Prince George's County Public Schools

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Prince George's County Public Schools
PGCPS Logo 2011.png
Type and location
Type Public
Grades PreK-12
Established 1899
Region Prince George's County, Maryland
Country  United States of America
Location 14201 School Lane
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Coordinates 38°48′54″N 76°45′33″W / 38.81496°N 76.75905°W / 38.81496; -76.75905Coordinates: 38°48′54″N 76°45′33″W / 38.81496°N 76.75905°W / 38.81496; -76.75905
District information
Superintendent Kevin M. Maxwell
Schools 205
Budget US$1.6 Billion
NCES District ID 2400510[1]
Students and staff
Students 125,136 (appx)[2]
Teachers 9,000[2]
Staff 18,000 (appx)[3]
Other information
School Board Segun Eubanks, Chair, At-Large
Carolyn M. Boston, Vice Chair, At-Large
Beverly Anderson (Appointed)
Donna Hathaway Beck, District 9
Carolyn Boston, District 6
Edward Burroughs, III, District 8
Zabrina Epps, District 1
Patricia Eubanks, District 4
Carletta Fellows, District 7
Peggy Higgins, District 2
Daniel Kaufman (Appointed)
Curtis Valentine (Appointed)
Amber Waller, District 3
Shabnam Ahmed, Student Board Member
Website www1.pgcps.org

The Prince George's County Public Schools System (PGCPS) is a large public school district administered by the government of Prince George's County, Maryland, United States and is overseen by the Maryland State Department of Education. The school system is headquartered in Upper Marlboro and the district serves Prince George's County. The district is headed by Kevin M. Maxwell[4] and a 14-member Board of Education.[5]

With approximately 125,136 students enrolled for the 2013-14 school year, the Prince George's County Public Schools system is the second largest school district in the state of Maryland;[2] the third largest school district in both the Washington Metropolitan Area and Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area, after Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia and Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland; and it's one of the top 25 largest school districts in the nation.[3] PGCPS operates 204 schools and special centers[2] which include: 122 elementary schools (PreK-5),[2] 24 middle schools (6-8),[2] 23 high schools (9-12),[2] and 12 academies (PreK-8).[2] The school system also operates 9 special centers,[2] 2 vocational centers,[2] 5 alternative schools,[2] 8 public charter schools,[2] and the Howard B. Owens Science Center,[6] serving students from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12.[2] PGCPS operates the two largest high schools in the state of Maryland — (Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr. High School and Northwestern High School), respectively. The school system transports over 90,536 students, daily, by its fleet of 1,335 GPS-equipped school buses, on 5,616 bus routes. PGCPS employs approximately 18,000 staff members[3] which includes an estimated 9,000 teachers.[2] The approved operating budget for FY2012–13 is approximately US$1.6 billion[2] with a per pupil expenditure of US$11,753.[3] Average teacher salary ranges from US$55,689 for teachers with a Bachelor's Degree to US$80,009 for teachers with a Doctorate's Degree.

Kevin M. Maxwell is the new CEO (superintendent) of the school system,[7] Maxwell is a product of Prince George's County Public Schools, having graduated from Bladensburg High School.[7] replacing Alvin Crawley. Maxwell came from the Anne Arundel County Public Schools system, where he led the school district as superintendent for seven years. Maxwell served as an educator within the school district for 22 years as a teacher,[7] then principal and Chief Educational Administrator at Northwestern High School and its feeder schools,[7] before leaving PGCPS in 2000 to become principal at Walter Johnson High School in Montgomery County. Outgoing interim superintendent, Alvin Crawley, withdrew his name from the running for permanent superintendent, due to a massive reorganization of the PGCPS Board of Education that was spearheaded by current county executive, Rushern Baker, which would limit the powers of the school board and give more control to the superintendent.[8]

In terms of racial demographics, African-Americans make up the majority of the systems students at 67.4%, followed by 22.6% Hispanic, 4.6% Caucasian, 2.9% Asian, and remaining 2.4% comprising various other races.

In June 2009, the PGCPS became one of the first school systems in America, to name one of their schools after current President Barack Obama. Barack Obama Elementary School, in Upper Marlboro, opened in August 2010.[9][10]

History[edit]

Early schools in Prince George's County[edit]

In 1899, the first High School was built in Prince George's County, at the northeast corner of Montgomery and Eighth Streets in Laurel, Maryland, and was named, Laurel High School.[11]

In 1902, Frederick Sasscer, Jr. became Superintendent Schools, a post he held until 1914.[12]

Desegregation[edit]

Desegregation busing in the United States#Prince George 27s_County.2C_Maryland

School consolidation (SY2009–2010)[edit]

On March 26, 2009, the Prince George's County Public Schools Board of Education voted to consolidate eight under-enrolled schools in the county and expand magnet program offerings within the school system. This decision was made after a series of community briefings, public hearings, more than 2,500 survey responses, and additional public input.[13]

This process of expanding opportunities for students began in June 2008. The Board of Education directed the school district to conduct a comprehensive review of school enrollments in September 2008. Recognizing that some schools were significantly under-enrolled, the Board of Education sought to offer more educational opportunities in historically under-served areas of the county, relieve overcrowding where possible, and improve operating efficiencies. The Board of Education used constituent feedback to refine the proposal made by Interim Superintendent Dr. William R. Hite, Jr. earlier this year, and reduced the number of schools to be consolidated to eight (8) instead of 12. The plan still relieves overcrowded schools, identifies space for new academic choices, and expands successful programs. The school district’s next step will be to solicit public input on what new or expanded programs communities would like to see in their schools.

In January 2009, the Superintendent presented the Board with the first of four phases in a proposal. Phase I was approved with the following components for the 2009–2010 school year:

  • No high schools were affected by Phase I.
  • Eight schools were consolidated and students were reassigned for the 2009–2010 school year. The following schools were closed (permanently) starting with the 2009–2010 school year: Berkshire Elementary, John Carroll Elementary, John E. Howard Elementary, Matthew Henson Elementary, Middleton Valley Elementary, Morningside Elementary, Owens Road Elementary, and G. Gardner Shugart Middle School.
  • Five schools were converted to Kindergarten through Grade 8 (K-8) programs: Andrew Jackson Middle School, Samuel P. Massie Elementary School, and William W. Hall Elementary School, whom of which enroll students in grades K-8, while Henry G. Ferguson Elementary School and Eugene Burroughs Middle School, were combined to create The Accokeek Academy PreK-8 school with the Talented & Gifted Center (TAG) Magnet Program from Henry Ferguson carrying over to the newly combined school and expanding to include grades 7 & 8.
  • Benjamin D. Foulois Elementary School was converted to a K-8 Creative & Performing Arts magnet center for the southern end of the county, replicating the current program at Thomas G. Pullen Arts Magnet School.
  • Concord, Dodge Park, District Heights, and Oakcrest elementary schools were removed from the list of potential schools to be closed/consolidated.
  • Communities will make recommendations on what new magnet programs they want for their schools (i.e. Foreign Language Immersion, Montessori, etc.)

Transportation[edit]

An IC Bus CE-series school bus model, off of Maryland Route 450 in Landover Hills, Maryland

Prince George's County Public Schools offers students transportation to and from school with its own transportation system. The system runs a fleet of various school bus models by Blue Bird Corporation, IC Bus, and Thomas Built Buses. Models include rear-engined and front-engined types, which all operate under diesel fuel. Special needs children are also provided with a bus that is accessible to them. All buses visibly display "Prince George's County Public Schools" on both sides of the bus.[14] The transportation department operates from 13 bus lots, which in total operate over 1200 buses on over 5000 routes. The ridership varies annually, although at least 93,000 students ride buses provided by the department. All routes consist of three digit numbers, such as 001, and a letter-digit route, such as B12.[15] In addition to transportation to and from schools, the school district runs buses for school field trips, athletic events, and other approved necessities for a bus in Maryland.[16] Ridership of each bus is determined by the distance in which the student lives from their school, which includes but not limited to two miles for intermediate and secondary schools and one and half mile for primary schools. Each route is determined through a trapeze system, in which information regarding students is entered into a computer system and the outcome being their route number.[17]

List of schools[edit]

High schools[edit]

All high schools in Prince George's County operate with a "comprehensive" model as their base, with the exception of the new Academy of Health Sciences at Prince George's Community College, which is a middle college program. All students are assigned to a high school based on an "attendance area."

Magnet Programs operate as a "School-Within-A-School" model, where the magnet serves as an alternative program---in addition to the main comprehensive program---and students from outside the regular attendance area of the high school are enrolled and accepted into the magnet, either through continuity (automatic continuation from a middle school magnet program to the high school level equivalent) or more commonly, through a "Magnet Lottery", where students apply for a magnet program and are granted acceptance through a random drawing. Enrollment into the Center for the Visual and Performing Arts is through audition only.

Several high schools have also implemented a "Smaller Learning Community" model, where they offer anywhere from two or more Academy Programs, which effectively breaks a school down into several smaller schools within the school, by allowing students to essentially declare a major (such as a student attending a college or university) through career academies such as "Arts, Media, and Communication" or the "National Academy of Finance," for example. Larger high schools typically have more academy program offerings.

All high schools within PGCPS operate on a staggered school day schedule, where some high schools start as early as 7:45am and end as early as 2:25pm, and other high schools start as late as 9:30am and end as late as 4:10pm.[18] All high schools operate on an alternating A/B-day block scheduling system, where one group of classes are taken on "A-Days" and a different group of classes are taken on "B-Days," and the cycle repeats. Most high schools have between three and four lunch shifts, depending on enrollment and eating accommodations. The only exceptions are Eleanor Roosevelt High School—which has adopted a modified hybrid block schedule in which both traditional single period courses and double period (block schedule) courses are integrated—and the Academy of Health Science at Prince George's Community College.

High Schools
SCHOOL WEBSITE LOCATION OPENING DATE
(Current Facility)
GRADES ENROLLMENT
(2013–14)
SQUARE FOOTAGE ATTENDANCE HOURS
(Start/End)
SPECIALIZED PROGRAMS
Academy of Health Sciences at Prince George's Community College Link Largo 2011 9-11 303 N/A 9:30a – 4:40p Current Program(s): Academy of Health Sciences
NOTES & COMMENTS: This high school is ran in conjunction with the Prince George's Community College (PGCC) with classes being held on the PGCC campus and is the State of Maryland's first middle college. The school admitted the first class of 100 Freshman in Fall 2011. A new grade level will be added each year until a full, four year, grades 9-12 high school is operational. There will be a total of 400 students.
Bladensburg High School Link Bladensburg 2005 9–12 1,816 304,000 9:30a – 4:10p Current Program(s): Biomedical Magnet Program; Career and Technical Education Magnet Program; Academy of Hospitality and Tourism; America's Choice School Design Signature Program

Future Program(s): Academy of Health and Biosciences; Academy of Graphic Arts, Media and Communications

NOTES & COMMENTS: Bladensburg received a state-of-the-art, replacement facility, in August 2004.
Bowie High School
(included with Bowie High School Annex)
Link Bowie 1965 10–12 2,573 280,306 7:45a – 2:25p Current Program(s): SUMMIT Scholar Signature Program

Future Program(s): Academy of Information Technology; Performing Arts Academy; Academy of Environmental Sciences

NOTES & COMMENTS: Bowie High School has two physical campuses. 10th-12th grade attend classes at the main campus and 9th graders attend classes at the "Belair Annex" (a former middle school) a half mile away. Bowie was ranked #1,173 on Newsweek's Top 1500 Public High Schools in America", for 2010. The SUMMIT Scholar Program at Bowie, is a four-year course of study through which a select group of students (60-65 students per grade level) follows a comprehensive curriculum combining accelerated Honors level and rigorous Advanced Placement course work. The Program combines Honors, SUMMIT, and Advanced Placement courses yet remains an integral part of the high school community at Bowie; SUMMIT scholars do not comprise a school within a school.
Bowie High School Annex
(included with Bowie High School)
Link Bowie 1963 9 N/A 102,351 7:45a – 2:25p Current Program(s): SUMMIT Scholar Signature Program

Future Program(s): Academy of Information Technology; Performing Arts Academy; Academy of Environmental Sciences

NOTES & COMMENTS: Bowie High School has two physical campuses. 10th-12th grade attend classes at the main campus and 9th graders attend classes at the "Belair Annex" (a former middle school) a half mile away. Bowie was ranked #1,173 on Newsweek's Top 1500 Public High Schools in America", for 2010. The SUMMIT Scholar Program at Bowie, is a four-year course of study through which a select group of students (60-65 students per grade level) follows a comprehensive curriculum combining accelerated Honors level and rigorous Advanced Placement course work. The Program combines Honors, SUMMIT, and Advanced Placement courses yet remains an integral part of the high school community at Bowie; SUMMIT scholars do not comprise a school within a school.
Central High School Link Capitol Heights 1961 9–12 817 168,366 7:45a – 2:25p Current Program(s): French Immersion Magnet Program; International Baccalaureate (IB) Magnet Program; Law, Education and Public Service Academy; AVID Signature Program; America's Choice School Design Signature Program

Future Program(s): Global Studies Academy; Academy of Graphic Arts, Media and Communications

NOTES & COMMENTS: Central was ranked #1,429 on Newsweek's Top 1500 Public High Schools in America", for 2010.
Crossland High School Link Temple Hills 1963 9–12 1,224 313,276 7:45a – 2:25p Current Program(s): Technical Academy Magnet Program; International Baccalaureate (IB) Program (Non-Magnet); Global Studies Academy; America's Choice School Design Signature Program; Crossland Evening High School

Future Program(s): Academy of Architecture and Design; Academy of Transportation Technologies; Performing Arts Academy

NOTES & COMMENTS: Crossland was named an IB World School, in 2009.
Frederick Douglass High School Link Upper Marlboro 1965 9–12 1,011 184,417 7:45a – 2:25p Current Program(s): International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme; America's Choice School Design Signature Program

Future Program(s): Academy of Global Studies; Academy of Business and Finance; Academy of Information Technology

NOTES & COMMENTS:
DuVal High School Link Lanham 1960 9–12 1,629 281,281 8:30a – 3:10p Current Program(s): Aerospace Engineering and Aviation Technology Program; Project Lead The Way Pre-Engineering Academy; America's Choice School Design Signature Program; Academy of Consumer Services, Hospitality & Tourism; Academy of Humanities, Leadership & Public Service; Academy of Engineering and Science; Academy of Graphic Arts, Media and Communications

Future Program(s): Academy of Transportation Technologies

NOTES & COMMENTS: DuVal received a state-of-the-art, $13.4 million USD, 65,995 sq. ft., 600-student classroom addition, in 2007. The addition added a music wing and two-story academic wing. Starting in SY2014, DuVal will house a new specialized Aerospace Engineering and Aviation Technology Program. Admission is based on competitive examination, only, and prospective students will take the same specialized examination currently used for entrance into the Science and Technology Center.
Fairmont Heights High School Link Capitol Heights 1950 9–12 751 174,128 8:30a – 3:10p Current Program(s): Biotechnology Magnet Program; National Academy of Finance; Information Technology; America's Choice School Design Signature Program

Future Program(s): Academy of Environmental Studies; Performing Arts Academy

NOTES & COMMENTS: Fairmont Heights is one of three PGCPS high schools which house a special Health and Wellness Center, which is an on site medical facility, operated under the auspices of the County’s Health Department.
Charles Herbert Flowers High School Link Springdale 2000 9–12 2,036 332,500 7:45a – 2:25p Current Program(s): Science and Technology Center Magnet Program; National Academy of Finance; Project Lead The Way Pre-Engineering Academy; ProStart: Hospitality and Restaurant Management Program

Future Program(s): Academy of Engineering and Science; Academy of Information Technology

NOTES & COMMENTS: Flowers was ranked #1,445 on Newsweek's Top 1500 Public High Schools in America", for 2009.
Forestville High School Link Forestville 1965 9–12 792 193,222 8:30a – 3:10p Current Program(s): Military Academy; America's Choice School Design Signature Program
NOTES & COMMENTS:
Friendly High School Link Fort Washington 1970 9–12 1,034 236,861 7:45a – 2:25p Current Program(s): Academy of Health and Biosciences; America's Choice School Design Signature Program

Future Program(s): Academy of Engineering and Science; Academy of Information Technology

NOTES & COMMENTS:
Gwynn Park High School Link Brandywine 1956 9–12 1,102 194,845 7:45a – 2:25p Current Program(s): Technical Academy Magnet Program; America's Choice School Design Signature Program

Future Program(s): Academy of Hospitality and Tourism; Academy of Environmental Studies; Academy of Transportation Technologies

NOTES & COMMENTS:
High Point High School Link Beltsville 1954 9–12 2,239 318,376 7:45a – 2:25p Current Program(s): AVID Signature Program; America's Choice School Design Signature Program

Future Program(s): Academy of Engineering and Science; Academy of Environmental Studies; Academy of Military Science

NOTES & COMMENTS: High Point received the Siemens Award for Advanced Placement, in 2004. High Point was ranked #1,361 on Newsweek's Top 1500 Public High Schools in America, for 2010. U.S. News & World Report named High Point a Silver Medal School, in 2010.
Largo High School Link Upper Marlboro 1970 9–12 1,102 243,581 7:45a – 2:25p Current Program(s): Biotechnology Magnet Program; AVID Signature Program; America's Choice School Design Signature Program; Largo Evening High School

Future Program(s): Academy of Health and Biosciences; Academy of Hospitality and Tourism

NOTES & COMMENTS:
Laurel High School Link Laurel 1961 9–12 1,764 371,531 7:45a – 2:25p Current Program(s): Technical Academy Magnet Program; International Baccalaureate (IB) Program (Non-Magnet); Academy of Global Studies; America's Choice School Design Signature Program

Future Program(s): Academy of Transportation Technologies; Academy of Information Technology; Academy of Architecture and Design

NOTES & COMMENTS: Laurel completed a 600-student classroom addition, as well as a brand new auditorium, in the Spring of 2010. Laurel was also ranked #1,343 on Newsweek's Top 1500 Public High Schools in America", for 2010.
Northwestern High School Link Hyattsville 2000 9–12 2,217 386,000 Comprehensive
9:30a – 4:10p

CVPA Magnet
8:15a – 4:10p

Current Program(s): The Jim Henson Center for the Visual and Performing Arts Program; America's Choice School Design Signature Program; School of Business Management and Finance (National Academy of Finance • Academy of Business Management); School of Human Resource Services (The International Studies Academy • NJROTC Academy of Military Science); School of Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology (Project Lead The Way Pre-Engineering Academy); Colours Performing Arts Program; Northwestern Evening High School; Northwestern Adult Evening High School; Northwestern Saturday Academy

Future Program(s): Academy of Law, Education and Public Service; Performing Arts Academy

NOTES & COMMENTS: Northwestern received a state-of-the-art, $45 million replacement facility, which opened in August 2000. At 386,000sq. ft., it was (at the time) the largest high school in the state of Maryland in terms of total square footage. It was surpass in physical size by the new Dr. Henry Wise, Jr. HS (also in Prince George's County), in 2006. Northwestern is the second largest high school in Maryland. U.S. News & World Report named Northwestern a Silver Medal School, in 2010. Northwestern became the counties' second location for the Center for the Visual and Performing Arts program, in Fall 2013. The program is in-boundary, only, and draws students from the Hyattsville Middle School for the Creative and Performing Arts. Entrance into the program is through competitive audition only. Northwestern is one of three PGCPS high schools which house a special Health and Wellness Center, which is an on site medical facility, operated under the auspices of the County’s Health Department.
Oxon Hill High School Link Oxon Hill 2013 9–12 1,361 243,048 9:30a – 4:10p Current Program(s): Science and Technology Center Magnet Program; AVID Signature Program; America's Choice School Design Signature Program; Academy of Business and Finance (Academy of Accounting and Finance • Academy of Business Administrative Services • Academy of Business Management); Academy of Engineering; Academy of Graphic Arts and Media; Academy of Hospitality and Tourism (Academy of Hospitality and Restaurant Management); Academy of Military Sciences

Future Program(s): Academy of Health and Biosciences

NOTES & COMMENTS: Oxon Hill was ranked #957 on Newsweek's Top 1500 Public High Schools in America", for 2010. In August 2013, Oxon Hill relocated into a brand new LEED-certified building, that replaced the decades old former facility. The new school was constructed adjacent to the former building. Oxon Hill is one of three PGCPS high schools which house a special Health and Wellness Center, which is an on site medical facility, operated under the auspices of the County’s Health Department.
Parkdale High School Link Riverdale 1968 9–12 2,046 265,201 7:45a – 2:25p Current Program(s): International Baccalaureate (IB) Magnet Program; America's Choice School Design Signature Program; Academy of Global Studies; Capital One Student Banking Program

Future Program(s): Academy of Architecture and Design; Academy of Law, Education and Public Service; Academy of Military Science

NOTES & COMMENTS: Parkdale received a state-of-the-art, 400-seat classroom addition, in November 2007. Parkdale was ranked #1,481 on Newsweek's Top 1500 Public High Schools in America", for 2010.
Potomac High School Link Oxon Hill 1965 9–12 1,067 218,083 7:45a – 2:25p Current Program(s): America's Choice School Design Signature Program; National Academy of Finance; School of Arts, Media and Communications (Academy of the Arts-Dance • Academy of the Arts-Music • Academy of the Arts-Visual); School of Business Management and Finance (Academy of Finance • Academy of Business Management); School of Consumer Services, Hospitality and Tourism (Academy of Hospitality and Restaurant Management); School of Human Resource Services (Academy of Military Sciences • Academy of Law, Education and Public Service • Teacher Academy of Maryland); School of Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology (Project Lead the Way Pre-Engineering Academy • Information Technology)

Future Program(s): Academy of Environmental Studies; Academy of Graphic Arts, Media and Communications

NOTES & COMMENTS: Potomac received a state-of-the-art, 600-seat classroom addition, in January 2008.
Eleanor Roosevelt High School Link Greenbelt 1974 9–12 2,445 327,458 8:30a – 3:10p Current Program(s): Science and Technology Center Magnet Program; Capstone Program; Gilder-Lehrman American History Program; National Academy of Finance; Quality Education in Science and Technology (QUEST) Program/Academy of Information Technology (AOIT)
NOTES & COMMENTS: Eleanor Roosevelt has been twice recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence both in 1991 and 1998, as well as a Maryland Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in 1991 and 1998. It was also named a New American High School in 1999, and it received the Siemens Award for Advanced Placement in 2002. Roosevelt was also named a National School of Character in 2002. Roosevelt was ranked #409 on Newsweek's "Top 1500 Public High Schools in America," for 2010. U.S. News & World Report named Roosevelt a Silver Medal School in 2008.
Suitland High School
(included with Suitland High School Annex)
Link Forestville 1951 9–12 1,882 324,046 Comprehensive
8:30a – 3:10p

CVPA Magnet
8:30a – 4:40p

Current Program(s): Center for the Visual and Performing Arts Magnet Program; International Baccalaureate (IB) Magnet Program; Technical Academy Magnet Program (The Jesse J. Warr Vocational Center); America's Choice School Design Signature Program; Navy Junior ROTC (NJROTC) Academy; School of Business and Finance (National Academy of Finance)

Future Program(s): Academy of Architecture and Design; Academy of Transportation Technologies; Academy of Military Science

NOTES & COMMENTS: Suitland High School has TWO physical campuses: the main campus and the "annex" (a former elementary school) located directly behind the main campus, which houses the majority of the schools "Center for the Visual and Performing Arts" magnet program. Suitland was named a 1989 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.
Suitland High School Annex
(included with Suitland High School)
Link Forestville 1963 9-12 N/A 70,933 Comprehensive
8:30a – 3:10p

CVPA Magnet
8:30a – 4:40p

Current Program(s): Center for the Visual and Performing Arts Magnet Program; International Baccalaureate (IB) Magnet Program; Technical Academy Magnet Program (The Jesse J. Warr Vocational Center); America's Choice School Design Signature Program; Navy Junior ROTC (NJROTC) Academy; School of Business and Finance (National Academy of Finance)

Future Program(s): Academy of Architecture and Design; Academy of Transportation Technologies; Academy of Military Science

NOTES & COMMENTS: Suitland High School has TWO physical campuses: the main campus and the "annex" (a former elementary school) located directly behind the main campus, which houses the majority of the schools "Center for the Visual and Performing Arts" magnet program. Suitland was named a 1989 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.
Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr. High School Link Upper Marlboro 2006 9–12 2,297 434,600 9:00a – 3:40p Current Program(s): Technical Academy Magnet Program; Academy of Health and Biosciences; Academy of Computer Networking

Future Program(s): Performing Arts Academy

NOTES & COMMENTS: At 434,600 sq. ft. and with a capacity of 2,600 students, Wise is the largest high school in the state of Maryland when measured by total square footage. It was completed in August 2006 and features a 5,000-seat professional gymnasium---the largest of any school in the Washington Metropolitan Area.

Middle schools[edit]

Intermediate schools are referred to as "middle schools" in the PGCPS system, and operate as either grades 6–8 middle schools or Grades 7–8 middle schools. Grades 7–9 Junior High Schools were phased out in the mid-1980s. In the last few years, efforts have been made to convert most middle schools to the more popular Grades 6–8 model. Issues in the past such as over-enrollment, lack of classroom space, and funding, had made it hard to convert all middle schools to a Grades 6–8 configuration, but with increased funding and the addition of new middle schools, the transitions is slowly being made. As of SY2012–2013, only 4 of the 24 middle schools in the school district, retain the old Grades 7-8 configuration.

Most middle schools in Prince George's County operate with a "comprehensive" model, as their base. Most students are assigned to a middle school based on an "attendance area." Most magnet programs operate as a "School-Within-A-School" model, where the magnet serves as an alternative program---in addition to the main comprehensive program---and students from outside the regular attendance area of the middle school are enrolled and accepted into the magnet, either through continuity (automatic continuation from an elementary school magnet program to the middle school level equivalent) or more commonly, through a Magnet Lottery, where students apply for a magnet program and are granted acceptance through a random drawing. Almost all middle schools have a whole-school "Signature Program" that includes a specialized program of instruction which is the foundation of the schools comprehensive program.

All middle schools in the PGCPS operate on a staggered school day schedule, where some middle schools start as early as 7:30 am and the end as early as 2:50 pm, and other middle schools start as late as 9:00 am and end as late as 4:20 pm. All middle schools operate on a modified block scheduling system, where some classes meet for as long as 70-minutes, daily. For the SY2012-13 and beyond, an additional 40-minutes of instruction time has been added to the school day for all middle schools and their students, within the school district.[19]

In a cooperative effort of the county government, Board of Education, and the Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), some M-NCPPC community centers are physically connected to middle schools, throughout the district. The unique community park/school centers features shared use areas which include: a gymnasium; multi-purpose room; exercise/fitness room; dance room; arts and crafts room; computer lab; offices; storage areas; patio area; and restrooms. There are tennis courts and unlighted fields located, on-site, at select centers.

Middle schools
School Website Location Opening date
(Current facility)
Grades ENROLLMENT
(2011–12)
SQUARE FOOTAGE Attendance hours
(Start/end)
SPECIALIZED PROGRAMS Notes and comments
Buck Lodge Middle School Link Adelphi 1958 6–8 846 122,497 7:30a – 2:50p
Charles Carroll Middle School Link New Carrollton 1961 6–8 985 114,778 7:30a – 2:50p
Stephen Decatur Middle School and Community Center Link Clinton 1971 6–8 735 120,070 9:00a – 4:20p
  • AVID Signature Program
This school has a full Community/Recreation Center directly connected to the facility.
Drew-Freeman Middle School Link Suitland 1960 7–8 635 142,413 7:30a – 2:50p
Dwight D. Eisenhower Middle School Link Laurel 1969 6–8 935 139,951 8:30a – 3:10p
  • AVID Signature Program
Isaac J. Gourdine Middle School Link Fort Washington 1969 6–8 474 136,707 7:30a – 2:50p
  • AVID Signature Program
  • Autism Program
Greenbelt Middle School Link Greenbelt 2012 6–8 988 143,277 9:00a – 3:40p A new 32 million USD, 143,277-square-foot, 990-student, LEED certified Greenbelt Middle School, opened in August 2012 to replace the old facility which dated back to 1937.[20] The total project cost 53.6 million USD.[21] The new school opened up with the addition of a brand new Talented and Gifted (TAG) Center magnet program for the northern-area of the county.[22]
Gwynn Park Middle School Link Brandywine 1968 6–8 516 129,348 7:45a – 2:25p
  • AVID Signature Program
Hyattsville Middle School Link Hyattsville 1938 7–8 757 119,597 9:00a – 4:20p The magnet program at Hyattsville has a limited attendance-area, and is available to students in Regions 2 ann 5, only
Thomas Johnson Middle School Link Lanham 1968 6–8 992 133,631 9:00a – 4:20p
Dr. Ernest Everett Just Middle School Link Mitchellville 2002 6–8 795 122,220 7:30a – 2:50p
This school shares its space with a full community/recreation center which is directly connected to the facility.
Kenmoor Middle School Link Landover 1973 6–8 691 128,381 9:00a – 4:20p 1989 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and a 1989 Maryland Blue Ribbon School
Kettering Middle School Link Upper Marlboro 1977 6–8 512 120,800 7:30a – 2:50p
1993 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and a 1993 Maryland Blue Ribbon School
Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School Link Beltsville 1972 6–8 652 127,516 9:00a – 4:20p
  • AVID Signature Program
1993 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and a 1993 Maryland Blue Ribbon School
James Madison Middle School Link Upper Marlboro 1972 7–8 808 129,348 9:00a – 4:20p
Thurgood G. Marshall Middle School Link Temple Hills 1962 6–8 723 120,192 7:45a – 2:50p
Samuel Ogle Middle School Link Bowie 1967 6–8 843 133,631 9:00a – 4:20p
  • AVID Signature Program
Nicholas Orem Middle School Link Hyattsville 1962 6–8 712 105,697 9:15a – 4:35p
Oxon Hill Middle School Link Fort Washington 1972 7–8 544 106,801 9:15a – 4:35p
  • AVID Signature Program
Benjamin Stoddert Middle School Link Temple Hills 1957 6–8 616 101,862 7:30a – 2:50p
Benjamin Tasker Middle School Link Bowie 1970 6–8 936 161,678 7:30a – 2:50p
  • AVID Signature Program
Walker Mill Middle School Link Capitol Heights 1970 6–8 695 129,348 9:00a – 4:20p
William Wirt Middle School Link Riverdale 1964 6–8 854 106,318 9:00a – 4:20p

Dedicated magnet schools[edit]

Dedicated magnet schools are offered in the PGCPS system, at the PreK-8th grade, elementary and middle school level, only. As of SY2012-13, Glenarden Woods and Heather Hills are the only full elementary-level dedicated magnet schools in the system.[23] Dedicated magnet schools are "whole school" programs and differ from traditional comprehensive schools, as (1) all students at the school are enrolled and receive instruction in the magnet program and (2) traditional attendance areas for assigning students to a school are replaced by much larger geographical attendance zones, usually split between North county (areas North of Central Avenue) and South county (areas South of Central Avenue). Whole school, dedicated magnet programs are offered through the Creative and Performing Arts, French Immersion, Montessori, and Talented & Gifted Center magnet programs. Students receive specialized instruction that varies from the typical comprehensive program, offered at most other schools. Students are selected for the magnet programs through Magnet Lottery for the French Immersion and Montessori programs and also for the Creative and Performing Arts program at the elementary school level, and acceptance into the Creative and Performing Arts program is through audition only at the middle school level. Acceptance into the TAG Centers at Glenarden Woods and Heather Hills Elementary Schools, are through specialized TAG testing, only.

Dedicated Magnet Centers
SCHOOL WEBSITE LOCATION OPENING DATE
(Current Facility)
GRADES ENROLLMENT
(2011–12)
SQUARE FOOTAGE ATTENDANCE HOURS
(Start/End)
SPECIALIZED PROGRAMS NOTES & COMMENTS
Benjamin D. Foulois Creative and Performing Arts Academy Link Suitland 1968 ES K-5
MS 6–8
553 114,715 9:15a – 3:55p Creative and Performing Arts Magnet Program This magnet school serves all PGCPS students who live SOUTH of Central Avenue. Benjamin Foulois is based on the Creative and Performing Arts magnet program found at Thomas G. Pullen.
Glenarden Woods Elementary School Link Glenarden 1960 2-5 435 52,061 9:15a – 3:40p Talented and Gifted Center (TAG) Magnet Program Glendarden Woods is a 2005-06 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and a 2005-06 Maryland Blue Ribbon School. Starting in the SY2012-13, PGCPS has designated the school as a dedicated TAG Center magnet school.[23]
Robert Goddard French Immersion School Link Seabrook 1964 ES K-5
MS 6–8
578 of 1,090 133,631 9:15a – 3:55p French Immersion Magnet Program This magnet school serves all PGCPS students who live NORTH of Central Avenue. Robert Goddard French Immersion occupies the same facility as Robert Goodard Montessori, however, each school operates as two separate schools, and each school has its own principal and staff.
Robert Goddard Montessori School Link ES PreK-5
MS 6–8
512 of 1,090 Montessori Magnet Program This magnet school serves all PGCPS students who live NORTH of Central Avenue. Robert Goddard Montessori occupies the same facility as Robert Goodard French Immersion, however, each school operates as two separate schools, and each school has its own principal and staff.
John Hanson French Immersion School Link Oxon Hill -- ES K-5
MS 6–8
434 of 890 -- 9:15a – 3:55p French Immersion Magnet Program This magnet school serves all PGCPS students who live SOUTH of Central Avenue.
John Hanson Montessori School Link Oxon Hill 1956 ES PreK-5
MS 6–8
456 of 890 110,413 9:15a – 3:55p Montessori Magnet Program This magnet school serves all PGCPS students who live SOUTH of Central Avenue.
Heather Hills Elementary School Link Bowie 1967 2-5 397 36,825 7:45a –1:55p Talented and Gifted Center (TAG) Magnet Program Heather Hills is a 1989-90 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and Maryland Blue Ribbon School. Starting in the SY2012-13 school year, PGCPS has designated Heather Hills as a dedicated TAG Center magnet school.[23]
Thomas G. Pullen Creative and Performing Arts Academy Link Landover 1967 ES K-5
MS 6–8
736 110,422 9:15a – 3:55p Creative and Performing Arts Magnet Program This magnet school serves all PGCPS students who live NORTH of Central Avenue.

Combined elementary and middle schools[edit]

Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8 schools are essentially combined elementary and middle schools, facilitated in one building. Most of these schools are referred to as academies in the school district. The elementary school usually starts at Pre-Kindergarten and ends at Grade 5 and the middle school starts at Grade 6 and ends at Grade 8. These schools usually offer a slightly enhanced standard of learning and studies have suggested that students have benefited from being in one continuous facility from Kindergarten through 8th grade, without having the disruption having to attend a brand new school, for the middle school years. Cora L. Rice Elementary School and G. James Gholson Middle School are not true academies. Both schools are houses in one facility but they operate as two completely separate schools for all intents and purposes.

PreK-8 Primary-Intermediate Schools
SCHOOL WEBSITE LOCATION OPENING DATE
(Current Facility)
GRADES ENROLLMENT
(2011–12)
SQUARE FOOTAGE ATTENDANCE HOURS
(Start/End)
SPECIALIZED PROGRAMS NOTES & COMMENTS
Link Accokeek 1963 ES K-5
MS 6–8
1,361 47,931 9:15a – 3:25p

9:15a – 3:55p

Beltsville Academy Link Beltsville 1961 ES PreK-5
MS 6–8
961 110,597 8:30a – 3:10p Beltsville Academy operated as "Beltsville Elementary School" and prior to that, as "Beltsville Academic Center" (when Beltsville housed the now eliminated "Academic Center Magnet Program"), until the 2008-2009 school year, when it was converted to a kindergarten through 8th grade school.
William W. Hall Academy Link Capitol Heights 2005 ES PreK-5
MS 6–8
507 100,000 7:45a – 2:25p This school shares it's space with a full Community/Recreation Center which directly connected to the facility. William Hall was converted from a PreK-6 Elementary School to a PreK-8 Academy, for school year 2009-2010.
Andrew Jackson Academy Link Forestville 1971 ES K-5
MS 6–8
535 151,163 8:30a – 3:10p Andrew Jackson was converted from a 6-8 middle school to a PreK-8 Academy for the 2009-2010 school year.
Samuel P. Massie Academy Link Forestville 2003 ES PreK-5
MS 6–8
703 97,243 7:45a – 2:25p This school shares it's space with a full Community/Recreation Center which directly connected to the facility. Samuel Massie was converted from a PreK-5 Elementary School to a PreK-8 Academy, for school year 2009-2010.
Cora L. Rice Elementary School Link Landover 2002 PreK-6 664 of 1,417 83,482 of 199,350 7:45a – 1:55p Cora L. Rice Elementary and G. James Gholson Middle are both housed in ONE state-of-the-art educational complex.
G. James Gholson Middle School Link 7-8 753 of 1,417 115,868 of 199,350 9:00a – 4:20p

Elementary schools[edit]

Rosa L. Parks Elementary School
Lewisdale Elementary School

Elementary Schools in Prince George's County operate in several configurations, ranging from Pre-K (Head Start) through Grade 6. Most elementary schools operate under a Kindergarten through Grade 6 configuration, and lack a Pre-Kindergarten/Head Start program. More recently, with boundary realignments to ease overcrowding and with the opening of newer and larger schools and increased funding, several schools have changed to a PreK-6th grade configuration while others have added a Pre-Kindergarten, but dropped the sixth grade, to change to a Pre-K through Grade 5 school. The sixth grades from those schools were added to the elementary schools feeder middle school.

In a cooperative effort of the county government, Board of Education, and the Maryland National Capital Park & Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), several M-NCPPC community centers are physically connected to elementary schools, throughout the district. The unique community park/school centers features shared use areas which include: a gymnasium; multi-purpose room; exercise/fitness room; dance room; arts and crafts room; computer lab; offices; storage areas; patio area; and restrooms. There are tennis courts and unlighted fields located, on-site, at select centers.

Elementary Schools
SCHOOL WEBSITE LOCATION LOWEST GRADE HIGHEST GRADE ENROLLMENT SPECIALIZED PROGRAMS NOTES & COMMENTS
Adelphi Elementary School Link Adelphi Kindergarten Grade 6 391 America's Choice School Design Signature Program
Allenwood Elementary School Link Temple Hills Kindergarten Grade 6 444
Apple Grove Elementary School Link Fort Washington Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 504
Ardmore Elementary School Link Springdale Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 543
Arrowhead Elementary School Link Upper Marlboro Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 520
Avalon Elementary School Link Fort Washington Kindergarten Grade 6 346
Baden Elementary School and Community Center Link Brandywine Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 258 This school shares it's space with a full Community/Recreation Center which directly connected to the facility.
Barnaby Manor Elementary School Link Oxon Hill Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 543 America's Choice School Design Signature Program
John H. Bayne Elementary School Link Capitol Heights Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 485
Beacon Heights Elementary School Link Riverdale Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 482 2004 Maryland Blue Ribbon School and a 2004 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence'
William Beanes Elementary School and Community Center Link Suitland Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 480 This school shares it's space with a full Community/Recreation Center which directly connected to the facility.
Berwyn Heights Elementary School Link Berwyn Heights Kindergarten Grade 6 473
Bladensburg Elementary School Link Bladensburg Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 665
Bond Mill Elementary School Link Laurel Kindergarten Grade 6 451 Maryland Blue Ribbon School
Bradbury Heights Elementary School Link Capitol Heights Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 560 America's Choice School Design Signature Program
Brandywine Elementary School Link Brandywine Pre-Kindergarten Grade 5 522
Doswell E. Brooks Elementary School Link Suitland Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 308
Calverton Elementary School Link Beltsville Pre-Kindergarten Grade 5 777
Capitol Heights Elementary School Link Capitol Heights Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 221 Talented and Gifted Center (TAG) Magnet Program
Carmody Hills Elementary School Link Landover Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 382 America's Choice School Design Signature Program
Carole Highlands Elementary School Link Takoma Park Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 674
Carrollton Elementary School Link New Carrollton Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 766
Samuel Chase Elementary School Link Temple Hills Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 330
César Chávez Spanish Immersion Elementary School Link Hyattsville Kindergarten Grade 6 234 Spanish Immersion Signature Program
Cherokee Lane Elementary School Link Adelphi Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 434
Chillum Elementary School Link Chillum Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 313 America's Choice School Design Signature Program
Thomas Claggett Elementary School Link District Heights Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 260
Clinton Grove Elementary School Link Clinton Kindergarten Grade 6 388 America's Choice School Design Signature Program
Columbia Park Elementary School and Community Center Link Landover Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 454 This school shares it's space with a full Community/Recreation Center which directly connected to the facility. Columbia Park was named a 1988 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence
Concord Elementary School Link District Heights Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 372
Cool Spring Elementary School Link Adelphi Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 503
Cooper Lane Elementary School Link Landover Hills Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 490
Deerfield Run Elementary School and Community Center Link Laurel Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 549 This school shares it's space with a full Community/Recreation Center which directly connected to the facility.
J. Frank Dent Elementary School Link Fort Washington Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 226 America's Choice School Design Signature Program
District Heights Elementary School Link District Heights Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 469
Dodge Park Elementary School Link Landover Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 495
Francis T. Evans Elementary School Link Clinton Kindergarten Grade 5 540
Flintstone Elementary School Link Oxon Hill Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 380
Forest Heights Elementary School Link Forest Heights Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 226
Fort Foote Elementary School Link Fort Washington Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 386 2001 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence
Fort Washington Forest Elementary School Link Fort Washington Kindergarten Grade 6 350
Robert Frost Elementary School Link New Carrollton Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 285
Gaywood Elementary School Link Seabrook Kindergarten Grade 6 491
Glassmanor Elementary School and Community Center Link Glassmanor Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 326 This school shares it's space with a full Community/Recreation Center which directly connected to the facility.
Glenn Dale Elementary School Link Glenn Dale Kindergarten Grade 6 567
Glenridge Elementary School Link Landover Hills Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 685
Robert R. Gray Elementary School Link Capitol Heights Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 387 America's Choice School Design Signature Program
Greenbelt Elementary School Link Greenbelt Kindergarten Grade 6 600 1991-92 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence; 1991-92 Maryland Blue Ribbon School; Greenbelt Elementary School is sometimes credited as "Greenbelt Center Elementary School". The latter name was used as the official school name from the year the school first opened until the early part of the 21st century, until "Center" was dropped.
James H. Harrison Elementary School Link Laurel Kindergarten Grade 6 292
High Bridge Elementary School Link Bowie Kindergarten Grade 5 427
Highland Park Elementary School Link Seat Pleasant Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 189 Talented and Gifted Center (TAG) Magnet Program
Hillcrest Heights Elementary School Link Temple Hills Pre-Kindergarten Grade 5 504 America's Choice School Design Signature Program
Hollywood Elementary School Link College Park Kindergarten Grade 6 444
Hyattsville Elementary School Link Hyattsville Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 508
Indian Queen Elementary School and Community Center Link Fort Washington Kindergarten Grade 6 359 This school shares it's space with a full Community/Recreation Center which directly connected to the facility.
Mary Harris "Mother" Jones Elementary School Link Adelphi Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 736
Kenilworth Elementary School Link Bowie Kindergarten Grade 5 395
Kenmoor Elementary School Link Landover Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 369 For SY2012-13 and beyond, PGCPS has removed the Talented and Gifted Center (TAG) Magnet Program at Kenmoor Elementary School.[23]
Kettering Elementary School Link Upper Marlboro Kindergarten Grade 5 412
Francis Scott Key Elementary School Link District Heights Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 626 America's Choice School Design Signature Program
Kingsford Elementary School Link Mitchellville Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 776 Talented and Gifted Center (TAG) Magnet Program
Lake Arbor Elementary School Link Mitchellville Kindergarten Grade 6 874
Lamont Elementary School Link New Carrollton Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 655
Langley Park-McCormick Elementary School Link Hyattsville Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 461
Laurel Elementary School Link Laurel Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 551
Lewisdale Elementary School Link Hyattsville Pre-Kindergarten Grade 5 565
Longfields Elementary School Link Forestville Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 387 Talented and Gifted Center (TAG) Magnet Program
Magnolia Elementary School Link Lanham Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 451
Marlton Elementary School Link Upper Marlboro Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 550 Talented and Gifted Center (TAG) Magnet Program
Mattaponi Elementary School Link Upper Marlboro Kindergarten Grade 6 465
James McHenry Elementary School Link Lanham Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 683 America's Choice School Design Signature Program
Melwood Elementary School Link Upper Marlboro Kindergarten Grade 6 775
Montpelier Elementary School Link Laurel Kindergarten Grade 6 611
Mount Rainier Elementary School Link Mount Rainier Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 337
North Forestville Elementary School Link Forestville Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 355
Northview Elementary School Link Bowie Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 870
Oakcrest Elementary School Link Landover Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 351 PGCPS permanently relocated the Talented and Gifted Center (TAG) Magnet Program at Oakcrest, to Highland Park Elementary School.[23]
Oaklands Elementary School Link Laurel Kindergarten Grade 6 401
Barack Obama Elementary School Link Upper Marlboro Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 725 Facility opened in August 2010 and became the second LEED certified educational facility in the county.
Overlook Elementary School Link Temple Hills Pre-Kindergarten Grade 5 326
Oxon Hill Elementary School Link Oxon Hill Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 321
William Paca Elementary School Link Landover Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 462
Paint Branch Elementary School Link College Park Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 341
Panorama Elementary School Link Temple Hills Pre-Kindergarten Grade 5 428 America's Choice School Design Signature Program
Rosa L. Parks Elementary School Link Hyattsville Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 784
Patuxent Elementary School Link Upper Marlboro Kindergarten Grade 6 575
Perrywood Elementary School Link Largo Kindergarten Grade 5 706
Pointer Ridge Elementary School Link Bowie Kindergarten Grade 5 453
Port Towns Elementary School Link Bladensburg Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 790 America's Choice School Design Signature Program
Potomac Landing Elementary School
and Community Center
Link Fort Washington Kindergarten Grade 5 471 This school shares it's space with a full Community/Recreation Center which directly connected to the facility.
Princeton Elementary School Link Suitland Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 356
James Ryder Randall Elementary School Link Clinton Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 452
Catherine T. Reed Elementary School Link Lanham Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 426
Ridgecrest Elementary School Link Hyattsville Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 578 America's Choice School Design Signature Program
Riverdale Elementary School Link Riverdale Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 660
Rockledge Elementary School Link Bowie Kindergarten Grade 5 527 Maryland Blue Ribbon School
Rogers Heights Elementary School Link Bladensburg Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 649
Rosaryville Elementary School Link Upper Marlboro Kindergarten Grade 6 596
Rose Valley Elementary School Link Fort Washington Kindergarten Grade 6 392
Scotchtown Hills Elementary School Link Laurel Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 680
Seabrook Elementary School Link Seabrook Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 380
Seat Pleasant Elementary School Link Seat Pleasant Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 303
Skyline Elementary School Link Suitland Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 221 Autism Program
Gladys Noon Spellman Elementary School Link Cheverly Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 410 America's Choice School Design Signature Program
Springhill Lake Elementary School Link Greenbelt Kindergarten Grade 5 471
Thomas S. Stone Elementary School Link Mount Rainier Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 614 America's Choice School Design Signature Program
Suitland Elementary School Link Suitland Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 538 America's Choice School Design Signature Program
Tayac Elementary School Link Fort Washington Pre-Kindergarten Grade 5 422
Templeton Elementary School Link Riverdale Pre-Kindergarten Grade 5 546 1999 Maryland Blue Ribbon School and a 1999 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence
Tulip Grove Elementary School Link Bowie Kindergarten Grade 5 292
University Park Elementary School Link Hyattsville Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 558
Valley View Elementary School Link Oxon Hill Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 493 Talented and Gifted Center (TAG) Magnet Program
Vansville Elementary School and Community Center Link Beltsville Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 862 This school shares it's space with a full Community/Recreation Center which directly connected to the facility.
Waldon Woods Elementary School Link Clinton Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 642
Whitehall Elementary School Link Bowie Kindergarten Grade 5 431 2012 Maryland Blue Ribbon School[24] and a 2012 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence[24]
Phyllis E. Williams Elementary School Link Upper Marlboro Kindergarten Grade 6 416
Woodmore Elementary School Link Mitchellville Kindergarten Grade 6 482
Woodridge Elementary School Link Hyattsville Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 422
Judge Sylvania W. Woods, Sr. Elementary School Link Glenarden Pre-Kindergarten Grade 6 353 America's Choice School Design Signature Program
Yorktown Elementary School Link Bowie Kindergarten Grade 5 305

Secondary School Reform[edit]

Please See Secondary School Reform (Prince George's County)

Accolades and achievements[edit]

Newsweek's America's Best High Schools[edit]

In June 2010, seven PGCPS high school were listed in Newsweek's annual list of the top 1600 high schools in the nation. This is up from five county high schools which made the list from the previous year. The schools that made the 2010 list include: Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt (#409), Oxon Hill High School in Oxon Hill (#957), Bowie High School in Bowie (#1,173), Laurel High School in Laurel (#1,343), High Point High School in Beltsville (#1,361), Central High School in Capitol Heights (#1,429), and Parkdale High School in Riverdale (#1,481).[25] The schools are ranked on the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and/or Cambridge tests taken by all students in a school in 2009, divided by the number of graduating seniors, called the "Challenge Index". The schools represent the top six percent of all public high schools in America. In June 2009, five PGCPS high schools were named in the best high schools list.[26][27] It included Bowie High School in Bowie, Charles Herbert Flowers High School in Springdale, High Point High School in Beltsville, Oxon Hill High School in Oxon Hill, and Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt. Eleanor Roosevelt ranked the highest out of county schools at 372nd on the nationwide list, Oxon Hill ranked 918th, High Point ranked 961st, Bowie ranked 1,370th, and Charles Herbert Flowers ranked 1,445th.

U.S. News & World Report's Best High Schools[edit]

Since 2008, U.S. News & World Report has ranked high schools in PGCPS amongst the Best High Schools in America. High Point High School, Northwestern High School, and Eleanor Roosevelt High School, have all been recognized as Silver Medal Schools.[28]

State & National Blue Ribbon Schools[edit]

PGCPS has 14 Blue Ribbon Schools, 12 of which are USDE National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence.[29][30][31]

National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence[edit]

  • Beacon Heights Elementary School | Riverdale | 2003-04
  • Columbia Park Elementary School | Landover | 1987-88
  • Fort Foote Elementary School | Fort Washington | 2000-01
  • Glenarden Woods Elementary School | Glenarden | 2005-06
  • Greenbelt Center Elementary School | Greenbelt | 1991-92
  • Heather Hills Elementary School | Bowie | 1989-90
  • Templeton Elementary School | Riverdale | 1998-99
  • Whitehall Elementary School | Bowie | 2011-12
  • Kenmoor Middle School | Landover | 1988-89
  • Kettering Middle School | Upper Marlboro | 1992-93
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School | Beltsville | 1992-93
  • Eleanor Roosevelt High School | Greenbelt | 1990-91 & 1997-98
  • Suitland High School | Forestville | 1988-89

Maryland Blue Ribbon Schools[edit]

  • Beacon Heights Elementary School | Riverdale | 2003-04
  • Bond Mill Elementary School | Laurel | (Year N/A)
  • Columbia Park Elementary School | Landover | 1987-88
  • Fort Foote Elementary School | Fort Washington | 2000-01
  • Glenarden Woods Elementary School | Glenarden | 2005-06
  • Greenbelt Center Elementary School | Greenbelt | 1991-92
  • Heather Hills Elementary School | Bowie | 1989-90 & 2006-07
  • Rockledge Elementary School | Bowie | (Year N/A)
  • Whitehall Elementary School | Bowie | 2011-12
  • Templeton Elementary School | Riverdale | 1998-99
  • Kenmoor Middle School | Landover | 1988-89
  • Kettering Middle School | Upper Marlboro | 1992-93
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School | Beltsville | 1992-93
  • Eleanor Roosevelt High School | Greenbelt | 1990-91 & 1997-98
  • Suitland High School | Forestville | 1988-89

Magnet programs and centers[edit]

Magnet Programs were first implemented in PGCPS in 1985, to fulfill a court ordered desegregation mandate. Up until as late as the late-80s, Prince George's County had been predominately white in terms of racial demographics. In order to desegregate mostly all-White schools in the school system, PGCPS created several magnet programs that eventually were instituted in over fifty schools, spread throughout the county.

By the late-1990s, the population demographics of the county had shifted towards a mostly African American majority. Magnet programs (as they were set up) were costing PGCPS approximately $14 million per year, to operate. The programs were costly and this was exacerbated by the fact that the school systems operating budget was greater than the final budget the school system had traditionally been allotted, an issue that had plagued the school system for years. Since the county's population now primarily consisted of African Americans and due to the expense of operating the Magnet Schools Program, courts began to investigate the justification of PGCPS's magnet program. In 2004, a court ruled to discontinue court-ordered busing which had existed in the county, for over 30 years, based primarily on the fact that desegregation, was no longer an issue in the predominately Black, Prince George's County.

With the ending of the court-ordered busing, also came changes to the school systems Magnet Schools Program. The systems Magnet Schools Program had gained national attention, as it was one of the largest, in the country. It served as a model for school systems across the nation. Dr. Iris T. Metts, the current superintendent of schools at the time, formulated an ambitious plan to actually expand the magnet programs in PGCPS, as well as reassign magnet programs that weren't performing well at one location, to other schools. Due to long and highly publicized in-house issues between Metts and the current Board of Education, Metts was replaced at the end of her contract with PGCPS, by Dr. Andre Hornsby. When Hornsby arrived, he essentially reversed the decision that Metts had made, in regards to the future of the county's magnet programs, and he decided to instead eliminate most of the schools systems magnet programs — most of which had been identified as under-performing, for several years. Ten magnet programs were identified for elimination, something that proved extremely controversial because some of the proposed eliminated programs were located at sites in which the program in question, had been extremely successful, such as the Academic Center magnet program located at Martin Luther King, Jr. Academic Center, which had been the highest performing middle school in the system for several years and also identified as a blue ribbon school.

Despite the opposition by parents, in 2006, the magnet programs in PGCPS nevertheless underwent an overhaul, and most of magnets were eliminated, while a few programs that were determined to be "successful", were either expanded and replicated at other locations, or consolidated and relocated to a dedicated magnet school that would serve large geographic areas of the county.

Current magnet programs[edit]

ES = Elementary School • MS = Middle School • HS = High School

  • Aerospace Engineering and Aviation Technology Program (HS)
  • Biomedical (HS)
  • Biotechnology (HS)
  • Career and Technical Education (HS)
  • Centers for Visual and Performing Arts (HS)
  • Creative and Performing Arts (ES • MS)
  • French Immersion (ES • MS • HS)
  • International Baccalaureate (HS)
  • Montessori (ES • MS)
  • Science and Technology Center (HS)
  • Talented and Gifted Center (ES • MS)

Magnet program descriptions[edit]

Aerospace Engineering and Aviation Technology Program[edit]

The Aerospace Engineering and Aviation Technology program[32] is a college and career preparatory program, offering areas of study in Aerospace Engineering and Aviation Technology. Supported by partnerships with the College Park Aviation Museum; NASA; local colleges and universities; and private industry.[32] This program is designed to prepare students for college and high-demand careers.[32] Each student will receive a laptop upon entry into the program, and transportation will be provided for all accepted students.[32]

Admission to the program is based on the same criteria and examination used for the Science and Technology Center.

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Biomedical[edit]

The Biomedical Program at Bladensburg High School is a high school curriculum that focuses on medical and health careers, such as physicians and research doctors. Students who have a strong interest in pursuing a career in health related fields have an opportunity to engage in biomedical research, internships, practicums, and to enroll in courses including medical related science courses and other advanced placement courses. The curriculum provides an opportunity for students to be introduced to a wide variety of medical careers through engaging field trips, speakers in the medical field, internships, accelerated courses, a wide variety of electives related to the biological and social sciences, and independent research.

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Biotechnology[edit]

The Biotechnology Program offers a four-year, college-preparatory program of study in molecular biology, biochemistry and technical career training that includes scanning electron microscopy. Students have first-hand experience with the advanced technologies used in biotechnology research, academia and industry.

Courses are taught in modern laboratory classrooms equipped with the latest biotechnology instrumentation. The facilities include gel electrophoresis, refrigerated centrifugation, scanning spectrophotometry, high pressure liquid chromatography, gas chromatography and access to scanning electron microscopy. Computers will support classroom instruction as well as student initiated research projects.

Students study biotechnology theory and technique in a cyclic fashion where concepts introduced in beginning courses will be emphasized in depth during upper level classes. Mini-research projects are conducted by science students to demonstrate their understanding of course content and laboratory procedures. Complementing the specific science offerings of the Biotechnology Program is a full selection of courses, including Advanced Placement level in English, social studies and mathematics.

Eligibility Requirements: Students who express interest are eligible to apply. No pre-testing is required. Admission to the program is through a race-neutral random magnet lottery application process, on a space-available basis.

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Career and Technical Education (CTE) Program[edit]

The Technical Academy is a program that provides students with technical skills and knowledge. Benefits to students include: (1) gaining a foundation for a college major in a technical field, (2) having access to a technical career after high school if college is postponed, and (3) having access to a part-time technical job to help with college expenses.

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Centers for the Visual and Performing Arts[edit]

The Centers for the Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) has been in existence since 1986, originally at Suitland High School. The program was expanded to Northwestern High School, in Fall 2013. The CVPA is a rigorous four-year arts program that offers artistically talented high school students educational opportunities designed to prepare them artistically for college, professional study, or career options in the arts. Strong association with the arts in the Washington, DC-area offers distinct advantages. Students study with professional artists, dancers, actors, musicians, singers, directors/producers, and radio/television personalities. Students explore, and eventually major, in any one of the six principle concentrations: vocal music, instrumental music, dance, theatre, visual arts, and interactive media production. Suitland High School offers a 1000-seat auditorium and experimental theatre, a fully equipped dance studio, and a television and recording studio. Northwestern High School offers an 1100-seat auditorium, fully equipped dance studio, state-of-the-art music rooms, several music practice rooms, a piano lab, and a television and recording studio. Admission into the CVPA magnet program is through audition only.

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Creative and Performing Arts[edit]

The Creative and Performing Arts Magnet Program is located at three sites. The programs at Thomas G. Pullen and Benjamin D. Foulois are open to students in Kindergarten through eighth grade; the program at Hyattsville Middle School is open to students in seventh and eighth grade (Hyattsville Middle School has a limited program boundary).

The Creative and Performing Arts Magnet Program is designed to develop the interest and talents of students in the arts, and feature an enhanced interdisciplinary academic program that encourages creative and artistic expression. Experiences and training are designed to challenge and develop skills of all students, as well as to provide exceptional opportunities for artistically talented students.

The curriculum provides in-depth experiences in each art discipline, plus related arts experiences and an infusion of the arts in the overall curriculum. The arts are provided as an integral part of a strong academic program.

The Creative Arts Schools follow the general curriculum guidelines that are used for all Prince George's County public elementary and middle schools. Basic instruction is provided in reading, mathematics, English, science, and social studies, as well as specialized instruction in the arts - art, drama, music, dance, physical education, creative writing, media production, literary arts, and related computer lab experiences.

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French Immersion[edit]

The French Immersion Magnet Program is designed for kindergarten through twelfth grade. It is referred to as a "full immersion program" as all academic subjects are taught through French, in grades K-5. In grades 6-8, the students have two periods per day of French, one period for French Language Arts and one period of world studies in French. In high school, students have two courses in grades 9 and 10 with a focus on literature and the francophone world, which are part of the Pre-International Baccalaureate (IB) Program. At the elementary level, students are immerse totally in French by their bilingual teachers, as they learn math, science, social studies and language arts.

At the middle school level, students also study Italian. In addition, Algebra and Geometry are possible options in mathematics. The interdisciplinary approach for English, Art and World Studies includes special themes, seminars, field trips, and a strong focus on essay writing. International travel is an enrichment part of the French Immersion Program.

At the high school level, students may take one of the immersion courses and the continuation of the second foreign language started at the middle school level. Other options are IB preparation courses for English, history, science, and access to Chemistry and Calculus. Higher level IB or Advanced Placement (AP) courses, are available. There is an Exchange Program with a school in France and other exchanges are being explored for high school students. In addition to the immersion continuity, students may continue the study of their second foreign language which began in middle school — either Russian, Italian, Latin, or German.

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International Baccalaureate[edit]

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Magnet Program is an academically challenging and balanced course of study, that prepares students for success in college and life beyond. The mission of the program is to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people who help to create a better, more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

The IB program offers many benefits to its participants, such as: higher university and college acceptance rates for IB graduates; increased scholarship and grant opportunities; a college-level academic program that transitions students to university and college standards; and teacher development using IB strategies.

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Montessori[edit]

Prince George's County Public Schools has implemented two facilities dedicated to the Montessori instructional program — the Robert Goddard Montessori School and the John Hanson Montessori School. As dedicated facilities, these schools do not have a neighborhood attendance area. Entry into the program is through the random lottery application process only.

The Montessori Primary Program for children ages 3 to 6 years old is based on the Montessori educational philosophy. Taught by Montessori accredited teachers, young children are guided in developing an inner discipline, strengthening their coordination, and extending their concentration span. These accomplishments result with their readily learning to read, write and grasp mathematics. The program consists of a half-day morning for preschoolers (ages 3 ). Children older than four must be enrolled in a certified Montessori program to be accepted into the program.

The Montessori Lower Elementary Program is designed for students ages 6 to 9 years old with prior Montessori experience. Rapid growth and learning is observed in classrooms filled with appropriate educational materials. The Montessori Upper Elementary Program continues for the next age grouping of students ages 9–12 with prior Montessori experience. Taught by Montessori accredited teachers, these elementary program students study an integrated curriculum that includes: mathematics, geometry, language, cultural studies, astronomy, biology, chemistry, geography, history, geology, philosophy, art, music and physical education.

The Montessori Middle School Program completes the Montessori studies for students progressing to the seventh and eighth grades. An interdisciplinary teaching team provides the Montessori Program for multidisciplinary learning to include English Language Arts, mathematics, science and social studies. At the high school level, the student can apply for entry to Biotechnology, Biomedical, Military Academy, Center for the Visual & Performing Arts and/or the Science & Technology Center.

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Science and Technology Center[edit]

The Science and Technology Center (S/T) is a highly challenging four-year curriculum which provides college-level academic experiences in science, mathematics, and technology. The program is not a true magnet program, as students are admitted into the S/T program based on competitive examination only, as opposed to the standard magnet lottery process. Of twenty-eight possible credits, a student is required to obtain a minimum of thirteen credits in specific mathematics, pre-engineering technology, research and science courses. In grades nine and ten, the program consists of common experiences courses for all student. In grades eleven and twelve, each student must choose course work from at least one of four major study areas. Students are expected to be enrolled in a full schedule of classes during the entire four-year program. External experiences are possible and encouraged, but must be a direct extension or enrichment of the Science and Technology Program, and have the recommendation of the Science and Technology Center Coordinator prior to approval by the principal.

The program is offered at three centers — Eleanor Roosevelt High School in northern Prince George's County, Oxon Hill High School in southern Prince George's County, and Charles Herbert Flowers High School in central Prince George’s County. Students attend the center that serves their legal residence. Transportation is provided for all students. Each school is a four-year comprehensive high school, as well as a Science and Technology Center. Each school is an active member of the National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science and Technology (NCSSSMST).

Admission into the Science and Technology Center is highly competitive and contingent upon three criterion, with all criterion weighed equally. The criterion are:

  • Grades from four quarters of 7th grade and the first quarter of 8th grade (or four quarters of 8th grade and first quarter of 9th grade) in math, science, English, and social studies
  • A standardized reading comprehension test
  • A standardized numerical test

All of these are factored into a final score. The number of students admitted into the S/T program vary from each school, but as an example, 225-250 students with the top scores are admitted to Roosevelt's Science and Technology Program. The next 60 students are placed on a waiting list. All interested 8th and 9th grade students who are residents of Prince George's County are eligible to apply for admission to the Science and Technology Center.

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Talented and Gifted Center (TAG)[edit]

Talented and Gifted Center (TAG) Magnet Schools, provide a full-day intensive educational program appropriate for identified talented and gifted students, in grades 2-8. Each school offers a full-day of enriched and accelerated educational experiences in the four major content areas. Special offerings include: elementary foreign language programs, computer laboratories, laboratory based science program, and fine arts programs.

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