Providing high quality public education for University District children will attract and retain more residents, including UMD staff, while preparing them to be excellent students who will achieve in school, in college and beyond.

GOALS
ACCOMPLISHMENTS
2018 WORK PLAN
2017 WORK PLAN
COMMITTEE MEMBERS
2016 WORK PLAN



2020 VISION GOALS

UMD faculty, staff and others move to College Park so their children can attend local schools.


ACCOMPLISHMENTS TO DATE

  • UMD Partnership with Paint Branch Elementary School provided the first Chinese Language instruction for elementary students in Prince George’s County
  • College Park Academy, a rigorous college prep middle and high school, opened 2013 and moved into a brand new building in the Discovery District in fall 2017.
  • New local boundary area for College Park Academy. Students living in the boundaries of these six area elementary schools will comprise at least 35 percent of the students admitted: Berwyn Heights, Cherokee Lane, Hollywood, Paint Branch, Riverdale, University Park. This should provide assurance to local families applying to College Park Academy.
  • New Childcare and Pre-K coming to College Park. UMD-backed daycare is set to move into the Calvert Road School site. Another provider is locating in North College Park.
  • K-12 Schools Survey completed


2018 Work Plan

  • College Park Academy: Continue to assist as needed in promoting the new local boundary preference area. Partnership supporting and promoting.
  • Explore a K-5 school. Explore adding a K-5, junior CPA in College Park with CPA, the Children’s Guild and others, informed by the survey. Partnership leading and supporting.
  • Implement strategies based on the findings of a “Consumer survey” of College Park area public schools. The Partnership worked in 2017 with a consulting firm and key stakeholders to assess, analyze and understand more precisely what parents want in our local public schools. We will use the comprehensive survey and focus group data to help us as we work with both the Prince George’s County Public Schools and with the University to bring greater partnerships between the two locally. Partnership leading; City and University supporting.
  • Catalog, Package, and Promote Local College Park schools. The Partnership will work to create a brochure on local schools serving College Park residents similar to its Smart Place to Live brochure, promoting local neighborhoods. It will also create a one-stop shop webpage for parents looking for information on local schools on its website. This effort will both inform parents about all the successes and successful programs in our schools like those currently being administered by the University of Maryland – and connect them to useful school resources. Partnership leading and promoting.
  • Before and After School Programs. The Partnership will explore increasing options for before- and after-school programs for College Park students.
  • PGCPS School Construction: In 2015, PGCPS released its Master Plan for rehabbing schools and for new construction. The plan calls for two new middle schools and one new high school in the northern part of the county. The Partnership will continue to monitor these developments. Partnership promoting.
  • Child Care/PreK in College Park: Support the City and University as construction begins on a new child care/Pre-K center at the Calvert Road school site. Assist the expansion of pre-K throughout the City with providers looking to locate in the City. Partnership supporting and promoting.


2017 Work Plan

  •  College Park Academy: Assist as needed in promoting the new, permanent, home for College Park Academy in M Square, and in the establishment of a catchment area for the school. Once established assist as needed in promoting the school to campus and community. Partnership supporting and promoting.
  • “Consumer survey” of College Park area public schools. The Partnership will work with a consulting firm and key stakeholders to assess, analyze and understand more precisely what parents want in our local public schools. Comprehensive survey data will help us as we work with both the Prince George’s County Public Schools and with the University to bring greater partnerships between the two locally. Partnership leading; City and University supporting.
  • University Programming in Local Schools: Based on the results of the “education survey” above, work with the Partnership’s Education committee on increasing University related project based enhancements in local schools. Partnership promoting.
  • Explore options for marketing local College Park public schools. This effort can help create a more positive reputation for the schools serving our local families by showcasing all the successes and successful programs in our schools like those currently being administered by the University of Maryland. Partnership leading and promoting.
  • PGCPS School Construction: In 2015, PGCPS released its Master Plan for rehabbing schools and for new construction. The plan calls for two new middle schools and one new high school in the northern part of the county. The Partnership will monitor these developments. Partnership promoting.
  • Child Care/PreK in College Park: Support the City and University as they negotiate to renovate space to be in a position to open a child care/Pre-K center at the Calvert Road school site. Assist the expansion of pre-K throughout the City with a potential provider looking to locate in the City. Partnership supporting and promoting.

Committee Members

Chair: Donna Wiseman
Partnership Board members: Jim Rosapepe and Maxine Gross
City Council members: Robert Day and Monroe Dennis
County (School Board): Lupi Grady
City: Carolyn Bernache (Chair of City’s Education Advisory Committee) and Denise Mitchell (former Chair of City’s Education Advisory Committee and College Park Academy Board member)
University: Donna Wiseman and Helene Cohen
Ex-Officious: Jim Rosapepe, Carlo Colella, Patrick Wojahn, Dannielle Glaros, Mary Lehman, Scott Somers, SGA Representative, GSG Representative


2016 Work Plan

  • College Park Academy: Assist as needed in making a permanent home for College Park Academy, and in the establishment of a catchment area for the school.
  • University Programming in Local Schools: Increase University related project based enhancements in local schools.
  • Promote current programs being administered by UMD in local PGCPS schools.
  • PGCPS School Construction: In 2015, PGCPS released its Master Plan for rehabbing schools and for new construction. The plan calls for two new middle schools and one new high school in the northern part of the county. The Partnership will monitor these developments.
  • “Consumer survey” of College Park area public schools. The Partnership will work with key stakeholders to assess, analyze and understand more precisely what parents want in our local public schools. Comprehensive survey data will help us as we work with both the Prince George’s County Public Schools and with the University to bring greater partnerships between the two locally.
  • Child Care/PreK in College Park: Pursue a path forward together with the City and University to renovate space to be in a position to open a child care/Pre-K center at the Calvert Road school site, if that is agreed upon by the City and University.
Education Committee
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