|INFORMATION GUIDE — Guía de Información
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Thank you for your interest in Prince William County Public Schools, a strong and thriving school community. This guide provides an introduction to the World-Class Education offered to our students. The guide also highlights various programs the School Division has developed to help meet the needs and spark the interests of students. Our rich diversity and our commitment to providing multiple avenues of opportunity make our schools special. For detailed information about these and all other aspects of PWCS, please go to our Web site, pwcs.edu, or call or visit one of our schools.
School employees are deeply committed to ensuring that each student has the opportunity to reach his or her potential. Guided by our School Board and supported by our dedicated staff, PWCS strives to meet the individual needs of students to support their success.
Whether you are a parent, community resident, or a business professional, there is a place for you to get involved with PWCS. We have a wonderful program for volunteers and a myriad of opportunities for business partnerships with schools. Parents, I particularly encourage you to participate in your child’s education and school activities. Involved parents and guardians are vital to student success. Together, we will prepare our children for the future and continue our journey toward World-Class schools.
Dr. Steven L. Walts
Superintendent of Schools
Providing A World-Class Education means…
• The focus is on teaching and learning, enhanced by professional learning communities.
• All students achieve high standards.
• Instruction is engaging and rigorous.
• Reading and writing literacy is taught in all content areas.
• There is a sense of belonging – including all students.
• We support the Developmental AssetsTM for students.*
• Schools and offices are inviting, welcoming, and customer-oriented.
• We will accomplish our Strategic Plan by working together.
* The Search InstituteSM has developed “Developmental Assets™” that are 40 common sense, positive experiences and qualities that help influence choices young people make and help them become caring, responsible adults.
• Academic specialty programs at the elementary, middle, and high school level;
• Access to two different Governor’s Schools;
• Enhanced curriculum;
• Teacher-guided curriculum committees;
• A multicultural program;
• A health and wellness program;
• A state-of-the-art technology infrastructure; and
• Pioneering use of instructional support teams.
PWCS is repeatedly asked by the Virginia Department of Education to share its innovative programs with other school divisions. PWCS led state efforts to develop the Standards of Learning (SOL) for science and was the first school division in Virginia to restructure its curriculum. In addition, the School Division was the first to develop its own performance tests. As a result, the state followed the PWCS model for the SOL testing program.
PWCS, its programs, administration, staff, and students are often cited as positive models by regional, state, and national organizations. For instance, in 2010, 2011, and 2012 Prince William County was named one of the Nation’s 100 Best Communities for Young People by America’s Promise Alliance and ING. “The Washington Post” High School Challenge has ranked PWCS high schools among the top 8% in the nation.
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Coordinated School Health Services Program
School Age Child Care (SACC)
• In the approved FY 2013 budget, the basic program cost-per-pupil is $10,329.
• All schools and the School Division are accredited by the AdvancED Accreditation Commission, the national commission that confers the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement accreditation seal.
• All eligible PWCS schools are accredited by the Virginia Board of Education.
• Nearly $28 million in scholarships were awarded to the Class of 2012.
• The PWCS on time graduation rate is nearly 90% for first-time freshman entering high school during 2008–09. This is above the state average of 88%.
• In 2012, 84.3% of high school graduates planned to pursue post-secondary education.
Office of Community and Business Engagement and SPARK
Prince William County residents have always been supportive of educational programs. Many local businesses encourage their employees to volunteer as tutors and mentors in after-school programs. The Office of Community and Business Engagement supports the more than 1,000 school-to-business partnerships that thrive in all 93 PWCS schools and oversees SPARK, the PWCS Education Foundation (an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization).