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D.C. Rolls Out Unified Lottery For Public, Charter Schools

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The District is launching a single, unified lottery system for most public schools.

To streamline the lottery system, the District now has a common application for all traditional public schools and the majority of public charter schools.

Officials hope My School DC will make it easier for families to apply for spots at out-of-boundary schools and elimate duplications on waitlists. They also say the new lottery system will provide more stability by allowing families to know what schools their children can attend earlier.

Officials started working on the new lottery system over six months ago and say the old application process was cumbersome and often overwhelming for families.

The application is open through February 3 for high schoolers and March 3rd for all other grades, including Pre-K and Kindergarden. Families can apply to up to 12 schools.

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