Admissions Requirements and Timeline


Admissions Requirements

Application Process

All students must apply online at www.myschooldc.org in order to be considered. The My School DC lottery is a school-choice service provided to families interested in enrolling children in DC public schools, including selective high schools like School Without Walls HS. More information about the My School DC application process can be found here.

Application Requirements

Students must have a 3.0 GPA in their core subject classes and provide a copy of their transcript/final report card from the 2015-16 school year. All documentation has to be uploaded onto the online application at www.myschooldc.org.

Admissions Test

If a student passes all the requirements above, they will be invited to take a standardized, proprietary test. This test will include multiple choice math (Algebra I and Geometry for rising 9th-10th graders; Algebra II/Calculus/Trigonometry for rising 11th-12th graders), multiple choice reading comprehension and a writing prompt. It is an un-timed test and students will have as long as they need to complete the test. Tests are scored based on the highest score of the tested students. Therefore, we cannot tell you the exact score your student will need to receive to be admitted to the next round.

Student and Parent/Guardian Interviews

If a student passes the test, they will be invited, along with the parent/guardian, for a panel interview at the school. The panel consists of faculty, staff and students. We ask that students and parents do their best by being themselves!

Student Admittance 

Students are admitted based on their admissions test performance, interview and lottery status. If you have any questions about the lottery process, please contact DCPS’ Critical Response Team at (202) 478-5738, Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm.


Admissions Timeline

SWWHS Open Houses

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 School Without Walls Open House, 10 am and 6 pm, School Without Walls @ Francis-Stevens, 2425 N St NW

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 School Without Walls Open House, 10 am, School Without Walls High School, 2130 G St NW

Please join us for our open house for new student recruitment for the 2017-2018 school year. Come learn about the offerings at School Without Walls and the admissions process. For more information click here.

December 12, 2016 – February 1, 2017 | Online Application Available at www.myschooldc.org

This can be completed anytime between this timeframe with no bearing on acceptance status. However, the sooner you apply, the sooner we will review your application and determine if the student has met the requirements. We will notify you with an invitation to the test.

Saturday, February 11, 2017 | Admissions Test Administered

Your student will be notified if they meet the requirements to move on to the test. Test includes math, reading comprehension and a writing prompt.

February 2017 – Date TBD | Admissions Test Make-Up Day

All students will be tested on the test date unless there are extenuating circumstances. Please be in contact with the school once you have received your Admissions Test notification. Test includes math, reading comprehension and a writing prompt.

March 4, 2017 | Student and Parent/Guardian Interview Day

Students will be notified if they have met the requirements to move on to the Interview round. All students must bring their attendance records from the current school year, August 22, 2016 through February 10, 2017.

March 2017 – Dates TBD | Student and Parent/Guardian Make-Up Interview Day

All students and parent/guardians will be interviewed on the original interview date unless there are extenuating circumstances. Please be in contact with the school once you have received your Admission Interview notification. All students must bring their attendance records from the current year, August 22, 2016 up to February 10, 2017.

March 31, 2017 | Admission Results Available

Admissions results will be available online.

April 3 – May 1, 2017 | Open Acceptance and Enrollment for Admitted Students

If your student has been admitted to School Without Walls, you can bring enrollment documents as well as Washington D.C. residency verification forms as soon as April 3, 2017.   All IEP and 504 documents are required to be submitted at this time.

May 1, 2017 | Deadline to Accept and Enroll Admitted Students

It is imperative that families notify schools of their acceptance for SY 2017-2018 by May 1, 2017, otherwise your spot is released. Accepting a space requires turning in all enrollment documents as well as proving Washington D.C. residency. All IEP and 504 documents are required to be submitted at this time.

DATE TBD | Waitlist Students

If any spots are available, waitlist students will be offered a seat in order of their waitlist status.

June and/or July, 2017 | Summer Bridge Program for All New Students