Registration Information


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General Application Information

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.

Fall Semester – Lottery

The Fall semester beings in August. 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.


Eligibility and Application Process

What is required to apply?

  • An unexpired, government ID
  • A document as proof of DC home address*
  • If you are under 26 years old, bring a copy of immunization records
  • Complete advising sessions for Career Training & GED programs


What is the process for application?

  • A staff member will review your DC address document*
  • You will take an English placement test to determine your English level
  • For Career Training, GED and Citizenship you will complete additional testing and advising sessions
  • If there is space available in your class you will registered


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.



Questions? Read our Lottery FAQs or email

Note: You must come on the correct dates and times, and bring all necessary documents to enroll. Learn more about registration requirements here