Frequently Asked Enrollment Questions

Questions about the enrollment process?

Hopefully these answers help! Still have questions?

Contact Asia Bell, Registrar, at or by phone at 202-643-3184.


I want my child to attend Two Rivers. How do I register?

Two Rivers enrolls new students through a random lottery process. The application to enter the lottery for SY23-24 is available at Any student who is a resident of the District of Columbia is eligible to apply. If your child is awarded a space, you will be contacted after April with the enrollment process.

How old does a student need to be to enter PK-3, PK-4, or Kindergarten?
  • To enter PK-3 for the 2023-2024 school year, your student must be 3 years old by September 30.
  • To enter PK-4 for the 2023-2024 school year, your student must be 4 years old by September 30.
  • To enter K for the 2023-2024 school year, your student must be 5 years old by September 30.
Do you maintain a waiting list after the lottery?

Yes, students will be pulled off the waitlist as seats open up. That is, spaces will be filled when a current Two Rivers student withdraws OR if a student who has received an offer declines their seat.

How long will my student stay on the waiting list? Do I need to apply every year?

The waiting list is only valid for one school year. You must apply every year through the My School DC common lottery

How will you contact me if an opening becomes available for my student?

We will make every effort to contact you by phone and email. It is very important to contact My School DC if your phone number or email change. We receive all parent/guardian contact information through your lottery application. You are also encouraged to contact the My School DC hotline at 202-888-6336 to learn your student’s current status on the waiting list.

Do you offer any preferences?

We offer preferences in the following order:

  • Founders 
  • Teacher/Staff 
  • Two Rivers sibling
  • Transfer (Can only be used one time)

Starting in SY22-23, Two Rivers will participate in the District’s Equitable Access Designated Seats Program. In this program,Two Rivers will determine a number of seats per grade which will be reserved until June 1 for students who fit this category: homeless, under the care of the District’s foster care system, qualify for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Two Rivers sought this preference in order to better mirror the demographics of our neighborhoods and wards.

I have more than one child on the waiting list. If one of my children is offered a space, will the others be offered a space?

Once a student receives a student is and is pulled off the waitlist, all qualified siblings are moved to the top waitlist position based on preference.