How Schools Are Funded

Our mission is to ensure that every school guarantees students reach their full potential through rigorous and joyful learning experiences provided in a nurturing environment. The school funding model is designed to support DCPS’ overall mission and goal to provide equitable resources so every student can excel. DCPS’ budget model was updated for the 2022-2023 school year (Fiscal Year 2023). DCPS is continuing with this model for the 2024-2025 school year (Fiscal Year 2025).



The DCPS School Funding Model 

There are three critical factors tied to the school funding model: transparency in funding, increasing equity for students, and year-over-year stability in school budgets.

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