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The Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School prepares culturally diverse elementary school students in the District of Columbia to be leaders, scholars and responsible citizens who are committed to social justice.

Stokes teaches children to think, speak, read, write and learn in two languages: English and French or English and Spanish. With a dual focus on academic excellence and community service, the Stokes School accomplishes its mission by creating an environment of achievement, respect and non-violence.

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How to Apply

Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School participates in the My School DC common application and lottery. 

Click here to visit the MySchoolDC site to fill out an application or to learn more about the common application process.

Admissions Requirements

The Elsie Whitlow Stokes School is a D.C. public charter school, and as such accepts applications from all elementary age students living in the District of Columbia.

In order to enter the pre-kindergarten program, students must celebrate their third birthday by September 30th of their first pre-kindergarten year; pre-kindergarten students must also be able to use the bathroom with minimal assistance.

In order to enter kindergarten, students must turn five by September 30th of their kindergarten year.

Penalty for False Information

DC public schools are required to report suspected cases of residency fraud to the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) immediately. In some cases, non-residents may attend DC public schools, but they must pay tuition after meeting established criteria. In addition, in order to  be accepted/admitted  as a non-resident, schools should not have any residents on its waiting list.

Any person, including any District of Columbia public school or public charter school official, who knowingly supplies false information to a public official in connection with student residency verification shall be subject to charges of tuition retroactively, and payment of a fine of not more than $2,000 or imprisonment for not more than 90 days, but not both fine and imprisonment, pursuant to the District of Columbia Nonresident Tuition Act, approved September 8, 1960 and amended by the District of Columbia Public Schools and Public Charter School Student Residency Fraud Prevention Amendment Act of 2012 (D.C. Code §38-312).  The case of any such person may be referred by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education to the Office of the Attorney General.