D.C. Families Prepare for the Upcoming Common Lottery

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Emily Leayman of WatchDog.org reports that families in the district are preparing for the upcoming school lottery. On Monday, Washington, D.C.’s school applications will open for new and continuing students. Thousands of parents and children attended a school fair to research and consider their options. The annual fair called EdFest took place on Saturday Dec. 10 and included over 190 schools. The event is run by MySchoolDC which is the city's common lottery operator. 

This is the first year that the fair is open to both D.C. Public Schools and charter schools. This was the fourth annual event, and previously only represented and run by charter schools.

“We’re hoping that this event is the one-stop shop to learn about the myriad school options that we have in D.C.,” Cat Peretti, executive director of MySchoolDC, told Watchdog.org. “We have over 200 public schools, both traditional and public charter, which can be an overwhelming number for a lot of parents to look into.”

The lottery process involves families ranking 12 choices for their children. The schools with more applicants than available seats hold a random lottery drawing to determine enrollment. According to Peretti, K-12 children are not required to apply to a neighborhood school, but Pre-K applicants are.

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