared to succeed in all facets of life.

Reported enrollment this school year grew in several grades and school communities.

  • Early childhood learning provides a strong foundation for long-term success for students, and DCPS saw growth in Pre-Kindergarten grades. Preschool (PK3) enrollment increased by more than 6 percent, and prekindergarten (PK4) enrollment increased by more than 5 percent from the previous school year.
  • At the high school level, more 9th and 10th graders are learning at DCPS than before. Those grades saw an 8 percent and 13 percent increase respectively, with neighborhood high schools experiencing most of the gains.

 Enrollment Growth Spotlight: Coolidge High School

One of those neighborhood high schools is Calvin Coolidge High School in Ward 4. Under the leadership of Principal Semanthe Bright, Coolidge High School saw the biggest year over year growth, with their 9th grade class adding 137 more students. Overall, Coolidge High School grew from 740 students in SY21-22 to 1,015 students enrolled this year.

“The word is out! Coolidge High School is an incredible place to learn and achieve academic excellence,” said Principal Bright. “This distinction is a testament to the work of the COLTS family — our teachers and staff — who have created a joyful but rigorous learning experience for our students, and we have been rewarded with our community’s trust to educate more of its children.”

DCPS is home to 116 schools that serve students in grades PK3 to 12. Learn more about our schools at

Enrollment data note:

These figures represent preliminary data. Final audited enrollment figures will be published by OSSE in early 2023.