The OSP was created with the belief that all students, regardless of income or zip code, should have access to a quality education, and that parents should have the freedom to decide the best learning option for their children. Specifically, the OSP is geared towards providing the District's children access to a quality education by offering low-income students the opportunity to attend a D.C. private school.
The program began in 2004 as part of a city-wide effort to improve all of the District's educational sectors - public, public charter and non-public - and to expand quality educational options to District families. It is the first federally-funded program of its kind and is the product of a bi-partisan collaborative effort involving former D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams, former D.C. Councilman Kevin Chavous, other D.C. City Council members, school leaders, the White House, the U.S. Congress, and the U.S. Department of Education.
Read all about our beginnings and our program.