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Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) is comprised of 208 facilities enrolling approximately 130,000 prekindergarten to 12th grade students and is headed by approximately 16,000 full-time staff and faculty members—making PGCPS the second-largest school system in Maryland and the 18th-largest in the U.S. Students have continued to improve immensely on their performance in the classroom and on standardized tests, and have thus garnered many individual awards and scholarships. The district’s teachers have also been recipients of a variety of awards recognizing their dedication to providing exemplary education and leadership.


The area also offers a wealth of early childhood education and day care facilities, such as Rising Generations in Largo and the Young Achievers Academy in Hyattsville, along with a number of private and parochial K-12 institutions. Queen Anne School in Upper Marlboro is a private, co-educational day school serving students in grades 6-12, while Archbishop Carroll High School in nearby Washington, D.C., is a prime choice for private secondary education.

Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) in Largo is an excellent option for students beginning their path toward a college degree. Over 40,000 students each year take advantage of more than 60 programs of study leading to a two-year degree. In addition to the college’s transfer and career programs, it offers non-credit continuing education courses for the community. PGCC also operates off-campus sites at University Town Center in Hyattsville, Laurel College Center and Andrews Air Force Base.

The University of Maryland has a strong presence in Prince George’s County, with its extensive campus in College Park and its University College (UMUC) program, headquartered in Adelphi. UMUC operates on-site classrooms at 21 sites throughout the state and stands as one of the largest public providers of online higher education in the U.S.

Bowie State University

Bowie State University has a diverse student body made up of nearly 5,500 students who enroll in 25 undergraduate degree programs or 30 master’s degree, doctoral degree and advanced certification programs. Capitol College in Laurel is a further choice for higher learning in the area, as is the TESST College of Technology in Beltsville. This campus offers career-oriented, hands-on training in some of today’s most in-demand fields. Students can earn various certificates or an Associate of Applied Science degree in Allied Health, Criminal Justice, Information Technology and Trades.

Additional opportunities for higher learning can be accessed through Sojourner-Douglas College-Prince George in Lanham, Strayer University-Prince George in Suitland and Washington Bible College in Lanham. Plus, neighboring Washington, D.C., is filled with colleges and universities, including Howard University, a private, four-year, doctoral/research-extensive university serving 10,500 students.

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