Prince William County Public Schools

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Coordinates: 38°37′59.09″N 77°26′12.99″W / 38.6330806°N 77.4369417°W / 38.6330806; -77.4369417

Prince William County Public Schools
14800 Joplin Road
Manassas, Virginia, 20112
School type Public, school division
Motto Providing A World-Class Education
School board Milton C. Johns, Chairman At-Large
Gilbert A. Trenum Jr. (Brentsville)
Michael I. Otaigbe Ph.D., Vice Chairman (Coles)
Alyson A. Satterwhite (Gainesville)
Lisa E. Bell (Neabsco)
Lillie G. Jessie (Occoquan)
Betty D. Covington (Potomac)
Steven Keen (Woodbridge)
Superintendent Steven L. Walts, Ed.D.
Staff 10,071 [1]
Grades Pre-K–12
Enrollment 81,635 (2012)
Campus Suburban
Area Prince William County, Virginia

Prince William County Public Schools is a Virginia school division with its headquarters in the Kelly Leadership Center in unincorporated Prince William County, Virginia, United States.[2][3] As of the 2010 census, the population of the county was 402,002.

Prince William County Public Schools is the second largest school division in Virginia enrolling approximately 81,635 students in the 2011-2012 school year. Prince William County Public Schools is the fourth largest school system in the Washington Metropolitan Area after the Fairfax County, Virginia; Montgomery County, Maryland; and Prince George's County, Maryland school systems.

Funding for fiscal year 2012 was $811 million.[4]


PWCS High Schools on Newsweek's
America's Top Public High Schools.[5]
School Name 2003 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Battlefield N/A >1019 >1215 1051 >1398 655 716
Brentsville >787 583 902 698 688 543 575
Forest Park 660 1001 1126 1004 1049 1232 985
Freedom N/A >1019 >1215 1213 >1398 1507 1454
Gar-Field 337 576 964 585 785 618 594
Hylton 698 >1019 696 311 289 379 332
Osbourn Park 491 524 708 568 617 416 379
Potomac >787 666 893 846 565 265 311
Stonewall Jackson 87 344 563 549 745 983 880
Woodbridge 669 828 739 910 839 923 783

High schools[edit]

Specialty programs[edit]

The Biotechnology Center is located at Osbourn Park High School.

The Cambridge Programme offers a curriculum and examination system with external assessments by the University of Cambridge International Examinations. Juniors and seniors taking advanced-level courses can qualify for an Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) diploma. Available at Potomac High School and Brentsville District High School.

The Center for Environmental and Natural Sciences (CENS) is located at Freedom High School.

The Center for the Fine and Performing Arts is located at Woodbridge High School.

The Center for Information Technology is located at Battlefield High School and Forest Park High School.

The Center for International Studies and Languages and the "Center for Television Production" is located at C. D. Hylton High School.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, a rigorous four-year academic program authorized by the International Baccalaureate (IB) of Geneva, Switzerland. Available at Stonewall Jackson High School and Gar-Field Senior High School.

Middle schools[edit]

Specialty programs[edit]

Graham Park, Marsteller, and Rippon Middle Schools currently offer Middle School Mathematics and Science Program, an intensive program in mathematics and science.

Beville, Godwin, and Stonewall Middle Schools offer the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IBMYP).

Lynn, Lake Ridge, and Parkside Middle Schools offer the Middle School World Languages Program in French and Spanish.

Elementary schools[edit]

  • Alvey Elementary School
  • Antietam Elementary School
  • Ashland Elementary School
  • Bel Air Elementary School
  • Belmont Elementary School
  • Bennett Elementary School
  • Bristow Run Elementary School
  • Buckland Mills Elementary School
  • Cedar Point Elementary School
  • Coles Elementary School
  • Dale City Elementary School
  • Dumfries Elementary School
  • Ellis Elementary School
  • Enterprise Elementary School
  • Featherstone Elementary School
  • Fitzgerald Elementary School
  • Glenkirk Elementary School
  • Gravely Elementary School
  • Henderson Elementary School
  • Kerrydale Elementary School
  • Kilby Elementary School
  • King Elementary School
  • Lake Ridge Elementary School
  • Leesylvania Elementary School
  • Loch Lomond Elementary School
  • Marshall Elementary School
  • Marumsco Hills Elementary School
  • Mary Williams Elementary School
  • McAuliffe Elementary School
  • Minnieville Elementary School
  • Montclair Elementary School
  • Mountain View Elementary School
  • Mullen Elementary School
  • Neabsco Elementary School
  • Nokesville Elementary School
  • Occoquan Elementary School
  • Old Bridge Elementary School
  • Pattie Elementary School
  • Penn Elementary School
  • Piney Branch Elementary School
  • Potomac View Elementary School
  • River Oaks Elementary School
  • Rockledge Elementary School
  • Rosa Parks Elementary School
  • Signal Hill Elementary School
  • Sinclair Elementary School
  • Springwoods Elementary School
  • Sudley Elementary School
  • Swans Creek
  • T. Clay Wood Elementary School
  • Triangle Elementary School
  • Tyler Elementary School
  • Vaughan Elementary School
  • Victory Elementary School
  • West Gate Elementary School
  • Westridge Elementary School
  • Yorkshire Elementary School

Specialty programs[edit]

Elementary Foreign/World Languages Programs are available at Enterprise, Mullen, River Oaks, Tyler, Lake Ridge and Signal Hill schools.

Elementary Mathematics and Science Program are available at Belmont and Sudley elementary Schools.

International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) are in the consideration phase at Antietam, Buckland Mills, Dumfries, Ellis, Featherstone, Parks, Victory, and Williams elementary schools.

Pennington School and Porter School, both schools of choice and serving students in grades 1 through 8, provide Traditional Schools Serving Students at the Elementary and Middle School Levels.


Prince William County provides an "alternative" school service for what they deem as "troubled teens". Students who become pregnant, sell or use drugs, write graffiti, have general behavioral issues or are prone to violence are usually sent to learn together in the same facility, regardless of their base school. The PACE program targets students with more extreme cases of psychological issues.

  • Independent Hill School/PACE East, special education school for middle & high school students
  • New Directions Alternative School, special school for students who are not successful in their base school
  • New Dominion Alternative School, special school for middle school students
  • PACE West, a special education school providing services to students with serious emotional and behavior problems
  • Pennington School, rigorous school for first through eighth graders [Formally a high school, grades 9-12]
  • Porter Traditional School, specialty school for first through eighth graders
  • Woodbine Preschool Center, a center for preschool-aged children with developmental disabilities
  • East End Alternative, now defunct. Previously located at a Woodbridge Boys and Girls Club. Student body was migrated to Pennington Alternative School in the mid-90's.

Schools of excellence[edit]

Prince William County Public Schools honors schools as Schools of Excellence based on a variety of criteria, including: performance targets; Adequate Yearly Progress under the No Child Left Behind Act; Virginia Wellness Tests; school attendance rates; and parent, student, and teacher satisfaction. The Virginia state Standards of Learning (SOL) tests for both students on grade level and students below grade level are also considered.[6] In 2006, the criteria was adjusted to reflect the continuous improvement of the system's schools.[7]

School administration and staff are presented with a commemorative flag, a plaque, and a check to be used at the school's discretion. Schools receive $1,000 for each year the School of Excellence designation is obtained.[8]

2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Elementary 13 10 28 40 32 23 22 27 35
Middle 0 2 7 12 9 0 0 0 2
High 2 2 7 5 4 4 1 1 2
Other 0 1 0 1 1 1 2 1 2
Total 15 15 42 58 46 28 25 29 41

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