Q: How old does my child have to be to enter Preschool at Tyler (for 2020-2021)?

A: Your child must turn 3 years old by September 30, 2020, to enter Preschool.

Q: How many students are in each class?

A: Preschool classes have a maximum of 15 students in PK3 and 20 in PK4, with one teacher and one aide. Kindergarten through fifth grade classes average 1:17 students with one teacher.

Q: How long is the school day?

A: The school day begins at 8:15 am and ends at 3:15 pm for all ages and grades.  **Note: The virtual schedule for Term 1 is adjusted.  The virtual school day begins at 9 am.  The ending time varies according to student grade-level.

Q: Does Tyler offer Beforecare or Aftercare?

A: Tyler currently provides two programs run by Polite Piggy’s Day Camp (before school care for all ages and after school programming for PK3-2nd grade), as well as DCPS Afterschool programming (students grades 1-5).

The Tyler community came out in full force to participate in the L.E.A.D program which combines learning support to move children academically. Innovative clubs such as Geo Plunge, Theater LAB, Labyrinth Games, chess club, and host of other means support our students’ academic and critical thinking skills development. Physical fitness is encouraged through activities like yoga, tennis, basketball, Girls on the Run, Tyler Soles, Old City Crossfit and soccer.

Q: Does my child need to wear a uniform?

A: Yes. All Tyler students are expected to be in uniform every day. Tyler’s uniform consists of a light yellow top and navy blue bottoms. Yellow tops can be a collared shirt or blouse or a Tyler T-shirt. Acceptable navy bottoms include pants, skirts, or shorts of appropriate length. Navy blue jumpers are also acceptable. Jeans are not permitted.  **Note: Students are not required to wear their uniforms during virtual learning from home.

Q: What does a typical day look like?

A: Students’ schedules vary greatly by grade and program. Your child’s teacher will share your child’s class schedule with you as the new school year begins, including when students have lunch, recess, specials (Art, PE, Health, World Language, Performing Arts and Media) and nap, if applicable.

Q: What curriculum does Tyler use?

A: Tyler follows the same curriculum used in all DC Public Schools including the Common Core Standards for English and Math (Eureka Math) with thematic project-based learning (Cornerstone). Preschool and Pre-kindergarten classes implement the Creative Curriculum.

Q: What if my child has allergies or needs medication throughout the school day?

A: Please notify your child’s classroom teacher as well as Tyler’s nurse, and appropriate actions will be taken.

Q: Does Tyler serve breakfast?

A: Yes. Tyler offers breakfast at 8:15 for all students free of charge.

Q: What’s for lunch?

A: Sodexho provides breakfast and lunch to Tyler students. Menus can be found through the school or at www.dcps.gov/menus.

Q: What if I have more questions than those asked here?

A: Please go to our website www.tylerelementary.net or inquire at the Main Office.

Q: How do I apply?

A: Tyler participates in the city-wide myschooldc.org lottery. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2020 for grades PK–8 and you must select a specific program(s) at Tyler to apply. The programs in the lottery for Tyler are Creative Arts/Traditional and Dual Language. You can apply to one or both programs during the lottery process. DCPS policy is that students applying for the Dual Language program through the lottery must test for proficiency beyond the first grade.