News Release: Four PGCPS Schools Recognized for Excellence in Gifted and Talented Education

January 18, 2013
For Immediate Release
Office of Communications
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.


Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS), one of the nation's 25 largest school districts, has 209 schools and centers, more than 129,000 students and nearly 19,000 employees. Under the leadership of Chief Executive Officer Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell, the school system serves a diverse student population from urban, suburban and rural communities located in the Washington, DC suburbs. PGCPS is nationally recognized for innovative programs and initiatives that provide students with unique learning opportunities, including arts integration, environmental and financial literacy, and language immersion.