Admissions FAQs

How do I apply?

If you are applying to be admitted to the 9th through 12th grades at School Without Walls, all applications must be completed online at This page describes the deadlines and the process.

What are the requirements for students to apply?

Students must have a 3.0 GPA in their core subject classes to take the admissions test. All documentation has to be uploaded to the online application at for rising 9th through 12th graders. If prospective students have passed the admissions test, they will be invited to participate in an in-person interview.

What about letters of recommendations or essays?

SWW does NOT require either letters of recommendations or essays. Please do not include these in your application.

When will you accept applications?

Applications will be accepted December 11, 2017 through February 1, 2018. Prospective students may apply only through See the Admissions Timeline.

I don’t have a computer at home. How do I apply?

Families that do not have access to computers can go to a neighborhood library (here is a list of DCPL locations and hours), or contact DCPS’ Critical Response Team at (202) 478-5738 between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM Mon-Fri. All applications must be submitted online. In addition, you will need to monitor your email to find out the status of your application. (Note: You can sign up at My School DC to have deadline and status alerts texted to you.)

What kind of student should apply to SWW?

SWW is an academically challenging, college preparatory school. All students are eligible to apply. However, only students with a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) in their core classes from the previous school year will be invited to take the SWW admissions test. The GPA is calculated by SWW using the transcript from the last full year of school and is based on performance in core subjects. The student who succeeds at Walls is responsible, confident, takes initiative, comes to school daily, focuses on academics, and demands their education.

What do I need to know about the admissions test?

Students will receive an invitation to take an admissions test once they have met all admissions requirements. The test time, date, and location will be provided. Students must bring a photo ID and their invitation, and must arrive on time. All supplies (pencils and paper) will be provided. The test will include multiple choice math (Algebra I and Geometry for rising 9th-10th graders, and Algebra II/Calculus/Trigonometry for rising 11th-12th graders); multiple choice reading comprehension, and a writing prompt. There is no time limit on the test, and no special preparation is required. We do encourage students to get a good night’s sleep the evening before and to eat a healthy breakfast.

What score does my student need to pass the admissions test?

Test scores are weighted based on the overall performance of the tested students.

What if I have a conflict on the test (or interview) date?

Contact Ms. Sylvia Isaac or Ms. LaToya Grant at 202-645-9690 as soon as possible to discuss schedule conflict.

What comes after the test? What are the next steps?

Soon after the admission test scores are calculated, applicants will be notified if they have met the requirements to move on to the interview round. Each prospective applicant AND his/her parent/guardian must come for an interview. Prospective students will meet with a panel of teachers and current students for 10 minutes. Following the student’s interview, parents of the student will meet with the interview panel for approximately 5 minutes. If you qualify to move forward to the interview round, an official, signed attendance record from the current school year—spanning August 21, 2017-February 9, 2018—will be required.

Student Admittance 

Students are admitted based on their admissions test performance, interview, and lottery status. Questions about the lottery process? Please contact the DCPS Critical Response Team at (202) 478-5738, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

I am interested in seeing the school. Can students schedule “shadow” visits?

Due to the large number of applicants, it is not possible to offer tours or shadow visits to applicants until an applicant is accepted to School Without Walls.  For students invited to the interview, tours will be available for parents and students. Once students have been admitted to SWW, they are able to schedule a shadow day at the school.

What if I have a question that isn’t covered here?

Email Director of Admissions LaToya Grant or call the office between 8:00 AM and 3:30 PM during the school week. The office number is 202-645-9690.