Family Handbook 2019-20
Family Handbook - Main

Please read this handbook and the related appendices.


Upper School Program of Study

This includes Upper School program information, including graduation requirements, course descriptions, and other important information.


Family Handbook Appendices

This includes all policies, procedures, and other important notices.


Handbook Acknowledgement Form

After you have reviewed the 2019-20 Family Handbook (both student and parent/guardian(s), please complete this form and submit to the school. You can print it and send it to the school with your student, or email the form (this version is editable) to


Welcome from the PFA
Greetings Latin Families,

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! It’s that time of year when we meet and greet everyone at the Welcome Back Get-Together on August 18th in the Martha C. Cutts Gymnasium. This will be a great opportunity to catch up after summer vacation, sign up for volunteer efforts, find out who is in your advisory, and pick up planners and lightly used uniform pieces. You can also sign up for the after-school program and bus service as well as meet and greet your PFA grade representatives (reps).

The Parent-Faculty Association (PFA) exists to connect families, help cultivate a positive school culture, and raise funds in support of school objectives and operations.  READ MORE

2019-20 Calendar

This summarizes the events on our calendar, which is updated throughout the year.

Welcome from Peter
Dear Latin Parents/Guardians,

This summer has been a busy one for us, not only planning for this year but also working on our expansion plans. Even as we continue to work on the new campus, we remain steadfastly focused on ensuring that your children have the kind of enriching and challenging experience at Latin that has been the case for the past 13 years. 

The start of school is just around the corner, and I hope you are looking forward to this new beginning as much as I am. We will get together the afternoon of Sunday, August 18th with our annual beginning of the year gathering in the gym, sponsored by the Parent-Faculty Association (PFA). READ MORE

DC Public Charter Board Profile of Latin

Visit the DC Public Charter School Board profiles for Washington Latin Middle School and Upper School including academic performance data, financial statements, and more.

Athletics Program
Athletics Program and Policies 2019-20

At Washington Latin, we believe in the value of athletics for the entire student body. Coaches feel the responsibility not only to teach their players the skills and strategy behind the game but also to instill respect for the tradition of the game including honorable behavior. Learning to honor the game builds a sense of responsibility.


Support the school!
Show Your Pride

Save a volunteer a call – donate or subscribe now to Latin Pride, our annual all-school fundraising campaign.

Support the Arts at Latin

Join us for the Cocktail Concert at the end of September!

School Store

Purchase school swag and support our Equal Access Fund!

Supply Lists & Fee Estimates
Health & Meals Forms
Health Forms

Health forms required for all students each year.

Free & Reduced Meals (FARMs) Forms

Complete this form to receive financial aid for student fees, including lunch, MAGIS, bus, and more. 

MAGIS Afterschool
MAGIS Afterschool Program for MS Students

Washington Latin’s MAGIS Afterschool Program is offered to middle school students and operates from 3:20 pm to 6:00 pm, Monday-Thursday.  The program is not offered on Fridays, school holidays nor half-days.  Students may enroll for 1 to 4 days per week per session or for the entire year. Drop-in is also possible, though we may not be able to accommodate students joining a particular program as it is offered on as an as-is basis.READ MORE

Vist the MAGIS page for more details.

Transportation Updates
Kids Ride Free Update 2019-20

Learn more about the SmarTrip card distribution for the fall.

Latin Chartered Bus Service 2019-20

Learn more about our bus service, including routes and fees. *Families can receive financial aid; contact us to learn more*

Uniform Policy & Purchasing
Uniform Policy 2019-20

Washington Latin PCS believes that appearance and neatness are important and requires students to meet the highest standards of dress and deportment. We believe parents are our partners in ensuring that students come to school each day well groomed. We require all students to wear uniforms and adhere to the Dress Code at all times while in the school building and at school-sponsored functions.


Attendance Policy
Attendance Policy 2019-20

Philosophy – Attendance Matters! Consistent attendance in school plays a vital role in every student’s academic success and contribution to our community. We want all students at school as much as possible, so they can make the most of the educational opportunities offered in middle and high school. Benefits for the students include:

• Better academic results (immediately and over the long-term)
• More positive attitude about school
• Higher self-confidence
• Good habits that serve students throughout their education and beyond


Communication Guide
Communications Guide

Read about the ways we communicate with parents.

Key Contacts

Important contact information for senior leadership and administration.