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Tuition for Non-Residents

Parents or custodial caregivers are reminded that there is a tuition requirement for non-residents. ‘Resident’ denotes that the parent or the court-appointed guardian with whom the student resides is a District resident, and can verify residency by presenting the required documentation at the DCPS Student Residency Office.

Non-residents must satisfy Office of the State Superintendent of Education’s (OSSE) tuition requirements prior to attendance. The 2019-2020 tuition rate for non-District of Columbia residents is approximately $13,800.

Please note that Ellington is not able to offer any scholarships or financial aid for non-resident tuition, nor do we know of any external financial support options.

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Resident Students New to DCPS

All District-resident students must verify their residency per the DCPS guidelines in order to attend Ellington tuition-free. The residency verification guidelines can be found here on the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) website.

Please note: a student whose parent or custodial caregiver fails to present the required proof of residency within 10 days of the opening of the school year will be excluded from attending Ellington. Please be advised that the Ellington Administration will not accept responsibility for falsification of residence.

For more information on tuition and residency verification please contact the OSSE Residency Office at (202) 727-6436.

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International Students from Abroad Must Audition & Interview

All international students and/or students transferring from international institutions seeking admission to Duke Ellington School of the Arts must first have their transcripts and credentials evaluated by the Office of Bilingual Education. All transcripts must be first approved by Central Office before a student is correctly placed in the proper grade level and/or courses.

Ellington accepts no responsibility or liability associated with these evaluations and subsequent awards of credits.


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