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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  7. Administration
    C+
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Charles County Public Schools is an above average, public school district located in La Plata, MD. It has 26,390 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.
About Charles County Public Schools...
Address
5980 Radio Station Road
La Plata, MD 20646
Telephone
(301) 932-6610
Website

Charles County Public Schools Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
38%
Percent Proficient - Math
40%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1090
1,228 responses
Average ACT
22
640 responses

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
26,390
Free or Reduced Lunch
35.9%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$61,984
Teachers in First/Second Year
8.4%

Finances

Total Expenses
$393,920,000
Expenses Per Student
$14,698/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    58%
  • Support Services
    39%
  • Other
    3%

Charles County Public Schools Reviews

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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.
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Charles County Public School System is a constant changing educational system that does not appeal to modern day teaching and refuses to stay as technologically advanced as surrounding counties. The greatest concern that myself as well as many other students and also parents is the Educators themselves. Our Educators get tiresome of the curriculum that the state has introduced and have very habitual within their teaching habits. Also, Charles County Public Schools seems to not extensively check on who they decide to hire because the School System has had several complaints of discrimination and other criminal acts performed by the teachers.
As a parent, since enrolling my daughter in public schools 4 years ago from private schools in Washington, DC., I've noticed that the teachers are more attentive than the schools in urban areas. Overall, I would say the teachers and administrators are dedicated to the education and well being of their students. Like all districts we have had some issues with teachers abusing their authority but we as a community have moved forward and are helping our children grow and flourish in spite of the circumstances. The superintendent is very vocal and communicates quickly when issues arise, not only with the problem but with a solution as to how it will be handled. My only disparaging remark is about school lunches. My child hasn't had a nutritional meal since attending public schools in Charles County. We really need to do better with providing healthier alternatives for our children. For some it may be the only meal they receive daily.