Over the past few years, Prince George’s County has quietly amassed
the largest cluster of charter schools in the Washington suburbs.
Three of the independently run, publicly funded schools opened this
school year in Prince George’s, bringing the county’s total to seven.
That is the highest concentration in Maryland outside of Baltimore.
The growth is a sign that charter schools are a key component in
Prince George’s Superintendent William R. Hite Jr.’s efforts to expand
the county’s menu of education options.
“I support the expansion of quality schools, that’s regardless of the
type of school,” Hite said. “It’s all about more choices for our
Although the charter sector is booming in the District, Northern
Virginia has no charter schools. Montgomery County approved one last
year, but it is not yet in operation. A few other charter schools are
scattered in Frederick, Anne Arundel and St. Mary’s counties.