Monday was the beginning of the out of boundary lottery process for DC public schools. This is the process by which students who don’t want to attend their designated local school can get a slot at another school.
As discussed here before, for several decades Hyde has been a school mostly filled with students from other neighborhoods. This started to change over the past decade as more Georgetowners decided to send their children to the local school. This has, in turn, reduced the number of slots available to students from other neighborhoods trying to attend Hyde.
One thing parents new to the system might not realize is that even children in the neighborhood have to apply through the lottery for a slot in the pre-Kindergarten program. They are not guaranteed a slot. They do, however, get priority in the lottery. In recent years, some neighborhood children have ended up on the wait list, but GM believes most, if not all, eventually got off the wait list.
Last year there were 17 slots in pre-K. This year there are 19. And beside those 19 slots, which will likely all go to neighborhood children, there are five other slots for out-of-boundary students: two in second grade and three in fifth grade.
There is no advantage to signing up for the lottery early, but if you’re interested in sending your child to Hyde for pre-K, you need to sign up for the lottery by February 25th. (Again, just to be clear, if you live in Georgetown and you want to send your child to Hyde for any grade beside pre-K, you don’t need to enter the lottery; your slot is guaranteed. That said, it helps the school plan class size to know how many neighborhood kids are attending, so if you’re planning to send you children to Hyde for the first time next year, let the school know by filling out this form.)
The school was supposed to host a open house last night, but it was canceled due to the delayed opening. There will be another open house on February 11th at 9 am.