Our Program

Choosing an OSP School

As you begin your search, it is our hope that the information we provide will help you find the right academic environment for your child. To help you get started, we have included some questions to think about and some steps to take when applying to schools participating in the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP).

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What are you looking for in a school?

Most D.C. private schools have more flexibility and autonomy with their curriculum, and school environment. There are many more options to choose from that can meet both your child's and family's needs. In the Document Library page we provide you with a school list and a school directory, with information on all participating OSP private schools.

  • Location: Do you want a school near where you live or work?
  • Religion: Do you want a religious or non-religious school?
  • Activities: What types of services and activities (i.e. before and after care, sports, etc.) do you want for your child?
  • Class size: Will a smaller class size better suit your child?


After considering all of your options, we strongly encourage you to visit schools, research their websites and contact the school admission staff to answer any questions you may have.

The Application Process

Step 1. Mark Calendar for Important Dates

Our schools have a variety of registration deadlines. As you begin to research schools, also make sure to mark down the various dates for their open houses, shadow visits, admission decision notifications, application and financial aid deadlines.

Step 2. Complete Applications

Start early! Many schools have step-by-step directions to make it easier when applying, so make sure to follow directions thoroughly along with submitting any additional documents required (ex. essays, transcripts, and teacher recommendations).

Also, remember:

  • Register for admissions tests if required
  • Identify yourself as an OSP applicant - schools may waive or defer application fees
  • Ask if additional financial aid is available (some schools have tuition higher than the scholarship caps) 

Step 3. Essays & Interviews

Application essays and pre-interview questions are an important part of the process. Have your child share their unique story - share that story in the essay. Also, let the school know the fact that you are applying to the OSP; this is often considered a strength.

Step 4. Submitting Applications

After submitting your applications, follow-up with the school to make sure your application is complete and check in with the school from time-to-time to see if there is anything else you can do. If your child is accepted to more than one school, schedule another visit to ask follow-up questions and to narrow your choices.