Registration Information


Take the first step to apply for classes! Applications are now being accepted for the Fall 2024. Add your name to our interest list, you can find the application form HERE.

  • If you add your name to the interest list more than once we will use the most recent entry for your application.
  • Please enter your name as it appears on your official ID (Passport, DC ID, State ID, etc.)

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

Below we outline Registration Steps. Should you have any questions regarding our process, feel free to contact us at 202-797-4700 or Our team is here to help!


ATTENTION NEW APPLICANTS: Once you have completed the first part of the application process (English Placement testing and Advising), you MUST come in person at our Harvard Street Campus and provide proof of DC home address to continue the registration process.


Location: 1100 Harvard Street NW, Washington DC 20009

A key step of enrollment is proving DC home address. Learn more about DC residency requirements HERE.

  • Monday, July 8th to Friday, August 2nd – Applicants are invited to take a placement test to determine their English level
  • Monday, August 12th to Thursday, August 15th – Applicants must bring DC proof of home address to enter their name in the lottery
  • Friday, August 16th – Lottery Drawing
  • Monday, August 19th to Wednesday, August 21st – Applicants must come back to complete registration for lottery winners (winner’s spaces guaranteed)
  • Thursday, August 22nd and Friday, August 23rd – Lottery winners and lottery waitlist applicants must come back to complete their registration
  • Monday, August 26th to Wednesday, August 28th – Registration for lottery winners, lottery waitilist and all other applicants including walk-ins.
  • Tuesday, September 3rd – Classes begin

Documents to enter your name in the lottery drawing:

  1. Unexpired official government ID such as a passport or driver’s license. (This is for identification purposes only)
  2. Proof that you live in the District of Columbia. A list of all the accepted documents can be found on the school’s website and here. If you have questions please contact us.

*Note: If you do not provide acceptable proof of a DC home address, you will not be able to participate in the lottery.

Please contact us if you have any questions at (202) 797-4700.



Our lottery will be held on August 16th at 11:00am, at the Harvard Street Campus, and we will contact lottery winners via email.  

The lottery results will be posted here on the website, on Facebook, and on the outside doors of the Harvard Street Campus (1100 Harvard Street NW.)


Want to learn more about our classes? See our class offerings here.



Plan for the School – Fall 2024

Click here to learn more about our learning models for the Fall 2024 semester.



General Application Information

Fall Semester – Lottery

The Fall semester starts in September. 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 Registration 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. First Come First Served also means includes having the proper documents in hand.



Eligibility and Application Process

What is the process for application?

  1. Sign up on the school Interest List 
  2. A member of our team will contact you within a few weeks to complete an English placement test and confirm your class
  3. For Career Training, IC3, Small Business English, GED, and Citizenship programs, you will complete additional testing and advising sessions
  4. If there is space available in your class, and you provide proof of DC home address you will be registered


What is required to complete registration?

  • An official government ID
  • A document as proof of DC home address*
  • $60 cash or credit for ID & materials fee (Includes Carlos Rosario student I.D. card, laptop loaner, and books)


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