Lottery results are in: Are you considering Payne ES for your child?

If yes, then please join the Friends of Payne, including current Payne parents, for an informal meeting on April 19:

  • What: an opportunity to hear from current Payne parents about their kids’ experiences at the school, including with the early childhood Tools of the Mind program.
  • Who: all prospective Payne parents are welcome!
  • Where: at the home of a member of Friends of Payne at 15th and A Streets, SE. For more details and to RSVP, please contact Amy Mauro at
  • When: April 19 at 10 a.m.


DCPS Lottery – My School DC Deadlines in Feb and March

Planning on applying to a DC Public school for school year 2014-15 via the lottery ( Apply now!

Note the deadline for high school grades (9-12) is February 3, 2014 and the deadline for early childhood, elementary and middle school (grades PS3-8) is March 3, 2014.

Visit the DCPS website or for details.

Final lottery season Open Houses at Francis-Stevens

From our friends at Francis-Stevens PTA…Francis-Stevens is a PS-8 Education Campus located in Foggy Bottom/West-end of Dupont. One of the results of recent consolidation by DCPS is that Francis-Stevens will be merging with School Without Walls, an application-only public HS based near the campus of the George Washington University. Francis-Stevens PS-8 students will continue to occupy their current building and entry to Francis-Stevens will continue to be through DCPS’ PS/PK/OOB lottery.   70% of Francis-Stevens students come from OOB and the PTA hopes the school can continue to serve a citywide population.

See their brochure: SWW at FS Brochure Feb

Francis-Stevens is hosting the following Open Houses for prospective families (all grades):

*Saturday 2/16, 10am – Noon
Thursday 2/21, 8:30 – 10 am

*At this Saturday’s open house, School Without Walls (SWW) Principal Richard Trogisch – who will now administer FS as well as SWW – will outline his vision for the 2013/14 year and the future of Francis-Stevens. The Saturday session may be of particular interest to families looking at middle schools. Mr. Trogisch has mentioned plans to align Grades 5-8 curriculum with SWW and College Board standards.All sessions will take place at Francis-Stevens Educational Campus at 2425 N St. NW.

LOTTERY NOTE:  DCPS now lists us as “School Without Walls at Francis-Stevens” on its on-line lottery form.

Learn more by visiting:

Contacts: — DCPS Parent Coordinator

A Guide to DCPS’ Lottery 2013

Thanks to the Alaina Smith and the DCPS Lottery team for joining us in January to share this year’s lottery process.

Note there are a few changes coming, particularly around waitlist (hint: apply in order of TRUE preference) and enrollment (no more letter of intent, but be ready to submit enrollment forms w/ proof of address by May 1). More information on DCPS’ website.