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Charles County Public Schools is one of the fastest growing school systems in Maryland.  Located south of Washington, D.C., Charles County is considered part of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Charles County has a population of more than 170,000 residents 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 38 schools and 6 educational centers.

  • 22 Elementary Schools
  • 9 Middle Schools
  • 7 High Schools
  • 6 Centers:
    • Early Learning Center, La Plata
    • F.B. Gwynn Educational Center
    • James E. Richmond Science Center
    • Judy Center
    • Nanjemoy Creek Environmental Center
    • Robert D. Stethem Educational Center


CCPS enrollment for the 2023-2024 school year is 27,765. 

2023-24 Official Enrollment



2020-21 Official Enrollment

2019-20 Official Enrollment

Student Demographics

2022-23 official Enrollment by Race


2020-21 Official Enrollment by Race

2019-20 Official Enrollment by race

2018-19 Enrollment by race


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, 26 independent contractors provide the school bus services for Charles County Public Schools. CCPS owns and operates four buses for out-of-county student transportation.

Money Matters

The operating budget for the 2024 fiscal year is $480 million. The county provides about 45% of the school system’s budget. 

CCPS Budget webpage


  • Superintendent of Schools - Maria V. Navarro, Ed.D.
  • Chief of Teaching and Learning - Kevin E. Lowndes
  • Chief of Schools - Marvin L. Jones, Ed.D.
  • Chief Financial Officer - Karen M. Acton
  • Chief Human Resources Officer- Nikial M. Majors
  • Chief of Instructional Technology - Charmaine T. Thompson
  • Chief of Operations and Supporting Services - Michael L. Heim

Board of Education

A nine-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.

Board Members

  • Yonelle Moore Lee, Esq.,  chairperson
  • Nicole M. Kreamer, vice chairperson
  • Dottery Butler-Washington
  • David Hancock
  • Michael K. Lukas
  • Jamila Smith
  • Brenda Thomas
  • Samichie K. Thomas
  • Linda Warren
  • Student Member, Treasure Perkins

Student Accountability

Suspension code definitions

2022-23 School Year

Suspensions Archive

2021-22 School Year

2020-21 School Year 

2019-20 school year

2018-19 School Year

Maryland School Assessment Results

MSDE Report Card for Charles County Public Schools

MSDE state test score results, by school

Fast Facts

Superintendent of Schools
 Maria V. Navarro, 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
Main: 301-932-6610 
TTY: 301-392-7579
Fax: 301-932-6651
Spanish Hotline:
24-hour Information Line: 


Educational Television Stations
Comcast Channel 96
Verizon FiOS Channel 12

38 schools
6 educational centers


(second largest employer in Charles County)
Teachers: 2,091
Support: 1,266
Technical: 135
Administrators: 263
Total: 3,755

$480 million