Maryland Education: All About Prince George’s County, MD Schools

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26% of people say that the quality of the schools is one of the most significant factors when buying a home. 

Schools matter even to empty nesters when they begin a home search. Making a large investment in a home also means you’ll be there for a while. You want to know they’ll get a quality Maryland education.

Are you considering buying a home in the Prince George County area and are wondering about the schools?

Read on for a full report on the county schools, both public and private. 

Getting to Know the Prince George County Public Schools

When you buy a home in Prince George County, your children will have many opportunities through public education here. 

Prince George County Public Schools (PGCPS) is a large district with many programs and opportunities for students of all ages. In fact, the PGCPS is the second-largest district in the state of Maryland. It’s also the 20th largest school district in the US. 

The schools operate 208 different schools and centers throughout the district.  From the youngest to oldest in the district, student enrollment is 131,657.

Just some of the programs include:

  • Academy of Aerospace Engineering and Aviation Technology
  • Dual enrollment
  • Even Start Family Literacy Program
  • International Baccalaureate
  • International high schools
  • Montessori programs
  • Pre-Kindergarten and kindergarten
  • Talented and gifted
  • Advanced placement
  • Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)
  • Career and technology education
  • Creative, visual, and performing arts

The district also offers a wide range of career and technical programs to older-aged students. A small list of these programs includes global studies, hospitality and tourism, media, communication, health and biosciences, aviation and transportation, homeland security, military science, and graphic arts. 

Diversity in the Schools

Many parents place a high value on diversity in schools. Prince George County Public Schools feature very diverse schools

49% of the student population is female, while 51% of the population is male.  Other student demographics include a student population that’s:

  • 55.2% of black or African American students
  • 36.5% of Hispanic or Latino students
  • 3.9% of white students
  • 2.7% of Asian or Asian Pacific Islander students
  • 0.3% of Native American or Alaskan native students
  • 0.2% of Hawaiian or Pacific Islander students

19.1% of students are English learners. The district ranks 6th in the state for being the most diverse. 

49.1% of students in the district qualify for free and reduced federal lunch programs. 

Teaching Staff in Prince George County Schools

The Prince George County Public Schools employs 22,000 employees throughout the district. 

When looking specifically at the teaching staff, 98.5% of teachers in the district are licensed. 

An important statistic to consider is the 76.6% of the teaching staff who have three or more years of teaching experience. This is relevant because the teaching staff stays once hired on. 

The district has a 15.1 student-to-teacher ratio, which is lower than Maryland’s state average. 

It’s also worth noting that the district employs 240 full-time school counselors throughout the district. 

School Financing

The Prince George County Schools run on a $2.3 billion dollar yearly budget. This breaks down to the district spending around  $14,924 per student each year.

$9,309.9 million is spent on instruction each year. $5,483.4 million is spent on district support services. Finally, the district spends about $540.2 million on other expenses.

School funding comes from federal, state, and local revenue sources. The State of Maryland contributes the most 52.5% of the budget coming from them. Local monies make up 41.4% of school revenue, with the federal government contributing the remaining amounts. 

Focus on Academics

Prince George County Public Schools offers a wide range of academic programs for student learning. They have an average graduation rate of 79%. Specific scores vary by building and grade level. It’s always a good idea to research a specific school for scores.

High school students have an average SAT score of 1030 and an ACT average score of 22. Many students from the district go on to higher education at the University of Maryland, Towson University, and Bowie State University.

The Public Schools

Prince George County Public Schools has a total of 207 school buildings throughout the district from preschool through high schools. The buildings break down this way:

  • 109 preschools
  • 143 elementary schools
  • 49 middle schools
  • 33 high schools

Let’s take a look at some of the schools within the district. 

Eleanor Roosevelt High School, located in Greenbelt, MD, ranks as the best high school in PGCPS and 43rd in Maryland. The high school has a graduation rate of 91% and student to teacher ratio of 21 to 1. 51% of the student body participates in some type of Advanced Placement classes. 

Chesapeake Math and IT Public Charter ranks as the second-best high school in PGCPS and 75th in Maryland. The high school has a 95% graduation rate from its only 457 students. 96% of the student body is a minority and 61% of these students take Advanced Placement courses. 

Private Schools Worth Noting

 There are 92 different private schools in the county from preschool to high school. 65% of these schools have a religious affiliation, like Catholic or Christian.  The average tuition cost is $13,519 for private schools in this county.

Elizabeth Seton High School is an all-girls Catholic high school with 590 students. The high school has a diversity rate of 80% and a student-to-teacher ratio of 11 to 1. The high school offers 14 different AP courses and more extra-curricular activities than any other high school in the area. 

The Maryland International Day School is located in Fort Washington, Maryland. The school services students in preschool through grade 8 and has the highest number of teachers with advanced degrees.

Living in Prince George County

There are many options for residential real estate in Prince George County. This county is in a prime location, close to Baltimore, Annapolis, and Washington DC. 

This is a vibrant area to live and to send your kids to school. With so many things to do and opportunities for employment, this might be the best place to buy your next home. 

What to Expect From a Prince George County, Maryland Education

It’s important to know what kind of Maryland education your child will get when you purchase your next home. Prince George County Public Schools offer a wide range of learning opportunities for students in the county. 

If you need help looking for your next home, whether you’re ready to buy or looking for a rental, we can help. Contact us today to learn about what’s available in housing in this area. 

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