Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS) is the second largest school system in Maryland, the 19th largest in the nation, and among the most diverse school systems in the country. PGCPS operates 205 schools serving over 125,000 students – more than 90% of whom are students of color – coming from urban, suburban, and rural areas that comprise Prince George's County.

PGCPS is committed to advancing the achievement of its diverse student body through community engagement, sound policy governance, accountability, and fiscal responsibility. Student achievement has been a focus for Prince George’s County Public Schools, and the district is nationally recognized for its innovative programs and initiatives, including the expansion of AP courses – AP test takers rose 61% from 2009 to 2013 – and partnerships with businesses and higher education institutions. 

Our Impact

Since the beginning of our partnership in 2007, 23 Education Pioneers have led important projects at PGCPS. Our leaders:

  • Developed a research-based action plan for community engagement and a principal’s handbook to facilitate the effective delivery and implementation of services to students and schools. 
  • Oversaw PGCPS’ summer school program, including staff placements, professional development workshops, testing, and program evaluation, to provide a quality and well-organized learning experience for 1,100 summer school students. 
  • Performed a comprehensive and comparative analysis of PGCPS' English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program to determine the best methods to serve English language learners. 
  • Developed a communications toolkit and strategy to inform and involve stakeholders in the creation of a new five-year strategic plan.
  • And more.