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Ready to Reconnect: 2021-22 Year in Review

While the daily rhythm of the school year comes to a close, let us remember our time together full of excitement, progress, and hard work. Our educators, students, staff and faculty continued to perform amid the ongoing pandemic and an ever-changing public discourse, with perseverance and grace.

Over the past 10 months, we have celebrated academic success and dedicated ourselves to preparing our students for prosperous futures. On the ballfield, in the classroom or in life, PGCPS Pride is embodied in all of us.

By the numbers

  • Budget: $2.7 billion
  • Enrollment: 131,657 
  • Graduates: 7,000+
  • Student demographics: 
    • Black or African American: 55%
    • Hispanic: 37%
    • White: 4%
    • Asian: 3%
    • Other race/ethnicity or two or more races: 2%
    • Free and Reduced Meals: 67%
    • Special Education: 11%
    • English Language Learners: 21%

Transformation 2026  A New Strategic Plan for PGCPS

Public education and society at large are at a critical turning point. Towards that end, we have reaffirmed our commitment to educational excellence through a new strategic plan – Transformation 2026, a roadmap anchored in equity, to guide decisions, priorities, resources and work towards transformation over the next five years. The outcome goals include: educational excellence, excellence in equity, workforce and operational excellence, and increased mental health and wellness for students and employees.

The strategic plan will guide our decisions, priorities, resources and work of the school system while supporting our mission, vision and core values.


Ensuring a Safe Return to School

Prince George’s County Public Schools began the 2021-22 school year with most students returning to classrooms after two years of virtual and hybrid learning.

Although the majority of the school system’s 132,000 students returned to in-person learning, PGCPS served some students virtually. An innovative Online Campus launched as a new specialty program for approximately 500 seventh through 12th graders who thrived in the virtual learning environment. In addition, more than 10,000 kindergarten through sixth grade students were enrolled in a temporary virtual option; the program ended in January when the COVID-19 vaccine became available for children under age 12. 

To support safe learning and work environments, PGCPS implemented universal mask-wearing, COVID-19 vaccination and testing policies, sanitizing protocols and school vaccination clinics. Families were encouraged to allow their children to participate in weekly random testing to help track COVID-19 trends. Home test kits, KN95 masks, disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer were also distributed to staff.

Academics Highlights

Language Immersion Programs Award 

PGCPS language immersion programs were recognized as a Silver Award winner in the 28th annual Magna Awards program for the dedication to removing barriers to student success while giving students another language. Students in our immersion programs demonstrate high levels of literacy and proficiency in English and another language (Chinese, French, and Spanish).

Financial literacy award

PGCPS earned the Gold Standard District award from Next Gen Personal Finance for our financial literacy graduation requirement.

Talented and Gifted Honors

Greenbelt Middle School and Kenilworth Elementary were designated 2021 Maryland Excellence in Gifted and Talented Education (EGATE) Schools, joining 20 across the school system. View 2022 Talented and Gifted award winners

USN&WR Best Schools

Accokeek Academy, Dora Kennedy French Immersion, Glenarden Woods and Heather Hills Elementary Schools, John Hanson and Robert Goddard Montessori and Thomas Pullen Creative and Performing Arts Academy made the U.S. News & World Report national "best schools" list. The 2022 Best K-8 Schools rankings are focused on math and reading proficiency.  

Springhill Lake Elementary

Springhill Lake Elementary was recognized by the National Association of ESEA State Program Administrators (NAESPA) as a National ESEA Distinguished School, one of 100 schools nationwide. The Distinguished Schools Program honors qualifying federally funded schools for outstanding academic achievements. Springhill Lake was honored for exceptional student performance and academic growth in recent years, using its ESEA federal funds to improve the education for all students — including achieving excellence in serving English Learners.

Future Ready: Graduation Highlights

Class of 2021

The PGCPS four-year Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate increased by 1.5 percentage points to nearly 78 percent for the Class of 2021 with 10 schools registering a graduation rate of more than 90 percent. 

According to Maryland State Department of Education data, the high school dropout rate fell to a five-year low with gains among several student groups, including a 4 percentage point-increase for Hispanic students. There were also increases among English language learners and students who come from families with low-income. High schools with graduation rate gains of three or more percentage points included High Point, Largo, Laurel, Northwestern, Potomac, International High School at Largo and College Park Academy.

Future engineers — Eleanor Roosevelt and Charles Herbert Flowers high schools are among the state's top producers of graduates accepted to the University of Maryland (UMD) A. James Clark School of Engineering, ranked 21st nationally among undergraduate engineering programs by U.S. News & World Report. 

Alumni Hall of Fame Class of 2021— Honorees included stylist Zerina Akers (Suitland High School ‘04), attorney Laurie Robinson-Haden (Oxon Hill High School ‘90), filmmaker David E. Talbert (Central High School ‘84), retired educator and lawmaker Dr. Beatrice P. Tignor (Frederick Douglass High School ‘56), and Phoenix Suns head coach Monty Williams (Potomac High School ‘89). Kaiser Permanente and Prince George’s County Health Department jointly received the CEO’s Award of Excellence for providing employee vaccinations.

Class of 2022 

The Class of 2022 boasts approximately $200 million in scholarship awards and acceptances to hundreds of colleges and universities nationwide. This year’s highlights include the first graduates from the Online Campus and College Track at the Durant Center. The Online Campus launched in the fall as a new specialty program for seventh through 12th graders who thrived in the virtual learning environment. College Track at the Durant Center, which bears the name of NBA player Kevin Durant, provides scholarships, after-school tutoring and emotional and financial support to Suitland High School students all the way through college. 

  • Charles Herbert Flowers High School reported more than $45 million in scholarships, the highest total in the school system.
  • Eleanor Roosevelt High School senior Cora L. Jackson is a National Merit Scholarship finalist, receiving $2,500 in scholarship funds. 
  • Twins Imrane Oumarou Ba and Mounira Oumarou Ba are valedictorian and salutatorian at Central High School. Their GPAs differed by just .04 (Imrane 4.53 and Mounira 4.49). Both will attend Louisiana State University.
  • Seven seniors received the C.D. Mote Jr. Incentive Award, a full four-year scholarship to the University of Maryland: 
    • Kimber Gonzalez Lopez, Academy of Health Sciences
    • Babatunde Sanni, Charles Herbert Flowers High School
    • Alyssa Hutchinson, College Park Academy 
    • Lester Paz, DuVal High School
    • Jeraldin Espana, Laurel High School)
    • George Jamaldinian, Eleanor Roosevelt High School
    • Maha Idsassi, Eleanor Roosevelt High School
  • 12 seniors received four-year, full-tuition college scholarships from The Posse Foundation:
    • Michèe Brika, Largo High School – Lewis & Clark College
    • Christopher Brown, Bowie High School – University of Rochester
    • Realyn Mae Del Campo, Parkdale High School – Bucknell University
    • Aaron Dent, Oxon Hill High School – University of Wisconsin-Madison
    • Samuel Grace-Conyers, Suitland High School – Sewanee: The University of the South
    • Muna Kamara, Chesapeake Math & IT Academy – Bucknell University
    • Jasmin Maldonado, Parkdale High School – Sewanee: The University of the South
    • Daphne Nwobike, Charles H. Flowers High School – Sewanee: The University of the South
    • Christianah Olufade, Eleanor Roosevelt High School – Lewis & Clark College
    • Morgan Pringle, Chesapeake Math & IT Academy – Bucknell University
    • Jimmi Rios, International High School at Langley Park – Lewis & Clark College
    • Jefferson Turcios, Parkdale High School – University of Rochester
  • Eleanor Roosevelt High School Truc Le, Ruhama Negussie and Princess-Nicole Thomas students among the recipients of college scholarships from the Carson Scholarship Fund for outstanding academic achievement and humanitarian qualities, joining nearly 600 students from across the country and five elementary and middle school students in PGCPS.

Operations and Facilities

New School Construction

william-wirt-ms-construction-site.JPGWith nine schools under construction, including six using a first-of-its-kind alternative financing model, this year marked an historic shift toward 21st century, modern learning environments. 

Thanks to the Blueprint Schools innovative alternative construction financing program, six new schools will provide more than 8,000 new seats for students by 2023. PGCPS is the first jurisdiction in the nation to utilize this method of school construction, which will result in new buildings for Drew-Freeman, Hyattsville, Kenmoor and Walker Mill students, a new middle school in Adelphi and a southern county K-8 academy. 

The Blueprint School model was named Social Infrastructure Deal of the Year and Best Deal in North America, Editor’s Choice by infrastructure finance industry leader IJGlobal. The project was also named 2021 Social Infrastructure Project of the Year by the P3 Awards. 

PGCPS is collaborating with Prince George’s County Education & Community Partners (PGCECP), a consortium comprised of Fengate Asset Management (Fengate) and Gilbane Development Company as Developer; Gilbane Building Company as Design-Build Contractor; Stantec as Designer and Architect of Record; and Honeywell Building Technologies as Services Provider.  

Replacement buildings for Cherokee Lane Elementary and William Wirt Middle School are also under construction through traditional construction funding as well as a new Glenridge area middle school.

School Boundary Initiative

PGCPS entered the second phase of the Comprehensive School Boundary Initiative, which seeks to address growth and balance school enrollment across the county. The first phase of community engagement resulted in three draft boundary scenarios. The project timeline has been extended to allow for the appointment of new Board of Education members in vacant districts.

Green Schools

Green-schools-logo.pngPGCPS continues to lead the state in Green School certification with the most schools applying for certification, the highest number of new Green Schools and the total number of Green Schools.  

This year, five schools earned first-time certification and 26 schools were recertified, raising the total number of Green Schools to 135 – 65 percent of all schools systemwide and approximately 20 percent of the 680 active Maryland Green Schools. Surrattsville High School, G. James Gholson and Benjamin Stoddert middle schools, C. Elizabeth Rieg Regional School and Imagine Foundations at Leeland Public Charter School earned Maryland Green School certification for the first time this year.

High Point High School, John Hanson Montessori and Scotchtown Hills Elementary achieved Sustainable Bronze status this year for maintaining certification for 18 consecutive years. In addition, other schools earning recertification include:

  • High Schools – Charles Herbert Flowers, Friendly, International High School at Largo, Northwestern
  • K-8/Middle Schools – Thurgood Marshall
  • Elementary Schools – Apple Grove, Baden, Carole Highlands, Chillum, Gaywood, Glassmanor, Greenbelt, Kenilworth, Melwood, Northview, Oxon Hill, Perrywood, Samuel Chase, Suitland, Templeton, Tulip Grove, Woodmore, Yorktown

Staff Spotlights #PGCPSPROUD

CMA Music Teacher of Excellence

Thomas G. Pullen Creative & Performing Arts Academy music teacher Thomas Pierre was honored as a Music Teacher of Excellence by the Country Music Association (CMA) Foundation. He was featured on the 55th Annual CMA Awards, one of 30 nationwide. The honor recognizes music educators who go above and beyond to support students. Pierre used the monetary gift for instrument repairs.

Gold Star for PGCPS

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards gave PGCPS the Overall Excellence award for teaching to the profession’s highest standards! The school system has 478 National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT), including 23 newly certified and 36 who recently renewed their certification. Approximately 400 educators systemwide are pursuing national board certification.

Custodian of the Year

 Beltsville Academy custodian James Lewis was a finalist for Cintas Custodian of the Year.

CEO HonorsCEO-Goldson-In-classroom.jpg

  • Washingtonian's "150 Most Influential Women," 2021 "Outstanding Woman" 
  • Chiefs for Change
  • President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities


  • Frederick Douglass High School Maryland 2A football championship 
  • Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School Maryland 4A football runner-up
  • Northwestern High School Maryland 4A boys soccer championship 
  • Eleanor Roosevelt High School  Maryland 4A boys basketball championship 
  • Frederick Douglass High School Maryland 2A boys basketball runner-up