Prince William County Public Schools is a Virginia School Division with its headquarters in the Kelly Leadership Center situated in Prince William County, Virginia, United States of America. It is the second largest school division in Virginia enrolling around 81,635 students in the 2011-2012 school year and is the fourth largest school system in the Washington Metropolitan Area. Prince William County Public Schools is a strong and thriving school community that focuses on teaching and learning, enhanced by professional learning. PWCS offers academic specialty programs at the elementary, middle, and high school level with enhanced curriculum, state-of-the-art technology infrastructure and multicultural programs. PWCS, its programs, staff, administration, and students are often cited as positive models by regional, state, and national organizations. Prince William County ranks among the Nation’s 100 Best Communities for Young People by America’s Promise Alliance and ING. “The Washington Post” High School Challenge ranks PWCS high schools among the top 9% in the nation. 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.
The instructional programs are implemented in PWCS through the curriculum, a planned, systematic approach to instruction that outlines the knowledge and skills to be taught in each subject at each grade level in all schools. The kindergarten curriculum includes mathematics, language arts, science, and social studies. The curriculum for grades 1–5 emphasizes language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science. The middle schools incorporate grades 6–8 and receive concentrated instruction in mathematics, language arts, science, and social studies. High school students are offered a full range of courses in the core areas of language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. Each student must complete a course on economics and personal finance before graduation. The Virtual High School at PWCS offers a variety of online courses to earn high school credit including language arts, health and physical education, social studies, science, business, math, and foreign/world languages are offered in fall, spring, and summer sessions. Sixteen elementary schools in PWCS currently have specialty programs which include World Languages Elementary Specialty Programs, Elementary Mathematics and Science Programs and International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programs. Nine middle schools in Prince William County offer specialty program, Middle School Mathematics and Science Program which is an intensive program in mathematics and science, International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program, Traditional Schools and Middle School World Languages Program in French and Spanish. Each high school in Prince William County offers a specialty program through the Biotechnology Center, Cambridge Programme, Center for Environmental and Natural Sciences, Center for the Fine and Performing Arts, Center for Information Technology, Center for International Studies and Languages and International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.
In addition to providing quality education, the Prince William County Public Schools also makes sure that the students have a thriving college life. The students are encouraged to get involved on several campus activities in various areas. Prince William County Public Schools provide good food facilities with breakfast and lunch are available daily in all schools offering students nutritious, enjoyable, high-quality meals and food items. The School Division’s School Age Child Care program provides before- and after-school care at several elementary schools as well as vacation camps for students in K–5. The Coordinated School Health Services program promotes student and staff health and safety. Prince William County Public Schools also provides transportation facility within the area. Prince William County Public Schools honors schools as Schools of Excellence are based on a variety of criteria, such as performance targets, Virginia Wellness Tests, adequate yearly progress, school attendance rates; and parent, student, and teacher satisfaction. PWCS also considers safety and health at schools through its programs such as Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, Wellness Plan, Safe Schools Advisory Council, Health Communities and Healthy Youth Council. Prince William County provides an "alternative" school service for what they consider as "troubled teens". Students who become pregnant, sell or use drugs, write graffiti, have general behavioral issues or are prone to violence are usually sent to learn together in the same facility, regardless of their base school. The PACE program targets students with more extreme cases of psychological issues.
One of the oldest institutions of higher learning in the United States, Prince William County Public Schools is located in a suburban community linked to the Washington metropolitan area, yet has an appreciation for its own history, natural features, and rural roots. PWCPS currently enrolls over 85,000 students through a total of 93 schools which include 57 elementary schools, 16 middle schools, 11 high schools, 3 special education schools, 2 each of alternative and traditional schools and one special site and academic year governor’s school. The students are welcomed not only from all over the state but from the whole wide world as well. PWCPS promotes equal opportunity for all potential and current students and employees not discriminating against any individual on the basis of sex, race, national origin, color, political affiliation, religion, veteran status, sexual orientation, age, or disability status. Admission is open to undergrads, grads, international, transfer, non-traditional and those who just want to take a class here and there to stay sharp. With so much to offer and that too at a reasonable price, Prince William County Public Schools has been one of the most sought after schools for a long time. Detailed and current information is available on the schools website.