In-Boundary Students Waitlisted at Hyde and Stoddert

The pre-k lottery system for D.C. Public Schools left children from both neighborhoods waitlisted.

A total of 31 children who live in Georgetown, Burleith and Glover Park may not be able to attend pre-Kindergarten at their neighborhood schools, and Stoddert Elementary. Nearly 60 in-boundary children were admitted to the pre-K program between the two schools. But that means, between Stoddert and Hyde-Addison, DCPS is only meeting 65 percent of the local demand.

At both local elementary schools, the pre-K classes will be filled entirely by children who live in-boundary for and Stoddert.

At Stoddert, the 38 available pre-K slots were all filled by in-boundary children and another 17 in-boundary children are on the wait list.

Following the lead of the previous year, Hyde — instead of two like Stoddert —in anticipation of overcrowding at the increasingly popular Georgetown elementary school. The difference is that last year there were just two in-boundary children waitlisted at Hyde, compared to 14 this year.

Check back with Georgetown Patch in the following days for what this demand and these waitlists mean for Georgetown children and schools. Have something to say about it? Email Shaun@patch.com or call 202-210-9853.

Sarah March 08, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Same issue at Mann Elementary. One PK class and 23 in-bound families waitlisted.
mom March 08, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Actually, this is nothing new, my daughter is 18 now and I had to get in line at 12:30am to get a slot......(and I was not the first in line!)
Shaun Courtney (Editor) March 08, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Jeez! I suppose we should all be grateful for the rolling online lottery. Still, do you think there should be enough room in local schools for local kids?
cc March 09, 2012 at 04:10 PM
This is only true for children who are in pre school and preK (3 and 4 years old)> The public schools are not required by law to provide education to a child until they turn 5. Most states have no slots for 3 and 4 year olds at all.
Shaun Courtney (Editor) March 09, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Thanks for your comment cc. Of course it is wonderful that DC provides free preK programs for residents. And while they are not obligated to do so by law, the question is more about what it means for the future of the school system. If we can get parents engaged in DCPS earlier, will they have more buy-in? Can we stop to steady flow of families out of the system come middle school: georgetown.patch.com/articles/building-a-school-to-maintain-a-community


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