About Charles County Public Schools 
Charles County Public Schools is one of the fastest growing school systems in Maryland.  Located south of Washington, D.C., Charles County is considered part of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Charles County has a population of 154,747 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 37 schools and three educational centers.

  • 22 Elementary Schools
  • 8 Middle Schools
  • 7 High Schools
  • 3 Centers:
    • F.B. Gwynn Educational Center
    • Robert D. Stethem Educational Center
    • Nanjemoy Creek Environmental Center


Student Demographics

Charles County's 276 buses travel 34,000 miles daily, which adds up to 6.1 million miles per year. Most students ride a school bus at some time, and 23,199 students ride daily. In Charles County, 26 independent contractors provide the school bus services for Charles County Public Schools. CCPS owns and operates four buses for out-of-county student transportation.

Money Matters
The operating budget for the 2022 fiscal year is $408 million. The county provides about 49.2 percent of the school system’s budget. Click here to see the CCPS Budget webpage.
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  • Superintendent of Schools - Maria V. Navarro, Ed.D.
  • Deputy Superintendent - Kevin Lowndes
  • Assistant Superintendent of Fiscal Services - Karen Acton
  • Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources - Nikial Majors
  • Assistant Superintendent of Supporting Services - Michael L. Heim

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.

Board Members are:

  • Jennifer S. Abell
  • Tajala Battle-Lockhart
  • Elizabeth C. Brown
  • David Hancock
  • Michael Lukas
  • Virginia R. McGraw
  • Latina L. Wilson
  • Student Member, Ian Herd

Student Accountability

Suspensions Archive, 2015-2018 school years

Maryland School Assessment results
MSDE Report Card information for Charles County Public Schools.
MSDE state test score results, by school.

Fast Facts

Superintendent of Schools
 Maria V. Navarro, Ed.D.

Administrative Offices
Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building
5980 Radio Station Road
La Plata, MD 20646

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 2770
La Plata, MD 20646

Important Numbers
Main: 301-932-6610
TTY: 301-392-7579
Fax: 301-932-6651

24-hour Information Line 


Educational Television Stations
Comcast Channel 96
Verizon FiOS Channel 12

37 elementary, middle and high
3 educational centers


(largest employer in Charles County)

$408 million