(Washington Examiner) — A record 6,661 applicants threw their pint-sized hats into the ring for D.C. Public Schools’ annual preschool, pre-kindergarten and K-12 out-of-boundary lottery. While the school system says 59 percent of students were placed in one of their six preferred schools, many parents in baby boom areas were left staring down waitlists. Acting Chancellor Kaya Henderson noted that last year’s application boom drove the school system’s first enrollment increase since 1969. “This year, we exceeded that number, proving that our programs continue to offer exciting options for thousands of families seeking a quality education for their children,” she said. The number of applicants increased by more than 25 percent over 2010’s 5,219 applicants, while the total number nearly doubled the demand of 2009. At the preschool level, applications nearly quadrupled.