Registration FAQs

Receive Reminders for Fall 2024 Application Events

Registration for the Fall 2024 semester is now open. Sign up for the Interest List to receive reminders for upcoming application opportunities!

Note: the Interest List helps us contact you to complete your application. It is not a waiting list



Registration Questions

What if I was a student at the school a few years ago and want to come back and continue taking classes now?
You will need to register as a new student.  An applicant who was enrolled in the current semester but dropped will also be a new applicant, not a current student.

What happens if I can’t come during the registration dates?
If you can’t come to the School during registration dates, you may put your name on the interest list once it opens. We will call you if a space becomes available. Please note that adding your name to the interest list does not guarantee you will be able to register.

Can I register someone else for classes?
No.  You are NOT able to register someone else.

How long does the In Person registration process last?
You should plan to stay a couple of hours for registration.

If the class I want is full, what do I do?

If the class you want it full, we will put your name on the waiting list.  We will start calling waiting list applicants during the 4th week of the semester if spaces open up.


Lottery Questions (Fall Semester ONLY)

 What is the lottery?
The lottery only applies to fall semester classes. For classes where there are more applicants than spaces available, a lottery will be conducted so all new applicants have the same chance to enter into the class. To participate in the lottery all applicants MUST receive a lottery ticket on the day the application is submitted. Applicants who win the lottery will be asked to come back to register for their class. This event is open to the public.  Applicants do not need to be present to win.

What happens if I win the lottery?
The winners list will be posted on our school’s main front doors, website and Facebook page. Winners need to come to 1100 Harvard Street NW on the published dates to complete the registration process.

What happens if I don’t win the lottery?
If you do not win the lottery, your name will be added to the lottery waiting list. If space becomes available, someone will call to let you know when you can register. Please let us know if your contact information changes.

If I win the lottery and I miss registration may I still register at a later time?
By missing registration you forfeit/lose the space you won. You can add your name and contact information to the interest list. To add your name to the interest list, go to or call (202) 797-4700.

What is the lottery difference between the interest list and the lottery waiting list?
You can add your name to the interest list at any time. This shows that you are interested in receiving information about classes and registration. The lottery waiting list is ONLY for people who did not win the lottery for a particular semester. People the lottery waiting list will be called as spaces become available. Names on the waiting list to not roll over from year to year so if you are not called to register for a certain year you need to return as a new student the next year.