Important Items for the Beginning of the School Year

Below are important resources for the beginning of the school year:

Free/Reduced Lunch Application: Please fill out and return (in person or by email) this form. All families, regardless of income, need to submit an application.

Uniforms: Please see our uniform policy here. Uniforms can be purchased from Risse Brothers online or at their store in Lanham at Uniforms can be purchased on-site at WLA at the Family Orientation on August 7. 

School Calendar: Our school calendar for SY17-18 is up on the website, but can also be accessed here

DC One Card: If your student needs a new DC One Card, please go to to order a new one. 

Highlights for Students

Free Public Charter School

WLA is free for D.C. residents. Minor costs will be incurred for uniforms and activity fees and lunch if FRPL does not apply.

Computers For Each Student

All students receive a laptop computer that they will use every day at school.

Full College Prep Program

Students will receive high-quality college preparation and counseling all four years.

Top Faculty Talent

The WLA staff consists of some of the most talented leaders and teachers anywhere across the country.

Convenient Location

WLA is located at the heart of the historic neighborhood of Brookland in Northeast D.C., 10 minutes away from the Brookland/Catholic University Metro Station.


All students will gain resumé-building, real-world experience through a comprehensive 11th-grade internship.


All students will be assigned a "House" upon entry into WLA. This Harry-Potter inspired tradition builds relationships and healthy competition throughout the WLA experience!

Student Nutrition

We've partnered with Top Spanish to serve tasty and nutritious breakfasts and lunches. 

Public Notification

See our public notification here


See our current breakfast and lunch menu here.

Local Wellness Policy

See our current Local Wellness Policy here

School Health Profile Survey

See your School Health Profile Survey here

“During Advisory Periods, we get to know our students and their goals and ensure they are set up to achieve them.”

— Anthony Guyton, Dean of Students