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High School Specialty Programs Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 2021-2022

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  • High School Specialty Application Window: October 15 - December 18, 2020
  • Career and Technical Education Application Window: November 3, 2020-January 8, 2021

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the criteria used to determine student admittance into the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program?

 Students are admitted into the International Baccalaureate (IB) program using the following criteria:

Completed application, which includes:

  • Explanation of extracurricular activities
  • Explanation of student service activities
  • Personal statement on one student service activity
  • Essay
  • Submission of student grades in core content courses, including World Languages
  • Three teacher recommendations

What are the criteria used to determine student admittance into the P-TECH Program?

 Students are admitted into P-TECH using the following criteria:

Completed application, which includes:

  • Two teacher recommendations
  • A statement of career interest
  • Participation in a P-TECH interview
  • Student socio-economic status is considered as 50% of the student population must receive Free and Reduced Meals.
  • Eligible students are entered into a lottery for final selection.

What are the criteria used to determine student admittance into the 3D Scholars Program?

 Students are admitted into the 3D Scholars program using the following criteria:

Completed application, which includes:

  • One teacher recommendation
  • Essay
  • GPA of at least 3.0 in core content courses
  • Eligible students are entered into a lottery for final selection.

What are the criteria used to determine student admittance into the Creative and Performing Arts (CPA) Program?

Students are admitted into the Creative and Performing Arts program using the following criteria:

Completed online application, which includes:

  • Interview
  • Essay
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • GPA of at least 2.0 in core content courses
  • Audition in the chosen discipline

What are the criteria used to determine student admittance into the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Programs?

Students interested in a Career and Technical Education (CTE) program must

  • complete an application for selection to participate in Prince George’s County Public
  • Schools’ CTE two, three, or four year programs. Some programs are within
  • boundary; however, there may be opportunities for students to participate in
  • programs outside their boundary school.
  • CTE enrollment criteria include:
  • A minimum of 2.0 grade point average
  • Prerequisite courses or specific requirements based on the license or certification pursued

What are the criteria used to determine student admittance into the Academy of Health Sciences, Health Sciences, and Teacher Preparation @ PGCC Program?

Students are admitted to the aforementioned programs using the criteria below:

  • Completed application
  • Consideration of the physical location of residence in Prince George’s County; there is a 50% split between students admitted from the northern and southern portions of the county.
  • Student socio-economic status is considered as 50% of the student population must receive Free and Reduced Meals and/or be a first-generation college student (neither parent holds a Bachelor's degree).
  • In the absence of the PSAT 8/9, for entrance in the 2021-2022 school year, students will be ranked within specified categories by GPA and a lottery process will select a predetermined number of applicants in each category.

Since there is no application required for currently enrolled students, what are the criteria used to determine student admittance into the Aerospace Engineering and Aviation Technology (AEAT) Program and the Science and Technology (S/T) Program?

Admission requirements include:

  • Prior year grades in core classes (English, Math, Science, Social Studies) from quarters 1, 2, and 3, or all three trimesters and first quarter/trimester grades in core classes from the current year are used to determine a Core Content Grade Point Average (GPA).
  • Due to the move to distance learning and the adjustments made by students, parents, and teachers, the first three quarters of the 2019-2020 year will be weighted higher than the first quarter of 2020-2021.  Each student GPA will be calculated using the following formula: Previous School Year Q1-30%, Q2-30%, Q3-30%, Current School Year Q1-10%
  • The top students with the highest GPAs will be placed in a lottery for the final selection process. There will be a separate lottery for each S&T center and AEAT.
  • Eleanor Roosevelt: 350 students will be entered in the lottery
  • Oxon Hill: 250 students will be entered in the lottery
  • Charles H. Flowers: 250 students will be entered in the lottery

Why aren’t PSAT 8/9 scores used as part of the 2021-2022 school year eligibility criteria for high school Specialty Programs?  

The College Board, which administers the PSAT 8/9, has announced that during the fall of 2020, the PSAT will not be offered in an online format for students to take while participating in distance learning. Therefore, this assessment cannot be administered to PGCPS 8th grade students and used as part of the criteria for entrance into high school Specialty programs for the 2021-2022 school year.

This change impacts 3 programs: 3D Scholars, Academy of Health Sciences, Aerospace Engineering & Aviation Technology, and Science and Technology. The eligibility criteria has been adapted for entrance into these programs for the 2021-2022 school year.

How is core content grade point average calculated for high school Specialty Programs that only require these courses?

The student GPA is calculated from grades in the core classes of English, Math, Science, and Social Studies.

Grades are taken from quarters 1, 2 and 3, or all three trimesters from the 2019-2020 school year and first quarter/trimester grades in core classes from the 2020-2021 year are used to determine a Core Content GPA

Due to the move to distance learning and the adjustments made by students, parents, and teachers, the first three quarters of the 2019-2020 year will be weighted higher than the first quarter of 2020-2021.  Each student GPA will be calculated using the following formula: Previous School Year Q1-30%, Q2-30%, Q3-30% , Current School Year Q1:10%

Final grades and grades from elective courses are not used in the calculation. 

How are student grades from private schools converted to a Core Content GPA?

Student grades will be converted using the PGCPS Grading Policy.

A: 90-100    B: 89-80    C: 79-70    D: 69-60    E: 59 and below

For example, a student who earned a grade of 89.6% at a private school falls in the category of A according to the private school’s grading scale. However, an 89% according to the PGCPS Grading Policy falls under a letter grade of B. The PGCPS Grading Policy will supersede grading policies from private or home schools. There will be no exceptions to this rule.

In the evaluation process for high school specialty programs, grades are not weighted. This includes honors and accelerated academic courses.

Are siblings guaranteed acceptance/admission into high school Specialty Programs? The Aerospace Engineering and Aviation Technology Programs?

 No, Prince George’s County Public Schools does not offer sibling priority to any high school specialty programs.

How can I determine which programs and locations are available for my child for high school?

Visit School Finder. Type in your street name, and click submit. Examine the results to identify the high school specialty programs available for your address. Please make sure you are using the address listed in SchoolMax to determine your child’s program location.

How and when will I receive notification about entrance into the high school Specialty Programs?

Parents are notified of their student’s eligibility for high school Specialty Programs via written communication from PGCPS by March 22, 2021.

Written communication will be sent to the address listed in SchoolMax or on the application for non-PGCPS students.

If my child is not granted admission into a high school Specialty Program as a 9th  grader, will there be another opportunity for my child to apply?

Several programs accept students for a limited number of seats as tenth graders: for example, Aerospace Engineering and Aviation Technology (AEAT), International Baccalaureate, Science and Technology and Visual and Performing Arts.

Can my child be accepted into more than one program?

Yes, students may be eligible for admission into one or more programs, but may only accept one offer of admission.

How many students are eligible for each program?

The chart below shows the number of seats available for each program. After the first set of students accept or decline their seat, each program then pulls from the waitlist.

 

 

9th grade seats offered

 

10th grade seats offered

3D Scholars: Charles Flowers High School

50

n/a

Academy of Health Sciences at PGCC: Health Sciences

100

n/a

Academy of Health Sciences at PGCC: Teacher Preparation

75

n/a

Aerospace Engineering and Aviation Technology: DuVal High School

150

varies

Career and Technical Education

varies

varies

International Baccalaureate: 60 seats at each site

  • Central High School
  •  Frederick Douglass High School
  • Laurel High School
  • Parkdale High School
  • Suitland High School

300

varies

Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH): Frederick Douglass High School

60

n/a

Science and Technology: Eleanor Roosevelt High School

250

varies

Science and Technology: Charles H. Flowers High School

150

varies

Science and Technology: Oxon Hill High School

150

varies

Visual and Performing Arts: Northwestern High School

180

varies

Visual and Performing Arts: Suitland High School

200

varies

 

What are the next steps after my child receives a letter in the mail or via email that indicates they are on a program waitlist for a high school Specialty Program?

After receiving a letter of eligibility, complete the online form provided in the acceptance letter for all eligible programs. Attend the virtual Open House(s) for all eligible programs, and register for the program of choice by the registration deadline. Please note that your student’s seat in the program is not secure until after registration has been completed at the high school program of choice. Program seats may be subject to forfeiture if registration is not completed by the assigned date.

What are the next steps if my child is on a program waiting list?

After receiving your letter indicating that your scholar is waitlisted, complete the online form(s) provided in the letter. Attend the Open House(s) for all programs the student is waitlisted for. The Program Coordinator or designee will make contact using the contact information that you provide on the online form if and when space becomes available.

As students who have been marked eligible for multiple programs, choose the program they will attend, additional seats may become available. As seats open, coordinators will contact parents or guardians on the waitlist to offer a seat in the program.

For additional information about Specialty Programs in Prince George’s County Public Schools and application information, please visit our applications website.