• High School Specialty Programs

    High School Specialty Programs

     For the 2018-2019 School Year:

    • The Preliminary SAT (PSAT 8/9) will be used as part of the entrance criteria for Specialty Programs: 3D Scholars, Science and Technology, Academy of Health Sciences @ Prince George's Community College (Health Sciences & Teacher Preparation), and Aerospace Engineering and Aviation Technology.
    • Testing will occur for grade 8 students the week of December 3, 2018 at their boundary school. ALL PGCPS grade 8 students will be considered for both the Science and Technology and Aerospace Engineering and Aviation Technology program. 
    • PGCPS grade 8 students must apply separately for the Health Sciences and the Teacher Preparation Programs at the Academy of Health Sciences @ Prince George's Community College.
    • Non-PGCPS students who take the PSAT 8/9 at their private schools between September and November of 2018 must use these scores for their Specialty Programs application.
    • College Board regulations state that students may not sit for the PSAT 8/9 more than one time during an academic school year.
    • Private school, Home School, and PGCPS grade 9 students who submit an application will take the PSAT 8/9 assessment on December 8, 2018.  The test location will be announced at a later date.
    • 8th grade students currently enrolled in PGCPS DO NOT pay for the PSAT 8/9.
     
    Prince George's County Public School High School Specialty Programs Include:
    • 3D Scholars
    • Science and Technology (Charles H. Flowers High School, Eleanor Roosevelt High School, Oxon Hill High School)
    • Academy of Health Sciences @ Prince George's Community College (Health Sciences and Teacher Preparation)
    • Aerospace Engineering & Aviation Technology @ DuVal High School
    All four programs are serviced by the same test, but the acceptance criteria differs. This year, applications for the programs will be processed online. Potential 3D Scholars must be PGCPS 9th, 10th or 11th graders by September 2018. For more information about this program, please click on the link here: http://www.pgcps.org/3dscholars/
    The Science and Technology Program accepts eighth graders and a small number of ninth graders. Only grade 8 students may apply for the programs at the Academy of Health Sciences @ PGCC and the Aerospace Engineering & Aviation Technology @ DuVal High School.

    Specialty Program Websites:

    High School Specialty Programs Testing
    The PSAT 8/9 is a nationally normed multiple-choice achievement test and is administered to eighth and ninth grade students as part of the High School Specialty Programs admissions criteria. Three Science & Technology centers service Prince George's County Public School students: Charles H. Flowers High School, Eleanor Roosevelt High School, and Oxon Hill High School. Students accepted for admission will attend one of the Science & Technology Centers based upon their legal home address in Prince George's County. 
     

     Click here to identify the Science and Technology center assignments based on address.

     
    Student Application Guidelines

    • Private School/Home School students interested in applying for the PGCPS High School Specialty Programs, click the link below to access the application: Please note application link will not be available after 4pm November 16, 2018.
    (Available August 20, 2018)
    • PGCPS Grade 8 students interested in applying for the programs at the Academy of Health Sciences @ Prince George's Community College, click the link below to access the application: 
    (Available October 11, 2018)
    • PGCPS Grade 9 students interested in applying for the Science & Technology program, click the link below to access the application: 
    (Available October 11, 2018)

    NON-PGCPS STUDENTS AND PGCPS GRADE 9 STUDENTS MUST PAY FOR THE PSAT 8/9 ASSESSMENT NO LATER THAN NOVEMBER 2, 2018. SCHOOL BUCKS INFORMATION TO SUBMIT PAYMENTS FOR THE PSAT 8/9 IS INCLUDED IN CONFIRMATION E-MAIL MESSAGE RECEIVED AFTER COMPLETING THE NECESSARY APPLICATION.

     

    Testing Dates: 

    • Week of December 3, 2018 (All PGCPS Grade 8 Students) 
    • December 8, 2018 (Grade 9, Private School, and Home-Schooled Students)
    All student applications are available online only. Please read carefully to ensure you are submitting the proper application for your child. 
    Applications for Non-PGCPS Students are due on November 16, 2018.
    Applications for current PGCPS Students are due on December 14, 2018. 
    For questions, refer to the Frequently Asked Questions document below, or contact the Department of Testing at (301) 702-3860.


    Program Admissions:

    The scores from the PSAT 8/9 in conjunction with Core Content GPA in English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies from all quarters/trimesters of the previous school year and the first grading period of the current school year are combined to create a total score. The evaluation scale goes up to 2880. The equation used to determine student composite scores is as follows:
                                      
                                           PSAT 8/9 Verbal Score + PSAT 8/9 Math Score + Core Content GPA (360)
                                                                                   Total Possible Score = 2880
    Parents may use the SchoolMAX Family Portal to view the grades used in the formula. (Click here for directions) 

    The Aerospace Engineering and Aviation Technology Program @ DuVal High School 

    The Aerospace Engineering and Aviation Technology Program at DuVal High School is a rigorous, four-year program that provides highly specialized college preparatory courses. The program offers an innovative, problem-based curriculum along with real-world applications of math, science and engineering, Students develop essential 21st century skills - such as critical thinking, problem solving, communication and collaboration - needed to be successful in today's world.  Learn more about the Aerospace Engineering and Aviation Technology Program.  

    For frequently asked questions regarding the Science and Technology and the Aerospace Engineering and Aviation Technology programs please click the link below.
     
     
    Department of Testing:
    Phone (301) 702-3860 

    Troy Brockett
    Test Administration Supervisor (High School)
    troy.brockett@pgcps.org
    Donna Bradshaw, Ed.D.
    Test Administration Specialist (High School)
    donna.bradshaw@pgcps.org
    LeKeisha Render
    Test Administration Specialist (High School)
    lekeisha.render@pgcps.org
    Margaret Evans 
    Technician
    margaret.evans@pgcps.org