How Schools are Funded

Our mission is to ensure every student has a world-class education and the resources needed to succeed. The updated budget model is designed to support DCPS’ overall mission and goal to provide equitable resources so every student can excel. DCPS’ updated budget model will go into effect beginning in the 2022-2023 school year, also known as Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23).


Updated Budget Model

There were three critical factors in developing the updated model: transparency in funding, increasing equity for students, and year-over-year stability for the District. We believe the updated model will be transparent and fair for our schools for years to come. ​

Funds are distributed to a school based on its student and staff projections, with additional targeted support provided for students with greater need, while ensuring that schools are provided stability during year-over-year enrollment transitions. ​

Categories of Funding Allocations

Budget Inputs