Admissions and Enrollment

Who can apply?

    1. Age: Must be between 16-24 years old.
    2. Residency: Must live in the District of Columbia
    3. Education: For the GED program, there are no education prerequisites. For all other pathways, a high school credential is required.


How do I complete the registration process?

The following must be completed in order to enroll at LAYCCA:

  1. Submit an application. You may go online or in-person to the school.
  2. Take math and reading placement tests at the school
  3. Submit documentation
  • Proof of age
  • Proof of D.C. residency
  • Health Records (vaccinations and TB test)
  • Withdrawal or Transfer Form From Previous School (if applicable)
  • High school credential (if applying to the Medical Assistant, IT, or College Pathway)
  1. Intake interview with a Student Support Specialist (S3) at the school
  2. Attend orientation at the beginning of the school session


When are your registration deadlines?

We accept applications year-round on a rolling basis. However, there are six opportunities during the school year to enroll students. To enroll by a given date, please contact the school about specific testing and documentation deadlines.

For the 2017-2018 school year, new sessions start:

  • September 6, 2017
  • October 2, 2017
  • January 4, 2018
  • February 26, 2018
  • May 2, 2018
  • June 25, 2018

Being a student at the school


Do students have to wear uniforms?

Yes. During orientation, all new students are provided with two red LAYC Career Academy uniform shirts. Any additional shirt costs $15. Students are expected to provide their own khaki pants. If student’s need assistance finding khaki pants, they may reach out to their assigned Student Support Specialist.


What is a student’s daily schedule?

Classes are Monday – Friday.

    1. Breakfast from 8:30 am – 8:55 am
    2. School starts at 8:55 am
    3. Classes are from 9 am – 3 pm
    4. Lunch 12 pm – 12:55 pm


How do I get to your school?

LAYC Career Academy Public Charter School is located at 3224 16th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20010. Just 3 blocks away from the Columbia Heights metro station, the school is metro-accessible on the green line or by buses: 42, 52, 53, 54, H2, H3, H4, H8,  S2, S4, S9, and the Woodley Park-Adams Morgan circulator.


What transportation assistance is available?

Students have access to a DC One Card which enables free metro access. For students older than 22 years old, students may see their assigned Student Support Specialist (S3) about other options for transportation assistance.


How much does it cost to a be a student at LAYC Career Academy?

As a D.C. Public Charter School, LAYCCA is a tuition-free option for any D.C. residents between 16-24 years old. Enrolled students incur no cost to attend our school.


What support services are available?

All students are assigned a Student Support Specialist (S3). During the intake interview of the registration process, students may share with the S3 any non-academic needs, including clothing, transportation, child care, housing, etc. S3’s provide case management, work to support students growth, and secure access to resources outside of the classroom. Please visit the Student Support Services page to learn more.


What courses and programs are offered at the school?

LAYCCA offers English language instruction, GED prep, Medical Assistant training, Information Technology certifications, and college credits through dual enrollment. To learn more about these specific programs and our classes visit the Academics page.


How long does it take to graduate?

It varies by student. Every student at LAYCCA benefits from a personalized learning experience. Students learn at their own pace to achieve their individual educational and career goals. Therefore, the timeline to graduate from a given program depends on the individual student’s prior academic experience and preparedness.


Are you a high school?

No. Our students range from 16-24 years old. We don’t have grade levels (ex: 11th or 12th grade). We also operate on a trimester system with 2 sessions per semester. Instead of a long summer break, our classes operate year-round with more frequent breaks in between sessions. Additionally, while we offer a high school credential, we also offer post-secondary educational certifications and trainings.


Do you offer evening classes or part-time classes?

We understand that many of our students have a need to work. While we currently do not offer evening classes, we are piloting an alternative part-time schedule for students who need to work during the day. Please visit the Academics page to learn more.