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Pre - K3 through 8th Grade and International High School

Academic Excellence and Character Education FILE PHOTO

(From left) Eighth-graders Michael Richardson, Senehida Reyes and Heidi Reyes were some of the more than 50 students to raise their hands to take the National Junior Honor Society Pledge during an induction ceremony at Nicholas Orem Middle School in Hyattsville.

The Gazette A Back-to-School Guide Prince George’s County n August 2012

Index

Charter schools Colleges/universities Early childhood/ special education schools Education software provides collaboration in schools Elementary schools

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High schools K-8 academies pave way for academic success Learning doesn’t have to stop when the school day ends Middle schools Private schools School board School calendar Schools plan to stay in the flow of cursive writing Teachers dial up cell phones for classroom use Technology helps parents access school information

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(From left) Asja Ford of Fairmount Heights, Ashley Juma of Hyattsville and Daja Tyree of Capitol Heights, all 18, share a light moment after receiving their diplomas during the Fairmont Heights High School graduation ceremony. (Greg Dohler/The Gazette)

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Laurel Elementary School kindergartners (from left) Eudes Lawson, Danielle Washington and Rocio Lemus, all 6 and of Laurel, dance in traditional Nigerian clothing during the school's International Day celebration. (Greg Dohler/The Gazette) Adelina LaCarrubba, 2, is given ice cream by her mother Penny LaCarrubba, both of Laurel, during the ice cream social held at the Laurel Library to celebrate the kickoff to summer reading. (Rafael Talisman/For the Gazette)

Saturdays: Aug. 11th, Sept. 8th, Oct. 13th, Nov. 10th, and Dec. 8th Program begins promptly at 10:00 am.

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Jocquinn Thompson, 5, of Laurel signs his name to a display on civil rights activist Rosa Parks' historic 1955 bus ride in Montgomery, Ala., as part of a Black History Month presentation created by children in the Kids Care After School Program at Marlowe Heights Community Center.

IMPORTANT SCHOOL NUMBERS n Superintendent’s Office: 301-952-6008 n Adult/Education/Evening HS/GED: 301-322-0891 n Alternative Education Office: 301-618-7320 n Appeals Office 301-9526195 n Athletics: 301-669-6000 n Before and After Care: 301-408-5593 n Board of Education Office: 301-952-6115 n Career and Technical Education: 301-699-6012 n Charter and Contract Schools 301-808-8150 n Child Find: 301-808-2719 n Choice/Option Schools (Title I): 301-925-2392 n Communications: 301-9526001 n Constituent Services 301952-6378 n Creative and Performing Arts: 301-808-8317 n Curriculum and Instruction: 301-808-8240 n Deputy Superintendent’s Office 301-952-6011 n Early Childhood Programs (Head Start): 301-808-2707 n Early Childhood Support Office (Pre-K and n Kindergarten): 301-8082707 n Employee Wellness Office: 301-952-6229/6314 n English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Program: 301-445-8450

n Even Start Program: 301431-6220 n Facility Use 301-952-6551 n Fingerprinting/Background Checks 301-952-6775 n Food and Nutrition Services: 301-952-6580 n French Immersion: 301808-8265 n GED (Prince George’s Community College): 301322-0891 n Health Services: 301-7494722 n Home and Hospital Teaching: 301-567-8642 n Home Schooling: 301-3331001 n Homeless Education: 301925-2482 n Human Resources Customer Service Center 301-780-2191 n Infant/Toddler Program: 301-265-8415 n International Student Counseling Office: 301-4458460 n Judy Hoyer Family Learning Center: 301-4086860 n Maintenance: 301-9526500 n Montessori 301-445-8450 n New Schools and Charter Schools: 301-618-7320 n Office of Appeals: 301952-6195 n Professional Development: 301-749-4600 n Professional School Counseling: 301-567-8669

n Psychological Services: 301-431-5630 n Pupil Accounting and School Boundaries: 301-9526300 n Security Services: 301499-7000 n Special Education: 301618-8300 n Student Affairs/Safe and Drug Free Schools: 301-7494379 n Student Services: 301952-6384 n Student Records (copies of diplomas, graduation verification): 301-952-6366 n Student Transcripts: 301952-6175 n Student Transfers: 301952-6366 n Supplemental Educational Services/Title I: 301-6188390 n Talented and Gifted: 301808-3790 n Test Administration: 301430-5800 n Transportation: 301-9526570 n TTD Services/Hearing and Speech Impaired: 301-9526068

Aug. 6-8

Mon.-Thurs. — Professional duty days for new teachers

Aug. 13-17

Mon.-Fri. — Professional duty days for all teachers

Aug. 20

Monday — First day of school for students

Sept. 3

Monday — Labor Day*

Sept. 17

Monday — Rosh Hashanah, schools closed, offices open

Sept. 28

Friday — Professional development, schools closed for students

Oct. 19

Friday — MSEA Convention, schools closed for students, teachers

Oct. 26

Friday — End of first quarter (46 days)

Oct. 29

Monday — Grading/Teacher planning, schools closed for students

Nov. 6

Tuesday — Presidential Election Day*

Nov. 12

Friday — Parent/Teacher conferences, schools closed for students

Nov. 21

Wed. — Thanksgiving Break, schools closed, offices open

Nov. 22-23

Thurs.-Fri. — Thanksgiving*

Dec. 24-26

Mon.-Wed. — Christmas*

Dec. 27-28

Thurs.-Fri. — Winter Break*

Dec. 31

Monday — New Year’s*

2013 Jan. 1

Tuesday — New Year’s*

Jan. 17

Thursday — End of second quarter (46 days)

Jan. 18

Friday — Grading/teacher planning, schools closed for students

Jan. 21

Monday — Martin Luther King Jr. Day*

Feb. 15

Friday — Parent/Teacher conferences, schools closed for students

Feb. 18

Monday — Presidents Day*

March 27

Wednesday — End of third quarter (45 days)

March 28

Thursday — Grading/teacher planning, schools closed for students

March 29-April 1 Fri. and Mon. — Easter* April 2-5

Tues.-Fri. — Spring Break, schools closed for students, teachers

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Monday — Memorial Day*

June 7

Friday — Last day for students**, half day for students

June 7

Friday — Last day for teachers**, end of fourth quarter (44 days)

June 10-13

Mon.-Thurs. — Inclement weather makeup days

AREA OFFICES n Area 1 301-808-8150 n Area 2 301-669-6060 n High School Performance

301-669-6000 n TurnAround Schools 301702-3910

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HOLLY NUNN STAFF WRITER

Last August was a busy time for the Prince George’s County Public School system’s communication office. “There was the earthquake, then the hurricane, then the flooding,” schools spokesman Briant Coleman said, and each time, the office was flooded with calls from parents. “We found if we put out information on the website, it would reduce the calls we got. But then the website would go down because so many people were going on it.” The string of emergencies showed the school system they were not doing enough to get information to parents, so in November, they introduced the E-Alert system, which sends par-

ONLINE RESOURCES FOR PARENTS Parents can find resources to stay informed of news and events in their child’s school and throughout the school system online. Below is a list of some of those online resources. n Prince George’s Association of Talented and Gifted Education: www.pgtag.org

n Parents and PGCPS:

www.parentsandpgcps.com

n Special Education Citizens Advisory Committee: www.secac-pg.org

n Prince George’s County Public Schools Parent Resources: www.pcgps.org/parents

Email lists on Yahoo!:

ents emails or text messages about school closures and events. The cost for parents for the text messages depends on their cellular phone service. About 100,000 parents have signed up to date, Coleman said.

MORE ONLINE Parents, use any other web resources? Share your favorites on www.gazette.net n MLK (Mitchellville-Largo-

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Kettering) Education Coalition

High Point High School parent Denice Melito of Adelphi logs on to Prince George's County Public Schools' SchoolMAX Family Portal, which allows her to keep track of her daughters' grades, schedules and attendance.

n Accokeek Education Coalition n PGPublicEd n PG North County Education “I know that we’re late to the game on the electronic communication, but we’re aggressively moving forward with it,” he said. In May, the school system rolled out an iPhone app that allows users to

check news alerts, bus stops, lunch menus, and school information. A similar Android application is expected in the coming months, and school officials are working on a revamp of the school system’s parent resource webpage.

Another essential tool, said High Point High School PTA vice president Denise Melito, is the SchoolMAX Family Portal, the online service that allows parents to monitor grades, attendance

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Elementary schools UNDERSTANDING THE SCHOOL LIST n Guidance counselors: Guidance counselors can be reached through the main telephone number for the school, unless otherwise noted. Some schools may include more than one person as a guidance counselor contact.

n School capacity:

This figure is for the capacity of the school building. Capacity does not include temporary buildings (temps) on school grounds. Each listing includes the capacity of the school building and how many temps are at each school.

n School enrollment:

Based on a listing from the Prince George's County Public Schools System.

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Assessment: MSA scores represent the average for all students at the school that scored proficient or advanced on the 2012 state tests.

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schools that offer English for Speakers of Other Languages program or are used as ESOL centers.

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and disciplinary records. “I love SchoolMAX [Family Portal], when it’s current and correct,” Melito said. “But it’s only as good as the information input.” Input issues such as incorrect grades and irregular updates makes the system, which was implemented in August 2008 for $4.1 million, less effective, Melito said. Coleman said the school sys-

ADELPHI ES

Phone: 301-985-1450 Fax: 301-985-1457 Hours: 8:15 a.m. - 2:25 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/bladensbur ges/ Principal: Judith HaughtonWilliams Guidance Counselor: Regina Stevenson Number of Teachers: 57 Capacity: 691 Enrollment: 697 MSA Math: 85.6 percent MSA Reading: 80.9 percent Parent Organization: PTA ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Bulldog Before/After Care: No

8820 Riggs Road Adelphi, MD 20783 Phone: 301-431-6250 Fax: 301-445-8468 Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 1:55 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/adelphi/ Principal: Jane Ennis Guidance Counselor: Salathia Dawkins Number of Teachers: 21 Capacity: 451 Enrollment: 603 MSA Math: 84.5 percent MSA Reading: 83.0 percent Parent Organization: PTO ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Tiger Before/After Care: Yes

BOND MILL ES

ARDMORE ES

9301 Ardwick-Ardmore Road Springdale, MD 20774 Phone: 301-925-1311 Fax: 301-925-1318 Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 1:55 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/ardmore Principal: Georgette Gregory Guidance Counselor: Rachelle Jackson Number of Teachers: 35 Capacity: 520 Enrollment: 514 MSA Math: 88.1 percent MSA Reading: 90.7 percent Parent Organization: PTA ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: Yes (mandatory) Mascot: Anchor Before/After Care: Yes

BEACON HEIGHTS ES 6929 Furman Parkway Riverdale, MD 20737 Phone: 301-918-8700 Fax: 301-918-8707 Hours: 8:15 a.m. - 2:25 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/beaconheig

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Laurel Elementary School kindergartners (from left) Eudes Lawson, Danielle Washington and Rocio Lemus, all 6 and of Laurel, dance in traditional Nigerian clothing during the school's International Day celebration. Each class was assigned the task of presenting the culture of a different country. hts Principal: Lynne Stuewe Guidance Counselor: Beth Frissell Number of Teachers: 25 Capacity: 360 Enrollment: 419 MSA Math: 80.6 percent MSA Reading: 86.7 percent Parent Organization: PTO ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Lighthouse Before/After Care: No

BELTSVILLE ACADEMY

4300 Wicomico Ave. Beltsville, MD 20705 Phone: 301-572-0630 Fax: 301-572-0671 Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 3:10 p.m.

tem is continuing to train the about 9,000 teachers and to encourage a culture where SchoolMAX is a priority. More than 57,000 parents in the 124,000-student school district have set up accounts. Getting up-to-date information from the school system is essential for Michael Robinson, who founded the online network Parents and PGCPS at www.parentsandpgcps.com. Robinson also worked in the Office of Parental Engagement and

Website: www1.pgcps.org/beltsville Principal: Rashida Edwards Guidance Counselors: Diane Bryant, Julia Canty-Warrick, Caren McCalla and Chandra Watson Number of Teachers: 55 Capacity: 848 Enrollment: 997 MSA Math: 88.2 percent MSA Reading: 88 percent Parent Organization: PTA ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: No Mascot: Bulldogs Before/After Care: No

BERWYN HEIGHTS ES

6200 Pontiac St. Berwyn Heights, MD 20740 Phone: 240-684-6210

Community Outreach from 2007 until 2010, when it was closed due to budget cuts. But, he said, parents also should find resources outside the official channels. “Anything and everything you see that has the word ‘education’ in it, drop what you’re doing and read it because it’s going to have an impact on your child’s education,” Robinson said. In addition to Robinson’s website, there are several active email lists centered on education that allow parents or community

Fax: 240-684-6216 Hours: 9:15 a.m. - 3:25 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/berwynheig hts/ Principal: Dr. Karen Singer Guidance Counselor: Nicole Better-Fitzhugh Number of Teachers: 45 Capacity: 518 Enrollment: 480 MSA math: 81.3 percent MSA reading: 85.7 percent Parent Organization: PTA ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Huskies Before/After Care: Yes

BLADENSBURG ES 4915 Annapolis Road Bladensburg, MD 20710

members to sign up and follow education discussions via email, like the MLK Education Coalition, which sends participants information on events and issues in schools in central Prince George’s County. For students who need extra resources, parents can find information from advocacy organizations, said Joseph Kitchen, president of Prince George’s Association of Talented and Gifted Education, or PGTAG, a nonprofit group that acts as a go-

16001 Sherwood Ave. Laurel, MD 20707 Phone: 301-497-3600 Fax: 301-497-3606 Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 1:55 p.m. Website: http://www1.pgcps.org/bond mill/ Principal: Justin Fitzgerald Guidance Counselor: Freida Ingram Number of Teachers: 28 Capacity: 500 Enrollment: 459 MSA math: 94 percent MSA reading: 95 percent Parent Organization: PTO ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: No Mascot: Bulldog Before/After Care: Yes

BRADBURY HEIGHTS ES 1401 Glacier Ave. Capitol Heights, MD 20743 Phone: 301-702-3950 Fax: 301-817-0573 Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 1:55 p.m. Website: www.pgcps.org/~bradbury

See E L E M E N T A R Y , Page 7 between for parents and the Prince George’s Schools’ Talented and Gifted Office. Kitchen became involved in PGTAG after taking guardianship of his nephew, a TAG student. He said he had no idea how the TAG program worked until he found the organization. “What [parents] need from us is information on how to make things work for them,” Kitchen said. hnunn@gazette.net


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Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Eagle Before/After Care: No

Principal: Denise Lynch Guidance Counselor: Jocelyn Austin-Forbes Number of Teachers: 26 Capacity: 714 Enrollment: 539 MSA Math: 62.8 percent MSA Reading: 63.8 percent Parent Organization: PTA ESOL Program: No Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Eagles Before/After Care: No

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CALVERTON ES

3400 Beltsville Road Beltsville, MD 20705 Phone: 301-572-0640 Fax: 301-572-0673 Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 1:55 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/calverton Principal: Monique Sloan Guidance Counselor: Judith Pollock Number of Teachers: 70 Capacity: 590 Enrollment: 771 MSA Math: 82.4 percent MSA Reading: 84.7 percent Parent Organization: PTA ESOL Program: Yes

601 Suffolk Ave. Capitol Heights, MD 20743 Phone: 301-817-0494 Fax: 301-817-0931 Hours: 9:15 a.m. - 3:25 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/capitolheight s Principal: Herman Whaley Guidance Counselor: Noelene Moten Number of Teachers: 29 Capacity: 357 Enrollment: 261 MSA Math: 90.4 percent MSA Reading: 90.4 percent Parent Organization: PTA ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Cougar Before/After Care: No

CARMODY HILLS ES

401 Jadeleaf Ave. Capitol Heights, MD 20743 Phone: 301-808-8180 Fax: 301-808-8188 Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 1:55 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/carmodyhills Principal: Rolaetta Alford Guidance Counselor: Mable

Cox Number of Teachers: 35 Capacity: 550 Enrollment: 367 MSA Math: 76.6 percent MSA Reading: 81.3 percent Parent Organization: PTA ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Cougar Before/After Care: No

CAROLE HIGHLANDS ES

1610 Hannon St. Takoma Park, MD 20912 Phone: 301-431-5660 Fax: 301-431-5670 Hours: 8:15 a.m. - 2:25 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/carolehighla nds Principal: Shawna Holden Guidance Counselor: Hanadi Elbashir-Hill Number of Teachers: 55 Capacity: 700 Enrollment: 690 MSA Math: 67.9 percent MSA Reading: 74.3 percent Parent Organization: ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Eagle Before/After Care:

CARROLLTON ES

8300 Quintana St.

New Carrollton, MD 20784 Phone: 301-918-8708 Fax: 301-918-8710 Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 1:55 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/carrollton Principal: Brian Galbraith Guidance Counselor: Monisola Ogunfiditimi Number of Teachers: 30 Capacity: 559 Enrollment: 599 MSA Math: 84.4 percent MSA Reading: 80.2 percent Parent Organization: PTO ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Frog Before/After Care: Yes

CATHERINE T. REED ES

9501 Greenbelt Road Lanham, MD 20706 Phone: 301-918-8716 Fax: 301-918-8559 Hours: 9:05 a.m. - 3:25 p.m. Website: www.pgcps.org/~ctreed/ Principal: Nicole Warner Guidance Counselor: Silvia Jones Number of Teachers: 25 Capacity: 457 Enrollment: 427 MSA Math: 74.6 percent MSA Reading: 82.5 percent Parent Organization: PTA

ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: No Mascot: Roadrunner Before/After Care: Yes

CESAR CHAVEZ ES

6609 Riggs Road Hyattsville, MD 20782 Phone: 301-853-5694 Fax: 301-853-5692 Hours: 7:45 a.m. – 1:55 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/cesarchavez Principal: Jose A. Taboada II Guidance Counselor: Chelva Todd Number of Teachers: 17 Capacity: 357 Enrollment: 258 MSA Math: 83.9 percent MSA Reading: 85.7 percent Parent Organization: PTO ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Wildcat Before/After Care: No

CHEROKEE LANE ES

9000 25th Ave. Adelphi, MD 20783 Phone: 301-445-8415 Fax: 301-445-8442 Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 1:55 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/cherokeelan e Principal: Nichole Jackson

Guidance Counselor: Teri Emig Number of Teachers: 40 Capacity: 406 Enrollment: 426 MSA Math: 83.3 percent MSA Reading: 92.9 percent Parent Organization: PTO ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: No Mascot: Jaguar Before/After Care: No

CHILLUM ES

1420 Chillum Road Hyattsville, MD 20782 Phone: 301-853-0825 Fax: 301-853-0857 Hours: 8:15 a.m. - 2:25 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/chillum Principal: Sheila Jefferson Guidance Counselor: Chelva Todd Number of Teachers: 29 Capacity: 335 Enrollment: 330 MSA Math: 80.4 percent MSA Reading: 81.6 percent Parent Organization: PTA ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Champion’s Trophy Before/After Care: No

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COLUMBIA PARK ES

1901 Kent Village Drive Landover, MD 20785 Phone: 301-925-1322 Fax Number: 301-925-1327 Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 1:55 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/columbiapar k Principal: Michelle TylerSkinner Guidance Counselor: Bernard Grayson Number of Teachers: 33 Capacity: 517 Enrollment: 459 MSA Math: 69.2 percent MSA Reading: 72.1 percent Parent Organization: PTO ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Eagle Before/After Care: No

CONCORD ES

2004 Concord Lane District Heights, MD 20747 Phone: 301-817-0488 Fax: 301-817-0922 Hours: 8:15 a.m. - 2:25 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/concord Principal: Carolyn GeorgeRemy Guidance Counselor: Sharlisa Tyree Number of Teachers: 22 Capacity: 390 Enrollment: 321 MSA Math: 94.5 percent MSA Reading: 90.3 percent Parent Organization: ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Mustang Before/After Care: Yes

COOL SPRING ES

8910 Riggs Road Adelphi, MD 20783 Phone: 301-431-6200 Fax: 301-445-8467 Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 1:55 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/coolspring Principal: Frances Tolbert Guidance Counselor: Terriceda Calvin Number of Teachers: 26 Capacity: 632 Enrollment: 652 MSA Math: 89.7 percent MSA Reading: 85.7 percent Parent Organization: PTO ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Coyote Before/After Care: Yes

COOPER LANE ES 3817 Cooper Lane

Landover Hills, MD 20784 Phone: 301-925-1350 Fax: 301-925-2360 Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 1:55 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/cooperlane Principal: Laverne Wilson Guidance Counselor: Mildred Gingels Number of Teachers: 35 Capacity: 495 Enrollment: 438 MSA Math: 74.2 percent MSA Reading: 77.9 percent Parent Organization: PTSA ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Cougar Before/After Care: No

Phone: 301-918-8730 Fax: 301-918-8560 Hours: 7:45 a.m. -1:55 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/gaywood Principal: Ingrid ReynoldsLawson Number of Teachers: 34 Capacity: 470 Enrollment: 444 MSA Math: 74.7 percent MSA Reading: 77.1 percent Parent Organization: PTA ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Mustang Before/After Care: No

CORA L. RICE ES

3324 64th Ave. Cheverly, MD 20785 Phone: 301-925-1944 Fax: 301-925-1951 Hours: 9:15 a.m. - 3:25 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/gladysnoons pellman Principal: Susan Holiday Guidance Counselor: Dr. Fred Jones Number of Teachers: 31 Capacity: 604 Enrollment: 538 MSA Math: 88.3 percent MSA Reading: 86.9 percent Parent Organization: PTA ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Teddy Bear Before/After Care: Yes

950 Nalley Road Landover, MD 20785 Phone: 301-636-6340 Fax: 301-636-6344 Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 1:55 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/coralrice Principal: Mattie Turman Guidance Counselor: Dr. Detra Thomas Number of Teachers: 35 Capacity: 827 Enrollment: 584 MSA Math: 70.3 percent MSA Reading: 72.4 percent Parent Organization: PTO ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Raptor Before/After Care: Yes

DEERFIELD RUN ES

13000 Laurel-Bowie Road Laurel, MD 20708 Phone: 301-497-3610 Fax: 301-497-3615 Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. Website: http://www1.pgcps.org/deerfi eldrun/ Principal: Mary Wall Guidance Counselor: Diane Sperry Number of Teachers: 36 Capacity: 583 Enrollment: 612 MSA Math: 83.1 percent MSA Reading: 87.5 percent Parent Organization: PTO ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Deer Before/After Care: No

DISTRICT HEIGHTS ES 2200 County Road District Heights, MD 20747 Phone: 301-817-0484 Fax: 301-817-0561 Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 1:55 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/districtheigh ts Principal: Marlowe Blount-Rich

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Students at Hyattsville Elementary School sing the school’s song, “We are the Lions,” as the school and surrounding community celebrated the 95th anniversary of the school in June. Dozens of past and present Hyattsville Elementary School students attended the event. Guidance Counselor: Amber Scott Number of Teachers: 23 Capacity: 583 Enrollment: 460 MSA Math: 41.8 percent MSA Reading: 55.2 percent Parent Organization: PTA ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Panda Before/After Care: No

DODGE PARK ES

3401 Hubbard Road Landover, MD 20785 Phone: 301-883-4220 Fax: 301-883-4223 Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 1:55 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/dodgepark Principal: Victoria Holmes Guidance Counselor: Deborah Murphy-McCree Number of Teachers: 33 Capacity: 560 Enrollment: 522 MSA Math: 86.2 percent MSA Reading: 95 percent Parent Organization: No ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Ram Before/After Care: No

DOSWELL E. BROOKS ES 1301 Brooke Road Capitol Heights, MD 20743 Phone: 301-817-0480 Fax: 301-817-0954 Hours: 9:15 a.m. - 3:25 p.m. Website:

www1.pgcps.org/doswellbroo ks Principal: Dr. Anita Stoddard Guidance Counselor: To be determined Number of Teachers: 35 Capacity: 575 Enrollment: 224 MSA Math: 69.2 percent MSA Reading: 75.2 percent Parent Organization: PTA Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Owl Before/After Care: Yes

FRANCIS SCOTT KEY ES

2301 Scott Key Drive District Heights, MD 20747 Phone: 301-817-7970 Fax: 301-817-7979 Hours: 7:45 a.m. to 1:55 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/francisscott key Principal: Judie Strawbridge Guidance Counselor: Diane McKenzie Number of Teachers: 39 Capacity: 736 Enrollment: 521 MSA Math: 57.5 percent MSA Reading: 67.1 percent Parent Organization: PTO ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Eagle Before/After Care: Yes

GAYWOOD ES

6701 97th Ave. Lanham, MD 20706

GLENARDEN WOODS ES

7801 Glenarden Parkway Glenarden, MD 20706 Phone: 301-925-1300 Fax: 301-925-1304 Hours: 9:15 a.m. - 3:25 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/glenardenwo ods Principal: Cecelia JonesBowlding Guidance Counselor: Clara Carey Number of Teachers: 25 Capacity: 472 Enrollment: 472 MSA Math: 94.2 percent MSA Reading: 93.9 percent Parent Organization: PTA ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: No Mascot: Tiger Before/After Care: Yes

GLENN DALE ES

6700 Glenn Dale Road Glenn Dale, MD 20769 Phone: 301-805-2750 Fax: 301-805-2753 Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 1:55 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/glenndale Principal: Jacqueline Marshall

Guidance Counselor: Partica Moore Number of Teachers: 35 Capacity: 474 Enrollment: 459 MSA Math: 76.6 percent MSA Reading: 86.3 percent Parent organization: PTA ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Gator Before/After Care: Yes

GLENRIDGE ES

7200 Gallatin St. Landover Hills, MD 20784 Phone: 301-918-8740 Fax: 301-918-8547 Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 1:55 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/glenridge Principal: Dr. Gloria McCoy Number of Teachers: 32 Capacity: 828 Enrollment: 752 MSA Math: 84.2 percent MSA Reading: 83.7 percent Parent Organization: PTA ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Mustang Before/After Care: No

GREENBELT ES

66 Ridge Road Greenbelt, MD 20770 Phone: 301-513-5911 Fax: 301-513-5319 Hours: 9:15 a.m. - 3:25 p.m. Website: http://www1.pgcps.org/green beltes/ Principal: Monica Gaines Guidance Counselor: Donna Behe Number of Teachers: 36 Capacity: 569 Enrollment: 621 MSA Math: 84.6 percent MSA Reading: 87.1 percent Parent Organization: PTA ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: No Mascot: Greyhound Before and After Care: Yes

HIGHLAND PARK ES

6501 Lowland Drive Landover, MD 20785 Phone: 301-333-0980 Fax: 301-333-0992 Hours: 8:15 a.m. - 2:25 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/highlandpark Principal: Wanda Robinson Guidance Counselor: George Thomas Number of Teachers: 17 Capacity: 551 Enrollment: 178 MSA Math: 74.6 percent MSA Reading: 88.1 percent Parent Organization: PTA

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HOLLYWOOD ES

9811 49th Ave. College Park, MD 20740 Phone: 301-513-5900 Fax: 301-513-5383 Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 1:55 p.m. Website: http://www1.pgcps.org/hollyw ood/ Principal: Barbara Caskey Guidance Counselor: Deidra O’Brien Number of Teachers: 30 Capacity: 339 Enrollment: 454 MSA Math: 87.8 percent MSA Reading: 85.2 percent Parent Organization: PTA ESOL Program: Yes Mascot: Hollywood Star Before and After Care: Yes

HYATTSVILLE ES

5311 43rd Ave. Hyattsville, MD 20781 Phone: 301-209-5800 Fax: 301-985-1499 Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 1:55 p.m.

Website: http://www1.pgcps.org/hyatts villees/ Principal: Julia Burton Guidance Counselor: Salathia Dawkins-Wilson Number of Teachers: 40 Capacity: 406 Enrollment: 513 MSA Math: 69 percent MSA Reading: 73.9 percent Parent Organization: PTA ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Lions Before and After Care: No

JAMES H. HARRISON ES

13200 Larchdale Road Laurel, MD 20708 Phone: 301-497-3650 Fax: 301-497-7217 Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 1:55 p.m. Website: http://www1.pgcps.org/james hharrison/ Principal: Dr. Wanda Williams Guidance Counselor: Beverly Rampey Number of Teachers: 40 Capacity: 333 Enrollment: 310 MSA Math: 85.8 percent MSA Reading: 83 percent Parent Organization: PTA ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: Yes

Mascot: Tiger Before and After Care: No

JAMES MCHENRY ES

8909 McHenry Lane Lanham, MD 20706 Phone: 301-918-8760 Fax: 301-918-8638 Hours: 7:45 a.m. – 1:55 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/jamesmchen ry Principal: Jane Handelsman Guidance Counselor: Shamika Jackson Number of Teachers: 30 Capacity: 584 Enrollment: 686 MSA Math: 70 percent MSA Reading: 79 percent Parent Organization: PTO ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Cougar Before/After Care: Yes

JOHN H. BAYNE ES

7010 Walker Mill Road Capitol Heights, MD 20743 Phone: 301-499-7020 Fax: 301-808-4499 Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 1:55 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/johnhbayne Principal: Joyce Phillips Guidance Counselor: Caitlyn Viviano

Number of Teachers: 29 Capacity: 518 Enrollment: 460 MSA Math: 83.9 percent MSA Reading: 85.2 percent Parent Organization: PTA ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Bear Before/After Care: Yes

JUDGE SYLVANIA W. WOODS SR. ES

Address: 3000 Church St. Glenarden, MD 20706 Phone: 301-925-2840 Fax: 301-925-2844 Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 1:50 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/judgesylvani awoods Principal: Michelle Williams Guidance Counselor: Rodney Roundtree Number of Teachers: 39 Capacity: 719 Enrollment: 611 MSA Math: 79.6 percent MSA Reading: 77.8 percent Parent Organization: PTA ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Tiger Before/After Care: No

KENMOOR ES

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Landover, MD 20785 Phone: 301-925-1970 Fax: 301-925-2364 Hours: 9:15 a.m. – 3:25 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/kenmoores Principal: Nicole Crumpler Guidance Counselor: Ashanti Ravenell Number of Teachers: 16 Capacity: 406 Enrollment: 409 MSA Math: 68.5 percent MSA Reading: 76.2 percent Parent Organization: PTA ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Bobcat Before/After Care: No

LAMONT ES

Address: 7101 Good Luck Road New Carrollton, MD 20784 Phone: 301-513-5205 Fax: 301-513-5271 Hours: 7:45 a.m. – 1:55 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/lamont Principal: Lakisha Covert Guidance Counselor: Sheri Wright Number of Teachers: 35 Capacity: 509 Enrollment: 584 MSA Math: 72.1 percent

MSA Reading: 80.5 percent Parent Organization: PTA ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Lion Before/After Care: No

LANGLEY PARKMCCORMICK ES

8201 15th Ave. Hyattsville, MD 20784 Phone: 301-445-8423 Fax: 301-445-8425 Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 1:55 p.m. Website: http://www1.pgcps.org/langle yparkmccormick/ Principal: Amy Stout Guidance Counselor: Grace Nwanko Number of Teachers: 47 Capacity: 541 Enrollment: 615 MSA Math: 84.2 percent MSA Reading: 84.7 percent Parent Organization: None ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Eagle Before and After Care: No

LAUREL ES

516 Montgomery St. Laurel, MD 20707 Phone: 301-497-3660

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Fax: 301-497-3657 Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 1:55 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/laureles/ Principal: Melinda Lee Guidance Counselor: Nicole Walker Number of Teachers: 35 Capacity: 493 Enrollment: 586 MSA Math: 78.2 percent MSA Reading: 79.7 percent Parent Organization: PTA Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Leopard Before and After Care: Yes

LEWISDALE ES

2400 Banning Place Hyattsville, MD 20783 Phone: 301-445-8433 Fax: 301-431-5654 Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 1:55 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/lewisdale/ Principal: Patricia Haith Guidance Counselor: Weldina Conde Number of Teachers: 55 Capacity: 471 Enrollment: 667 MSA Math: 84.4 percent MSA Reading: 87.5 percent Parent Organization: PTA Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Lions Before and After Care: No

MAGNOLIA ES

Address: 8400 Nightingale Drive Lanham, MD 20706 Phone: 301-918-8770 Fax: 301-918-8788 Hours: 9:15 a.m. – 3:25 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/magnolia Principal: Phyllis Gillens Guidance Counselor: Joan Nachman Number of Teachers: 20 Capacity: 448 Enrollment: 479 MSA Math: 84.4 percent MSA Reading: 84.4 percent Parent Organization: PTO ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Mustang Before/After Care: Yes

MARY HARRIS “MOTHER” JONES ES

2405 Tecumseh St. Adelphi, MD 20783 Phone: 301-408-7900 Fax: 301-408-7904 Hours: 8:15 a.m. - 2:25 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/maryharrism

otherjones/ Principal: Niki Brown Guidance Counselors: Jessica De’Angelo Number of Teachers: 50 Capacity: 802 Enrollment: 854 MSA Math: 88.2 percent MSA Reading: 86.1 percent Parent Organization: Friends of Mother Jones ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Jaguar Before/After Care: Yes

MONTPELIER ES

9200 Muirkirk Road Laurel, MD 20708 Phone: 301-497-3670 Fax: 301-497-5431 Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 3:10 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/montpelier/ Principal: Carla Furlow Guidance Counselor: Debbie Conn Number of Teachers: 32 Capacity: 609 Enrollment: 650 MSA Math: 82.6 percent MSA Reading: 82.7 percent Parent Organization: PTA ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Bulldog Before and After Care: Yes

MOUNT RAINIER ES

4011 32nd St. Mount Rainier, MD 20712 Phone: 301-985-1810 Fax: 301-985-1814 Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 1:55 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/mountrainier/ Principal: Shawn Hintz Guidance Counselor: Patricia O’Hara Number of Teachers: 55 Capacity: 357 Enrollment: 379 MSA Math: 81.9 percent MSA Reading: 80.6 percent Parent Organization: PTO ESOL School: Yes Uniform Policy: No Mascot: Eagle Before/After Care: No

OAKLANDS ES

13710 Laurel-Bowie Road Laurel, MD 20708 Phone: 301-497-3110 Fax: 301-497-3114 Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 1:55 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/oaklands Principal: Audrey Briscoe Guidance Counselor: Rona Pemberton Number of Teachers: 25 Capacity: 406 Enrollment: 413 MSA Math: 66.3 percent

MSA Reading: 75.7 percent Parent Organization: PTA ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Falcon Before/After Care: No

PAINT BRANCH ES

5101 Pierce Ave. College Park, MD 20740 Phone: 301-513-5300 Fax: 301-513-5303 Hours: 9:15 a.m. - 3:25 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/paintbranch/ Principal: Emmett Hendershot Guidance Counselor: Melissa Cunningham Number of Teachers: 33 Capacity: 426 Enrollment: 405 MSA Math: 84.3 percent MSA Reading: 82.8 percent Parent Organization: PTA ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Bumblebee Before/After Care: No

PORT TOWNS ES

4351 58th Ave. Bladensburg, MD 20710 Phone: 301-985-1480 Fax: 301-985-1470 Hours: 8:15 a.m. - 2:25 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/porttowns/ Principal: Lisa Farabaugh Guidance Counselor: Daisy Anderson-Dickens Number of Teachers: 60 Capacity: 804 Enrollment: 902 MSA Math: 77.1 percent MSA Reading: 80.5 percent Parent Organization: PTO ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Panther Before/After Care: No

RIDGECREST ES

6120 Riggs Road Hyattsville, MD 20783 Phone: 301-853-0820 Fax: 301-853-0861 Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 1:55 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/ridgecrest/ Principal: Denise Dunn Guidance Counselor: Kevin Avery Number of Teachers: 44 Capacity: 718 Enrollment: 669 MSA Math: 70.4 percent MSA Reading: 72.3 percent Parent Organization: PTA ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Rocket Before/After Care: No

RIVERDALE ES

5006 Riverdale Road

Riverdale, MD 20737 Phone: 301-985-1850 Fax: 301-927-1166 Hours: 8:15 a.m. - 2:25 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/riverdale/ Principal: Cheryl Hughes Guidance Counselor: Jacqueline Jacobs Number of Teachers: 42 Capacity: 563 Enrollment: 762 MSA Math: 74.6 percent MSA Reading: 78.7 percent Parent Organization: PTA ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Roadrunner Before/After Care: No

ROBERT FROST ES

Address: 6419 85th Ave. New Carrollton, MD 20784 Phone: 301-918-8792 Fax: 301-918-8566 Hours: 7:45 a.m. to 1:55 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/robertfrost Principal: Renita Alexander Guidance Counselor: Adelaide Davids Number of Teachers: 25 Capacity: 309 Enrollment: 281 MSA Math: 92 percent MSA Reading: 95 percent Parent Organization: PTO ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Tiger Before/After Care: No

ROBERT GODDARD FRENCH IMMERSION SCHOOL

Address: 9850 Good Luck Road Lanham, MD 20706 Phone: 301-918-8660 Fax: 301-918-3520 Hours: 9 a.m. – 3:40 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/robertgodda rdfrenchimmersion Principal: Kona-Facia Nepay Guidance Counselor: Marcia Mentey and Rachel Donahue Number of Teachers: 45 Capacity: 499 Enrollment: 582 MSA Math: 92.3 percent MSA Reading: 95 percent Parent Organization: PTA ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: No Mascot: Rocket Before/After Care: Yes

ROBERT GODDARD MONTESSORI SCHOOL

Address: 9850 Good Luck Road Lanham, MD 20706

Phone: 301-918-3515 Fax: 301-918-8670 Hours: 9 a.m. – 3:40 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/robertgodda rdmontessori Principal: Carol Dimmie Guidance Counselors: Cindy Popol and André Cook Number of Teachers: 24 Capacity: 499 Enrollment: 519 MSA Math: 82.4 percent MSA Reading: 87.9 percent Parent Organization: PTSA ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: No Mascot: Rocket Before/After Care: Yes

ROBERT R. GRAY ES

Address: 4949 Addison Road Capitol Heights, MD 20743 Phone: 301-636-8400 Fax: 301-636-8409 Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/robertrgray Principal: Cheryl Franklin Guidance Counselor: Diane Privette Number of Teachers: 35 Capacity: 833 Enrollment: 408 MSA Math: 81 percent MSA Reading: 84.6 percent Parent Organization: PTA ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Eagle Before/After Care: Yes

ROGERS HEIGHTS ES

4301 58th Ave. Bladensburg, MD 20710 Phone: 301-985-1860 Fax: 301-985-1868 Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 1:55 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/rogersheight s/ Principal: Barbara Bottoms Guidance Counselor: Harriett Simmons Number of Teachers: 47 Capacity: 604 Enrollment: 589 MSA Math: 71.2 percent MSA Reading: 75 percent Parent Organization: PTA ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Panther Before/After Care: No

ROSA L. PARKS ES

6111 Ager Road Hyattsville, MD 20782 Phone: 301-445-8090 Fax: 301-445-8099 Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 1:55 p.m. Website: www.pgcps.org/~rosa Principal: Tara Minter

Guidance Counselor: Victor Butler Number of Teachers: 58 Capacity: 750 Enrollment: 742 MSA Math: 73.3 percent MSA Reading: 79.5 percent Parent Organization: PTA ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Titan Before and After Care: No

SCOTCHTOWN HILLS ES

15950 Dorset Road Laurel, MD 20707 Phone: 301-497-3994 Fax: 301-498-6421 Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 1:55 p.m. Website: www.pgcps.org/~sthills/ Principal: Tracie Prevost Guidance Counselor: Renee Cort-Sutton Number of Teachers: 41 Capacity: 669 Enrollment: 674 MSA Math: 84.1 percent MSA Reading: 84.2 percent Parent Organization: PTO ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Scottish Terrier Before/After Care: Yes

SEAT PLEASANT ES

Address: 6411 G St. Seat Pleasant, MD 20743 Phone: 301-925-2330 Fax: 301-925-2337 Hours: 8:15 a.m. – 2:25 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/seatpleasant Principal: Olga Pabón Guidance Counselor: Noleen Moten Number of Teachers: 26 Capacity: 360 Enrollment: 318 MSA Math: 95 percent MSA Reading: 88 percent Parent Organization: PTO ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Hornets Before/After Care: No

SPRINGHILL LAKE ES

6060 Springhill Drive Greenbelt, MD 20770 Phone: 301-513-5996 Fax: 301-513-5314 Hours: 7:45 a.m. – 1:55 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/springhilllak e/ Principal: Natasha Jenkins Guidance Counselor: Linda Lucie Number of Teachers: 75 Capacity: 638 Enrollment: 585

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MSA Math: 72.7 percent MSA Reading: 74.1 percent Parent Organization: PTA ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Eagle Before/After Care: Yes

TEMPLETON ES

6001 Carters Lane Riverdale, MD 20737 Phone: 301-985-1880 Fax: 301-985-1876 Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 1:55 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/templeton/ Principal: Ebony Harrington Guidance Counselor: TBD Number of Teachers: 45 Capacity: 609 Enrollment: 638 MSA Math: 83.7 percent MSA Reading: 81.5 percent Parent Organization: PTA ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Tiger Before/After care: No

THOMAS CLAGGETT ES

Address: 2001 Addison Road South

District Heights, MD 20747 Phone: 301-499-7050 Fax: 301-499-7060 Hours: 7:45 a.m. – 1:55 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/thomasclag gett Principal: Chandra Brown Guidance Counselor: Doris Hughey Number of Teachers: 23 Capacity: 464 Enrollment: 256 MSA Math: 53.7 percent MSA Reading: 56.9 percent Parent Organization: PTA ESOL Program: No Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Eagle Before/After Care: No

THOMAS G. PULLEN CREATIVE & PERFORMING ARTS

Address: 700 Brightseat Road Landover, MD 20785 Phone: 301-808-8160 Fax: 301-808-8166 Hours: 9 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/thomaspulle n Principal: Pamela LucasAdams Guidance Counselor: Felicia

Meadows and Lawanda Bryant Number of Teachers: 80 Capacity: 976 Enrollment: 722 MSA Math: 83.5 percent MSA Reading: 92.8 percent Parent Organization: PTA ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: No Mascot: Polar Bear Before/After Care: No

THOMAS S. STONE ES

4500 34th St. Mount Rainier, MD 20712 Phone: 301-985-1890 Fax: 301-927-1153 Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 1:55 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/thomasston e/ Principal: Helda Morad Guidance Counselor: TBD Number of Teachers: 40 Capacity: 574 Enrollment: 684 MSA Math: 70.2 percent MSA Reading: 69.2 percent Parent Organization: PTO ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Tiger Before/After Care: No

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University Park, MD 20782 Phone: 301-985-1898 Fax: 301-927-1181 Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 1:55 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/universitypa rk/ Principal: Nancy Schickner Guidance Counselor: Marlene Bennett Number of Teachers: 65 Capacity: 562 Enrollment: 661 MSA Math: 82.2 percent MSA Reading: 93.8 percent Parent Organization: PTA ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: No Mascot: Eagles Before/After Care: Yes

VANSVILLE ES

6813 Ammendale Road Beltsville, MD 20705 Phone: 301-931-2830 Fax: 301-931-2840 Hours: 7:45 a.m. – 1:55 p.m. Website: http://www1.pgcps.org/vansv ille Principal: Thomas Smith Guidance Counselor: Diane Hopkins Number of Teachers: 42 Capacity: 784 Enrollment: 825 MSA math: 87.7 percent

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MSA reading: 91.9 percent ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: No Mascot: Wildcat Before/After Care: Yes

WILLIAM PACA ES

Address: 7801 Sheriff Road Landover, MD 20785 Phone: 301-925-1330 Fax: 301-925-1338 Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 1:55 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/williampaca Principal: Dorothy Clowers Guidance Counselor: Sandra Maddox Number of Teachers: 34 Capacity: 601 Enrollment: 499 MSA Math: 85.2 percent MSA Reading: 73.8 percent Parent Organization: PTA ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Panther Before/After Care: Yes

WILLIAM W. HALL ACADEMY

Address: 5200 Marlboro Pike Capitol Heights, MD 20743 Phone: 301-817-2933 Fax: 301-817-2946 Hours: 7:45 p.m. – 2:25 a.m. Website:

www1.pgcps.org/williamwhall Principal: MenSa Maa Guidance Counselors: Vonda Morris, Beverly Rampey Number of Teachers: 29 Capacity: 709 Enrollment: 537 MSA Math: 49.8 percent MSA Reading: 59.1 percent Parent Organization: PTO ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Bulldog Before/After Care: No

WOODRIDGE ES

5001 Flintridge Drive Hyattsville, MD 20784 Phone: 301-918-8585 Fax: 301-918-4462 Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 1:55 p.m. Website: www.pgcps.org/~wridge/ Principal: Carol Dimmie Guidance Counselor: Terry Gallin Number of Teachers: 30 Capacity: 342 Enrollment: 309 MSA Math: 94.1 percent MSA Reading: 91.2 percent Parent Organization: None ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Wildcat Before/After Care: No

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Early childhood and special education C. ELIZABETH RIEG REGIONAL

Enrollment: 150 Parent organization: PTA ESOL Program: No Uniform policy: No Mascot: Teddy Bears Before/after care: Yes Serves students age 3 to grade 6.

15542 Peach Walker Drive Mitchellville, MD 20716 Phone: 301-390-0200 Fax: 301-390-0205 Hours: 7:45 a.m.-1:55 p.m. Grades: 5-21 years of age Website: www.pgcps.org/~cerieg E-mail: cerieg@pgcps.org Principal: Patrice Watson Guidance counselor: Patricia Leffson Number of teachers: 19 Capacity: Building capacity is 80, with five portable classrooms Enrollment: 120 Parent organization: PTO Uniform Policy: No Mascot: Bears The C. Elizabeth Rieg school serves students with multiple disabilities from ages 5 to 21. The primary focus of the staff is to help students develop functional skills for home, school and the community, with an emphasis on independence.

MARGARET BRENT REGIONAL SCHOOL

5816 Lamont Terrace New Carrollton, MD 20784 Phone: 301-918-8780 Fax: 301-918-8778 Hours: 9:15 a.m.-3:25 p.m. Website: www.pgcps.org/~mbrent Principal: Dr. Loretta Cutright Counselor: Sue Griebner Number of teachers: 20 Capacity: 118 Enrollment: 118 Parent organization: PTO ESOL program: No Uniform policy: No Mascot: Bears Before/after care: No Special school for students with multiple disabilities.

CHAPEL FORGE EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER

12711 Milan Way Bowie, MD 20715 Phone: 301-805-2740 Fax: 301-805-6672 Hours: 9:15 a.m.-3:25 p.m. Website: www.pgcps.org/~chapel Principal: Elyse Hurley Guidance counselor: Erin Zeit Number of teachers: 34 Capacity: 300 Enrollment: 300 Parent organization: PTO Uniform policy: No Mascot: Bears Before/after care: No Chapel Forge offers early diagnosis and educational intervention for young children with disabilities and developmental delays. The school offers an environment that helps students grow in essential curriculum areas.

EDGAR ALLAN POE ACADEMY

2001 Shadyside Ave. Suitland, MD 20746 Phone: 301-817-3100 Fax: 301-817-3176 Hours: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Grades: 6-8 Website: www1.pgcps.org/edgarallanpoe Principal: Gordon Libby Guidance counselor: TBD Number of teachers: 16 Capacity: 140 Enrollment: 45 Parent organization: No Uniform policy: Yes Mascot: No Before/after care: No

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Pre-kindergarten teacher Andrea Kirkland helps her students get on the correct bus at dismissal time on the first day of school at Beltsville Academy last August. FRANCES FUCHS EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER

11011 Cherry Hill Road Beltsville, MD 20705 Phone: 301-572-0600 Fax: 301-572-0602 Hours: 9:10 a.m.-3:10 p.m. Website: www.pgcps.org/~ffuchs Principal: Diedra Tramel Coordinator: Cindy Ettinger Number of teachers: 70 Capacity: 300, with 12 portables Enrollment: 500 Parent organization: PTO Uniform policy: No Mascot: No Before/after care: This special education center provides services for children from birth to age 5.

H. WINSHIP WHEATLEY EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER

8801 Ritchie Drive Capitol Heights, MD 20743 Phone: 301-808-8100 Fax: 301-808-4490 Hours: 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Website: http://www.pgcps.org/~wheatley/ Principal: Julie Orgettas Assistant Principal: Lachonta Richardson Coordinator: Alma Ezell-Lawson Number of teachers: 55 Capacity: 550

Enrollment: 750, including 200 home-schooled students Parent organization: PTO Uniform policy: No Mascot: Bears Before/after care: No This center serves children from birth to age 4.

HOWARD B. OWENS SCIENCE CENTER

9601 Greenbelt Road Lanham, MD 20706 Phone: 301-918-8750 Fax: 301-918-8753 Hours: 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/howardbowens Program administrator: Treesa ElamRepass Number of teachers: 7 Capacity: 300 Enrollment: no set student enrollment Parent organization: No ESOL program: No Uniform policy: No Mascot: No Before/after care: No Offers science programs to students who are enrolled in Prince George’s County Public Schools.

JAMES E. DUCKWORTH SCHOOL 11201 Evans Trail Beltsville, MD 20705 Phone: 301-572-0620

Fax: 301-572-0628 Hours: 7:45 a.m.-1:55 p.m. Website: www.pgcps.org/~duckw Principal: Lisa Wenzel Counselor: Dorian Little Number of teachers: 14 Capacity: 120 Enrollment: 105 Parent organization: PTO Uniform policy: No Mascot: Dragons Before/after care: No This special education school serves students ages 5 to 21 with multiple disabilities and helps them through various programs that offer them vocational and transitional programs and mentoring. Programs include Mobility Opportunities Via Education, an internationally used physical therapy program that, through gradual steps, increases pupils’ independence in sitting, standing and walking.

JUDITH P. HOYER MONTESSORI

2300 Belleview Ave. Cheverly, MD 20785 Phone: 301-925-1986 Fax: 301-925-1994 Hours: 9 a.m.-3:10 p.m. Website: www.pgcps.org/~jhoyer Principal: Tracey Spivey White Counselor: George Thomas Reading Specialist: Shirlon Walker Number of teachers: 6 Capacity: 160

TANGLEWOOD REGIONAL SCHOOL

8333 Woodyard Road Clinton, MD 20735 Phone: 301-599-2530 Fax: 301-599-2539 Hours: 7:45 a.m.-1:55 p.m. Website: www.pgcps.org/~tanglew Principal: Donna Istvan Number of teachers: 9 Capacity: 47 Enrollment: 47 Parent organization: No ESOL program: No Uniform policy: No Mascot: Timberwolves Before/after care: No Regional special-needs school for mentally, physically and medically challenged children.

WILLIAM SCHMIDT CENTER

18501 Aquasco Road Brandywine, MD 20613 Phone: 301-888-1185 Fax: 301-888-1236 Hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Website: www.pgcps.org/~schmidt Director: Sylvester Conyers Counselor: No Number of teachers: 3 Capacity: 225 Enrollment: 8,000 students year round (24-hour facility) Parent organization: No ESOL program: No Uniform policy: No Mascot: No Before/after care: No Outdoor education center; students come for field studies.


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Officials say K-8 academies better prepare students for high school, college BY

DANIEL J. GROSS STAFF WRITER

Three years since seven Prince George’s County schools were transformed into kindergarten through eighth grade academies, school officials say the format better prepares middle school-aged students for high school and beyond. “This has the potential to be hugely successful,” said Glenda Washington, principal of William W. Hall Academy. “In a K-8 setting, there is a better chance of fostering relationships. That’s what’s needed to have the type of results we’re hoping to see in children, which is higher achievement.” A. Duane Arbogast, the school system’s chief academic officer, said the Board of Education voted in 2009 to consolidate under-enrolled schools and converted seven schools into

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K-8 academies. Arbogast said the consolidation of select schools into K-8 academies was done to offer continuity in the types of academic programs, such as visual and performing arts offered, so an education focus stays with the students longer. “It’s all about the continuity of programs,” he said. “So for French immersion, we don’t want there to be a French immersion elementary school and then not a middle school.” Arbogast said test scores of K8 academies do not show a significant increase or decrease in performance. Washington said the Capitol Heights school has become a family-like environment for students by instilling the idea that the 535 students should treat all 30 teachers as if they were their own. “There are teams of teachers teaming on two grades, so the children may see four teachers one year, then next year they’ll see two new ones and two who are the same,” said Washington, who added that strategy has helped students feel comfortable and, in turn, perform better in

their education and be more open to learning. Amy Hansen, PTA president at Greenbelt Middle School, which has a traditional middle school model with grades six through eight, said it might be better for students to transition into new schools with new teachers and students. “You’re getting a bigger variety of kids and can offer more courses,” Hansen said. “You have the potential of being able to offer courses like French and Spanish, but you can’t do that when you have a smaller population of students.” At the Accokeek Academy, Principal Judy Adams said having a K-8 structure allows the students to be better thinkers and have a more organized mind. Still, some K-8 school parents say they have seen some downsides to the setup. Ray Lacy of Accokeek has two children attending Accokeek Academy and is a member of the school’s Parent Teacher Student Association. He said the focus of the K-8 structure is on “collegereadiness” when it should be more geared toward “high-school ready.”

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Second-grader Daniel Unaegbu (left), 8; fifth-grader Moses Unaegbu (second from left), 12; and second-grader Rita Unaegbu, 8, leave school with their father, Chika Unaegbu of Accokeek, at the Accokeek Academy's elementary school building on June 7. Moses will leave the elementary school building for the academy’s neighboring middle school building at the start of the next academic year. “My daughters went through that K to 5 model and once they reached the middle school grades the teachers aren’t as patient,” he said. “They don’t have the time to give students chances to ask

questions, everything is more of a rush, rush, rush atmosphere. They need to spend more time to allow students to have input.” djgross@gazette.net


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Middle schools UNDERSTANDING THE SCHOOL LIST n Guidance counselors: Guidance

counselors can be reached through the main telephone number for the school, unless otherwise noted. Some schools may include more than one person as a guidance counselor contact.

n School capacity: This figure is for

the capacity of the school building. Capacity does not include temporary buildings (temps) on school grounds. Each listing includes the capacity of the school building and how many temps are at each school.

n School enrollment: Based on a listing from the Prince George's County Public Schools System.

n Maryland School Assessment:

MSA scores represent the average for all students at the school that scored proficient or advanced on the 2012 state tests.

n ESOL: Identifies schools that offer

English for Speakers of Other Languages program or are used as ESOL centers. The following is a partial list that includes schools from this part of Prince George’s County. The complete list is located at www.gazette.net.

BUCK LODGE MS

2611 Buck Lodge Road Adelphi, MD 20783 Phone: 301-431-6290 Fax: 301-431-6294 Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 2:50 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/bucklodge Principal: James Richardson Guidance Counselors: Addie Griffin, Janita Harrell and Amanda Higgins Number of Teachers: 82 School Capacity: 933 School Enrollment: 865 MSA math: 60.8 percent MSA reading: 68.3 percent Parent Organization: PTSA ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Vikings

CHARLES CARROLL MS

6130 Lamont Drive New Carrollton, MD 20784 Phone: 301-918-8640 Fax: 301-918-8646 Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 2:50 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/charlescarroll Principal: David Curry Guidance Counselors: Yelva Washington, William Clay and Malekia Mitchell Number of Teachers: 70 School Capacity: 893 + 7 temps School Enrollment: 883 MSA Math: 58.4 percent

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Eighth-grader Zana Dortch (front), 13, of Mitchellville makes a point during debate team practice at Walker Mill Middle School in Capitol Heights. MSA Reading: 69 percent Parent Organization: PTSA ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Cougar

DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER MS

13725 Briarwood Drive Laurel, MD 20708 Phone: 301-497-3620 Fax: 301-497-3637 Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 2:50 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/dwightdeisenhower Principal: Brenda Chapman Guidance Counselors: Delia Cowling, Linda Rupp and Frank White Number of Teachers: 80 School Capacity: 1,051 School Enrollment: 702 MSA math: 63.4 percent MSA reading: 73.2 percent Parent Organization: PTSA ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Eagles

G. JAMES GHOLSON MS

900 Nalley Road Landover, MD 20785 Phone: 301-883-8390 Fax: 301-883-8394 Hours: 8:15 a.m. – 3:35 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/gjamesgholson Co-Principals: Ebony Cross and Lacey Robinson

Guidance Counselors: Donald Smith, Crystal McElrath and Nana Twewaa Number of Teachers: 65 School Capacity: 990 School Enrollment: 715 MSA Math: 31.5 percent MSA Reading: 56.9 percent Parent Organization: PTSA ESOL Program: Yes Uniform: Yes Mascot: Knight

GREENBELT MS

6301 Breezewood Drive Greenbelt, MD 20770 Phone: 301-513-5040 Fax: 301-513-5097 Hours: 8:15 a.m. – 3:35 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/greenbeltms Principal: Warren Tweedy Guidance Counselors: Wayne Davis, Portia Moore and Leshia Broome Number of Teachers: 95 School Capacity: 990 School Enrollment: 660 MSA math: 66.3 MSA reading: 77.2 Parent Organization: PTA ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Bears

HYATTSVILLE MS 6001 42nd Ave. Hyattsville, MD 20781

Phone: 301-209-5830 Fax: 301-209-5849 Hours: 9 a.m. – 4:20 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/hyattsvillems Principal: Kimberly Washington Guidance Counselors: Shanda Potoki, Roger Jones and Stephanie Parker Number of Teachers: 55 School Capacity: 829 School Enrollment: 673 MSA math: 65.0 percent MSA reading: 66.2 percent Parent Organization: PTA ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: No Mascot: Hawks

KENMOOR MS

2500 Kenmoor Drive Landover, MD 20785 Phone: 301-925-2300 Fax: 301-925-2317 Hours: 9 a.m. – 4:20 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/kenmoorms Principal: Maha Fadli Guidance Counselors: Elisha Janifer, John Shaw, Karen Thompson Number of Teachers: 63 School Capacity: 773 School Enrollment: 676 MSA Math: 63.5 percent MSA Reading: 75 percent Parent Organization: PTA

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ESOL Program: No Uniform Policy: No Mascot: Kavalier

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. MS

4545 Ammendale Road Beltsville, MD 20705 Phone: 301-572-0650 Fax: 301-572-0668 Hours: 9 a.m. – 4:20 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/martinlutherkingjr Principal: Robin Wiltison Guidance Counselors: Tracey Goodridge, Andrea Hepburn and Verline Richardson Number of Teachers: 50 School Capacity: 765 + 5 temps School Enrollment: 625 MSA math: 85.9 percent MSA reading: 89.7 percent Parent Organization: PTO ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: King Cobra

NICHOLAS OREM MS

6100 Editors Park Drive Hyattsville, MD 20782 Phone: 301-853-0840 Fax: 301-853-0839 Hours: 9 a.m. – 4:20 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/nicholasorem Principal: Richard Jackson Guidance Counselors: Terrence Blakeney, Susana Blanco and Samuel Okafor

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Number of Teachers: 60 School Capacity: 829 School Enrollment: 657 MSA math: 45.4 percent MSA reading: 63.5 percent Parent Organization: PTA ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Falcons

ROBERT GODDARD FRENCH IMMERSION SCHOOL

9850 Good Luck Road Lanham, MD 20706 Phone: 301-918-8660 Fax: 301-918-3520 Hours: 9 a.m. – 3:40 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/robertgoddardfrenchimmersion Principal: Kona Facia-Nepay Guidance Counselors: Marcia Mentey and Rachel Donahue Number of Teachers: 45 Capacity: 499 Enrollment: 582 MSA Math: 92.3 percent MSA Reading: 95 percent Parent Organization: PTA ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: No Mascot: Rocket

THOMAS G. PULLEN CREATIVE & PERFORMING ARTS SCHOOL

700 Brightseat Road Landover, MD 20785 Phone: 301-808-8160 Fax: 301-808-8166

Hours: 9 a.m. – 3:40 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/thomaspullen Principal: Pamela Lucas Guidance Counselors: Felicia Meadows, LaWanda Bryant Number of Teachers: 76 School Capacity: 976 School Enrollment: 722 MSA Math: 81.7 percent MSA Reading: 88.8 percent Parent Organization: PTA ESOL Program: No Uniform Policy: No Mascot: Polar Bear

THOMAS JOHNSON MS

5401 Barker Place Lanham, MD 20706 Phone: 301-918-8680 Fax: 301-918-8688 Hours: 9 a.m. – 4:20 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/thomasjohnson Principal: Dr. C. Michael Robinson Guidance Counselors: JoAnne Ward-Small, E. Valeria Reed, Damalia Ruffin, Veronica MartinFrederick Number of Teachers: 70 School Capacity: 1,030 School Enrollment: 931 MSA Math: 52.2 percent MSA Reading: 73.5 percent Parent Organization: PTSA ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Jaguar

WALKER MILL MS 800 Karen Blvd.

Capitol Heights, MD 20743 Phone: 301-808-4055 Fax: 301-808-4039 Hours: 9 a.m. – 4:20 p.m. Website: www.pgcps.org/~wmill/ Principal: Nicole Clifton Guidance Counselor: Sylvia Williams, Jeannie Felton, Mabili Akinyele Number of Teachers: 55 School Capacity: 850 School Enrollment: 686 MSA Math: 63.6 percent MSA Reading: 79.9 percent Parent Organization: PTSA ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Panther

WILLIAM WIRT MS

6200 Tuckerman St. Riverdale, MD 20782 Phone: 301-985-1720 Fax: 301-985-2135 Hours: 9 a.m. – 4:20 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/williamwirt Principal: Prentice Christian Guidance Counselors: Ulrick Jean, Charlene Warner and Cornelius Quarles Number of Teachers: 60 School Capacity: 850 + 5 temps School Enrollment: 805 MSA math: 44.6 percent MSA reading: 64.5 percent Parent Organization: PTSA ESOL Program: Yes Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Jaguars


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Teachers dialing up cell phones for classroom use Experts: Not all students need phones

Educational functions being tapped, although some say utilization could disrupt instructional time n

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ABBY BROWNBACK STAFF WRITER

When students glance at their cell phones during class, it doesn’t necessarily means they’re texting a friend or looking up an answer. Prince George’s County teachers and students are harnessing the increasing abilities of smart phones that can access the Internet — for education-related purposes. “It’s good that [students] have found a way to take what they’ve seen at school and use it on their personal devices,” said Cara McMahon, Spanish teacher at Nicholas Orem Middle School in Hyattsville. “It’s an important thing to harness. Technology’s not going away.” McMahon’s students use phone applications such as iTranslate to help with words they don’t know. Other students who are interested in learning French, which is not offered at the school, have downloaded French language apps to teach themselves, McMahon said. Some students find it helpful to listen to music while working independently, which doesn’t bother McMahon, she said, if she’s not giving instructions. The county school system’s written policy says students can use cell phones “for approved instructional use by the student’s teacher” but at no other nonemergency time during the school day. “Images taken or stored on cell phones or [personal electronic devices] during school hours and/or on school property may not be shared or posted electronically,” the policy continues. Schools spokesman Briant Coleman said the policy is enforced by principals on a caseby-case basis. Jasmine Gillispie, a recent graduate of Oxon Hill High School, said her teachers often allowed students to use their phones to take notes, write deadlines in a calendar or look up information. “Having a phone with Internet access is helpful,” said

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ABBY BROWNBACK STAFF WRITER

tion or assignments he posts online. “If kids don’t have computers at home, this is where [a cell phone] becomes a benefit,” he said.”They can use the Internet to

Parents and experts agree that not every child needs a cell phone. Children with medical conditions, busy after-school schedules, who have faced trouble with bullies, or who walk or bus home from school might need a cell phone for safety and logistical reasons, said Parry Aftab, founder of Wired Safety, a nonprofit online safety and education organization. “It doesn’t need to be a smart phone,” she said, as some service providers limit calls to preprogrammed numbers or disable features during certain times. “It doesn’t even need to have a text messaging plan.” Kathryn Holmes Johnson, a Glenn Dale mother of two, gave her older daughter, a rising eighth-grader at Thomas G. Pullen Creative and Performing Arts School in Landover, a cell phone when she was in the sixth grade. The family established cell phone rules such as limiting use exclusively for contacting parents or caregivers, Holmes Johnson said. “There was just a whole other level of anxiety that came about after 9/11 and more recently after the [Aug. 24] earthquake,” said Holmes Johnson, who added text messaging to her daughter’s phone after calls wouldn’t go through that day. For students who have “a level of independence where they’re not constantly under supervision, it’s an important device to have,” she said. Holmes Johnson said her

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Dejah Selders, 14, of Clinton uses her cell phone during a summer session July 19 for rising ninth-graders at Oxon Hill High School’s Science and Technology program. Gillispie, 18, of Suitland. “We do have computers [at school], but sometimes it’s hard to get ahold of them.” As of June, about 35 schools had full wireless access, said W. Wesley Watts Jr., the school system’s chief information officer. By December, that number will be almost 100 out of about 200 county schools. The use of cell phones in the classroom could be helpful, but “it would put those students who can’t afford those phones at a disadvantage,” said Richard Dixon, a Capitol Heights resident whose son, J.D., is a rising junior at Forestville Military Academy. And cell phones likely provide more distraction than instruction, as students would be tempted to check text messages or play games, he said. According to 2012 research, more than 75 percent of all 12- to 17-year-olds nationwide have a cell phone, said Amanda Lenhart, a senior research specialist with Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project. Half of adolescents in the U.S. get their

TIPS FOR MONITORING CHILDREN’S CELL PHONE USE Parry Aftab, the founder of Wired Safety, a nonprofit online safety and education organization, says there are many reasons why children should have cell phones and why parents should know what their children are doing with them. The following is a list of Aftab’s recommendations for parents: n Do spot checks of text messages, pictures, Internet history and

available accounts, such as Facebook, on your child’s phone. Any time a parent asks, the child must give the phone for a spot check.

n Take away the phone at bedtime. Children often text or call friends when they should be sleeping.

n Use parental controls available from major carriers to block Internet access to certain sites, to limit the number of text messages sent or received, to disable calling and texting features during certain times, and to monitor where your child is using a GPS feature. Parents also can restrict incoming and outgoing calls to a specified list of phone numbers.

first cell phone at 12 or 13, she said. Marlon Miller said many of his seventh-grade math students at William Wirt Middle School in Riverdale don’t have a computer at home, so they often use their cell phones to look up informa-


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younger daughter, a rising fifth-grade student at Thomas Pullen, will get a phone when she enters the sixth grade. Cell phones can prove distracting in school and could pose a threat to test security, as students could photograph test questions or send a text message asking for an answer, said Glenn Chester, president of the parent-teacher-student association at Potomac High School in Oxon Hill. But Chester also noted possible uses for cell phones: research, text message reminders, educational applications and digital calendars. Karyn Lynch, Prince George’s County school system’s chief of student services, said there might be educational uses for cell phones, but there’s no reason students need cell phones at school. Any resource students need, such as a nurse or an office phone on which to call a parent, is provided at each school, she said. The school system’s policy says students who do bring cell phones to school must keep them off and put away during the school day. Cell phones only may be used with permission for instructional purposes or in an emergency, according to the policy. abrownback@gazette.net

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Samone Crews, 13, of Fort Washington works on a science project using her cell phone as a reference tool July 19 during a summer program for rising ninth-graders in Oxon Hill High School’s Science and Technology program.

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access educational resources.” Issues such as cyberbullying and the disruption of class time are why Parry Aftab, founder of the cybersafety group WiredSafety.org, recommends all schools have a “well-articulated, enforced policy” that keeps cell phones in lockers during the day and put away while students are on a school bus. But “the risk of using [cell phones] at school far outweighs the benefits,” Aftab said. About 12 percent of teenagers said they were bullied in person in the past year, compared with 9 percent who said they were bullied via text message, 8 percent who said the bullying occurred online, and 7 percent who reported they were bullied through a phone call, Lenhart said, based on Pew’s 2012 research. About one in five children admits to being an online bully, said Rebecca Randall, vice president of education programs for Common Sense Media, a San Francisco-based family advocacy organi-

zation focused on investigation and education about media and technology. But all children must be taught to behave responsibly and respectfully online, whether on a smart phone or a computer, she said. “More and more, schools are incorporating mobile technology,” Randall said. “That line between home and school has blurred.” To ensure the most effective use of technology in the classroom, students must learn what is acceptable to share online, how to respect others’ privacy, and what constitutes fair use of a copyrighted piece of work, said Randall, who would like to see cell phones used more frequently in classrooms. “I would like to see more adoption of [cell phones] — if they’re used ethically,” she said, mentioning apps that send text message reminders before tests and that create online flash cards. “This is the world they are living in,” Randall said. “Our kids are growing up surrounded by, bombarded by digital media.We want kids to harness it to its full potential.” abrownback@gazette.net

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SHOULD YOUR CHILD BRING A CELL PHONE TO SCHOOL? Experts suggest parents ask themselves the following questions before sending a child to school with a cell phone: n How independent is your child? n Will your child be able to keep track

and take care of a phone at school?

n Does your child participate in

several after-school activities where practices or meetings could be rescheduled or relocated?

n Does an after-school caregiver need to be able to reach your child?

n Does your child have health issues that

necessitate you being in close contact?

n Can your child adhere to limits you set

on the number of text messages or phone calls that can be sent or received?

n Will your child observe rules his or

her school sets on when cell phones can be used?

n Is your child being bullied? Can your child be trusted not to bully others with a phone?

n Would having a phone help your child socially?

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County schools plan to stay in the flow of cursive writing Although some systems are nixing the practice, Prince George’s officials say it remains a necessity n

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NATALIE MCGILL STAFF WRITER

The average second-grader is many years away from signing a personal check, but the cursive writing needed to pen a signature still is a necessity despite a state curriculum standard that doesn’t include it, Prince George's County public school officials say. There are no plans to phase out cursive writing, a linked and curved type of formal handwriting, from the school system’s curriculum despite the fact it is not included in the Common Core Standards, said A. Duane Arbogast, chief academic officer for the system's division of academics. State curriculum reflects Common Core Standards, a national set of teaching objectives for language arts and math that the state adopted in 2010. Arbogast said there’s an emphasis on communication, writing content and precision in Common Core Standards, but cursive writing wasn’t specifically listed. The omission of the cursive writing requirement has sparked debates nation-

wide, dividing those who think the time spent on the lessons could be better used — especially in light of the increasing use of computers and text messaging — and those who say cursive writing is a necessity. Arbogast said cursive writing is a code that students need to be able to crack, he said. “The requirement to use cursive in the upper grades and later in life don't seem to be like when we were young, but they still have to be able to read and write in cursive, so it's still with us,” Arbogast said. Benita Nicholson, a reading specialist at Capitol Heights' Doswell E. Brooks Elementary School, said cursive writing is a quicker form of writing, and students won't be able to decipher handwritten documents such as letters if they don't know how to write in cursive. "Once they begin, they like it and they like the way it looks because of the easy flow and the way the letters are formed," Nicholson said. "It's not just sticks and the ball. Each person's signature is different, each person's cursive writing is different." Nicholson said teachers typically begin teaching cursive writing at the end of the second grade, and then reinforce it in the third and fourth grades. "The reality is that most students have difficulty with the keyboarding,"

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Rising Capitol Heights Elementary School fourth-grader Barisere Tuka of District Heights practices her handwriting in an acrostic poem in May during Talented and Gifted coordinator Wendy Frederick's Poetry Club. Frederick said, as a classroom teacher, she had students practice cursive writing daily.

Nicholson said of computer learning. "They're still picking with one finger. They'd rather write something rather than do it on the computer because they've been doing it so long."

Nicholson said students should be secure with cursive writing by the end of the fifth grade, but typically don't learn keyboarding until they reach middle school. Wendy Frederick, a Talented and Gifted coordinator for Capitol Heights Elementary School, said students ask why they have to learn to write in cursive when they often use a computer, and she reminds them they will need to know cursive to write checks. "They're probably not thinking about that in second or third grade or even fourth, but I let them know that it has to be in cursive, your distinctive writing," Frederick said. Central High School senior Tobi Oke, 18, said he only writes in cursive since he attended private schools for the first and second grade that told him he would need to know how to write in cursive by the time he reached high school. Upon transferring to Mitchellville’s Kingsford Elementary School in the third grade, he said his teachers did not require students to write in cursive. “Going to a Prince George’s County Public School it’s not something that’s enforced,” Oke said. “... That’s what I was taught so it just became a habit.” nmcgill@gazette.net

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Numerous college scholarships available for students in Prince George’s County The following is a list of some scholarships specific to Prince George’s County residents. n Alliance of Southern Prince George’s County Communities, Inc. Annual Scholarship: Available for a District 8 resident, currently attending a four-year college or university. Requires an application and official transcript. Call 301-686-1136. n Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Upsilon Tau Omega Chapter High School Scholarship: Given to a southern Prince George’s County high school senior attending a two- or four-year college or university in the fall. Requires an application, essay, official transcript, two letters of recommendation and head shot photo. n Apartment and Office Building Association of Metropolitan Washington Scholarship: This award from AOBA is given to graduates of Prince George’s County high schools and pays for two years of tuition at Prince George’s Community College, totaling about $6,000. Eligible candidates must be county residents currently attending high school or have graduated within the last three years, accepted to PGCC, have a minimum of a 2.5 gradepoint average and a household income of no more than $60,000 per year. Call 301322-0822 or visit www.aoba-metro.org. n Board of Trustees’ Legacy Scholarship: Awards given to Prince George’s County high school graduates who commit to attending

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Prince George’s Community College and have demonstrated academic ability and strong leadership. Eligible students must have a minimum 3.0 grade-point average. For information, visit www.pgcc.edu/go/botscholarship. n County Council members’ scholarships: Every year, district offices for Prince George’s County Council members give scholarships for residents in their districts. For information, call your local office: County Council District 1, 301-952-4801; County Council District 2, 301-952-4436; County Council District 3, 301-952-3060; County Council District 4, 301-952-3094; County Council District 5, call 301-9523864; County Council District 6, 301-9523426; County Council District 7, 301-9523690; and County Council District 8, 301952-3820. n Emily J.T. Perez Foundation Scholarship: Available for an Oxon Hill High School graduating senior enrolled full time in an accredited U.S. four-year college or university. Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident with at least a 2.5 GPA. Must also have demonstrated leadership ability through participation in community service or extracurricular activities. Requires application, essay, official transcript and two letters of recommendation. Contact contact@emilysway.org. n The Hillman Entrepreneurs Program Scholarship: Four-year scholarships for students starting at Prince George’s Community

College and finishing their higher education at the University of Maryland, College Park. There is no grade-point average requirement, but the competitive award is meant for students who plan to stay in the county and contribute to the community. Visit http://academic.pgcc.edu/hillman/. n The Jason Choy Memorial Scholarship: For graduating Eleanor Roosevelt High School seniors attending an institute of higher education in the fall with a 2.7 GPA. Visit www.jasonchoy.org for more information. n Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., Hyattsville/Landover Alumni Chapter scholarship: Awards given to minority Prince George’s County high school students or minority county residents enrolled in college. The scholarship is geared toward minority male students, but all minorities are eligible. Applicants must have at least a 2.5 grade-point average. Call 301-325-1290 or visit www.hlkapsi.org. n Prince George’s County Association of Realtors David Maclin Memorial Scholarship Fund: Annual $2,500 awards given to five Prince George’s County public school seniors as a way of acknowledging their community service efforts. Eligible candidates must be graduating high school seniors with a minimum 2.0 grade-point average and must write an essay on how they have made impacts in their communities. Call 301-306-7900 for information.

n Prince George’s County Delta Alumnae Foundation Inc. scholarships: A range of awards given to Prince George’s County residents. Some scholarships include those meant for improved students, students with financial need or high grades, students who want to become teachers, students who are single mothers, and technical or trade students. Some scholarships are gender specific. Call 240620-7923 or visit www.pgcacdst.org. n Prince George’s County International Ambassador Scholarship: Scholarships for Prince George’s County high school graduates who are in their sophomore year or higher at the University of Maryland, College Park. The awards are given to students with high financial need and those from underrepresented groups, including but not limited to AfricanAmericans, Latino-Americans and Native Americans. Preference is given to students who plan to study abroad in Africa, but study in any country is encouraged.Visit www.international.umd.edu/studyabroad/6190. n The Prince George’s County Municipal Association scholarship program: A $1,000 award given annually to prospective or current undergraduate students majoring in a field geared toward government or public service careers. Eligible applicants must have at least a 2.0 grade-point average and be a resident of a Prince George’s County municipality. Visit www.mdmunicipal.org/chapterweb/pgcma.


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SAT/ACT TEST PREP SITES The Prince George’s County Public Schools website offers parents and students suggestions on websites they can visit while preparing for the SAT and ACT tests. The SAT will be staged for juniors in February. n sat.collegeboard/org/practice: Students have free and unlimited access to more than a dozen official practice tools to help prepare for the SAT.

n https://quickstart.collegeboard.com/posweb/login: Students who have taken the

PSAT register here. Using the code on their PSAT score report, which their counselor has a copy of, they can access an electronic report that allows them to review their incorrect answers and view answer explanations. It is a free, personalized SAT study plan.

n http://sat.collegeboard.com/home: There is a free SAT test for practice, as well as sample questions and tips for the test.

n http://ineedapencil.com: This is a free SAT prep site developed by a Harvard graduate and

is highly recommended by Prince George’s public schools. It has students take a full practice SAT and makes suggestions from their results using 60 lessons in math, reading and writing that infuse pop culture into learning to make prep accessible; more than 800 challenging practice exam questions that simulate the SAT and provide full explanations; and features such as a score projector to show students how they are predicted to score on the real exam.

n www.number2.com: The better students do on the SAT questions on the site the harder they become. If students get an answer wrong the site will explain why. It also offers strategies for each SAT section and a vocabulary builder.

n www.studyhall.com: This site offers a free SAT improvement program, using simulated

SAT questions paired with explanations, as well as an interactive Critical Reading passage.

n www.gocollege.com: GoCollege has a little bit of everything, including college and

scholarship search engines. This site offers free, full length SAT and ACT practice tests.

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(From left) Asja Ford of Fairmount Heights, Ashley Juma of Hyattsville and Daja Tyree of Capitol Heights, all 18, share a light moment after receiving their diplomas during the Fairmont Heights High School graduation ceremony.

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High schools NOTE: Enrollment is the number reported by Prince George’s County Public Schools to the Maryland State Department of Education for 2012. Graduation Rate and HSA scores (percent pass rate) are from MSDE 2011 Maryland Report Card.

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301 Largo Road, Room 119 Largo, MD 20774 Phone: 301-583-1593 Fax: 301-583-5241 Hours: 9:30 a.m.-4:40 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/academyatp gcc Principal: Dr. Kathy Andrews Guidance counselors: Janiene Dickerson, Janice Cannon Number of teachers: 9 Capacity: 400 Enrollment: 100 Parent organization: Steering Committee ESOL program: No Uniform policy: No Mascot: Owl HSA Algebra: n/a HSA Biology: n/a HSA English: n/a HSA Government: n/a AYP: n/a Graduation rate: n/a

ANNAPOLIS ROAD ACADEMY

(alternative high school) 5150 Annapolis Road Bladensburg, MD 20710 Phone: 301-209-3580 Fax: 301-209-3579 Hours: 8:30 a.m.-3:10 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/annapolisroa d Principal: Agnes Brown-Jones Guidance counselor: Lonice Priester Number of teachers: 20 Capacity: 100 Enrollment: 94 Parent organization: Yes ESOL program: No Uniform policy: Yes Mascot: Diamond Grade 10 HSA Algebra: n/a Grade 10 HSA Biology: n/a Grade 10 HSA English: n/a Grade 10 HSA Government: n/a AYP: n/a Graduation rate: n/a

BLADENSBURG HS

4200 57th Ave. Bladensburg, MD 20710 Phone: 301-887-6700 Fax: 301-887-6710 Hours: 9:15 a.m.-4:10 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/bladensburg hs Principal: BernNadette Mahoney, acting Guidance counselors: Cheyonne Christian, J. Dickerson, Gillian Caruth-Hunt, Ruth Johnson, V. Morris, Consuelo Pettigrew Number of teachers: 103 Capacity: 1,923 Enrollment: 1,832 Parent organization: PTSA ESOL program: Yes Uniform policy: Yes Mascot: Mustangs Grade 12 HSA Algebra: 71.7 percent Grade 12 HSA Biology: 55.1 percent Grade 12 HSA English: 59.6 percent Grade 12 HSA Government: 75.2 percent AYP: Not met Graduation rate: 83.1 percent

BOWIE HS

15200 Annapolis Road Bowie, MD 20715 Phone: 301-805-2600 Fax: 301-805-2619 Hours: 7:45 a.m.-2:25 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/bowie Principal: Drewana Bey Guidance counselor: John Trusty Number of teachers: 200 Capacity: 2,734 Enrollment: 2,836 Parent organization: PTSO ESOL program: No Uniform policy: No Mascot: Bulldog Grade 12 HSA Algebra: 82.2 percent Grade 12 HSA Biology: 76.9 percent Grade 12 HSA English: 82.7 percent Grade 12 HSA Government: 87.7 percent AYP: Not met Graduation rate: 89.8 percent

CENTRAL HS

200 Cabin Branch Road Capitol Heights, MD 20743 Phone: 301-499-7080 Fax: 301-499-7087 Hours: 7:45 a.m.-2:25 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/central Principal: Charoscar Coleman Guidance chair: Doreen Hogans

UNDERSTANDING THE SCHOOL LIST The following information is provided for schools in Prince George’s County: n Address, contact information for the school n School day hours n Principal n Guidance counselors: Guidance counselors can be reached through the main telephone number for the school, unless otherwise noted. Some schools may include more than one person as a guidance counselor contact.

n Number of teachers n School capacity: This figure is for the capacity of the school building. Capacity does not include temporary buildings (temps) on school grounds. Each listing includes the capacity of the school building and how many temps are at each school.

n School enrollment: Based on a listing from the Prince George’s County Public Schools System n Parent organization: Whether or not a parent organization exists at the school. n English for Speakers of Other Languages program: Identifies schools that either offer ESOL or are used as ESOL centers. n Uniform policy: Whether or not the school requires uniforms. n School mascot n HSA testing: Maryland High School Assessments average pass rates on four content tests: algebra, biology, English and government n AYP: Whether a school met or didn’t meet Adequate Yearly Progress, a state benchmark for success on reading and mathematics proficiency

n Graduation rate in 2011 Number of teachers: 112 School capacity: 1,118 School enrollment: 905 Parent organization: PTSA ESOL program: Yes Uniform policy: Yes Mascot: Falcon Grade 12 HSA Algebra: 67.4 percent Grade 12 HSA Biology: 64.4 percent Grade 12 HSA English: 69.7 percent Grade 12 HSA Government: 77.3 percent AYP: Not met Graduation rate: 69.5 percent

CHARLES HERBERT FLOWERS HS

10001 Ardwick-Ardmore Road Springdale, MD 20774 Phone: 301-636-8000 Fax: 301-636-8008 Hours: 7:45 a.m.-2:25 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/charleshflow ers Principal: Gorman Brown Guidance chair: Marla Brooks Number of teachers: 113 Capacity: 2,200 Enrollment: 2,353 Parent organization: PTSA ESOL program: No Uniform policy: Yes Mascot: Jaguar Grade 12 HSA Algebra: 81.7 percent Grade 12 HSA Biology: 76.7 percent Grade 12 HSA English: 88.1

percent Grade 12 HSA Government: 88.1 percent AYP: Not met Graduation rate: 93.2 percent

COMMUNITY-BASED CLASSROOM

5150 Annapolis Road Bladensburg, MD 20710 Phone: 301-985-5149 Fax: 301-985-1794 Hours: 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/communityb asedclassroom Principal: Dr. Tammy Williams Guidance counselor: Gwen Rocque Number of teachers: 20 Enrollment: 126 Parent organization: No ESOL program: No Uniform policy: No Mascot: Tassel Community-Based Classroom is for students ages 16 to 21 who have withdrawn from day school. CBC offers programs, classes and support services to help students complete their high school education and provide job skills. Grade 12 HSA Algebra: n/a Grade 12 HSA Biology: n/a Grade 12 HSA English: n/a Grade 12 HSA Government: n/a AYP: n/a Graduation Rate: 72 percent

CROOM VOCATIONAL HS

9400 Surratts Road Cheltenham, MD 20623 Phone: 301-372-8846 Fax: 301 372-3422 Hours: 9:30 a.m.-4:10 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/croom Principal: William Henderson, acting Guidance counselor: Triana HaYes Number of teachers: 14 Capacity: 120 Enrollment: 79 Parent organization: No ESOL program: No Uniform policy: No Mascot: Panther Grade 12 HSA Algebra: 55.4 percent Grade 12 HSA Biology: 50 percent Grade 12 HSA English: 53.6 percent Grade 12 HSA Government: 64.3 percent AYP: Not met Graduation rate: 85.3 percent

CROSSLAND HS

6901 Temple Hill Road Temple Hills, MD 20748 Phone: 301-449-4800 Fax: 301-449-4801 Hours: 7:45 a.m.-2:25 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/crossland Principal: Charles Thomas Guidance counselors: Brenda Harmon Number of teachers: 110 School capacity: 1,947

School enrollment: 1,340 Parent organization: PTSA School has IB program ESOL program: Yes Uniform policy: Yes Mascot: Cavalier Grade 12 HSA Algebra: 70.2 percent Grade 12 HSA Biology: 56.9 percent Grade 12 HSA English: 74.8 percent Grade 12 HSA Government: 75.8 percent AYP: Not met Graduation rate: 83.2 percent

CROSSLAND EVENING/SATURDAY HIGH SCHOOL

6901 Temple Hill Road Temple Hills, MD 20748 Phone: 301-449-4994 Fax: 301-449-4788 Hours: 5:50-10 p.m. MondayThursday; 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday Website: www.pgcps.org/~crossehs Principal: William Kitchings Guidance counselor: Druscilla Saunders-Faulk Number of teachers: 20 Enrollment: 156 Parent organization: No ESOL program: No Uniform policy: No Mascot: No Grade 12 HSA Algebra: n/a Grade 12 HSA Biology: n/a

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DR. HENRY A. WISE JR. HS

12650 Brooke Lane Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 Phone: 301-780-2100 Fax: 301-780-2112 Hours: 9 a.m.-3:40 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/drhenrywisejr Principal: Carletta Marrow Guidance counselors: Maurizio Byrd, Consuella Gibson, Angela Jackson, Robin Rubain, Pamela Poles, Tania Chandler, Melody Thompson Number of teachers: 160 Capacity: 2,606 Enrollment: 2,484 Parent organization: PTSO Uniform policy: Yes ESOL: No Mascot: Puma Grade 12 HSA Algebra: 71.4 percent Grade 12 HSA Biology: 74.5 percent Grade 12 HSA English: 78.1

percent Grade 12 HSA Government: 85.5 percent AYP: Not met Graduation rate: 87.6 percent

DUVAL HS

9880 Good Luck Road Lanham, MD 20706 Phone: 301-918-8600 Fax: 301-918-8606 Hours: 8:30 a.m.-3:10 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/duval Principal: Alice Swift-Howard Guidance counselor: Andrea Johnson Number of teachers: 95 School capacity: 2,254 School enrollment: 1,648 Parent organization: PTSA ESOL program: Yes Uniform policy: Yes Mascot: Tiger Grade 12 HSA Algebra: 74 percent Grade 12 HSA Biology: 70.2 percent Grade 12 HSA English: 75.2 percent Grade 12 HSA Government: 79.7 percent AYP: Not met Graduation rate: 90.7 percent

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Greenbelt, MD 20770 Phone: 301-513-5400 Fax: 301-614-3446 Hours: 8:30 a.m.-3:10 p.m. Website: www.pgcps.org/~erhs Principal: Reginald McNeill Guidance counselors: Lolithia Lomax-Frazier, David Heintzelman, Judy Moien, Marisha Wright, Gregory Smith, Richard McCree, Pamela Roberts, Leah Osuntuyi Number of teachers: 200 Capacity: 2,164 Enrollment: 2,551 Parent organization: PTSA ESOL program: Yes Uniform policy: No Mascot: Raider Grade 12 HSA Algebra: 88.8 percent Grade 12 HSA Biology: 91.5 percent Grade 12 HSA English: 91.8 percent Grade 12 HSA Government: 93.6 percent AYP: Not met Graduation rate: 91 percent

FAIRMONT HEIGHTS HS 1401 Nye St. Capitol Heights, MD 20743

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Phone: 301-925-1360 Fax: 301-925-1371 Hours: 8:30 a.m.-3:10 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/fairmontheig hts Principal: Nakia Nicholson Guidance counselor: O’Neil Marshall Number of teachers: 100 Capacity: 1,139 Enrollment: 752 Parent organization: PTSA ESOL program: No Uniform policy: Yes Mascot: Hornet Grade 12 HSA Algebra: 68.7 percent Grade 12 HSA Biology: 56.5 percent Grade 12 HSA English: 67.5 percent Grade 12 HSA Government: 70.6 percent AYP: Not met Graduation rate: 89.6 percent

LAUREL HS

FORESTVILLE MILITARY ACADEMY

7001 Beltz Drive Forestville, MD 20747 Phone: 301-817-0400 Fax: 301-817-0416 Hours: 9 a.m.-4:20 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/forestville Principal: Nathaniel Laney Jr. Guidance counselor: Yvette Thomasson JROTC program supervisor: Maj. Gen. Warren Freeman Number of teachers: 71 Capacity: 1,319 Enrollment: 738 Parent organization: PTSA ESOL program: No Uniform policy: Yes Mascot: Knight Grade 12 HSA Algebra: 70 percent Grade 12 HSA Biology: 56.2 percent Grade 12 HSA English: 75.2 percent Grade 12 HSA Government: 71.3 percent AYP: Not met Graduation rate: 77.3 percent

FREDERICK DOUGLASS HS

8000 Croom Road Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 Phone: 301-952-2400 Fax: 301-627-3377 Hours: 7:45 a.m.-2:25 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/douglass Principal: Rudolph Saunders Jr. Guidance counselor: Jane Godwin

GREG DOHLER/THE GAZETTE

Khadijah Harvin (right), 18, and Brianne Allen (seated), 17, both of Laurel, perform with fellow members of the dance troupe from Laurel High School on Feb. 15 during Prince George's County's celebration of Black History Month at the County Administration Building in Upper Marlboro. Number of teachers: 80 Capacity: 1,283 Enrollment: 1,085 Parent organization: PTSA ESOL program: No Uniform policy: Yes Mascot: Eagle Grade 12 HSA Algebra: 72.8 percent Grade 12 HSA Biology: 76.4 percent Grade 12 HSA English: 72.1 percent Grade 12 HSA Government: 83.8 percent AYP: Not met Graduation rate: 94.6 percent

FRIENDLY HS

10000 Allentown Road Fort Washington, MD 20744 Phone: 301-449-4900 Fax: 301-449-4911 Hours: 7:45 a.m.-2:25 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/friendly Principal: Raynah Adams Guidance counselor: Desirae Dent, Amber Tucker, Tamala Smith, Peter McCourt Number of teachers: 90 School capacity: 1,505 School enrollment: 1,288 Parent organization: PTSA ESOL program: No Uniform policy: Yes Mascot: Patriot

Grade 12 HSA Algebra: 69.9 percent Grade 12 HSA Biology: 58.6 percent Grade 12 HSA English: 70.5 percent Grade 12 HSA Government: 68.4 percent AYP: Not met Graduation rate: 93.6 percent

GREEN VALLEY ACADEMY AT EDGAR ALLAN POE

(serves grades 6-10) 2001 Shadyside Ave. Suitland, MD 20746 Phone: 301-817-3100 Fax: 301-817-3176 Hours: 9:30 a.m.-3:10 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/greenvalley Principal: Gordon Libby Guidance counselor: Reginald Russell Number of teachers: 16 School capacity: 456 Enrollment: 111 Parent organization: No ESOL program: No Uniform policy: Yes Mascot: Eagle Grade 10 HSA Algebra: 29.6 percent Grade 10 HSA Biology: 28 percent Grade 10 HSA English: 48.1

percent Grade 10 HSA Government: 50 percent AYP: n/a Graduation rate: n/a

GWYNN PARK HS

13800 Brandywine Road Brandywine, MD 20613 Phone: 301-372-0140 Fax: 301-372-0149 Hours: 7:45 a.m.-2:25 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/gwynnparkh s Principal: Tracie Miller Guidance counselor: Cynthia Critten Number of teachers: 67 Capacity: 1,313 Enrollment: 1,136 Parent organization: PTSO ESOL program: No Uniform policy: Yes Mascot: Yellow Jacket Grade 12 HSA Algebra: 81.9 percent Grade 12 HSA Biology: 75.6 percent Grade 12 HSA English: 75.7 percent Grade 12 HSA Government: 84.4 percent AYP: Met Graduation rate: 95 percent

HIGH POINT HS

3601 Powder Mill Road Beltsville, MD 20705 Phone: 301-572-6400 Fax: 301-572-6481 Hours: 7:45 a.m.-2:25 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/highpoint Principal: Sandra Jimenez Guidance chair: Eunice Humphrey Number of teachers: 152 Capacity: 2,253 Enrollment: 2,158 Parent organization: PTSA ESOL program: Yes Uniform policy: Yes Mascot: Eagle Grade 12 HSA Algebra: 73 percent Grade 12 HSA Biology: 69.2 percent Grade 12 HSA English: 75.4 percent HSA Government: 78.9 percent AYP: Not met Graduation rate: 72.2 percent

LARGO HS

505 Largo Road Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 Phone: 301-808-8880 Fax: 301-808-4066 Hours: 7:45 a.m.-2:25 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/largo Principal: Angelique Simpson-

8000 Cherry Lane Laurel, MD 20707 Phone: 301-497-2050 Fax: 301-497-2068 Hours: 7:45 a.m.-2:25 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/laurelhs Principal: Dwayne Jones Guidance chairs: Teri CollinsSwain, Rene Richardson Number of teachers: 90 Capacity: 1,870 Enrollment: 1,827 Parent organization: PTSA ESOL program: Yes Uniform policy: Yes Mascot: Spartan Grade 12 HSA Algebra: 81.5 percent Grade 12 HSA Biology: 77 percent Grade 12 HSA English: 76.7 percent Grade 12 HSA Government: 82.8 percent AYP: Not met Graduation rate: 81.5 percent

NORTHWESTERN HS

7000 Adelphi Road Hyattsville, MD 20782 Phone: 301-985-1820 Fax: 301-985-1833 Hours: 9:30 a.m.-4:10 p.m. Website: www.pgcps.org/~nwest Principal: Edgar Batenga Guidance counselors: Yvette Wright, Cathy Evans, Janice Waters, Linda Dalton Number of teachers: 193 Capacity: 2,053 Enrollment: 2,274 Parent organization: PTSA ESOL program: Yes Uniform policy: Yes Mascot: Wildcat Grade 12 HSA Algebra: 72.3 percent Grade 12 HSA Biology: 72.9 percent

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NORTHWESTERN EVENING/SATURDAY HS

7000 Adelphi Road Hyattsville, MD 20782 Phone: 301-985-1460 Fax: 301-985-5749 Hours: 5:50-10 p.m. MondayThursday; 8 a.m.-12:10 p.m. Saturday Website: www.pgcps.org/~nwesteven Principal: William Kitchings Guidance counselor: Chontelle Matthews Number of teachers: 30 Capacity: 750 Enrollment: 150 Parent organization: No ESOL program: Yes Uniform policy: No Mascot: Wildcat Grade 12 HSA Algebra: 60 percent Grade 12 HSA Biology: 52.5 percent Grade 12 HSA English: 52.5 percent Grade 12 HSA Government: 66.1 percent AYP: Not met

OXON HILL HS

6701 Leyte Drive Oxon Hill, MD 20745 Phone: 301-749-4300 Fax: 301-749-4599 (Call before faxing) Hours: 9:30 a.m.-4:10 p.m. Website: www.pgcps.org/~oxonhill Principal: Dr. Jean-Paul Cadet Guidance counselor: T’Wana WarrickBell Number of teachers: 130 Capacity: 1,902 Enrollment: 1,647 Parent organization: PTSA ESOL program: Yes Uniform policy: Yes Mascot: Clipper Ship Grade 12 HSA Algebra: 71.2 percent Grade 12 HSA Biology: 69.7 percent Grade 12 HSA English: 78.5 percent Grade 12 HSA Government: 75.7 percent AYP: Not met Graduation rate: 86.5 percent

PARKDALE HS

6001 Good Luck Road Riverdale, MD 20737 Phone: 301-513-5700 Fax: 301- 513-5209 Hours: 7:45 a.m.-2:25 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/parkdale Principal: Cheryl Logan Guidance chair: Marsha Williams

Number of teachers: 130 Capacity: 2,165 Enrollment: 2,172 Parent organization: PTSO ESOL program: Yes Uniform policy: Yes Mascot: Panther HSA Algebra: 73.2 percent HSA Biology: 64.8 percent HSA English: 73.6 percent HSA Government: 73.7 percent AYP: Not met Graduation rate: 87.2 percent

POTOMAC HS

5211 Boydell Ave. Oxon Hill, MD 20745 Phone: 301-702-3900 Fax: 301-702-3886 Hours: 7:45 a.m.-2:25 p.m. Website: www.pgcps.org/~potomac Principal: Robynne Prince Guidance counselor: Ruth Oduroe Number of teachers: 94 Capacity: 2,104 Enrollment: 1,079 Parent organization: PTSA ESOL program: No Uniform policy: Yes Mascot: Wolverine Grade 12 HSA Algebra: 59.7 percent Grade 12 HSA Biology: 49.4 percent Grade 12 HSA English: 58.2 percent Grade 12 HSA Government: 56.1 percent AYP: Not met Graduation rate: 87.4 percent

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SUITLAND HS

5200 Silver Hill Road Forestville, MD 20746 Phone: 301-817-0500 Fax: 301-817-0515 Hours: 8:30 a.m.-3:10 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/suitlandhs Principal: Nate Newman Guidance counselor: Angela Stewart Number of teachers: 204 School capacity: 2,635 School enrollment: 2,112 Parent organization: PTSO ESOL program: No Uniform policy: Yes Mascot: Ram Grade 12 HSA Algebra: 74.6 percent Grade 12 HSA Biology: 65.4 percent Grade 12 HSA English: 77.3 percent Grade 12 HSA Government: 82.4 percent AYP: Met Graduation rate: 84.2 percent

SURRATTSVILLE HS

6101 Garden Drive Clinton, MD 20735 Phone: 301-599-2453 Fax: 301-599-2476 Hours: 7:45 a.m.-2:25 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/surrattsville Principal: Kristi Holden Guidance chair: Jeanay LarueRobinson Number of teachers: 65 Capacity: 1,195

Enrollment: 849 Parent organization: PTSA ESOL program: No Uniform policy: Yes Mascot: Hornet Grade 12 HSA Algebra: 65 percent Grade 12 HSA Biology: 59.5 percent Grade 12 HSA English: 79.1 percent Grade 12 HSA Government: 67.6 percent AYP: Not met Graduation rate: 88.5 percent

TALL OAKS VOCATIONAL HS

2112 Church Road Bowie, MD 20721 Phone: 301-390-0230 Fax: 301-390-0228 Hours: 9:30 a.m.-4:10 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/talloaks Principal: Dr. Larry McRae Guidance counselor: Debra Morrow Number of teachers: 15 School capacity: 180 Enrollment: 113 Parent organization: PTO ESOL program: No Uniform policy: No Mascot: Tiger Grade 12 HSA Algebra: 57.1 percent Grade 12 HSA Biology: 59 percent Grade 12 HSA English: 57.7 percent Grade 12 HSA Government: 62.8 percent AYP: Not met Graduation rate: 83 percent


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Learning doesn’t have to stop when school day ends Variety of free tutoring, homework help offered in Prince George’s County

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For Prince George’s County students, the opportunity to learn continues after school hours thanks to a variety of free programs aimed at providing students with tutoring and homework help. During the school year, the county offers programs such as the Count On US Math Show, a live TV show aired Monday and Wednesday that allows students to call in questions or send emails about math problems. Educators support programs that provide opportunities to learn outside the school day and school year, said Briant Coleman, a spokesman for the county’s school system. “We know that learning doesn’t stop once a child leaves the classroom,” he said. “It has to be a holistic approach to the education of children.” Students also can view videos made by the school system that provide tips for preparing for various standardized exams such as the Maryland School Assessment, High School Assesment, the SATs and Advanced Placement exams. Students also can take advan-

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Clyve Coffie, 2, of Laurel reads after finishing his ice cream during the ice cream social held at the Laurel Library to celebrate the kickoff to summer reading. tage of programs available through the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System. Perhaps most useful to children is the library system’s Brainfuse online learning program, said Kathleen Teaze, direc-

tor of the county’s library system. The online service allows library patrons to ask questions on a variety of topics. The service is available from 2 to 11:55 p.m. daily. The library’s Ask Us Now program allows students to be con-

nected to librarians via text chats or email and receive instant help with questions. Students may not be interacting with their local librarian though as the 24-hour program also uses librarians in other states and countries.

“While we’re not an extension of the school system officially, we take the lifelong learning piece of our mission very seriously,” said Teaze, who has worked in libraries for 22 years. There also are community groups that offer free homework help and tutoring. One of them is the city of Greenbelt, which offers free, drop-in tutoring Saturday mornings for students of all ages through the Greenbelt Cares Youth and Family Services Bureau. Other organizations also have stepped up to provide help. Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection, a regional nonprofit that provides a mixture of mentoring and tutoring, gets youth ready for college or employment after high school. “This year we graduated our largest class to date, 52 students,” said Carene Brodie, executive director of the program. The organization serves about 200 students yearly and currently partners with Central, Fairmont Heights and Suitland high schools and G. James Gholson and Drew Freeman middle schools. “If they’re enrolled at any of those schools, we can screen them for enrollment,” Brodie said. The opportunities available to students can vary depending on school and time of year. Students or their parents should check with guidance counselors and teachers to see what free programs might currently be available.

New education software improves collaboration, officials say Google Apps for Education allows for better group work, instant teacher feedback

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Students at Oxon Hill High School’s online student newspaper, The Searchlight, may not spend their days designing a print edition of their publication, but they’ve discovered an easy way to manage and edit their articles — Google. The students use Google Apps for Education, a suite of applications from word-processing to website design, to write, edit and publish their stories. Ashley King, 16, an 11th-grad-

er and reporter for The Searchlight, helped another student reporter answer editors’ questions via Google Documents’ live commenting function. “It’s great, because people can leave comments and you can reply and collaborate on articles,” Ashley said. “...It’s a lot better than dealing with handwritten notes and comments.” Students at 38 Prince George’s County public schools, including all 30 high schools, have access to the free programs, which officials and students said helps them to learn in new and more efficient ways, from the use of multimedia tools to teachers providing quicker feedback on work throughout the writing process, not just after something has been turned in.

Meghen Ehrich, a county schools instructional technology specialist, said Google Apps also provides a professional development outlet, since teachers can share lesson plans and best practices with each other, either in the same school and across the county. Ehrich, who trains teachers to use the various apps, said the programs help teachers and students collaborate on a real-time basis, whether in the classroom or at home or the library after school. “Google Docs allows students to collaborate with their classmates together in class, in another section or another school altogether, either simultaneously or at separate times,” she said. “And with Google’s ‘commenting’ feature, they can see feedback from

their teachers immediately so they can revise their work. It’s really an ongoing learning process.” Briant Coleman, a county schools spokesman, said a report showed that between February 2012 and July 2012, the system featured between 37,000 and 39,000 users reading and contributing in the various applications. Jason Flanagan, an English and journalism teacher at Oxon Hill High School, said he had groups of students work simultaneously on slides through Google’s slideshow presentation app as they read Julius Caesar. He said teachers have been slowly incorporating more aspects of the software’s functionality. “The teachers have to become more comfortable with the soft-

ware [before you’ll see more widespread use],” Flanagan said. Hyattsville resident Earnest Moore, president of the Prince George’s County Parents and Teachers Association Council, said parents have given generally positive reviews, especially teachers’ new ability to collaborate more quickly and directly with students in and out of the classroom. But some students eventually would like to see the system better integrated in their standard social media landscape. “They don’t like having to constantly log into the system to follow up, rather than just doing it through Twitter and Facebook,” Moore said. “They’d just like to have it more in line with what they currently use.”


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Prince George’s County Board of Education PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

District 5 (chair)

District 2 (vice chair)

District 1

District 3

District 4

Administrative Offices Sasscer Administration Building 14201 School Lane Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 301-952-6000; www1.pgcps.org n The Board of Education meets at 1 p.m. on

the second Thursday of the month and 7:05 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of the month in the Board Meeting Room of the Sasscer Administration Building in Upper Marlboro.

n All board members can be reached at 301-952-6115.

Verjeana M. Jacobs

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Peggy Higgins

Rosalind A. Johnson

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Amber P. Waller n amber.waller @pgcps.org

District 7

District 8

District 9

Edward Burroughs, III n edward2.burroughs @pgcps.org

Donna Hathaway Beck n donna.hathawaybeck @pgcps.org

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District 6

Patricia Eubanks

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Superintendent To be determined in August 301-952-6008 Carolyn M. Boston n carolyn.boston @pgcps.org

Henry P. Armwood Jr. n henry.armwood @pgcps.org

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Public charter schools Enrollment data is the number reported by PGCPS to MSDE for 2012. MSA data (% Proficient) is from the MSDE 2011 Maryland Report Card’s School Progress Reports.

CHESAPEAKE MATH & IT ACADEMY

6100 Frost Place Laurel, MD 20707 Phone: 301-350-6052 Fax: 301-350-6029 Hours: 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Website: www.cmitacademy.org Principal: Ali Gurbuz Guidance Counselors: TBD Number of Teachers: 24 School Capacity: 360 School Enrollment: 295 MSA Math: n/a MSA Reading: n/a Parent Organization: Parent Task Force ESOL Program: No Uniform Policy: Yes

Mascot: No Before/After Care: Enrichment Programs

EXCEL ACADEMY

7910 Scott Road Landover, MD 20785 Phone: 301-925-2320 Fax: 301-277-5357 Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 2:50 p.m. Website: www.excelacademypcs.org Principal: Diane Kanu Guidance Counselor: Burnetta Scott-Caldwell Number of Teachers: 20 School Capacity: 443 School Enrollment: 331 MSA Math: 68.5 percent MSA Reading: 78.7 percent Parent Organization: PTSA ESOL Program: No Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Eagle Before/After Care: Yes

IMAGINE ANDREWS 4798 San Antonio Blvd. AAFB, MD 20762

Phone: 301-350-6000 Fax: 301-599-5620 Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 2:40 p.m. Website: http://imagineandrews.org Principal: Marquis Dwarte Guidance Counselor: Whitney Ritchie Number of Teachers: 12 School Capacity: 317 School Enrollment: 265 MSA Math: 88.3 percent MSA Reading: 90.4 percent Parent Organization: PTO ESOL Program: No Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Eagle Before/After Care: Yes

IMAGINE FOUNDATIONS I

14111 Oak Grove Road Upper Marlboro, MD 20774 Phone: 301-808-4003 Fax: 301-218-1454 Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 3:05 p.m. Website: http://imaginefoundations.org

Principal: Erika McCoy Guidance Counselor: Erica Daves Number of Teachers: 26 School Capacity: 450 School Enrollment: 388 MSA Math: 88.2 percent MSA Reading: 89.9 percent Parent Organization: PTO ESOL Program: No Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Eagle Before/After Care: Yes

IMAGINE FOUNDATIONS II

6900 Ames Street SE Morningside, MD 20746 Phone: 301-817-0544 Fax: 301-817-0956 Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 2:40 p.m. Website: http://imaginefoundations2.or g Principal: Peter Thompson Guidance Counselor: Michelle Zitofsky Number of Teachers: 13

School Capacity: 500 School Enrollment: 310 MSA Math: n/a MSA Reading: n/a Parent Organization: PTO ESOL Program: No Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Eagle Before/After Care: Yes

IMAGINE LINCOLN

4207 Norcross St. Temple Hills, MD 20748 Phone: 301-808-5600 Fax: 301-808-5611 Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 2:40 p.m. Website: http://imaginelincoln.org Principal: Danielle Goddard Guidance Counselor: Kevin Smith Number of Teachers: 23 School Capacity: 480 School Enrollment: 468 MSA Math: 42.6 percent MSA Reading: 62.1 percent Parent Organization: PTO ESOL Program: No

Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Links Before/After Care: Yes

TURNING POINT ACADEMY

7800 Good Luck Road (inside Trinity AoG Church) Lanham, MD 20706 Phone: 301-552-0164 Fax: 301-552-7307 Hours: 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Website: www1.pgcps.org/turningpoint Principal: Rhonda Clomax, Acting Guidance Counselor: Alexander Dorsey Number of Teachers: 35 School Capacity: 750 School Enrollment: 590 MSA Math: n/a MSA Reading: n/a Parent Organization: PTO ESOL Program: No Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Eagle Before/After Care: Yes

Private schools ASCENSION LUTHERAN SCHOOL

7415 Buchanan St. Landover Hills, MD 20784 Phone: 301-577-0500 Fax: 301-577-9558 Website: www.ascensionschool.org Principal: Donna Lucas Grades: K-8 Tuition: $7,550 for one child ($6,342 per child for two or more) Parent organization: Yes Uniform policy: Yes Mascot: Eagle

THE BEDDOW JUNIOR/HIGH SCHOOL

501 Bryan Point Road Accokeek, MD 20607 Phone: 301-292-1968 Fax: 301-292-2095 Website: www.thebeddowschool.org Grades: 7-12 Principal: Trudy Beddow Tuition: $12,200 Uniform Policy: No, but strict dress code Parent organization: No Mascot: Hawk

THE BEDDOW MONTESSORI SCHOOL

8600 Loughran Road Fort Washington, MD 20744

Phone: 301-567-0330 Fax: 301-567-0330 Website: www.thebeddowschool.org Grades: ages 2½ to 12 Principal: Trudy Beddow Tuition: Half-day primary, $6,935; Full-day primary, $9,230; Elementary class, $9,725 Uniform policy: No Parent organization: No Mascot: None

BISHOP MCNAMARA HIGH SCHOOL

6800 Marlboro Pike Forestville, MD 20747 Phone: 301-735-8401 Fax: 301-735-0934 Website: www.bmhs.org President: Marco Clark Grades: 9-12 Tuition: $12,000 Uniform policy: Yes Parent organization: Yes Mascot: Mustang

BOWIE MONTESSORI CHILDREN’S HOUSE

5004 Randonstone Lane Bowie, MD 20715 Phone: 301-262-3566 Fax: 301-262-9802 Website: www.bmch.net Grades: Primary (from ages 2½ to 8) Director: Suzanne Byron Byrne Tuition: Half day, $8,500; full

day: $9,800 Uniform policy: No Parent organization: Yes Mascot: None

CHILDREN’S GUILD INC. 5702 Sargent Road Chillum, MD 20782 Phone: 301-853-7370 Fax: 301-853-7376 Website: www.childrensguild.org Principal: Tyrone Frazier Grades: K-3 to 8 Tuition: Paid through the county school system Uniform policy: Yes Parent organization: No Mascot: Skippy

CLINTON CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

6707 Woodyard Road Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 Phone: 301-599-9600 Website: www.clintonchristianpg.org Principal: Carlos Williams Grades: K-3 to 12 Tuition: K-3: $10,500, K-4 to 12th grade: $8,250 Uniform policy: Yes Parent organization: Yes Mascot: Eagle

CONCORDIA LUTHERAN SCHOOL

3799 East West Highway Hyattsville, MD 20782 Phone: 301-927-0266

Website: www.clsmd.org Principal: Jeff Burkee Grades: Pre-K to 4 Tuition: $7,337 Uniform policy: Yes Parent organization: Yes Mascot: Panther

DEMATHA CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL

4313 Madison St. Hyattsville, MD 20781 Phone: 240-764-2200 Website: www.dematha.org Principal: Daniel McMahon Guidance chairwoman: Maureen Ritz Grades: 9-12 Tuition: $13,950 Parent organization: Yes Uniform policy: Yes Mascot: Stags

DIVINE PEACE LUTHERAN SCHOOL

1500 Brown Station Road Largo, MD 20774 Phone: 301-350-4522 Website: www.divinepeace.org Principal: Ryan Finkbeiner Grades: K-8 Tuition: $7,200 Uniform policy: Yes Parent organization: Yes Mascot: None

ELIZABETH SETON HIGH SCHOOL 5715 Emerson St.

Bladensburg, MD 20710 Phone: 301-864-4532 Website: www.setonhs.org Principal: Sharon Pasterick Grades: 9-12 Tuition: $11,200 Parent organization: Yes Uniform policy: Yes Mascot: Roadrunners

EXCELLENCE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

9010 Frank Tippett Road Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 Phone: 301-868-1873 Website: www.excellencechristianschoo l.org Principal: Dr. Erika Lee Grades: K-3 to 12 Tuition: Returning students, $7,650; new students, $8,150 Book fees: Vary by grade level. Discounts available for families with two or more children enrolled. Parent organization: Yes Uniform policy: Yes After care: Yes Mascot: Eagle

FAIRHAVEN SCHOOL 17900 Queen Anne Road Upper Marlboro, MD 20774 Phone: 301-249-8060 Website: www.fairhavenschool.com Admissions chair: Mark McCaig

Grades: K-12 Tuition: $8,853 for the first student in a family, $7,525 for the second, and $5,312 for each additional student. Parent organization: No Uniform policy: No Mascot: Mastodon

FAITH BAPTIST CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

12700 Claxton Drive Laurel, MD 20708 Phone: 301-497-4490 Fax: 301-776-3277 Website: www.faithbaptistchristianscho ol.com Principal: Esther Marsh Grades: Pre-K to 8 Tuition: Preschool half-day: $4,120, preschool full-day: $4,725, half-day kindergarten: 5,080, full-day kindergarten through 5th grade: $5,690, middle: $6,100 Uniform policy: Yes (K-8 only) Mascot: None

FIRST BAPTIST SCHOOL OF LAUREL 15002 First Baptist Lane Laurel, MD 20707 Phone: 301-490-1076 Principal: Tom Hudson Website: www.fbslaurel.com Grades: K-3 to 8 Tuition: Half-day pre-K: $4,440, full-day pre-K:

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$5,520, grades K to 8: $6,600 Uniform policy: Yes (K-3 through 8 only) Parent organization: No Mascot: Saints

THE FOUNDATION SCHOOL

1330 McCormick Drive Largo, MD 20774 Phone: 301-772-1200 Website: www.foundationschools.org Director: Gina James Grades: 1-12 Tuition: Funded by the county Uniform policy: Yes Parent organization: No Mascot: Falcon

FRIENDS COMMUNITY SCHOOL 5901 Westchester Park Drive College Park, MD 20740 Phone: 301-441-2100 Fax: 301-441-2105 Website: www.friendscommunityschool. org Head of school: Larry Clements Grades: K-8

Tuition: K-4: $16,250; 5-6: $16,740; 7-8: $18,670 Parent organization: Yes Uniform policy: No Mascot: None

GRACE BRETHREN CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

6501 Surratts Road Clinton, MD 20735 Phone: 301-868-1600 Website: www.gbcseagles.org Director: George Hornickel Grades: K-3 to 12 Tuition: Grades K-3-5: $7,695; Grades 6-8: $7,895; Grades 9-12: $8,195 Uniform policy: Yes Parent organization: Yes Mascot: Eagles

GREATER MOUNT NEBO CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

1001 Old Mitchellville Road Bowie, MD 20716 Phone: 301-249-5142 Fax: 301-249-5143 Website: www.neboacademy.com Principal: the Rev. Peggy Jackson-Jobe Grades: pre-K-3 to 3 Tuition: $7,700 Parent organization: Yes Uniform policy: Yes Mascot: None

HENSON VALLEY ACADEMY

2317 Brinkley Road Fort Washington, MD 20744 Phone: 301-485-6055 Fax: 301-567-2246 Website: www.hvacademy.org Head of school: Margaret Jackson Grades: Primary-8 Tuition: $9,875 Uniform policy: No Parent organization: Yes Mascot: None

HIGHLAND PARK CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

6801 Sheriff Road Landover, MD 20785 Phone: 301-773-4079 Fax: 301-773-2626 Website: www.fbhp.org Grades: Pre-K to 8 Principal: E. Louise White Tuition: Pre-K-2: $6,290; preK-3 and -4: $6,070; K to 5: $6,185; 6-8: $7,000 Uniform policy: Yes Parent organization: Yes Mascot: None

HIGH ROAD SCHOOL OF PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY

8723 Ashwood Drive Capitol Heights, MD 20743

Phone: 301-324-8905 Fax: 301-324-8904 Website: www.highroadschool.com Grades: 2-12 Director: Carmen McGinnis Tuition: Paid through county school system Uniform policy: No Parent organization: No Mascot: Dragon

Tuition: In-parish: $5,598 (one child); $11,116 (two children); $16,674 (three children); $22,232 (four children). Out of parish: $8,337 (one child); $16,674 (two children); $25,011 (three children); $33,348 (four children) Parent organization: Yes Uniform policy: Yes Mascot: Hawks

HOLY FAMILY SCHOOL

HOLY TRINITY EPISCOPAL DAY SCHOOL

2200 Callaway St. Hillcrest Heights, MD 20748 Phone: 301-894-2323 Fax: 301-894-7100 Principal: Mary Hawkins Grades: Pre-K-3 to 8 Tuition: $5,150; families can call for prices if more than one child attends Parent organization: Yes Uniform policy: Yes Mascot: Knight

HOLY REDEEMER SCHOOL

4902 Berwyn Road College Park, MD 20740 Phone: 301-474-3993 Fax: 301-441-8137 Website: www.holyredeemer.org Principal: Maria Bovich Grades: Pre-K to 8

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13106 Annapolis Rd. Bowie, MD 20720 (301) 262-5355

13106 Annapolis Road Bowie, MD 20720 Phone: 301-262-5355 Fax: 301-262-9609 Head of School: Michael Mullin

8500 Jericho City Drive Landover, MD 20785 Phone: 301-333-9400 Fax: 301-333-0521 Website: www.jerichochristianacademy. org Principal: Karyn Scott Grades: Pre-K to 8 Tuition: Pre-K-2 and -3, $9,204; pre-K-4 and -5, $8,784; grades 1-8, $6,700 Parent organization: Yes Uniform policy: Yes Mascot: Lion

LANHAM CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

8400 Good Luck Road Lanham, MD 20706 Phone: 301-552-9102 Website: www.lanhamgbc.org Executive director: Randall Burr Headmaster: Gene Pinkard Grades: first to fifth grade,

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11902 Daisy Lane Glenn Dale, MD 20769 Phone: 301-464-3215 Fax: 301-464-9725 Head of School: Michael Mullin Website: www.htrinity.org Grades: Pre-K-8 Tuition: Pre-K-3 and -4, $8,670; grades 5-8, $11,530 Parent organization: Yes Uniform policy: Yes (grades 18 only) Mascot: Hawks

Website: www.htrinity.org Grades: K-4 Tuition: K through 4: $9,800 Parent organization: Yes Uniform policy: Yes Mascot: Hawks

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$7,200; K-4, K-5 and sixth to eighth, $7,700; ninth to twelfth, $7,900 Discounts available for families with two or more children enrolled. Uniform policy: Yes Parent organization: No Mascot: Lions

MOUNT CALVARY CATHOLIC SCHOOL

6704 Marlboro Pike Forestville, MD 20747 Phone: 301-735-5262 Fax: 301-736-5044 Website: www.mountcalvarycatholicsch ool.org Principal: Darcy A. Tomko Grades: Preschool-8 Tuition: Contact school for tuition fees Parent organization: Yes Uniform policy: Yes Mascot: Cougar

NEW CHAPEL CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

5601 Old Branch Ave. Camp Springs, MD 20748 Phone: 301-899-0877 Fax: 301-899-0906 Website: www.newchapelbaptistchurch. org Grades: Pre-K through K and grades 1-6 Principal: Rev. Latarsha Jones Tuition: $700 per month all grades Uniform policy: Yes Parent organization: Yes Mascot: TBD

NEW HOPE ACADEMY AND PRESCHOOL

7009 Varnum St. Landover Hills, MD 20784 Phone: 301-459-7311 Principal: Joy Morrow Website: www.newhopeacademy.org Tuition: Preschool: $8,435 for first child, $6,925 for second child; K-6: $8,890 for first child, $7,790 for second child, $7,050 for third child; grades 7-8: $9,150 for first child, $8,040 for second child; grades 9-12: $9,710 for first child, $8,050 for second child Uniform policy: Yes Parent organization: Yes Mascot: Tiger

NEW HORIZON CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER 5664 Silver Hill Road Forestville, MD 20747 Phone: 301-420-5900

Fax: 301-735-8517 Website: www.horizonkids.com Grades: K, 1-2 Principal: Bobora Liles Tuition: $148 per week all grades Uniform policy: Yes Parent organization: Yes Mascot: None

NEW VISIONS ACADEMY

8601 Ashwood Drive Capitol Heights, MD 20743 Phone: 301-333-0820 Principal: Toni Hurt Director: Doreen McGarrah Website: www.thenewvisionsacademy.c om Grades: 9-12 Tuition: Funded by the county Uniform policy: No Parent organization: Yes Mascot: None

PATHWAYS SCHOOL AT DUVAL HIGH SCHOOL

9880 Good Luck Road Lanham, MD 20706 Phone: 301-794-5872 Fax: 301-794-7845 Website: www.pathwayschools.org Principal: Kay Greany Grades: 9-12 Tuition: Funded by the state and county Parent organization: Yes (parents may join Duval High School’s PTSA) Uniform policy: Yes Mascot: Tigers

PATUXENT MONTESSORI SCHOOL 14210 Old Stage Road Bowie, MD 20720 Phone: 301-464-4506 Fax: 301-464-8792 Website: www.patuxentmontessori.org Grades: 16 months to 12 years Administrator: Suzanne Damadio Tuition: Call the school for rates Uniform policy: No Parent organization: No Mascot: None

REID TEMPLE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

11400 Glenn Dale Blvd. Glenn Dale, MD 20769 Phone: 301-860-6570 Fax: 301-352-7086 Website: www.reidtempleacademy.com Grades: Pre-K-2-8 Head of school: Donnette Dais Tuition: Call for current tuition rates

Uniform policy: Yes Parent organization: Yes Mascot: Conqueror

RIVERDALE BAPTIST SCHOOL

1133 Largo Road Upper Marlboro, MD 20774 Phone: 301-249-7000 Website: www.rbschool.org Principals: Twyla Harbel, elementary; Stephanie Parreco, middle; Linda Campbell, high Grades: Preschool, K-3-12 Tuition: Preschool-K-3, $9,804; kindergarten: $10,032; grades 1-5: $9,144; grades 6-8: $9,804; grades 9-12: $10,872 Uniform policy: Yes Parent organization: Yes Mascot: Crusader

ST. AMBROSE CATHOLIC SCHOOL

6310 Jason St. Cheverly, MD 20785 Phone: 301-773-0223 Fax: 301-773-9647 Website: www.sacheverly.org Principal: Dian Carter Tuition: In parish, $5,900 (one child); out of parish: $7,200 Parent organization: Yes Uniform policy: Yes Mascot: Bumblebee

SAINT ANN’S HIGH SCHOOL OF ST. ANN’S INFANT AND MATERNITY HOME

4901 Eastern Ave. Hyattsville, MD 20782 Phone: 301-559-5500 Website: www.stanns.org Principal: Valarie Swain Grades: 8-12 This school program is for pregnant and parenting young women, both residential and day. Tuition rates are by arrangement. Uniform policy: No Parent organization: No Mascot: None

ST. COLUMBA SCHOOL

7800 Livingston Road Oxon Hill, MD 20745 Phone: 301-567-0051, ext. 2 Fax: 301-567-6907 Website: http://stccatholic.org/ Principal: Tina Magnaye Grades: K-8 Tuition: K-8, Catholic: $5,620; K-8, non-Catholic: $8,950 Parent organization: Yes Uniform policy: Yes Mascot: Celtic Cross

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5207 42nd Place Hyattsville, MD 20781 Phone: 301-277-4568 Fax: 301-683-6080 Website: www.stjeromes.org Principal: Mary Pat Donoghue Grade: Pre-K-8, child center for infants to age 4 Tuition: In-parish: $5,330 (one child); $7,120 (two children); $8,660 (three or more children). Out-of-parish: $8,350 (one child); $9,990 (two children); $11,780 (three children) Parent organization: Yes Uniform policy: Yes Mascot: Jaguar

ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST SCHOOL 8912 Old Branch Ave. Clinton, MD 20735 Phone: 301-868-2010 Fax: 301-856-8941 Website: www.saintjohnsschool.org Principal: Susan Scott Grades: Pre-K-8 Tuition Rates: Catholic: $5,995; Catholic pre-K-4: $7,660; non-Catholic: $9,185 Parent organization: Yes

Uniform policy: Yes Mascot: None

ST. JOSEPH’S REGIONAL CATHOLIC SCHOOL

11011 Montgomery Road Beltsville, MD 20705 Phone: 301-937-7154 Fax: 301-937-1467 Website: www.stjos.org Principal: Andrew T. Currier Grades: Pre-K-8 Tuition: Catholic: $5,180; other: $8,280 Parent organization: Yes Uniform policy: Yes Mascot: Tiger

ST. MARY OF THE ASSUMPTION SCHOOL

4610 Largo Road Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 Phone: 301-627-4170 Fax: 301-627-6383 Website: www.stmaryum.org Grades: Pre K-8 Principal: Steven Showalter Tuition: Catholic pre-K: $5,945 Catholic K-8: $5,627 (reduced for multiple children enrolled); non-Catholic: $8,861 Parent organization: Yes Uniform policy: Yes

Mascot: None

ST. MARY OF THE MILLS SCHOOL

106 St. Mary’s Place Laurel, MD 20707 Phone: 301-498-1433 Fax: 301-498-1170 Website: www.stmaryofthemills.org Principal: James A. Pavlacka Grades: K-8 Tuition: Call school for current tuition rates Parent organization: Yes Uniform policy: Yes Mascot: Stallion

ST. MARY’S SCHOOL OF PISCATAWAY

13407 Piscataway Road Clinton, MD 20735 Phone: 301-292-2522 Fax: 301-292-2534 Website: www.stmaryspiscataway.org Principal: Kathleen C. Pfaff Grades: K-8 Tuition rates: in-parish: $6,150; out-of parish: $8,200 Parent organization: Yes Uniform policy: Yes Mascot: None

ST. MARY’S CATHOLIC SCHOOL 7207 Annapolis Road

Landover Hills, MD 20784 Phone: 301-577-0031 Fax: 301-577-5485 Website: www.saintmarylandoverhills.org Principal: Susan J. Varrone Grades: Preschool-8 Tuition rates: Pre-school for age 3: $4,150; pre-school for age 4 through eighth grade; Catholic: $4,850; preschool for age 4 through eighth grade, non-Catholic: $6,000 Parent organization: Yes Uniform policy: Yes Mascot: Wildcat

ST. MATTHIAS APOSTLE SCHOOL

9473 Annapolis Road Lanham, MD 20706 Phone: 301-577-9412 Fax: 301-577-2060 Website: www.stmatthias.org Principal: Patricia Wilson Grades: Preschool-8 Tuition: Pre-K: $6,400; Catholic K-8: $5,850; standard: $7,400 Parent organization: Yes Uniform policy: Yes Mascot: Mustang

ST. PHILIP THE APOSTLE SCHOOL

5414 Henderson Way Camp Springs, MD 20746

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Phone: 301-423-4740 Fax: 301-423-4716 Website: www.stphiliptheapostleschool. org Principal: Linda Cullinan Grades: Pre-K-3-8 Tuition rates: non-Catholic: $6,809; Catholic: $5,104; pre-K-3 and -4: $5,654 Parent organization: Yes Uniform policy: Yes Mascot: Bulldog

ST. PIUS X REGIONAL SCHOOL

14710 Annapolis Road Bowie, MD 20715 Phone: 301-262-0203 Fax: 301-805-8875 Website: www.stpiusbowie.org Principal: Robert Love Grades: Pre-K-8 Tuition rates: call the school for tuition rates Parent organization: Yes Uniform policy: Yes Mascot: None

SAINT VINCENT PALLOTTI HIGH SCHOOL

113 St. Mary’s Place Laurel, MD 20707 Phone: 301-725-3228 Fax: 301-776-4343 Website: www.pallottihs.org Principal: Jeff Palumbo

Tuition: $12,995 Parent organization: Yes Uniform Policy: Yes Mascot: Panthers

SHABACH CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

3600 Brightseat Road Landover, MD 20785 Phone: 301-772-8590 Fax: 301-773-6282 Website: www.shabachministries.org Principal: Nicole McNeil Grades: K-6 Tuition: Kindergarten: $7,139; grades 1-4: $7,018; grades 5-6: $7,562.50 Parent organization: Yes Uniform policy: Yes Mascot: Eagle

WOODSTREAM CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

9800 Lottsford Road Mitchellville, MD 20721 Phone: 301-955-1160 Fax: 301-955-1150 Website: www.woodstreamacademy.com Chancellor: Robert Wingfield Grades: Pre-K-2-12 Tuition: Call school for tuition information Parent organization: Yes Uniform policy: Yes Mascot: Bucks


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