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 2017-2018 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 next application period for SY17-18  becomes available December 1, 2016 for Grades 8 through 11. Parents residing in the District of Columbia wishing to enroll their child in Grade 8, 9, 10, and 11 at Richard Wright Public Charter School must complete an application at for Grade 8 by March 1, 2017 and Grades 9, 10, and 11 February 1, 2017. Enroll via the link here. 

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You will need to log in to your account at  to see your lottery results – or check your email  if you provided an email address. If you were matched with a school through the lottery, you must accept your space by completing the New Student Admission Documents and presenting Proof of Residency by May 1, 2017. 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 1, 2017, your child will be moved to the waitlist.

The documents to be completed:

  • SY17-18 Enrollment Form
  • Emergency Contact Form
  • Home Language Survey

All new students must provide the following documents must be provided to the school the following documents by the specified dates:

  • Copy of Birth Certificate
  • Individualized Educational Plan or 504 Plan (if applicable)
  • Most Recent Report Card (Upon Acceptance)
  • Final Report Card (June 2017)
  • Transcript for 10th and 11th graders (June 2017)


Current students at RWPCS electing to re-enroll for SY17-18 may do so during the Re-enrollment Period conducted  April 1-May 1, 2017Students failing to re-enroll will not be guaranteed placement for the upcoming school year and may be required to participate in the enrollment process with new students seeking admission to the school.

The following documents will be completed:

  • SY17-18 Re-Enrollment Form
  • Emergency Contact Form



All New and Returning students Residency must be proven by May 1, 2017.  YOU MUST VISIT THE ADMISSIONS OFFICE TO SUBMIT DOCUMENTS FOR RESIDENCY.

All parents must have Proof of DC Residency provided to the school by the city-wide deadline of May 1, 2017. To view a list of acceptable items for proof of DC residency, click here.

To accommodate parents busy schedules, we will host Document Collection Events on the following Saturdays:

April 8th     9am-12pm

April 22nd   9-am-12pm

April 29th    9am-12pm


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.

  • Health Certificate may be found here.
  • Dental Certificate may be found here.
  • Human Papillomvirus (HPV) Vaccination Opt-Out Certificate may be found here. (For Girls and Boys)


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.


Richard Wright Public Charter School conducts “Open House” every other Tuesday, 10-11am beginning December 2017. The program is designed for interested families to shadow students in the classrooms and/or speak with the Head of School. Please call Ms. Glover at extension 155, RWPCS Parent and Community Liaison, in advance to schedule your visit. You may email Ms. Glover at to schedule an appointment as well.


Richard Wright Public Charter School does not discriminate against anyone because of race, color, religion, gender, age , national origin, sexual orientation, disability or any other characteristic protected by law in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities.  All information in this application is confidential; your answers will not affect the student’s acceptance.