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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.


Charles County Public Schools is composed of 39 schools and educational centers.

  • 21 Elementary Schools
  • 8 Middle Schools
  • 6 High Schools
  • 4 Centers:
    • 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.
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Student Demographics

Percentages based on official enrollment on September 30, 2011. (2011-12 school year)


Class Sizes

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 school year.)

The average elementary class size, grades prekindergarten through 5, for the 2010-11 school year is 23 students.



Charles County Public Schools employs 3,469 people. There are 2,041 teachers, 1,113 support staff, 72 technical employees and 243 administrators.



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 school.


Money Matters

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 other sources.

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.



  • Superintendent (since 2013) - Kimberly A. Hill
  • Assistant Superintendent for Finance - Paul T. Balides
  • Assistant Superintendent of Supporting Services - Keith A. Hettel
  • Assistant Superintendent of Instruction - Amy L. Hollstein
  • Assistant Superintendent of School Administration - Sylvia A. Lawson

Board of Education

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.

Board Members are:
  • Roberta S. Wise, Chairman
  • Maura H. Cook, Vice Chairman
  • Jennifer S. Abell
  • Patricia Bowie
  • Michael K. Lukas
  • Pamela A. Pedersen
  • Donald M. Wade
  • Amit Patel, Student Member

Test Scores

HSA Results as of September 2011
School Percent met HSA requirement by passing all 4 tests Percent met HSA requirement with combined score of 1602 on all 4 tests Percent met by Bridge Percent granted waivers
Lackey 63.5 23.7 12.8 0
La Plata 89.3 7.6 3.0 0
McDonough 63.7 24.9 11.4 0
North Point 85.9 10.3 3.8 0
Stone 72.9 17.7 9.5 0
Westlake 73.9 22.5 3.6 0
County 2011 76.0 17.0 7.0 0
County 2010 73.3 17.5 6.0 0

AP Results Archive

State test score results, by school, are available at


Census Information

QuickFacts from the Census Bureau.


Student Accountability

Student Accountability Archive


Maryland School Assessment results

MSDE Report Card information for Charles County Public Schools.


Updated: 2/27//1


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