Enrollment for SY2021-2022

Thank you for your interest in Richard Wright Public Charter School for Journalism and Media Art (RWPCS). Richard Wright Public Charter High School is a public school free of charge serving students who reside in the District of Columbia.

For this upcoming 2021-2022 School Year, Richard Wright PCS is a participant in the city-wide “Common Application and Common Lottery” for DCPS and most DC Public Charter Schools. Our application period for SY2021-22 becomes available December 1, 2020 for Grades 8 through 12. Parents residing in the District of Columbia wishing to enroll their child in grade 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 at Richard Wright Public Charter School must complete an application at www.MySchoolDC.org.

You will need to log in to your account at www.MySchoolDC.org to see your lottery results – or check your email if you provided an email address. If you were matched with RWPCS through the lottery, you must accept your space by completing the New Student Admission Documents via the link below, as well as present Proof of Residency by May 27, 2021. To accept your space you must submit ALL required enrollment forms and proved DC Residency.

If you fail to complete the mandated documents, inclusive of providing DC Residency by the city-wide deadline of May 27, 2021, your child may be subject to becoming waitlisted.

Admissions appointments and walk-ins are accepted 9am to 2pm Monday-Friday with Ms. Sheler. She may be reached at 202.388.1011 ext 120 or via email at ksheler@richardwrightpcs.org.


DC Residency Requirements

All students enrolled in public schools in the District of Columbia (DCPS and charter) must provide proof of residency in the District. Residency verification usually takes place upon enrollment at the school. In addition, students who are matched through the My School DC lottery or offered a space off a waitlist to a DCPS school because of an address-based preference (in-boundary or proximity) must prove residency at the specific address used to determine the preference. In some cases, non-residents may attend DC public schools, but they must pay tuition after meeting established criteria. In addition, in order for non-residents to attend a public school, that school may not have any residents on its waiting list. Residency requirements are established by the Office of the State Superintendent for Education (OSSE) and are processed by schools, not by My School DC. Click HERE for more information regarding Enrollment and Residency.


A bona fide DC resident is defined as a person that has established a physical presence in the District of Columbia. To verify residency, the student’s parent/guardian completes a DC Residency Verification Form and presents documents showing their address. The parent/guardian must enroll that student in person, at the school, and the parent/guardian must be the individual listed on the residency documents. Please find the SY 2020-21 guidelines for verifying residency here.

Non-District Residents Wishing to Apply

Non-District residents wishing to enroll at Richard Wright Public Charter School will need to follow the same protocols for D.C. residents and pay tuition. Richard Wright Public Charter School’s tuition will equal the per-pupil allocations provided by the Uniform Per Student Funding Formula during each fiscal school year.

"Enrollment Saturday" TBA

Richard Wright Public Charter School will be open to collect Enrollment Documents from new and returning families will be announced soon! Please take advantage of this date to complete and provide mandated documents for enrollment.

  • Remember: the common enrollment deadline for school year 2021-2022 is May 1, 2021

Any questions please contact Kara Sheler – Admissions Coordinator at 202.388.1011 ext 120.

Annual Health and Dental Forms

All District of Columbia students Grades Pre-K to 12 must submit health and dental certificates. This District of Columbia Universal Health Certificate (DCUHC) will be used for entry into Child Care Facilities, Head Start and DC public, private and parochial schools. Exception: It cannot be used to replace EPSDT forms or the Department of Health Oral Health Assessment Form. The DCUHC was developed by the DC Department of Health and follows the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) guidelines for child and adolescent preventive health care; from birth to 21 years of age. This form is a confidential document, consistent with the requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) for health providers, and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) for educational institutions.

Mandated Forms:

DC Universal Health Form and DC Oral Health Form

HPV Form

Medication and Medical Procedure Treatment Plan

DC Asthma Action Plan

DC Health Anaphylaxis Plan

SY19/20 Dietary Accommodation Request Form