Parents of rising 5th graders, we have a seat for your child next year at top-ranked Washington Latin – Cooper Campus!

Your rising 5th grader can get a spot TODAY for the 2024-25 school year at Washington Latin’s Cooper Campus.

We have reserved seats for students who:

  • are receiving SNAP (food stamps) or TANF

  • are experiencing homelessness

  • are in the foster care system

This preference is part of the MySchoolDC lottery application – you don’t need to apply separately! Just be sure to check the box at the end of the application that allows the lottery to check if your child qualifies. Read more about the Equitable Access preference.


Questions about Washington Latin or the Cooper Campus? Please call 202.909.2195 for more information, or email us at

If you think you qualify, please contact us! We can help you with the next steps!

Please call 202.909.2195 or email us at!

Why Washington Latin?
  • Excellent FREE public education 

  • Serves grades 5-12 (enroll for 5th, and no need to go back to lottery!)

  • Small classes and personalized attention

  • Excellent teachers – 93% retention rate!

  • Top ranked DC public school (see our Niche rankings!)

  • Opportunities for your children

    • Liberal arts curriculum

    • Arts programing in all grades

    • Language study and travel opportunities

    • Athletics program with 35+ teams

  • Moving to a beautiful NEW CAMPUS at N. Capitol and Harewood Road NE in 2025-26!

What is the Cooper Campus?

Our Cooper Campus is new; we just finished our second year of operations! Many families know about the existing campus on 2nd Street, but Cooper is not as well known to DC families. We want to change that! It will have the same model – small classes, great teachers, and grades 5-12. The Cooper Campus will have grades 5-8 in 2024-25. We are adding a grade each year to eventually serve grades 5-12.

In the fall of 2025, we will move all Cooper grades to a beautiful new building at North Capitol and Harewood Road NE. This will be our permanent home for Cooper’s Middle and Upper School (grades 5-12). 

What grades does Latin offer?

Washington Latin has a middle school through graduation model – grades 5-12. We start in 5th grade, which gives our students an extra year to make the transition to middle school. We spend time working on their organizational skills, so they are able to handle increased work and more difficult classes later. We also spend time building our community, so they are able to feel at home in our school and able to learn and thrive!

We also get to know our students, starting at 10 or 11 years all the way to their graduation from high school – that is an important part of our model. It also means we have families that join our community and stay with us from their oldest child’s 5th grade year through their youngest’s graduation from high school. Community is really important – having students and families over years helps us build our close-knit community. AND your child can stay with us through high school – without re-entering the lottery!

Why 5th? Why not wait until 6th grade?

But why not wait until 6th grade? Well, that is easy – we rarely have ANY spots in 6th grade. This is actually good news, because it shows that our students re-enroll each year (sometimes ALL students re-enroll for the next grade!) We do not open any seats for 6th grade, only offering spots off the waitlist if we have an opening because a student has moved.

So we really hope you will try us out for 5th grade!