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About Charles County Public Schools

Charles County Public Schools is one of the fastest growing school systems in Maryland. Fast Facts provides a snapshot of the school system.

Located south of Washington, D.C., Charles County is considered part of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Charles County has a population of 154,747 and is located in Southern Maryland. Elementary schools are composed of students from prekindergarten to grade five; middle schools have students from sixth to eighth grade; and high schools serve students in grades nine through twelve.


The mission of Charles County Public Schools is to provide an opportunity for all school-aged children to receive an academically challenging, quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares for life, in an environment that is safe and conducive to learning.


Charles County Public Schools is composed of 36 schools and four educational centers.

  • 21 Elementary Schools
  • 8 Middle Schools
  • 7 High Schools
  • 4 Centers:
    • F.B. Gwynn Educational Center
    • Robert D. Stethem Educational Center
    • Nanjemoy Creek Environmental Center
    • Adult Education Program at Lifelong Learning Center


Student Demographics

Percentages based on enrollment as of September 30, 2014. (2014-15 school year)

Class Sizes

Charles County Public Schools monitors class size. The following are the average number of students in each grade. The average of all classes throughout the county derives this number. (Averages are from the 2010-11 school year.)

The average elementary class size, grades prekindergarten through 5, for the 2010-11 school year is 23 students.


Charles County Public Schools employs 3,481 people. There are 2,014 teachers, 1,140 support staff, 89 technical employees and 238 administrators. More than 80 percent of staff reside in Charles County.


Charles County's 276 buses travel 34,000 miles daily, which adds up to 6.1 million miles per year. Most students ride a school bus at some time, and 23,199 students ride daily. In Charles County, 27 independent contractors provide the school bus services for Charles County Public Schools. The bus routes run two times each evening; however, dismissal times vary at each school.

Money Matters

The operating budget for the 2016 fiscal year is $334.2 million. The county provides about 49.7 percent of the school system’s budget. This year county contributions total about $166.1 million. The remaining money comes from state, federal and other sources. A copy of the full budget is posted here.


  • Superintendent of Schools - Kimberly A Hill, Ed.D.
  • Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Business - Paul T. Balides
  • Assistant Superintendent of Instruction - Amy L. Hollstein
  • Assistant Superintendent of School Administration - Sylvia A. Lawson
  • Assistant Superintendent of Supporting Services - Keith A. Hettel

Board of Education

A seven-member elected Board of Education serves the educational needs and interests of Charles County. The Board provides direction for and establishes educational policy for Charles County Public Schools. One student, who is selected by a committee, also serves on the Board. The student gives an opinion vote on most matters before the Board. Board members serve four-year terms. The next election is November 2018.  

Board Members are:
  • Virginia R. McGraw, chairman
  • Michael Lukas, vice chairman
  • Jennifer S. Abell
  • Mark Crawford
  • Victoria T. Kelly
  • Margaret T. Marshall
  • Barbara S. Palko
  • Alton Pearson Benson, Student Member

Test Scores



Census Information

QuickFacts from the Census Bureau.

Student Accountability

 Maryland School Assessment results

MSDE Report Card information for Charles County Public Schools.

To view state test score results, by school, click here.

Click here to view the 2014 report for Charles County Public Schools.

Fast Facts

36 elementary, middle and high
Four educational centers


(largest employer in Charles County)

$334.2 million

Superintendent of Schools
Kimberly A. Hill, Ed.D.

Administrative Offices
Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building
5980 Radio Station Road
La Plata, MD 20646

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 2770
La Plata, MD 20646

Important Numbers
301-932-6610; 301-870-3814 (main)
301-932-6651 (Fax)


24-hour Information Line

Educational Television Stations
Comcast Channel 96
Verizon FiOS Channel 12

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