Demystifying the DC School Lottery: Free Lecture, Feb. 11

“DC Schools Lottery Demystified” will be held Tuesday, Feb. 11 at Riggs LaSalle Rec Center.

Need help with the DC school lottery? Educational consultant E.V. Downey will present a free lecture, “DC Schools Lottery Demystified,” on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 7-8:30 p.m. at the Riggs LaSalle Rec Center. E.V. will discuss how the lottery works, school options and criteria for selecting a school. The lecture is designed for parents who are entering this year’s lottery as well as those who are preparing for future lotteries. Registration is required:

E.V. Downey

E.V., who is herself a graduate of DC public schools, has worked in education for more than 20 years and has helped residents navigate the lottery for seven years.

“I generally help people navigate their choices for the lottery at all grade levels, but I also help with private school applications, special needs issues, choosing housing based on schools, and any sorts of problems that a family might be having with a school,” E.V. says. 

E.V. offers email, text, phone and in-person consulting, tailored to your needs. She also offers tutoring in English, French, history, social studies and can help with organizational skills and homework completion, with a special emphasis on kids who struggle with ADHD or autism.

You can reach out to E.V. at Here’s a message from E.V.:

Hi all, 

I am giving a FREE lecture at the Riggs La-Salle Rec Center this coming Tuesday from 7-8:30 pm. Attendees must register in advance. I will discuss how the lottery works, understanding the different school options, and what you should consider when selecting a school. This event is sponsored by real estate agent Marcela Correa and loan officer David Toaff. While parents doing this year’s lottery are welcome, this is ideal for those who are preparing for future lotteries and/or trying to decide whether they should move in preparation for elementary school. I look forward to seeing some of you there.

Best, E.V.

For a basic primer on the DC school lottery, see School Daze: Get Help with the PK Lottery.

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