Waitlist Data

April 26, 2018

There are 11,317 individual students on the common lottery waitlists to attend one or more PK-12 public charter schools in the 2018-19, a 16.6% increase over last year’s 9,703 students. According to DC PCSB staff analysis, waitlists across all charter schools totaled 28,698 students. This is an increase of 22.4% from 23,448 last year and a 37.4% increase from the 2016-17 waitlist total of 20,880. This analysis is based on waitlist data for students who applied to the lottery by the PK-8 deadline of March 1, 2018 and high school deadline of February 1, 2018. Post lottery applicants are added on a rolling basis.

The Demand

  • The greatest demand continues to be in grades pre-kindergarten (ages 3 and 4) and kindergarten, with waitlists across public charter schools totaling 13,592, an increase of 1,449 over last year. Since many students are on multiple waiting lists, the total represents an unknown number of duplicates.
  • Roughly 67% of applicants on waitlists are waiting for a spot at a Tier One public charter school.
  • This year, 65% of public charter schools have longer waitlists than they did at this time last year.

Information

  • Waitlist results can be filtered by grade and campus.
  • This SY18-19 waitlist data includes families who applied to the lottery by the PK-8 deadline of March 1, 2018 and high school deadline of February 1, 2018. 
  • For the most current information on waitlist lengths, please contact schools directly. 
  • My School DC will be posting the number of open seats available in May. 

Demand for Quality Public Charter Schools Continues to Rise

Hidden Gems: Tier One Schools with Few or No Students on Waitlist