Registration Information


Dear New Applicants- We will be offering ONLY in-person registration for new applicants from Tuesday, January 16 until Friday, January 19 at our Harvard Street Campus (1100 Harvard Street NW, Washington DC 20009).

Regardless of if you completed the first part of the application process (English Placement Testing and Advising), you MUST follow the emailed instructions and come to the Harvard Street Campus to complete the second part of your registration process for the Spring 2024 semester. If you have not completed English Placement testing or Advising, you will be able to complete that step at the Registration event.


Location: 1100 Harvard Street NW, Washington DC 20009

Dates & times (choose one): Come complete your registration on any of these days:

  • Tuesday, January 16, 2024 / Time: 9:00am-3:00pm
  • Wednesday, January 17, 2024 / Time:1:00pm-7:00pm
  • Thursday, January 18, 2024 / Time:1:00pm-7:00pm
  • Friday, January 19, 2024 / Time: 9:00am-1:00pm

Spaces will be granted on a first come first serve basis according to space and session availability.

Documents you need to bring to be registered:

  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.
  3. Bring $60 cash or credit for ID & materials fee. Non refundable

Note: If you do not provide acceptable proof of a DC home address, we will not be able to complete your registration.

The first day of Spring 2024 classes will be on Tuesday, January 23, 2023.

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


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



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



Plan for the School – Fall 2023

Click here to learn more about our learning models for the Fall 2023 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, 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);
  • COVID Vaccine Card; show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, 2 dose series. A booster dose is not needed to meet this requirement.
  • 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.

Questions? Read our Lottery FAQs or email