Charles County Leads in Public Education; Paves Way for Future Talent

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Friday, May 4, 2018

Did you know that Charles County has the third highest public school graduation rate in Maryland? While we aren’t surprised about the quantity and quality of students that are graduating from our excellent school system, we’re proud that the County is leading our state with a healthy pipeline of future employees for local businesses and entrepreneurship opportunities.

Here’s how Charles County schools set up our students (and community) for success:

  • With 21 elementary schools, eight middle schools, seven high schools, and nine private education centers, Charles County boasts a number of quality public education facilities. Several factors (from curriculum to resources) have helped contribute to our high graduation rate, but our exceptionally passionate teachers are certainly the driving force.
  • Our students aren’t the only beneficiaries of our dynamic education system either. Charles County’s business community benefits from the solid stream of students we produce, thanks to the wide range of education programs and public institutions we offer. By creating this highly-educated talent pipeline, the County is ensuring we’re able to meet the labor demands of our local businesses across a range of industries, from federal contracting and business services, to retail and technology.
  • We’re doing more than just educating our children too. We’re preparing these cohorts of talented students for the demands of tomorrow’s workforce. To prepare students, Charles County has embedded Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education into the curriculum from pre-K through grade 12. This foundation helps our students secure some of the many STEM-related jobs available in Charles County and our surrounding region after they graduate. In fact, the Mid-Atlantic corridor (which includes Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia, West Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware) has the greatest concentration of STEM-related industries in the world.
  • After graduation, our students aren’t pigeonholed into one college or one industry for their future. Charles County is close to a number of world class higher education institutions, from Johns Hopkins University to St. Mary's College of Maryland and Georgetown University. For those who don’t immediately proceed to a 4-year college, we offer truly exceptional accredited programs at the College of Southern Maryland.

We’re proud of our education system and we will continue to work tirelessly to ensure we are not only providing students with the tools and techniques they need to succeed when they enter the workforce, but we're also providing businesses with the workforce they need to succeed in the marketplace.

To learn more about Education in Charles County, visit our Education page or contact us at

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