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 133,049 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 2013.
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 2010-11
The average elementary class size, grades prekindergarten through 5, for
the 2010-11 school year is 23 students.
Charles County's 334 buses travel 35,000 miles daily, which adds up to 6.3
million miles per year. Most students ride a school bus at some time,
and 24,655 students ride daily. In Charles County, 27 independent contractors
provide the school bus services for Charles County Public Schools. The
bus routes run two times each evening; however, dismissal times vary at each
The approved budget for the 2012 fiscal year is $299.2 million. The county
provides 49.31 percent of the school system’s budget; 49 percent is
funded by the state and .3 percent is from federal and 1.4 percent
The FY 2012 budget includes an $11,476 operating cost per pupil. For
every dollar spent from the school system’s budget…
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.