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Students Offered More Learning Opportunities Through Specialty Programs

The 2021-2022 Charter Schools & Specialty Programs Lottery is now closed.  Lottery results can be viewed online by logging into your family dashboard account.

The application window for the Talented and Gifted (TAG) lottery will open to students identified as TAG after testing is completed in Spring 2021.

Contact Information

John Eager Howard
4400 Shell Street
Capitol Heights, MD 20743
301-952-6586

Elizabeth Saunders, Instructional Director
elizabeth.saunders@pgcps.org    

Loretta White-Khaalid, Charter School Liaison
loretta.white@pgcps.org

What Every Parent Should Know and Do Before Entering the Lottery

Public Charter School Lottery Application Timeline

Timeline for 2020-2021

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The Charter School Lottery will be open November 2, 2020 through January 29, 2021 for applications for the 2021-2022 school year. 

The last day to submit lottery application for all charter schools is January 29, 2021 for school year 2021-2022.

Things to Remember

  • Names (student and responsible parent/guardian) must be spelled accurately and match as indicated in SchoolMax. Any variation will prohibit the entry of an application for the lottery.
  • Applications will not be accepted without a valid student identification number and phone number. 

Changes to the lottery application are permitted only during the open lottery period. Once the lottery closes on January 29, 2021 parents will not be allowed to make changes.

Please keep all email confirmations as your record of lottery entries. Parents are encouraged to check with individual charter schools for updates and changes.

Public Charter Schools Open House and Information Sessions

Enrollment For School Year 2021-2022

Monday, November 2, 2020 and Closes, Friday, January 29, 2021 (5:00PM)

Changes to your lottery application permitted only during the open lottery period that ends January 29, 2021.

Sibling Preference Process

Prince George’s County Public Schools give lottery preference to new students who already have a sibling in the school. Siblings must live in the same household, have the same responsible parent/guardian, and both siblings must be enrolled at the charter school for the 2020-2021 school year. Families must submit a valid lottery application by the deadline to be eligible for sibling preference.

In order to apply for sibling preference, you must submit a regular lottery application during the public charter school open enrollment season from first work day in November annually through the last Friday in January annually.  Your confirmation will indicate “Prospective Sibling – A sibling is currently attending at this school” next to the school choice.

Sibling preference is based on seat availability and never a guarantee. If there is more sibling preference request than seats available, a sibling lottery will be held to determine placement.

Changes to the lottery application is permitted only during the open lottery period. Once the lottery closes on the last Friday in January parents will not be allowed to make changes.

Please keep all email confirmations as your record of lottery entries.
 

Curriculum Overview

Charter schools may implement instructional programs and curriculum standards  that may be different than other traditional public schools.  These schools are operated by community leaders or educational management organizations- but all are held accountable for performance standards and student achievement by the Prince George's County Board of Education.