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Admissions Process & Application

Admissions Process and Application

Ellington auditions current 8th and 9th graders. Non-residents may apply, but if you attend as a non-resident you must pay tuition to DCPS.

Admissions Update March 26th: All Round 1 admissions decisions for all DCPS and most DC public charter high schools will be available at on March 31.


Round 2 applications may be submitted at until May 15. Round 2 applicants will be considered for auditions on a space-available basis, so get your applications in as soon as possible. If you are just applying now, then please:



Ready to Apply to Ellington? Let’s get Started!

The admissions process for Ellington is as easy as 1-2-3-4:

1. Online application

Applications will be available to complete on the MySchoolDC website beginning December 16, 2013 and will be due no later than February 3, 2014.  For more information on the DCPS application process, please go to  Please note that there are no paper applications – all applications must be submitted online through the DCPS site.

The online application will request two letters of recommendation as part of the application.

2. Audition

Auditions will be held February 8 through February 13, 2014. This year you will not receive an individual audition schedule notice – rather you must check the audition schedule and come on the day and time scheduled for your desired department, depending upon the first letter of your last name.

The exact audition schedule may be found here. If you are coming from out of town and need to make advance travel arrangements, please contact our admissions director, Barbara Power, at

Auditions will be here faster than you think! Start preparing now – review the audition procedures found here:

3. Academic Assessment Test

Students who pass their audition will be scheduled for an academic assessment test. The assessment is an important tool for us to understand your report card, and to place you in the proper class sections should you attend Ellington.

The test itself takes approximately 2 1/2 hours, requires no advance preparation, and we will supply all testing materials. NOTE: If you have an IEP or 504 plan, be sure we have a copy in advance so that we can give you the appropriate accommodations.

4. Family Interview

The family interview is the last step. We’ve become acquainted artistically – this is the chance for us to get to know the whole you better.

Family interviews are held with the applying student and at least one supporting adult, staff from the relevant arts department, the Dean of Students, and the Dean of Academics. Interviews are approximately 20 minutes long. They give us a chance to get to know each other better and to see if Ellington seems to be a mutual fit.

Duke Ellington School of the Arts does not discriminate in the admissions process based on an applicant’s disability in conformance with the District of Columbia Human Rights Act.  Admissions candidates who have passed their audition are requested to submit their IEP or 504 Plan prior to testing in order that we may be sure to give an applicant their appropriate testing accommodations.

Have questions? Email Barbara Power at or call 202-298-1777, ext, 1774.


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