How to Apply

BASIS DC applications are submitted through the common application at My School DC.

Open Enrollment Dates

Dec 11

Lottery application opens

Feb 1

Application deadline (Grades 9–12)

Mar 1

Application deadline (Grades 5–8)

Why We’re the Best Public Charter School in DC

World Class Education DC

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Supportive Learning Environment DC

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Accelerated Curriculum DC


Expert Teachers DC

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# 1

Best Charter High School in the District of Columbia

(Niche, 2023)

Shared Leadership Team DC

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 schools stand out from the rest.

Our Academic Program

Our STEM-infused, liberal arts curriculum builds upon fundamentals at an accelerated pace, progressively moving students toward a greater understanding of complex concepts. We offer a diverse range of courses, exposing students to new concepts and ideas while emphasizing skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, and creativity.

Our Teachers

BASIS Charter School teachers are experts in their fields. They bring our curriculum to life every day, consistently extending their knowledge, expertise, and enthusiasm to students. At every grade level, Subject Expert Teachers design challenging and engaging lessons that appeal to different learning styles.

Our Community

Our students thrive in a diverse and welcoming community, creating a culture of respect, accountability, and perseverance. With a variety of extracurriculars offered at each campus, students are encouraged to pursue their individual interests and socialize with different groups.

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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

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.