Secondary School Reform in Prince George's County
|Prince George's County Public Schools Secondary School Reform|
14201 School Lane
|School type||Public, School District|
|Motto||"Children come first."|
|School board||Verjeana M. Jacobs, Esq., Chair, At-Large|
Donna Hathaway Beck, Vice Chair, At-Large
Henry P. Armwood, Jr., District 7
Donna Hathaway Beck, District 9
Carolyn Boston, District 6
Edward Burroughs, III, District 8
Patricia Eubanks, District 4
Peggy Higgins, District 2
Verjeana M. Jacobs, Esq., District 5
Rosalind A. Johnson, District 1
Amber P. Waller, District 3
|Superintendent||Dr. William R. Hite, Jr., Ed.D.|
|Area||Prince George's County, Maryland|
The Prince George's County Public Schools system (PGCPS) is a large school district administered by the government of Prince George's County, Maryland, United States and is overseen by the Maryland State Department of Education. The school system is headquartered in Upper Marlboro and the district serves Prince George's County.
"In late 2009, we began a process of strategic planning for dramatically changing the way our middle schools and high schools serve the needs of our children. This is our Secondary School Reform initiative. The world our children face today is vastly different than a generation ago and is changing more rapidly. The realities that face high school dropouts are bleak. As a school system, we must adapt to these societal and economic changes and become better at preparing our children for 21st century careers. The mission of Secondary School Reform is to graduate every student college AND workforce ready, so that with a High School diploma, our graduates are immediately competitive for jobs in the marketplace and are also prepared to excel in college level courses. Implementation will begin in the 2011-2012 school year." 
"The goal of Secondary School Reform (SSR) is to transform
the educational experience of PGCPS middle and high
school students ensuring that 100% of our graduates are
college and workforce ready and competitive in the
21st century economy.
SSR is a key initiative in the execution of PGCPS’
system-wide goals of:
1.High Student Achievement
3.Safe &Supportive Schools
4. Strong Community Partnerships
5. Effective & Efficient Operations"
Business and Finance
The Academy of Business and Finance provides courses to prepare high school students for employment and advancement in the business industry. Students learn the basics of entrepreneurship, the foundations of business, personal finance, accounting, communications, technology, and Microsoft Office tools. They learn about various financial analysis strategies and the methods by which businesses raise capital. The current locations are Oxon Hill High School and Suitland High School.
The Academy of Global Studies engages students in an educational experience that fosters international understanding and welcomes diversity of thought while preparing students for a globally interconnected world. Students will understand and accept the differences they encounter in our increasingly global society and understand the importance of global awareness and the ways in which globalization shapes history, international cultures, the economy, politics, and society. The current locations are Crossland High School and Parkdale High School.
Hospitality and Tourism
The Academy of Hospitality and Tourism introduces students to the concept of service as a critical component of a hospitality or tourism business. Students examine the environmental and socioeconomic impacts and interralationships of tourism, as well as the transition to a greener tourism economy. Students analyze both good and poor customer service in a variety of contexts and through various methods. Students explore communication skills and strategies, and they use a problem solving perspective to understand barriers to communication and good service. The current locations are Bladensburg High School and Duval High School.
Law, Education and Public Service
The Law, Education and Public Service Academy provides students with a rigorous academic study in law, education, public safety, and government. The goal is to integrate practical experience with quality academic courses to aid students in the development of pre-college career skills. Students gain insight on the roles of attorneys, paralegals, social workers, teachers, law enforcement, corrections professionals, and government service professionals.academic courses to aid students in the development of pre-college career skills. Students gain insight on the roles of attorneys, paralegals, social workers, teachers, law enforcement, corrections professionals, and government service professionals. The current locations are Central High School, Potomac High School, and Surrattsville High School.
Science and Technology
The Science and Technology Academy is an academy fit to accommodate the specialty program of Science and Technology. Only those students accepted into the Science and Technology program may enroll within this academy. The current locations are Oxon Hill High School, Charles Herbert Flowers High School, and Eleanor Roosevelt High School.
List of schools
All high schools in Prince George's County operate with a "comprehensive" model as their base. All students are assigned to a high school based on an "attendance area". Magnet Programs operate as a "School-Within-A-School" model, where the magnet serves as an alternative program---in addition to the main comprehensive program---and students from outside the regular attendance area of the high school are enrolled and accepted into the magnet, either through continuity (automatic continuation from a middle school magnet program to the high school level equivalent) or more commonly, through a "Magnet Lottery", where students apply for a magnet program and are granted acceptance through a random drawing. Enrollment into the Center for the Visual and Performing Arts is through audition only. Some high schools have also implemented a "Smaller Learning Community" model, where they offer anywhere from two or more Academy Programs, which effectively breaks a school down into several smaller schools within the school, by allowing students to essentially declare a major (such as a student attending a college or university) through career academies such as "Arts, Media, and Communication" or the "National Academy of Finance", for example. Larger high schools have more academy program offerings. All high schools in the PGCPS operate on a staggered school day schedule, where some high schools start as early as 7:45am and end as early as 2:25pm, and other high schools start as late as 9:30am and end as late as 4:10pm. All high schools operate on an alternating A/B-day block scheduling system, where one group of classes are taken on "A-Days" and a different group of classes are taken on "B-Days", and the cycle repeats. Most high schools have between three and four lunch shifts, depending on enrollment and eating accommodations. The only exception is Eleanor Roosevelt High School, which has adopted a modified hybrid block schedule in which both traditional single period courses and double period (block schedule) courses, are integrated.
|SPECIALIZED PROGRAMS||NOTES & COMMENTS|
|1.||Academy of Health Sciences at Prince George's Community College||Link||Largo||9||100||Varies||Academy of Health Sciences||This is a brand new school in PGCPS ran in conjunction with the Prince George's Community College with classes being held on the PGCC campus and is the State of Maryland's first middle college. The school will be admitting the first class of 100 Freshman in Fall 2011. A new grade level will be added each year until a full, four year, grades 9-12 high school is operational. There will be a total of 400 students.|
|2.||Bladensburg High School||Link||Bladensburg||9–12||1,926||9:30a – 4:10p||Biomedical Magnet Program; Technical Academy Magnet Program; America's Choice School Design Signature Program||Bladensburg received a state-of-the-art, replacement facility, in August 2004.|
|3.||Bowie High School||Link||Bowie||9–12||2,912||7:45a – 2:25p||SUMMIT Scholar Signature Program||Bowie High School has two physical campuses. 10th-12th grade attend classes at the main campus and 9th graders attend classes at the "Belair Annex" (a former middle school) a half mile away. Bowie was ranked #1,173 on Newsweek's Top 1500 Public High Schools in America", for 2010.|
|4.||Central High School||Link||Capitol Heights||9–12||1,057||7:45a – 2:25p||French Immersion Magnet Program; International Baccalaureate (IB) Magnet Program; AVID Signature Program; America's Choice School Design Signature Program||Central was ranked #1,429 on Newsweek's Top 1500 Public High Schools in America", for 2010.|
|5.||Crossland High School||Link||Temple Hills||9–12||1,412||7:45a – 2:25p||Technical Academy Magnet Program; International Baccalaureate (IB) Program (Non-Magnet); America's Choice School Design Signature Program; Crossland Evening High School||Crossland was named an IB World School, in 2009.|
|6.||Frederick Douglass High School||Link||Upper Marlboro||9–12||1,133||8:30a – 3:10p||International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme; America's Choice School Design Signature Program|
|7.||DuVal High School||Link||Lanham||9–12||1,644||8:30a – 3:10p||America's Choice School Design Signature Program; Project Lead The Way Pre-Engineering Academy; Foundations to Technology Academy||DuVal received a state-of-the-art, $13.4 million USD, 65,995 sq. ft., 600-student classroom addition, in 2007. The addition added a music wing and two-story academic wing.|
|8.||Fairmont Heights High School||Link||Capitol Heights||9–12||776||8:30a – 3:10p||Biotechnology Magnet Program; America's Choice School Design Signature Program|
|9.||Charles Herbert Flowers High School||Link||Springdale||9–12||2,431||9:30a – 4:10p||Science and Technology Center Magnet Program; National Academy of Finance; Project Lead The Way Pre-Engineering Academy||Flowers was ranked #1,445 on Newsweek's Top 1500 Public High Schools in America", for 2009.|
|10.||Forestville Military Academy||Link||Forestville||9–12||797||8:30a – 3:10p||Military Academy; America's Choice School Design Signature Program|
|11.||Friendly High School||Link||Fort Washington||9–12||1,457||7:45a – 2:25p||America's Choice School Design Signature Program|
|12.||Gwynn Park High School||Link||Brandywine||9–12||1,173||7:45a – 2:25p||Technical Academy Magnet Program; America's Choice School Design Signature Program|
|13.||High Point High School||Link||Beltsville||9–12||2,218||7:45a – 2:25p||AVID Signature Program; America's Choice School Design Signature Program||High Point received the Siemens Award for Advanced Placement, in 2004. High Point was ranked #1,361 on Newsweek's Top 1500 Public High Schools in America, for 2010. U.S. News & World Report named High Point a Silver Medal School, in 2010.|
|14.||Largo High School||Link||Largo||9–12||1,266||8:30a – 3:10p||Biotechnology Magnet Program; AVID Signature Program; America's Choice School Design Signature Program; Largo Evening High School|
|15.||Laurel High School||Link||Laurel||9–12||1,877||7:45a – 2:25p||Technical Academy Magnet Program; International Baccalaureate (IB) Program (Non-Magnet); America's Choice School Design Signature Program||Laurel completed a 600-student classroom addition, as well as a brand new auditorium, in the Spring of 2010. Laurel was also ranked #1,343 on Newsweek's Top 1500 Public High Schools in America", for 2010.|
|16.||Northwestern High School||Link||Hyattsville||9–12||2,543||9:30a – 4:10p||America's Choice School Design Signature Program; School of Business and Finance (National Academy of Finance • Academy of Business Management); The Jim Henson School of Arts, Media, & Communications (Academy of Arts and Humanities • Academy of Instrumental Music • Academy of Visual Arts • Academy of Vocal Music); School of Human Resource Services (The International Studies Academy • Naval Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (NJROTC) Academy/Academy of Military Sciences); School of Manufacturing, Engineering, and Technology (Project Lead The Way Pre-Engineering Academy); Colours Performing Arts Program; Northwestern Evening High School; Northwestern Adult Evening High School; Northwestern Saturday Academy||Northwestern received a state-of-the-art, $45 million replacement facility, which opened in August 2000. At 386,000sq. ft., it was (at the time) the largest high school in the state of Maryland in terms of total square footage. It was surpass in physical size by the new Dr. Henry Wise, Jr. HS (also in Prince George's County), in 2006. Northwestern is currently the second largest high school in Maryland. U.S. News & World Report named Northwestern a Silver Medal School, in 2010.|
|17.||Oxon Hill High School||Link||Oxon Hill||9–12||1,699||9:30a – 4:10p||Science and Technology Center Magnet Program; AVID Signature Program; America's Choice School Design Signature Program; School of Arts, Media, and Communications (Academy of Dance • Academy of Music • Academy of Visual Arts); School of Business Management and Finance (Academy of Accounting and Finance • Academy of Business Administrative Services • Academy of Business Management); School of Consumer Services, Hospitality, and Tourism (Academy of Hospitality and Restaurant Management); School of Human Resources (Academy of Early Childhood • Academy of Military Sciences • Teacher Academy of Maryland)||Oxon Hill was ranked #957 on Newsweek's Top 1500 Public High Schools in America", for 2010.|
|18.||Parkdale High School||Link||Riverdale||9–12||2,205||7:45a – 2:25p||International Baccalaureate (IB) Magnet Program; America's Choice School Design Signature Program||Parkdale received a state-of-the-art, 400-seat classroom addition, in November 2007. Parkdale was ranked #1,481 on Newsweek's Top 1500 Public High Schools in America", for 2010.|
|19.||Potomac High School||Link||Temple Hills||9–12||1,216||7:45a – 2:25p||America's Choice School Design Signature Program; National Academy of Finance; School of Arts, Media, and Communications (Academy of the Arts-Dance • Academy of the Arts-Music • Academy of the Arts-Visual); School of Business Management and Finance (Academy of Finance • Academy of Business Management); School of Consumer Services, Hospitality and Tourism (Academy of Hospitality and Restaurant Management); School of Human Resource Services (Academy of Military Sciences • Teacher Academy of Maryland); School of Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology (Project Lead the Way Pre-Engineering Academy)||Potomac received a state-of-the-art, 600-seat classroom addition, in January 2008.|
|20.||Eleanor Roosevelt High School||Link||Greenbelt||9–12||2,669||8:30a – 3:10p||Science and Technology Center Magnet Program; Quality Education in Science and Technology (QUEST) Program/Academy of Information Technology (AOIT); Arts, Media, and Communications Academy; Academy of Business and Finance; Academy of Public Service; Technology Systems Academy; Academy of Health and Bio-Sciences; Gilder-Lehrman American History Program||Eleanor Roosevelt has been twice recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence both in 1991 and 1998, as well as a Maryland Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in 1991 and 1998. It was also named a New American High School in 1999, and it received the Siemens Award for Advanced Placement in 2002. Roosevelt was also named a National School of Character in 2002. Roosevelt was ranked #409 on Newsweek's Top 1500 Public High Schools in America", for 2010. U.S. News & World Report named Roosevelt a Silver Medal School, in 2008.|
|21.||Suitland High School||Link||Forestville||9–12||2,359||8:30a – 3:10p||Center for the Visual and Performing Arts Magnet Program; International Baccalaureate (IB) Magnet Program; Technical Academy Magnet Program (The Jesse J. Warr Vocational Center); America's Choice School Design Signature Program;Navy Junior ROTC (NJROTC); School of Business and Finance (National Academy of Finance)||Suitland High School has TWO physical campuses: the main campus and the "annex" (a former elementary school) located directly behind the main campus, which houses the majority of the schools "Center for the Visual and Performing Arts" magnet program. Suitland was named a 1989 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.|
|22.||Surrattsville High School||Link||Clinton||9–12||857||7:45a – 2:25p||AVID Signature Program; America's Choice School Design Signature Program|
|23.||Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr. High School||Link||Upper Marlboro||9–12||2,651||9:00a – 3:40p||Technical Academy Magnet Program||At 434,600 sq. ft. and with a capacity of 2,600 students, Wise is currently the largest high school in the state of Maryland when measured by total square footage. It was completed in August 2006 and features a 5,000-seat professional gymnasium---the largest of any school in the Washington Metropolitan Area.|
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