FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What are the boundaries? Specialty programs schools are assigned based on the parent/legal guardian home address. Click on the link to locate your assigned school. http://schools.pgcps.org/SchoolFinder/findschool2.asp
What if my child does not meet the state age requirement? Students applying for a entry level Montessori placement must be 3 or 4 years old on or before September 1. Students applying for a Kindergarten placement must be age 5 on or before September 1. Early admission into Kindergarten does not apply to specialty program placements. Students qualifying for waiver of this requirement are able to attend the neighborhood comprehensive school. For information on this option, you may contact the Early Childhood Office at 301-808-2723.
My child is three/four years old or attends private school, how do I obtain a student ID number? Parents/Legal Guardians can obtain an ID number by visiting their assigned neighborhood school. You will be required to show proof of residency, the student's birth certificate, and your photo ID.
What if I do not live in Prince George's County or will be moving to the area prior to the start of the school year? Application for the lottery is available only to residents of the county. You must be a current Prince George's County resident at the time of application.
My child is already a student in Prince George's County Public Schools - where would I find the student number? Look at your child's report card. The student number is a 9 digit number starting with 000 or 100. Or you can GO TO your child's school with proof of identity and request the student number.
For students who have at one time attended a Prince George's County Public School, but not currently enrolled, what do I do? Parents and/or legal guardians may obtain a student ID number by going to their neighborhood/boundary school with a valid proof of ID. In addition, parents should please make sure the current address on file for the student is accurate. If not, proof of residence (deed or current lease) and birth certificate will be required to update this information. This will ensure an adequate school assignment for the student.
My family is new to Prince George's County but my child attended a public specialty/charter school in our previous school district. Will my child receive reciprocity to enroll in a school here? Reciprocity is not available for charter schools. For specialty programs, reciprocity may be available. Please contact 301-952-6010 for further information.
Will transportation be available? Depending on the program and age, transportation may be available on a limited basis. Contact the specialty school for more information.
Is Before and After Care provided? Please contact the assigned school of interest for information regarding Before and After Care.
My email confirmation does not list my home address? Should I have entered it? No. You only need to enter your home address on the online application if you plan on moving prior to the start of the school year. Placement locations are based on the parent/legal guardian’s home address. This information is obtained from the student’s id number.
I applied for two programs for my child; one is my first choice and the other is my second choice? What happens if I get my second choice first? Both choices are treated equally, however, if selected, you will only receive placement for one program. If you choose to decline your second choice, at your request, you may be placed on the waiting list for the first option.
When my child is placed on the waiting list, and the school states there is an opening, why don’t I receive a letter? Continuous notification is not provided. You will receive notification if space becomes available and your child is next to receive placement.
My address changes after I have been accepted, why am I placed on a waiting list? School assignments are based on a parent/guardian’s legal residence in the county. Available placements are made to all schools at the same time and therefore, there is no space available. You cannot be guaranteed a space if your address is incorrect.
When the application specifies entrance grade level only, and I want to apply for that program, what is the process? This applies to French Immersion. French Immersion placement testing is for students in grades 1-8. Students interested in placement must contact Pupil Accounting and School boundaries during the application season. Testing will only be offered if space is available at the assigned school for that grade level. Passing of the assessment does NOT guarantee a placement.
I applied for two/three of my children for the same program, will all students receive placement? Placement is not guaranteed for all family members. Applications of family members will be identified; however, placement is determined by space availability as well as lottery results. Please make sure the same responsible adult name is used on all applications and all reside in the same household.