Prince George's County Public Schools
Northern Area Middle School Construction

Background

To increase educational opportunities for sixth-grade students, the PGCPS Board adopted an initiative to move Grade 6 to middle schools. Over the last several years, middle schools with the space now serve Grades 6-8 allowing for more PreK classrooms at many elementary schools.

In the northern part of the county, most middle schools are either overenrolled or projected to be, making a Grade 6-8 model impossible until middle school capacity grows.

Middle School SRC 9/30/14 Actual Enrollment 9/30/14
Space Needed
9/30/20
Projected Enrollment*
9/30/20
Space Needed*
Buck Lodge 933 1,085 (152) 2,308 (1,375)
Charles Carroll 893 985 (92) 1,710 (817)
Greenbelt 1,101 1,166 (65) 1,438 (337)
Hyattsville 829 818 11 1,066 (237)
Nicholas Orem 829 868 (39) 1,432 (603)
William Wirt 850 1,013 (163) 1,799 (949)
Total  5,435  5,935  (500)  9,753  (4,318)** 

*With grade reorganization
*Sept. 30, 2020 space needed w/o reorganization is 2,558

Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS) is planning to increase the capacity of most of the above middle schools to 1,200 students over the next 10 years. In addition, funds were approved in the FY16 capital budget to build two new 1,200-student middle schools in the Buck Lodge/Nicholas Orem and Charles Carroll/William Wirt middle school areas, as well as expand William Wirt to 1,200 students. These schools will include natural areas to expand environmental education opportunities outside the classroom and will be built to LEED Gold standards with the goal of having Net Zero energy buildings. 

In Fall 2015, PGCPS contracted Waldon Studio Architects to complete a Site Feasibility Analysis for proposed middle school sites. Four sites were analyzed for new Middle School 1 in the Buck Lodge/Nicholas Orem area, and three sites were analyzed for new Middle School 2 in the Charles Carroll/William Wirt area.

Public Input 

The Office of Capital Improvement Programs hosted two public hearings in March 2016 for the community to learn more about the process and share their input. Waldon Studio Architects presented their findings during the hearing, and all documents shared during the hearings can be accessed by clicking on the PowerPoint or the site analysis links below.

Middle School 1 Site Analysis

Middle School 2 Site Analysis

Site Survey

The public was encouraged to share their input on the proposed sites through an online survey that was open through April 8, 2016.

Timeline

  • December 2015 - Site visits completed 
  • January 2016 - Preliminary report with site analysis completed 
  • February 2016 - Facility Advisory Committee reviewed the Report 
  • March 2016 - Public Hearings completed to review Site Recommendations 
  • April 28, 2016 - Submit final recommendations and Report to the Board for approval