PGCPS Lottery for Specialty Programs
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 The 2020-2021 Specialty Programs Lottery application is now closed. Placements will be delayed to due school closings. Moving forward through the next few weeks, the status of schools/offices is being monitored closely. You will continue to receive updates accordingly.

Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) offers 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 learning or unique subjects, activities and/or learning opportunities as an enhancement of choice for our community.

Through the PGCPS lottery process, parents and students have an opportunity to secure an available seat in one of the Specialty Programs established in selected schools throughout the county.  Space limitations require that admission to the Program/School is governed by a random placement lottery. Applications are available to all students who are residents of Prince George’s County.  Specialty Programs have specific boundaries and all school assignments through lottery are based upon a student’s home address (not the before and after school care provider).

Program choices and entrance criteria listed below by program:

Program Name


Entrance Criteria

Creative and Performing Arts


Age 5 by September 1 (Kindergarten) or
Age 6 by September 1 (1st grade)

French Immersion 

K only

Age 5 by September 1




Age 3 or 4 by September 1


Must be currently enrolled in a full-day certified Montessori school  

Age 5 by September 1 (Kindergarten) or 
Age 6 by September 1 (1st grade)

Spanish Immersion/Dual Language

K only

Age 5 by September 1

Talented and Gifted


Must be TAG identified

**Early entrance options do not apply to Specialty Programs.  


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


Last modified: 3/18/2020 12:04:55 PM