Enrollment for SY2022-2023

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

My School DC

For this upcoming 2022-2023 School Year, Richard Wright Public Charter Schools is a participant in the city-wide “Common Application and Common Lottery” for DCPS and most DC Public Charter Schools. Our application period for SY2022-2023 becomes available December 14, 2022 for Grades 8 through 12. Parents residing in the District of Columbia wishing to enroll their child in grades 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 at Richard Wright Public Charter Schools 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 2, 2022. 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 2, 2022, your child may be subject to becoming waitlisted.

Admissions appointments will be accepted 9am to 2pm Monday - Friday with Ms. Sheler. Please contact Ms Sheler for Admissions at 202.388.1011 ext 120 or via email at kara.sheler@richardwrightpcs.org, Monday-Friday from 9am to 2pm. Walk-ins on Saturdays April 2, April 9th, and April 30th 9am-1pm.

Residency Requirements

To be enrolled at Richard Wright PCS (RWPCS), a parent/primary caregiver must show original documents as proof of DC residency for each student assigned to or wishing to attend RWPCS.

Residency Requirements

New Enrollment Parents/Students Only Info

We are very excited that you selected Richard Wright Public Charter School (RWPCS) to educate your student for the 2022-2023 School Year. We want to thank you for using the My School DC Lottery process and hope that it was a smooth transition for you.

All new families must schedule a meeting with the Admissions Director to complete enrollment and submit residency. Please schedule here.

To secure your student's seat, you must adhere to the following deadlines for registration:

  • Completion of Enrollment Documents
    • SY22.23 MSDC Seat Acceptance Form
    • Emergency Contact Form
    • Laptop Use Agreement
    • Media Release Form
    • Home Language Survey
    • SPED Questionnaire
    • HPV Opt-Out Form
  • DC Proof of Residency and OSSE DC Residency Verification Form DUE - May 1, 2022 Click on the DC Residency Verification Form.pdf below to find the type of documents that are acceptable for SY2022-2023 Residency Verification.
  • Birth Certificate (DUE AT TIME OF ENROLLMENT)
  • Current Health Physical with Immunization Record and Dental Forms (DUE AT TIME OF ENROLLMENT)
  • Individualized Educational Plan or a 504 Plan (if applicable, we MUST have a copy at the time of enrollment)
  • Final Report Card (DUE BY JUNE 20, 2022)
  • Transcript from previous school is MANDATORY for all 10th, 11th and 12th graders (DUE IMMEDIATELY)

You may click here to schedule your appointment with Ms. Kara Sheler, Admissions Director. If you have questions or concerns regarding the enrollment process, please contact me via email at kara.sheler@richardwrightpcs.org or by phone 202.388.1011 ext 120. *Please allow up to 1-2 business days for a reply to all voicemail messages and emails due to the busy nature of the enrollment season.

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Reenrollment Parents/Students Only Info

Current students at RWPCS electing to re-enroll for SY22-23 may do so during the Re-enrollment Period conducted April 1, 2022 to April 30, 2022. All re-enrollments documents are to be completed online by using the below link.

   Returning Student Enrollment

 

Forms to be completed are as follows:

  • SY22.23 Re-Enrollment Form
  • Emergency Contact Form
  • Laptop Use Agreement
  • Parental Notification Form
  • Media Release Form
  • HPV Opt-Out Form

Students failing to re-enroll by April 30, 2022 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.

 

DC Proof of Residency

Returning students' Residency must be proven by May 1, 2022.

Parents MUST download the DC Residency Verification Form below and complete, read and sign Section "C" ONLY. Then submit documentation.

Upload Residency Documents Conveniently From Home!

RWPCS is offering all parents the convenience to upload mandated Residency documents below. Please be sure to write your child's name on your submissions.

   Additional Documents

 

If you have any questions, please email RWPCS Admissions Director, Ms. Kara Sheler, kara.sheler@richardwrightpcs.org or call at 202.388.1011 ext 120.

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.

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.

Non-District Residents Wishing to Apply

Non-District residents wishing to enroll at Richard Wright Public Charter Schools will need to follow the same protocols for D.C. residents and pay tuition. Richard Wright Public Charter Schools' 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 Schools will be open to collect Enrollment Documents from new and returning families on the flowing days:

Saturday April 2th, 2022

Saturday April 9th, 2022

Saturday April 30th, 2022

Please take advantage of these dates to complete and provide mandated documents for enrollment.

Remember: The common enrollment deadline for the school year 2022-2023 is May 2, 2022.

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

Medication and Medical Procedure Treatment Plan

DC Asthma Action Plan

DC Health Anaphylaxis Plan

SY19/20 Dietary Accommodation Request Form

TRANSCRIPT REQUESTS

RWPCS is now offering a convenient and secure link for current and former students to request transcripts online.  Please note, if you have withdrawn at any time during the current school year, contact the registrar for copies of records.  

PLEASE FIND THE TRANSCRIPT REQUEST FORM HERE.

Important Information:

  • Phone, mail, or fax requests will no longer be accepted.
  • *ALL FORMER STUDENTS/GRADUATES: YOU MUST PAY $5 IN ORDER FOR YOUR TRANSCRIPT REQUEST TO BE FULFILLED**  
  • All requests for student records/information will be submitted and paid for online using a credit or debit card here. Please indicate the student's name and "transcript request" in the memo.  
  • CURRENT SENIORS: Please allow 1-2 business days for your request to be fulfilled.
  • PREVIOUS STUDENTS: Please allow 3 business days for your request to be fulfilled.
  • FOR MULTIPLE TRANSCRIPT REQUESTS: Please fill out ONE form per college/university/Company
  • For those requesting to pick up records, an official, unexpired photo ID is required such as a driver's license, passport or military ID.
  • Records will be delivered electronically wherever possible.
  • You will receive emails from leia.harris@richardwrightpcs.org to notify you of the status of your order. It is important you read those emails carefully as additional information may be required to process your request.

Per District policy and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) student records are only available to those who have authorization from the student or parent, guardian, or responsible person if the student is under 18 years of age. If the student is 18 years of age or older, school records will not be released to a parent, guardian, or responsible person without the student's written consent.

WITHDRAWAL REQUESTS

In order to complete a student's withdrawal, Richard Wright PCS must receive valid confirmation of the student's enrollment into another school or confirmation that an exception to the compulsory education rule applies to the student, for example the student is permanently incapacitated or is under 18 but completed the requirements for a high school diploma. Valid confirmation includes a RWPCS withdrawal form completed by the receiving school, official written confirmation from the receiving school that the student is enrolled, or a request for records from the receiving school. Additionally, student information will not be released to the receiving school until documentation required for the withdrawal is completed. 

Students of compulsory age who leave or stop attending school without providing confirmation of enrollment at another school or confirmation that an exception to the compulsory education rule applies to the student will be subject to truancy protocols and processing until confirmation is received. Adult students may withdraw themselves from RWPCS  at any time and such students are not subject to the truancy and compulsory education requirements explained above. 

PLEASE FIND WITHDRAWAL FORM HERE 

Important Information:

  • Phone, mail, or fax requests will no longer be accepted. 
  • PLEASE ALLOW 3-5 BUSINESS DAYS FOR COMPLETION
  • For those requesting to pick up records, an official, unexpired photo ID is required such as a driver's license, passport or military ID.
  • Records will be delivered electronically wherever possible. 
  • You will receive emails from Kara.Sheler@richardwrightpcs.org to notify you of the status of your order.  It is important you read those emails carefully as additional information may be required to process your request.