Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Enroll My Child?

When are applications due and how do I apply?

The Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science participates in the MySchoolDC.org application and lottery process. Applications open December 12, 2016. The deadline is March 1,2017. Once the lottery results are released on April 1, 2017, parents of accepted students must complete the enrollment documentation and interview process at the middle school to confirm your space for the next academic school year.

May I schedule a tour of the school and can my child accompany me?

Absolutely! Please call the main office at (202) 806-7725 or email info@hu-ms2.org to schedule a tour of the school.

How many openings do you anticipate at each grade level?

We expect to accept at 100 new 6th graders. We anticipate limited spaces available for new 7th and 8th graders

What Do I Need To Know About (MS)2 Policies & Procedures?

What about parking?

Parking is limited to metered and street parking on or near Howard University’s campus. Neither parents, nor staff have access to parking in front of ( MS)2 . We encourage you to plan ahead when traveling to (MS)2 for meetings or events.

If I am dropping off/ picking up my child, can I drive onto campus in the morning/afternoon?

Parents have the ability to drive onto campus for pickup and drop off using the gate on 4th street and Howard Place and must exit through the gate at 6th street and Howard Place.

What is the earliest time that students can arrive?

Students have access to the building beginning at 7:00 am. Breakfast will be served at 7:30 am. Homeroom begins at 7:50 am. Students are marked tardy at 8:00 am.

How many students currently attend HU (MS)2?

Our current enrollment is 274. We expect to serve 310-320 students in the coming school year.

Are students required to wear a uniform? If so, how much does it cost?

Yes, students are required to wear the standard (MS)2 uniform, which includes an (MS)2 polo shirt and straight leg blue uniform style pants/skirt and all black shoes.  Our uniform shirts cost $15. (MS)2 sweaters cost $35. Shirts and sweaters can be purchased on our website or in the business office from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

What time is dismissal?

(MS)2’s program includes a mandatory extended enrichment program for all students that runs  Monday- Thursday from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm. This program typically starts shortly after Labor Day. Prior to the start of the program, students dismiss at 3:30 pm daily. After the program begins, students will dismiss at 4:30 pm, Monday through Thursday. Dismissal alternates between 12:30 pm and 3:30 pm on Fridays based on the school calendar.

What do I do if I need support with purchasing uniforms due to financial difficulties?

If you have financial difficulties that impact your ability to purchase uniforms or other supplies for your child, please reach out to Ms. Leslie Boler in the business office.

My child takes public transportation to get to school. What should I expect?

Students who travel via the Shaw-Howard University metro station have the option of catching the 70/79 metrobus up Georgia Ave. to Howard Place to get to the school. They also have option to catch the Howard University shuttle bus from the metro station to arrive at 6th street and Howard Place. Both locations are a short walk from (MS)2

 

During dismissal, students are encouraged to follow the school’s dismissal plan by walking down Georgia Ave. to catch the metrobus. The Dean Team will supervise students during the dismissal process.

What is the student teacher ratio?

The ratio in most classes is 15:1. However, there are a few classrooms where the ratio is 20:1.

Who do I contact if i have concerns about my child's academic performance?

First and foremost, you should reach out to the teachers in the classes where your child is experiencing difficulties. If you are concerned about your child’s overall performance, you may reach out to your child’s grade level counselor to facilitate a meeting with all of your child’s teachers and/or the administration to develop a plan to support your child’s success.

Does HU(MS)2 offer before and after care?

We do not currently offer before or after care-school care Students are allowed access to the building beginning at 7:00 am. Our school day includes a mandatory extended day program for every student that runs from 3:30 pm-4:30 pm. Students will not be asked to stay any later than 5:15 for any reason. Students will not be supervised after 6:00 pm

What do I do if I want to visit my child's classroom?

We welcome and encourage parents to schedule classroom visits by reaching out to the main office at (202) 806-7725 or email info@hu-ms2.org with the dates and class period(s) that you would like to visit. We will work with the teachers to ensure that the date and times do not conflict with any tests or major projects in the classroom prior to confirming your visit.

What should I do if my child's laptop is malfunctioning?

If you are experience issues with your school issued laptop, please bring it to the school to have it serviced by our Director or Technology, Mr. Leo Manukure. The parent/guardian must bring the laptop as the responsible party. Students may have not bring the laptops to the school.Once the laptop has been serviced, you will be contacted to pick it up at your earliest convenience. Laptops will not be released to students. You may also contact Mr. Manukure with any questions or concerns related to school issued technology.

What about tuition?

Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science is a public charter school. District of Columbia residents attend for free and have priority status for admission. We do accept applications from non-residents. There is an out of state tuition that is determined and managed by the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education. We can not tell you the exact amount as the formula differs every year. Proof of payment is required before your child can attend school.

What Extracurricular Activities Are Available At (MS)2?

What interscholastic sports are offered at HU(MS)2

We currently have girls and boys basketball, cross country, flag football, soccer, girls volleyball. We are still exploring additional options in the future.

What extracurricular activities are offered?

All students are expected to participate in (MS)2  Extended Day Program from 3:30- 4:30pm, Monday-Thursday.Club offerings include: Giles,Inc.Math Club, Design and Technology, Cheerleading, Sewing, Debate Team, Student Government Association, Graphic Art and Design, Yearbook, Poetry, Band, Stock Market, IT and Drama.