The Prince George’s County Public Schools offer alternative means within the existing public school system to provide innovative learning opportunities and creative approaches to fulfill educational objectives for students.
Specialty Programs provide a range of unique learning subjects, activities and/or learning opportunities as an enhancement of choice for our community. Special program choices include Creative and Performing Arts, French Immersion, Montessori, Spanish/Dual Immersion, and Talented and Gifted. Enrollment in Specialty Programs is open to all students who are residents of Prince George’s County.
Specialty Programs have specific boundaries. School assignment through lottery is based upon a student’s home address.
Space limitations require that admission to the program/school be governed by a random placement lottery. Lottery placement provides the strongest guarantee of equity in access.
The computerized lottery system will assign a random number to each application. Applications are sorted based on this randomly assigned number and assigned a sequential number. The lowest random number gets number one, the next lowest number two, and so forth. Applications are then sorted by program. Program/school assignments are based upon space availability.
Availability differs by grade level, Specialty Program. All applications are given a waiting list number based on their Specialty Program choice, grade level, and sequence number. Openings are limited in all Specialty Programs.
Submission of an application is not a guarantee of placement. The application form permits no more than three Specialty Program choices per student. If three Specialty Program choices are selected, each choice will be treated equally and placement will be made according to the first available opening. Placement is granted for one Specialty Program choice only. The other selections are no longer an option.