That first lightbulb moment in the classroom gives way to a lifetime of discovery. Bright futures begin at Charles County’s celebrated public schools. Our outstanding quality of life and motivated community members create an atmosphere of achievement. Our students maintain some of the highest graduation rates in the State of Maryland. Explore our excellence here.

Charles County Public Schools comprise 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

Charles County Public Schools offer a balanced curriculum, equipping students with the critical thinking and communication skills essential to success. Our schools address the demand for a future-focused workforce, emphasizing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), cyber security, robotics, and coding.

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) is a regionally-accredited community college offering a variety of learning options, student services, and workforce development support. Designed in response to workforce needs, CSM’s programs in computer science, cyber security, homeland security, and information systems keep the talent pipeline primed for success.

The University of Maryland Extension comprises the off-campus educational arm of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Access to world-class universities within an hour’s reach lends itself to limitless learning:

  • Georgetown University
  • George Washington University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Mary Washington University
  • Southern Maryland Higher Education Center
  • St. Mary's College of Maryland
  • University of Maryland College Park



A motivated community fosters an atmosphere of achievement.




Views from Charles

Empowering Black Businesses and Entrepreneurs

Published: Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Black History Month is a time for us to reflect on the past, present, and future of Black free enterprise and its influence on the U.S. business landscape and economy. African American business ...

“Charles County is a great central location for us to have access to all of our customers. We do business with NSWC Carderock, Naval Research Laboratory, NAWCAD Patuxent River, NSWC Dahlgren, and Indian Head Naval Support Facility, to name a few.”

Scott Decker
Director of Operations

Cardinal Scientific

“We are proud to be a key part of Charles County’s future and we heartily encourage other, cutting-edge companies to join us.”

Doug Egan
Chief Executive Officer
Competitive Power Ventures

“Charles County is where we started our company and where we grew and expanded. We now operate our managed print and managed IT solutions in five states and provide custom apps all around the globe. Our headquarters is still in Charles County, an excellent place to conduct business and recruit highly skilled individuals for our ever growing team!"

Joshua Justice

Just Tech


“We are proud to be a key part of Charles County’s future and we heartily encourage other, cutting-edge companies to join us.”

Katharine Tate
 Executive Director of Provider Engagement and Community Relations

Righttime Medical Care

“Charles County is a great place for businesses to start, grow, and thrive! We've worked with over 100 businesses since we opened our doors in Charles County, and I've witnessed the majority of these businesses achieve all three.”

Darlene M. Breck


Southern Maryland Business Center

“Charles County is a great place to do business because of the passion of the business community and the residents who strive to make it the best that it can be."

Andrew W. Welburn


The Welburn Organization