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Last modified: 1/18/2013 12:18:31 PM
News Release

Four PGCPS Schools Recognized for Excellence in Gifted and Talented Education
January 18, 2013
For Immediate Release
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UPPER MARLBORO, MD — Accokeek Academy, Glenarden Woods, Heather Hills and
Rockledge elementary schools are four of eight schools statewide to qualify for Maryland’s
prestigious Excellence in Gifted and Talented Education (EGATE) award. The Maryland
State Advisory Council on Gifted Talented Education made the selections after reviewing
EGATE applications from across the state.

“I applaud the staff at these schools for providing an outstanding program that challenges
our academically talented students,” said Dr. Alvin L. Crawley, Interim Superintendent of
Schools. ”Gifted and talented programs are essential in our schools, as they help us meet the
needs and develop the talents of every student.”

To qualify for the award, school staff must submit an application that documents how
their school’s gifted and talented education program aligns with the Maryland Criteria for
Excellence: Gifted and Talented Education Program Guidelines.

Prince George's County Public Schools now has nine schools that are EGATE certified.

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About PGCPS: Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) is one on the nation’s 25 largest school districts, with 208 schools and centers, more than 127,000 students, and nearly 22,800 employees. With an annual budget of $1.79 billion, the district serves a diverse student population from urban, suburban, and rural communities. PGCPS offers a wide variety of innovative academic programs, including language immersion, high school career academies, and dual enrollment. Its location just outside of Washington, D.C. enables the district to partner with higher education and local and national agencies and businesses to provide unique learning opportunities for students.