Registration Information


Fall 2020 Lottery Results – Winners | Waiting List

Check lottery results at the links above. Applicants are listed in alphabetical order by last name.

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I won a lottery space. What do I do now?

Starting August 3rd, the school will call lottery winners to let them know they won a space in their class. Starting August 10th, we will help lottery winners complete their registration.

Lottery winners must provide an official government ID and proof of living in DC in order to complete their registration. If you are under 26 years old, you will also need to submit a copy of your immunization records.

Here is how you can submit your documents:

  • Uploadupload your documents to this Google form
  • Email/phone – Having trouble using the form? Let us know if you need help! Email or call 202-797-4700
  • In-person appointments – If you are not able to send your documents virtually, we will hold a small number of in-person events at our Harvard Street Campus parking lot. These events will be by appointment only. Call 202-797-4700 for details.


I am on the lottery waiting list. What do I do now?

If you did not win a lottery space, your name is automatically added to our waiting list. The school will contact you as soon as space becomes available in your class.


Missed the lottery? Sign up for the Interest List

 The Fall 2020 lottery is now complete, but we will continue to accept new applicants if there is space available in your class. Add your name to the Interest List by August 14th to be considered for the Fall semester! After August 14th, we will continue to notify you of upcoming registration opportunities.

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



During the Fall 2020 semester, our students will participate in online and distance learning. Our school provides technology assistance and supportive services, and is available to answer questions by phone and email. 

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Eligibility and Application Process

What is the process for application?

  1. Sign up on the school Interest List. Our school will contact you before the next application event
  2. During the application event, you will take a brief English placement test to determine your English level
  3. For Career Training, GED and Citizenship programs, you will complete additional testing and advising sessions
  4. If there is space available in your class, you will be registered


What is required to complete registration?

  • An official government ID
  • A document as proof of DC home address*
  • If you are under 26 years old, provide a copy of immunization records


Who may enroll in classes at the school?

Regular classes are open to DC residents who meet one or more of the following Adult Basic Education (ABE) criteria:

  • Lack sufficient mastery of basic educational skills to enable them to function effectively in society;
  • Do not have a certificate of graduation from a school providing secondary education and who has not achieved an equivalent level of education; and/or
  • Have limited ability in speaking, reading, writing, or understanding the English language and whose native language is a language other than English


*There may be some classes that are open to non-DC residents. Beyond our tuition-free class offerings, the School also offers special fee-based programs that are open to students, employees and the public, such as Community Language Classes and the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Workshop Series. These programs are usually held on weekends when classes are not in session. These programs do not have the same registration and enrollment requirements as tuition-free classes.


General Application Information

Fall Semester – Lottery

The Fall semester beings August 31st. The lottery only happens for fall semester classes. For classes where there are more applicants than spaces available, the school conducts a lottery so all new applicants have the same chance to enter into their class.

Spring Semester First-Come First-Served

The Spring semester begins in January. During Spring application dates, we serve a limited number of students. Applicants receive an entry ticket when they arrive. Each day the doors close at the scheduled closing time, or when the building reaches capacity. Applicants with entry tickets are served on a first come first served basis.



Questions? Read our Lottery FAQs or email