PGCPS Lottery for Specialty Programs

Frequently Asked Questions

BOUNDARIES


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.


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 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. 
 

AGE REQUIREMENTS

WHAT IF MY CHILD DOES NOT MEET THE STATE AGE REQUIREMENT? 
 

Students applying for an 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 240-724-1924.  

STUDENT ID NUMBERS

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.  

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/legal guardians may obtain a student ID number by going to their neighborhood/boundary school with a valid photo ID.  In addition, parents should make sure the address on file for the student is current.  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. 

TRANSPORTATION AND BEFORE/AFTER CARE

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.    

GENERAL LOTTERY APPLICATION/PROCESS

MY EMAIL CONFIRMATION DOES NOT LIST MY HOME ADDRESS?  SHOULD I HAVE ENTERED IT?
 
 
No. Placement locations are based on the parent/legal guardian’s home address.  This information is obtained from the student’s ID number. Parents/guardians should make sure the address on file for the student is current.
  

I APPLIED FOR THREE PROGRAMS FOR MY CHILD; ONE IS MY FIRST CHOICE AND THE OTHERS ARE MY SECOND AND THIRD CHOICES. WHAT HAPPENS IF I GET MY SECOND OR THIRD CHOICE FIRST?
  

All choices are treated equally, however, if selected, you will only receive placement for one program.  If you choose to decline your placement choice, at your request, you may be placed on the waiting list for the other options.    

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 and Spanish Immersion only.  French Immersion placement testing is for students who will enter grades 1 through 8.  Spanish Immersion placement testing is for students entering grades 1 and 2.  Students interested in placement must contact Pupil Accounting and School boundaries before May 13, 2016.  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’s name is used on all applications and all reside in the same household.  

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.    

IF I WITHDRAW MY STUDENT FROM THE SPECIALTY PROGRAM SCHOOL, WILL I BE ABLE TO RE-ENROLL?
 
Any student who withdraws from school while participating in a specialty program forfeits their place in the program.

MY ADDRESS CHANGED, WHAT DO I DO NOW? 
 

School assignments are based on a parent/guardian’s legal residence in the county.  Depending on where you are in the lottery process, the answer varies:

  
 Lottery Applicant
 Before Lottery Application Deadline
 (March 13)
  
Update address at the assigned neighborhood school.
 
 After Lottery Application Deadline
 (March 13)
 
Update address at the assigned neighborhood school. Send request in writing to Pupil Accounting and School Boundaries for the new address to be used for placement consideration.  If the new address is served by a different program location, the application will be added to the wait list for the new location.
 
 Newly Placed/Registered Students and Current Students
 
 Less than one full year of attendance:
(includes newly placed/registered students)
 
In-boundary: update address with school
Out-of-boundary: approval required from Pupil Accounting and School Boundaries-send request in writing to Pupil Accounting and School Boundaries for the student to remain in the program.
   
 More than one full year of attendance
 
No special permission is needed to enroll at the program school serving the new address.
 
 

 

Pupil Accounting
14201 School Lane, Room 211
Upper  Marlboro,  MD 20772
301-952-6300 Phone
301-952-6784 Fax  

 

Last modified: 12/2/2016 2:45:30 PM