D.C.'s #1 Open Enrollment Public School

Tuition-Free, Accelerated Education for Grades 5–12.

How to Apply to BASIS D.C.

BASIS Charter Schools are consistently ranked among the best high schools in the U.S.

Why We’re the Best Public Charter School in DC

World Class Education DC

#1 Open-Enrollment High School in the District of Columbia

(U.S. News & World Report, 2023)

# 1

Best Charter High School in the District of Columbia

(Niche, 2023)

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D.C. National Blue Ribbon School

(U.S. Department of Education, 2021)

What Makes BASIS Charter Schools So Successful?

Learn more about what makes our award-winning charter school stand out from the rest.

Positive School Culture

Our students thrive in a diverse and welcoming community, creating a culture of respect, accountability and perseverance. We hold social events throughout the year that help us build a strong connection among students, parents and teachers. Additionally, we offer a wide variety of extracurricular activities that encourage students to pursue their individual interests and socialize with different groups.

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All Learners Welcome

BASIS DC is open to all students residing in the District of Columbia. There are no entrance exams for admittance. As a public charter school, we provide special education services and support for English language learners. With a variety of academic and socioemotional support systems in place, we are committed to helping all learners succeed.

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Accelerated Academics

Our STEM-infused, liberal arts curriculum follows an accelerated structure, with many subjects taught earlier than you might expect. For example, beginning in grade 6, students take Biology, Chemistry and Physics as stand-alone science courses to prepare for Honors and AP® courses. Our students typically meet the requirements for graduation by grade 11, but most choose to continue their studies into grade 12.

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Discover BASIS DC

BASIS Washington, D.C. has been educating students in the District of Columbia since 2012. Located in the heart of the historic and vibrant Penn Quarter neighborhood, our campus provides a safe and welcoming learning environment for all students.

BASIS Washington, D.C. (5–12)

410 8th St. NW, Washington, DC 20004

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Learn More About Enrollment at BASIS DC

Are there any prerequisites for enrollment?

BASIS DC is open to all students who reside within the District of Columbia. As a public charter school, BASIS DC enrolls students in accordance with state and federal law; we do not restrict admission on the basis of academic achievement or any protected class.

How do the lottery and waitlist work?

BASIS DC participates in, and follows all rules, of the My School DC common citywide lottery. BASIS DC adopts all of the definitions of “lottery” and “waitlist” provided by My School DC. Information about the application and lottery process can be found at the My School DC website

When is the best time to apply?

We recommend completing your application during the My School DC lottery application window. However, you can also submit a post-lottery application. Visit the My School DC FAQs for more details.

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