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Capital City Parent

Frequently Asked Questions

I want my child to attend Capital City. How do I register?

Capital City enrolls new students through a random lottery process. The application to enter the lottery for the upcoming school year will be available at on December 15th. Any student who is a resident of the District of Columbia is eligible to apply. If your child is awarded a space, you will be contacted with procedures for enrolling your child.


How old does a student need to be to enter PK-3, PK-4 or K?

To enter PK-3 for the 2016-2017 school year, your student must be 3 years old by September 30, 2016.

To enter PK-4 for the 2016-2017 school year, your student must be 4 years old by September 30, 2016.


How does the lottery work?

More information about the 2016-2017 lottery process will be available soon. If you have any questions, please contact the Parent Outreach and Admissions Coordinator at


Do you maintain a waiting list after the lottery?

Yes. Students are admitted in the order of the waiting list. As spaces are filled, those who remain on the waiting list will move forward when current students withdraw or waiting list families accept or decline an offer of admission.


How long will my student stay on the waiting list? Do I need to apply every year?

The waiting list is only valid for one school year. You must apply every year through My School DC common lottery at


How will you contact me if an opening becomes available for my student?

We will make every effort to contact you by telephone. It is very important to contact us if any of your telephone numbers change. You are also encouraged to contact the school directly to learn your student’s current status on the waiting list.


Do you offer sibling preference?

We may offer preference to the siblings of enrolled students.


I have more than one child on the waiting list. What happens if one of my children is offered a space? Will the others be offered a space?

Spaces are offered to the siblings of enrolled students. Once a student is enrolled, all qualified siblings are moved to the next sibling position for their grade based on their random lottery number.


Is preference given for those who live in the neighborhood?

No. As a charter school, we are required to open admission to all students residing in Washington, D.C. without regard to neighborhood.


We applied online but we were never able to visit the school for an open house. Can we make an appointment for a tour?

Once an offer of admission is extended, the Parent Outreach and Admissions Coordinator will offer your family a tour of the school and facilitate the registration process in collaboration with the campus registrar. You and/or your student may be asked to attend additional orientation sessions.


Will my child be able to visit?

Your child is welcome to accompany you during our open houses. For middle and high school students we are able to arrange a half day to shadow a student. For more information, please contact the Parent Outreach and Admissions Coordinator at (202) 808-9719.