Public schools in Washington DC are known for their high-quality education and diverse student population. The city is home to over 150 public schools, ranging from pre-K to 12th grade. Many of the public schools offer a variety of special programs such as language immersion, advanced placement courses, and career and technical education. The majority of the public schools in DC are part of the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) system, which serves roughly 49,000 students annually. DCPS has a strong focus on college readiness and provides a wide array of supports for students such as counseling services, health services, mental health resources, and after school programs. Additionally, DCPS has implemented new measures to ensure equitable access to quality education for all students regardless of race or socio-economic status.