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Enrollment & Application

Thurgood Marshall Academy enrolls students entering the 9th, 10th and 11th grade.

Thurgood Marshall Academy is participating in My School DC, a common application for nearly all D.C. public schools. Click the link above to learn more about the common application and common lottery.


Admissions Criteria

Thurgood Marshall Academy has set the following criteria for admission:

  • Student must be entering either the 9th, 10th or 11th grade.
  • Student must have completed the 8th grade or equivalent to enter the 9th grade, or meet all applicable transfer credit requirements to enter either the 10th or the 11th grade.
  • We do not accept applications from students who are 18 or older.
  • Student and parent/guardian must live in the District of Columbia and provide specific documents to verify guardianship and residency.
  • Student must submit a completed application for admission.


Admissions Meet and Greets

Meet and Greets allows prospective families to visit the facility and learn about the school from current students, parents, and faculty. Meet and Greets are scheduled throughout the school year.

Please RSVP to Nadly Julien at (202) 563-6862 ×188 to attend an Admissions Meet and Greet.



Q: My child was matched to Thurgood Marshall Academy. What happens now?

A: Congratulations on being matched to TMA! The next step in the process is completing all required registration paperwork. Our Admissions Counselor will contact you to schedule your Registration Workshop. The Registration Workshop is required for all newly admitted students and usually occurs in May.

Q: What documents will I need for the registration workshop?

A: The following documents are required and must be turned in on the day of the Registration Workshop:

  • Valid DC ID with current DC home address
  • Proof of D.C. Residency: ONE of the following:
    • TANF verification notice or recertification (Must be dated within current calendar year)
    • Medicaid approval letter or recertification letter (Must be dated within current calendar year)
    • Housing assistance letter or recertification letter (Must be dated within current calendar year)
    • District of Columbia Driver’s License AND Car Registration (Both documents must be unexpired and names and addresses must match)
  • A paystub-issued within the past 45 days (Must include current address and show that DC taxes are being withheld)
  • Completed TMA Enrollment Packet
  • A copy of the student’s IEP (if the student qualifies for special education services) or a copy of their 504 plan if the student is eligible
  • A copy of the student’s most recent report card or transcript (10th/11th grade applicants) from their current school
  • Most recent DC CAS scores (if applicable)

Q: I have a son/daughter who already attends TMA. Will their younger sibling have preferential placement?

A: Sibling preference will apply as long as the student applies before the initial application deadline.

Q: My son/daughter applied for the upcoming school year and was not assigned to Thurgood Marshall Academy. Will the application carry over to the next school year?

A: No. Students not admitted to Thurgood Marshall Academy must reapply if they want to be considered for admission the following year.


Have additional questions? Check out the FAQ page on the My School DC website or TMA’s school profile.


Notice of Nondiscrimination

In accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VI”), Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (“Section 504”), Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”), and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 (“The Age Act”), and applicable District of Columbia laws and regulations applicants for admission and employment, students, parents, employees, sources of referral of applicants for admission and employment, and all unions or professional organizations holding collective bargaining or professional agreements with Thurgood Marshall Academy are hereby notified that Thurgood Marshall Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, source of income, disability, or veteran status in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities.

For further information, including but not limited to Title IX, Grievance Procedures, Procedural Safeguards, and Section 504 policies, see the full Nondiscrimination Policy or contact Executive Director Richard Pohlman or (202)563-6862 extension 124.