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Learn about St. Coletta’s special education program that focuses on functional academics and life skills.

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Spring Open House

Saturday, April 6, 2019
11:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m.

Learn about St. Coletta’s special education program that focuses on functional academics and life skills.

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Our Approach

Our more than fifty years of experience has confirmed that the real focus of education needs to be on the individual learner and the skills he/she needs to be successful in life. We believe that individuals learn best by doing.

To that end, we plan hands-on, theme-based activities that allow for experimentation and trial and error. Instruction occurs as often as possible 
in the natural setting, thus our adults and students spend a lot of time in 
the community.

Student choir performing at the gala 2019

Our Program

The program is an extension of the school’s philosophy that stresses the importance of building on and celebrating individual strengths. Upon graduation students earn a high school certificate in lieu of a high school diploma.

  • Functional Academics

  • Adaptive Physical Education

  • Computer Skills

  • Arts Education

  • Skills of Daily Living

  • Community Based Instructions

  • Vocational Training


Related services are available to students to support them in accessing their educational program. Decisions regarding services are determined during the Individual Education Plan meetings.

  • Speech/Language Therapy

  • Occupational Therapy

  • Physical Therapy

  • Music and Art Therapy

  • Hydrotherapy

  • Assistive Technology

  • Counseling

  • Social Work Services

  • Behavior Management

  • Vision Therapy

  • Autism Resource Services

  • Nursing Services

Who Can Attend?

St. Coletta serves students from Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland. Students served are three to twenty-two years of age, diagnosed with intellectual disabilities, autism or multiple disabilities, and have at least of 24.5 hours of special education services on their IEP. They may also have the following secondary disabling conditions: speech language disorders, vision or hearing impairments, orthopedic impairments, health impairments and behavior disorders. DC residents wishing to enroll students do so through the application/lottery process (described below). St. Coletta offers a special education and sibling preference. Enrollment for students in neighboring jurisdictions is accomplished through the IEP process with the child’s local jurisdiction.

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If you live in the District of Columbia you can apply for admission by sending an application for your child to the admissions office during the open enrollment period. The office is located at:

St. Coletta of Greater Washington
1901 Independence Avenue SE,
Washington, DC 20003

After we receive the information someone will contact you for a tour.

St. Coletta Public Charter School Open Enrollment Information and Lottery Procedure

The following numbers were selected during St. Coletta’s 2020-2021 Lottery held on May 14, 2020 at 6pm:

  • 202110
  • 202101
  • 202111
  • 202106
  • 202109
  • 202115
  • 202118

Although currently closed due to the current public health emergency, St. Coletta continues to accept applications from DC residents. All applications and questions regarding enrollment or the school program can be emailed to Catherine Decker at .

Any applications received after the close of the Open Enrollment period will not be included in the school’s 2020-2021 lottery pool.

The Lottery Process

As per DC Public Charter School Law, selection for admission to the St. Coletta Special Education Public Charter School will be via a random public lottery system. St. Coletta also maintains a wait-list and will offer admission to students on the wait-list as spaces become available.

If a child’s name is selected, the family/guardian will be contacted regarding their intent to enroll their child within the school program. An applicant offered a seat will be required to affirmatively respond to an offer for acceptance in writing within 48 hours. Those applicants not responding within this designated period of time will be removed from the waiting list and be required to reapply should they wish consideration for any future openings.

If there are more names in the lottery pool than spaces available in a house/age level, those students’ names not selected will form a waiting list based on the date in which they completed the application process and went on the lottery pool list. A wait list will be maintained for each of the five house/age levels. All other applications will be placed after them in order of their submission to the waiting list. If a space becomes available during the school year, admissions will be offered to the next student on the waiting list.

No offer shall be made to any student not properly entitled to the available space.

Parents Resources

Return to School Criteria
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First Day of School Letter
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Primer día de clases
Descargar PDF [160 KB]
Orientation & Open House 2020-2021
Download PDF [299 KB]
School Calendar 2020-2021
Download PDF [514 KB]

Residency Verification Information
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Verificación de Residencia
Descargar PDF [329 KB]
Bus Safety Kit
Download [PDF 3.22 MB]
Coronavirus Information
DME Letter [PDF 257 KB]FAQ’s [PDF 294 KB]
Parent Handbook
Manual Para Los Padres

Back to School Documents 2020-2021

(Complete using: DocuSign)


***Returning Students: Please complete information by June 30, 2020.***

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Documentos de Regreso a la Escuela para el Año Escolar 2020-2021

***Estudiantes que retornan: Por favor, completen la información antes del 30 de junio de 2020. Las familias recibirán información adicional y notificaciones anuales (por ejemplo, el Manual para Padres) poco antes del inicio del año escolar 2020-2021.***

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Medical Information
** All returned documents should be emailed to: or faxed to (202)350-8658 **
Nursing Letter [PDF]DC DownloadMD-VA Download
Información médica
DC Descargar PDFMD-VA Descargar PDF
JULY 2019
  • Thursday July 4, 2019
    July 4th Holiday Celebrated – School Closed
  • Friday July 5, 2019
    School Closed for Students and Staff
  • Tuesday July 30, 2019
    Last Day of School for Students – 12:30 pm dismissal – No After Care
  • Wednesday July 31, 2019
    Staff Clean Up Day– School Closed for Students
Back to School 2019-2020 Documents
DC Download PDF [5 MB]MD-VA Download PDF [4.6 MB]

Documentos de Regreso a la Escuela para el Año Escolar 2019-2020

DC Descargar PDF [5.7 MB]MD-VA Descargar PDF [3.2 MB]
School Health Profile Form
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Notice of Proposed Dismissal of Class Action
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FY20 Lead in Water Test Results
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School Profile

DC Public Charter School Board (DC PCSB)
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for St Coletta Special Education PCS.

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