(Washington, DC) – On Saturday, December 10, from 10 am to 1 pm., Mayor Muriel Bowser, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), and My School DC will showcase DC Public Schools (DCPS) and public charter schools at the 2022 Virtual EdFEST, the District’s annual school fair. Now in its ninth year, EdFEST returns virtually to provide a one-stop shop for families to learn more about the District’s public school options.
“Selecting a school is an exciting and important decision for families,” said Mayor Bowser. “We have tremendous public schools in DC, and we’re proud that because of those options, we have the most students enrolled in our public schools since we began a citywide count. EdFEST is where families can learn what options are available, connect with our tremendous educators, and get help making the best choice for their child.”
The annual public school fair will take place just ahead of the opening of the My School DC school application and lottery on Monday, December 12. This year’s EdFEST comes on the heels of the District’s announcement that the number of students enrolled in public schools in Washington, DC in the 2022-23 school year is at its highest level since OSSE began doing a District-wide count of public school students in 2007.
“EdFEST is the perfect place for families to learn about the District’s exceptional public school options,” said State Superintendent Dr. Christina Grant. “We have incredible things happening in public schools across all eight wards of the city, and EdFEST gives families direct access to more than 200 schools in a single, convenient virtual location.”
The easy-to-use virtual platform will be familiar to the students and families who attended the event last year. Using an internet-connected device, students and families can log in and explore the city’s many public school options (PK3–Grade 12), get their questions answered directly by school representatives via video or chat, and learn about the public school lottery.
Attendance is free. Language interpretation support is also free and provided in Spanish (Español), Amharic (አማርኛ፤), French (Français), Chinese (中文), Vietnamese (Tiếng Việt), and American Sign Language (ASL). Registration is required. For more information and to register, visit bit.ly/virtualedfest.
Families who need support registering for the event or navigating the lottery process are encouraged to call the My School DC hotline at (202) 888-6336, Monday–Friday, 8 am - 5 pm. On social media, use #EdFEST22 and tag @MySchoolDC before and during the event. The My School DC team, schools, and community partners are excited and ready to meet with families on December 10.