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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    C+
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  7. Administration
    C+
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Charles County Public Schools is an above average, public school district located in La Plata, MD. It has 27,108 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 40% of students are at least proficient in math and 38% in reading.
5980 Radio Station Road
La Plata, MD 20646
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Charles County Public Schools Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
38%
Percent Proficient - Math
40%
Average Graduation Rate
93%
Average SAT
1090
1,491 responses
Average ACT
22
715 responses

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
27,108
Free or Reduced Lunch
35.9%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$68,751
Teachers in First/Second Year
8.4%

Finances

Expenses Per Student
$15,532/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    59%
  • Support Services
    38%
  • Other
    3%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B-
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    C
Median Household Income
$83,656
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,245
National
$949
Median Home Value
$330,700
National
$184,700

Charles County Public Schools Reviews

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I love Charles County and the school system here. Many of the schools are beautiful and a privilege to go to, except for the older ones.
I can't speak for other schools on this, but McDonough is short-staffed, so I have had multiple classes with a very bad learning experience. Either I have a substitute the entire year or there seems to be a revolving door of new teachers.
The performing arts department is fantastic. There are some very talented people in the performing arts classes, with an especially involved drama team. These classes have gone on some great trips, one to New York City and another to Great Wolf Lodge in Virginia in the years I have been here.
Unfortunately, the learning environment is less competitive around here than in my previous county. There seems to be no social pressure on kids to perform well and get good grades. As a result, the majority of students in my school don't challenge themselves or do a lot of their work.
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The current school I attend is your average high school, nothing to write home about. The administrators try their best to keep us safe while encouraging us to be the best person we can be and the teachers who work here are dedicated to their jobs and do thir best to teach us the material. Despite this, this county has a favorite high school and they spend a majority of the money there. My school is poorly funded, an example being having a low stock of graphing calculators and having laptops that are on their last leg. Their favorite school however has more calculators and Apple laptops. This county is not lenient on allowing us to use our snow days, but they won't give us a long break in exchange. For example, our spring break is 5 days long, including the weekend and a holiday. Overall, the high school I attend can use more funding and the county needs someone to better spread out the money and knows how to run the schools in a county as a whole.
In my senior year, I moved to Charles County from the Philippines. Due zoning policy, I had to go to North Point High School, and immediately, I began to see what all people were saying about First-World education, and how the facilities are more accommodating for students. Smaller classroom size, better bathrooms, fully equipped science labs, air conditioning all across the building, etc. There was one thing that really surprised me however, and that was the overall feeling I got from this "First-World" education. I noticed that the educational system and way lessons are taught are very repetitive. The sequence would always go: notes, homework, quiz. The same pattern over and over again. There would barely be any work that involves using the things we learned in the real world, there are no tasks challenging a student's critical thinking, and nothing that inspires a student to want to learn more and pursue something.