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Admissions Process & Application

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

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

STEP 1. Online application

(Available Monday, December 11, 2017 — Thursday, February 1, 2018)

Applications to Duke Ellington School of the Arts and all other DCPS and DC public charter high schools are submitted via the MySchoolDC website.  For more information on the application process, see Please note that there are no paper applications – all applications must be submitted online through the site by February 1, 2018!

The online application will request the email addresses of three people, in order for them to submit recommendations.  After the student’s application is completed and submitted, these individuals will receive an email requesting that they complete the recommendation.

If you have any issues submitting application materials, contact the MySchoolDC hotline at 202-888-6336.  Please do not email them individually.

STEP 2. Audition

Audition Week – Saturday, Feb 4 – Saturday, Feb 10, 2018

Applicants may audition for one or two arts majors. Start preparing for your audition now – review the audition procedures found here.

See our Admissions Calendar for audition schedule information.

STEP 3. Academic Assessment Test

DATE: To Be Determined

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.

STEP 4. Family Interview

DATE: To Be Determined

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, Director of Student Affairs and the Director of Admissions. 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 the Admissions Office at