Charles County Public Schools is one of the fastest growing school systems in Maryland. Fast Facts provides a snapshot of the school system.
Located south of Washington, D.C., Charles County is considered part of the
Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Charles County has a population of 149,130
and is located in Southern Maryland. Elementary schools are composed of students
from prekindergarten to grade five; middle schools have students from sixth
to eighth grade; and high schools serve students in grades nine through twelve.
The mission of Charles County Public Schools is to provide an opportunity for all school-aged children to receive an academically challenging, quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares for life, in an environment that is safe and conducive to learning. [top]
Charles County Public Schools is composed of 39 schools and educational centers.
21 Elementary Schools
8 Middle Schools
6 High Schools
F.B. Gwynn Educational Center
Robert D. Stethem Educational Center
Nanjemoy Creek Environmental Center
Adult Education Program at Lifelong Learning Center
Under Construction: St. Charles High School. Opening date: August
Charles County Public Schools monitors class size. The following are the
average number of students in each grade. The average of all classes
throughout the county derives this number. (Averages are from the 2012-13
The average elementary class size, grades prekindergarten through 5, for
the 2012-13 school year is 23 students.
There are 275 buses on the road every day transporting 22,000 students traveling 6,300,000 miles per year. The school system has always and will continue to train and certify bus drivers dedicated to transporting our students safely to and from school every day.
The operating budget for the 2013 fiscal year is $315.6 million. The county
provides 48.8 percent of the school system’s budget; 49 percent is
funded by the state and .2 percent is from federal and 1.9 percent
The FY 2013 budget includes an $12,157 operating cost per pupil.
The graph below indicates how many cents to the dollar go to the specified categories. Roll over the graph for more detailed information.
A seven-member elected Board of Education serves the educational needs and
interests of Charles County. The Board provides direction for and establishes
educational policy for Charles County Public Schools. One student,
who is selected by a committee, also serves on the Board. The student gives
an opinion vote on most matters before the Board. Board members serve four-year
terms. The next election is in November 2014.