Feb 6 - Special Programs and Charter Schools in Prince George's County

Post date: Feb 6, 2015 4:25:14 PM

A neighbor recently asked if there were other opportunities in our county for middle and high school. You don't have to go to your designated school, check out the matrix below provided by our newly elected school board member for district 2, Lupi Quinteros-Grady (files attached at the bottom of this message):

Prince George's County Public Schools Board of Education Member, District 2 14201 School Lane | Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 301 952-6115 (phone) | 301 952-6114 (fax) | email: lupi.grady@pgcps.org - See more at: http://www1.pgcps.org/board/grady/#sthash.1QIPOnu5.dpuf

The Specialty Program Lottery Application deadline is March 12, 2015. Interested parents may apply to the lottery during the screening process. https://forms.pgcps.org/specialty/


Please see the chart below for additional information on PGCPS Specialty Programs and Public Charter Schools currently accepting applications for the 2015-2016 school year.

NOTE: The Academy of Health Sciences at Prince George’s Community College application process occurs in the fall, and admission tests for the program are in December. For program and application details, visit their webpage by clicking here.

Here is the information for Science and Tech, Aerospace, and Academy of Health Sciences:


Prince George's County Public Schools Special Programs Includes:

  • Science and Technology
  • Academy of Health Sciences @ PGCC

Aerospace Engineering and Aviation Technology @ DuVal HS

All three programs are serviced by the same test yet have some differences in their acceptance criteria. This year, applications for the programs will be processed online. Grade 8 and 9 students may apply for the Science and Technology Program. Only grade 8 students may apply for the Academy of Health Sciences @ PGCC and the Aerospace Engineering and Aviation Technology @ DuVal HS.

Science and Technology Testing

A nationally normed multiple-choice achievement test is administered to eighth and ninth grade students as part of the Science and Technology Admissions Program. Each test consists of two timed subtests: reading comprehension and mathematics problem solving. The total test takes approximately two hours to complete. Three Science and Technology centers service Prince George's County schools: Oxon Hill High School, Eleanor Roosevelt High School, and Charles Herbert Flowers High School. Students accepted for admission will attend one of the three Science and Technology Centers based upon their legal home residence in Prince George's County.

This year ALL PGCPS applications for grade 8 and 9 students will be done electronically. This process will be initiated by the guidance counselor at your child's school. PGCPS students applying for the program will receive a printed application for their parents to sign. Once signed, it will be returned to the school guidance counselor and verified via the online application process.

For students currently attending private schools, they may pick up applications from their school, one of the three Science and Technology Program centers, or contact the PGCPS Department of Testing.

Charles Herbert Flowers Eleanor Roosevelt Oxon Hill High

Click here to identify the Science and Technology Center for a particular address.

In order to apply, please click on the link for 2015 Private School Student Application for Special Programs on the menu bar of our Department of Testing homepage.

Spring testing is ONLY reserved for those students who enrolled in PGCPS after Nov. 1, 2014 or students who were registered to test in Dec. 2014 but due to documented extenuating circumstances failed to test. Those circumstances will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Testing Dates:

December 3, 2014 (Middle School Students)

December 6, 2014 (Grade 9 and Private School Students)

Applications are available and submitted by the guidance office of public middle and high schools. Non-public applications are available online and are due by Friday, November 7, 2014. For questions, please call the Department of Testing (301) 702-3860. Applications for students enrolled in Prince Georges County Public schools are due to the Department of Testing on Friday, November 7, 2014.


The scores from each of the subtests along with grades in English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies from the four quarters of the previous school year (in some cases trimester) and the first grading period of the current school year are combined to create a total score. Parents may use the SchoolMAX Family Portal to view the grades used in the formula. (Click here for directions) The total score provides the basis for selection to the High School Science and Technology Program. Approximately 2,500 students take this examination, although over 3,000 applications are filed by the time the examination is administered. Nearly twenty percent of the students taking the examination are offered admission to the Program.