Prince George's County Public Schools, Maryland

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Prince George's County Public Schools
Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Prince George's County Public Schools logo.png
District Profile
Superintendent:Kevin M. Maxwell
Graduation rate:74.1%[2]
Number of schools:205
Budget: $1.1 billion
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Segun C. Eubanks
Board members:9
Term length:4
Prince George's County Public Schools is a school district in Maryland. The district's graduation rate has fallen from 76.1% in 2010 to 74.1% in 2013.[2] Prince George's County Public Schools is the second-largest school district in Maryland. District schools produced 1,898 students with college scholarships, 35 National Merit Scholarship finalists and six Gates Millennium Scholars in the graduating class of 2013.[3]

About the district

Prince George's County Public Schools is located in Prince George's County, Maryland
Prince George's County Public Schools is based in Upper Marlboro, the county seat of Prince George's County, Maryland. According to the United States Census Bureau, Prince George's County is home to 890,081 residents.[4]


Prince George's County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Maryland in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 29.5 percent of Prince George's County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 36.3 percent for Maryland as a whole. The median household income in Prince George's County was $73,568 compared to $72,999 for the state of Maryland. The poverty rate in Prince George's County was 8.7 percent compared to 9.4 percent for the entire state.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
Race Prince George's County (%) Maryland (%)
White 26.5 60.8
Black or African American 65.3 30.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.0 0.5
Asian 4.4 6.0
Two or More Races 2.6 2.5
Hispanic or Latino 15.7 8.7

Party registration, 2014[5]
Party Number of registered voters
Democratic 441,584
Unaffiliated 59,107
Republicans 43,671
Other 16,411
Libertarian 1,061
Green 772
Total 562,655

Note: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.[6]


The chief executive officer (CEO) of Prince George's County Public Schools is Kevin M. Maxwell as of April 28, 2014. He has served in the position since his appointment in 2013. Maxwell previously served as the superintendent of Anne Arundel County Public Schools from 2006 to 2013.[7]

School board

The Prince George's County Board of Education consists of 13 members. Nine members are elected by district to four-year terms, three members are appointed by the county executive and one member is appointed by the county council.[8]

Prince George's County Board of Education
Member District Term Ends
Zabrina Epps 1 2016
Peggy Higgins 2 2014
Amber Waller 3 2014
Patricia Eubanks 4 2016
Verjeana M. Jacobs 5 2016
Carolyn M. Boston 6 2014
Lyn J. Mundey 7 2016
Edward Burroughs III 8 2016
Sonya Williams 9 2014
Segun C. Eubanks At-large Appointed
Curtis Valentine At-large Appointed
Daniel Kaufman At-large Appointed
Beverly Anderson At-large Appointed

School board elections

See also: Prince George's County Public Schools elections (2014)

Members of the board are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Four seats are up for election on November 4, 2014. Five seats will be on the ballot in November 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

The board maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings last revised in 2010:

The members of the Board of Education desire to hear the views from interested residents. To help ensure effective public participation in the decision-making process, the Board does the following:

1. Advertises the agenda and supporting documents on the school system's website no later than the Friday before the business meeting. Furthermore, copies of agenda materials are available to the public on the day of the regular and special meetings.

2. Involves residents and students on advisory committees.

3. Holds public hearings on the strategic plan, "Bridge to Excellence," the operating and capital budgets, and other issues of public interest.

4. Provides time at its business meetings for the public to comment on educational issues and other matters before the Board.

5. Encourages residents to communicate with Board members by publishing public telephone numbers, fax numbers, mailing addresses, and e-mail addresses.

6. Widely circulates proposed policies for comment.


—Prince George's County Public Schools website, (2014), [10]


Prince George's County Public Schools publishes its annual budget on its website.[11]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2012-2013 $984,854,414 92.6% $10,895,694 1% $64,312,957 6% $0 0% $3,054,181 0.3% $1,063,117,246
Averages: $984,854,414 93% $10,895,694 1% $64,312,957 6% $0 0% $3,054,181 0% $1,063,117,246

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries at Prince George's County Public Schools are categorized based on higher education achievement and years of service. A teacher with a bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate degrees. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table lists salaries for district teachers during the 2013-2014 school year:[12]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
BA 45,695 73,331
BA + 30 47,841 96,885
BA + 45/MA 50,089 101,439
MA + 30 52,441 106,203
MA + 60 54,908 111,190
Ph.D. 55,454 112,304


Teachers at Prince George's County Public Schools are represented in negotiations by the Prince George's County Educators' Association (PGCEA). The president of PGCEA is Kenneth B. Haines as of April 28, 2014.[13]

Schools in Prince George's County Public Schools


The district served 123,737 K-12 students during the 2013-2014 school year. The district experienced a 3.3 percent decrease in enrollment between 2009 and 2013. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2009 and 2013:[1]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2009 127,977 -
2010 127,039 -0.7
2011 126,671 -0.3
2012 123,833 -2.2
2013 123,737 -0.1

District schools

Prince George's County Public Schools operates 205 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[14]

Prince George's County Public Schools
Academy of Health Sciences at PGCC
Accokeek Academy
Adelphi Elementary
Allenwood Elementary
Andrew Jackson Academy
Annapolis Road Academy Alternative High
Apple Grove Elementary
Ardmore Elementary
Arrowhead Elementary
Avalon Elementary
Baden Elementary
Barack Obama Elementary
Barnaby Manor Elementary
Beacon Heights Elementary
Beltsville Academy
Benjamin Foulois Creative and Performing Arts K-8
Benjamin Stoddert Middle
Benjamin Tasker Middle
Berwyn Heights Elementary
Bladensburg Elementary
Bladensburg High
Bond Mill Elementary
Bowie High
Bradbury Heights Elementary
Brandywine Elementary
Buck Lodge Middle
C. Elizabeth Rieg Regional
Calverton Elementary
Capitol Heights Elementary
Carmody Hills Elementary
Carole Highlands Elementary
Carrollton Elementary
Catherine T. Reed Elementary
Central High
Cesar Chavez Elementary
Chapel Forge ECC
Charles Carroll Middle
Charles H. Flowers High
Cherokee Lane Elementary
Chesapeake Math and IT Public Charter
Chillum Elementary
Clinton Grove Elementary
College Park Academy
Columbia Park Elementary
Community Based Classroom
Concord Elementary
Cool Spring Elementary
Cooper Lane Elementary
Cora L. Rice Elementary
Croom High
Crossland Evening High
Crossland High
Deerfield Run Elementary
District Heights Elementary
Dodge Park Elementary
Doswell E. Brooks Elementary
Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High
Drew-Freeman Middle
DuVal High
Dwight D. Eisenhower Middle
Eleanor Roosevelt High
Ernest Everett Just Middle
EXCEL Academy Public Charter
Fairmont Heights High
Flintstone Elementary
Forest Heights Elementary
Forestville High
Fort Foote Elementary
Fort Washington Forest Elementary
Frances Fuchs ECC
Francis Scott Key Elementary
Francis T. Evans Elementary
Frederick Douglass High
Friendly High
G. James Gholson Middle
Gaywood Elementary
Gladys Noon Spellman Elementary
Glassmanor Elementary
Glenarden Woods Elementary
Glenn Dale Elementary
Glenridge Elementary
Green Valley Academy at Edgar Allan Poe
Greenbelt Elementary
Greenbelt Middle
Gwynn Park High
Gwynn Park Middle
H. Winship Wheatley ECC
Heather Hills Elementary
High Bridge Elementary
High Point High
Highland Park Elementary
Hillcrest Heights Elementary
Hollywood Elementary
Howard B. Owens Science Center
Hyattsville Elementary
Hyattsville Middle
Imagine Andrews Public Charter
Imagine Foundations at Leeland Public Charter School
Imagine Foundations at Morningside Public Charter School
Imagine Lincoln Public Charter
Indian Queen Elementary
Isaac J. Gourdine Middle
J. Frank Dent Elementary
James E. Duckworth Regional
James H. Harrison Elementary
James Madison Middle IB World School
James McHenry Elementary
James Ryder Randall Elementary
John H. Bayne Elementary
John Hanson French Immersion
John Hanson Montessori
Judge Sylvania W. Woods Elementary
Judith P. Hoyer Montessori
Kenilworth Elementary
Kenmoor Elementary
Kenmoor Middle
Kettering Elementary
Kettering Middle
Kingsford Elementary
Lake Arbor Elementary
Lamont Elementary
Langley Park-McCormick Elementary
Largo High
Laurel Elementary
Laurel High
Lewisdale Elementary
Longfields Elementary
Magnolia Elementary
Margaret Brent Regional
Marlton Elementary
Martin Luther King Jr. Middle
Mary Harris Mother Jones Elementary
Mattaponi Elementary
Melwood Elementary
Montpelier Elementary
Mt. Rainier Elementary
Nicholas Orem Middle
North Forestville Elementary
Northview Elementary
Northwestern Evening High
Northwestern High
Oaklands Elementary
Overlook Elementary
Oxon Hill Elementary
Oxon Hill High
Oxon Hill Middle
Paint Branch Elementary
Panorama Elementary
Parkdale High
Patuxent Elementary
Perrywood Elementary
Phyllis E. Williams Elementary
Pointer Ridge Elementary
Port Towns Elementary
Potomac High
Potomac Landing Elementary
Princeton Elementary
Ridgecrest Elementary
Riverdale Elementary
Robert Frost Elementary
Robert Goddard French Immersion
Robert Goddard Montessori
Robert R. Gray Elementary
Rockledge Elementary
Rogers Heights Elementary
Rosa L. Parks Elementary
Rosaryville Elementary
Rose Valley Elementary
Samuel Chase Elementary
Samuel Ogle Middle
Samuel P. Massie Academy
Scotchtown Hills Elementary
Seabrook Elementary
Seat Pleasant Elementary
Skyline Elementary
Springhill Lake Elementary
Stephen Decatur Middle
Suitland Elementary
Suitland High
Surrattsville High
Tall Oaks Vocational High School
Tanglewood Regional
Tayac Elementary
Templeton Elementary
Thomas Claggett Elementary
Thomas G. Pullen K-8 Creative and Performing Arts School
Thomas Johnson Middle
Thomas S. Stone Elementary
Thurgood G. Marshall Middle
Tulip Grove Elementary
Turning Point Academy Public Charter
University Park Elementary
Valley View Elementary
Vansville Elementary
Waldon Woods Elementary
Walker Mill Middle
Whitehall Elementary
William Beanes Elementary
William Paca Elementary
William Schmidt Center
William W. Hall Academy
William Wirt Middle
Woodmore Elementary
Woodridge Elementary
Yorktown Elementary

Academic performance

The Maryland State Department of Education conducts the Maryland Standard Assessment (MSA) each spring for students in grades three through eight. This test determines proficiency levels in reading and math. The MSA also assesses proficiency in science among students in grades five and eight. Proficiency levels in algebra, biology and English at the high-school level are determined by the Maryland High School Assessment (MHSA). Student performance is broken down into three categories: basic proficiency, proficiency and advanced proficiency. The following tables display the MSA and MHSA results for district students during the 2012-2013 school year:[15]

MSA Scores, 2012-2013[15]
Grade Subject Basic proficiency (%) Proficiency (%) Advanced proficiency (%)
3 Math 23.7 57.9 18.4
3 Reading 24.3 63.2 12.5
4 Math 18.0 51.5 30.5
4 Reading 19.0 65.1 15.9
5 Math 31.9 57.5 10.7
5 Reading 18.5 42.9 38.7
5 Science 44.7 50.0 5.4
6 Math 28.9 52.6 18.5
6 Reading 21.5 48.1 30.5
7 Math 42.8 47.2 10.0
7 Reading 22.9 44.1 33.0
8 Math 48.2 34.9 16.9
8 Reading 28.6 39.0 32.4
8 Science 45.7 52.7 1.6

MHSA Scores, 2012-2013[15]
Grade Subject Basic proficiency (%) Proficiency (%) Advanced proficiency (%)
High school Algebra 32.3 56.7 11.1
High school Biology 34.5 57.7 7.9
High school English 27.1 58.2 14.7


End of temporary visa sponsorship

The district announced that it will no longer sponsor temporary work visas in a letter to more than 150 foreign teachers distributed in April 2014. District schools have used the federal work visa program to recruit teachers in specialized subjects over the past 10 years. The decision by district officials follows an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor into misuses of the visa program in 2011. Prince George's County Public Schools was fined $1.7 million and repaid $4.2 million in back wages after federal investigators determined that the district passed along visa fees to participating teachers. Federal law requires employers to pay worker visa fees. This investigation also prevented the district from recruiting new visa recipients in 2012. The district received federal approval to resume use of the worker visa program in March 2014 but clarified its new position in the April letter.[16]

Contact information

Prince George's County Public Schools logo.png
Prince George's County Public Schools
14201 School Lane
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Phone: (301) 952-6000

See also

External links

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Maryland State Department of Education, "2013 Maryland Report Card: Enrollment," accessed April 28, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Maryland State Department of Education, "2013 Maryland Report Card: 4-Year Adjusted Cohort," accessed April 28, 2014
  3. Prince George's County Public Schools, "About PGCPS," accessed April 28, 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 United States Census Bureau, "Prince George's County, Maryland," accessed April 24, 2014
  5. Maryland State Board of Elections, "Voter Registration Activity Report," March 2014
  6. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  7. Prince George's County Public Schools, "Office of the Chief Executive Officer," January 8, 2014
  8. Julie Zauzmer, Washington Post, "Three members appointed to Pr. George’s County school board," June 17, 2013
  9. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  10. Prince George's County Public Schools, "Board of Education Handbook," December 2010
  11. Prince George's County Public Schools, "Budget & Management Services," accessed November 26, 2013
  12. Prince George's County Public Schools, "Teacher Salary Schedule," accessed April 28, 2014
  13. Prince George's County Educators' Association, "Board of Directors," accessed April 28, 2014
  14. Prince George's County Public Schools, "Listing of Schools by Board Districts," accessed April 28, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Maryland State Department of Education, "2013 Maryland Report Card: Prince George's County," accessed April 28, 2014
  16. Ovetta Wiggins, The Washington Post, "Pr. George’s schools’ decision on visas leaves Filipino teachers uncertain about their futures," April 11, 2014