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United States Air Force
Andrews School Liaison
1191 Menoher Drive
Military & Family Support Center
Andrews AFB, MD 20762
Each installation provides information about the types of schools and programs offered on or near your installation for your child. Learn about the types of programs, guidelines and requirements for each school. Whether you choose to send your child to a Department of Defense School, a private school or public school, your installation can help you explore all of your options to make the right decision for you and your child.
There are no DODEA schools on JB Andrews or anywhere in the immediate National Capital Region.
The school system serving Joint Base Andrews is Prince George's County Public Schools. Joint Base Andrews has one elementary, one middle, and one high school serving as primary feeder schools. Review the Prince George's County Public Schools website for detailed information.
Private schools in the Metropolitan Area are too numerous to list and can be costly.
The school system serving JB Andrews is Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS). PGCPS is Maryland's second largest school system and the nation's 18th largest district with projected enrollment of 132,000, the system is among the largest and most diverse in the nation. Information about before/after school programs, exceptional children programs, services for children with special needs, school sports, meals and the grading scale can be viewed on the PGCPS website. The boundary/assigned schools for families living on Joint Base Andrews are Francis T. Evans Elementary, Stephen Decatur Middle School and Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School. For families living elsewhere in Prince Georges County you may find the assigned school for your address at by using the PGCPS SCHOOL FINDER.
JB Andrews is fortunate to have a Public Charter School located on base. Imagine Andrews Public Charter School supports students in grades K-8. Admission to Imagine Andrews is governed by placement lottery with 65% of school seats dedicated to military families assigned to and living on JB Andrews or living within Prince Georges County and 35% of seats open to all other K-8 student residents in Prince Georges County. Open Lottery period dates and instructions for participating in the military student lottery can be found on IMAGINE ANDREWS web page. Please note the 65/35% available seat split applies only to the Public Charter School located on JB Andrews.
PGCPS also offers alternative means within the existing public school system to provide innovative learning opportunities and creative educational approaches to fulfill educational objectives for students. Specialty programs provide a range of learning or unique subjects, activities and/or learning opportunities as an enhancement of choice for our community. Program choices include Biotechnology, Creative and Performing Arts, French Immersion, Montessori, Science and Technology and Talented and Gifted. Through the PGCPS lottery process, parents and students have an opportunity to secure an available seat in one of the Specialty Programs (SP) established in selected schools throughout the county. Space limitations require that admission to the Program/School be governed by a random placement lottery and admissions to programs outside JB Andrews are open to all K-8 resident students in Prince George’s County (PGC). PGCPS Specialty Programs have specific boundaries and all school assignments through lottery are based upon a student’s home address. Parents may apply to more than one lottery. For more information and current lottery timeframes visit PGCPS Lottery for Specialty Programs
In addition to the SP lottery there are also other district Public Charter Schools available; enrollment is also based on PGCPS lottery and all PGC resident students including military may participate. Public Charter schools are nonsectarian, chosen by parents for their children, are open to all students on a space available basis, and operate with the approval of the Board of Education. Public Charter Schools do not have an attendance area boundary and families may select their school(s) of choice directly on the lottery application, regardless of residence. Parents may apply for more than one Charter School through the lottery however if they receive more than one seat they are given a short period of time to select the school they want; the other seats are then given to next student on associated lottery list. Please visit PGCPS Charter Schools for more information. For more information and current lottery timeframes visit their Charter School Lottery For more information and current lottery timeframes. Transportation to and from charter schools is not provided by PGCPS. Charter Schools may opt to offer transportation at cost to the parent. Transportation is the sole responsibility of the parent.
Parents may also elect to participate in Home Schooling in a number of ways. Families who choose to home school their children must complete and submit a Home Schooling Notification Form to Prince George's County Public notifying the school system of their intent and listing each child being instructed in this manner. For additional information on homeschool requirements please refer to the Southern Maryland Homeschooling website.
Joint Base Andrews School Liaison
The Joint Base Andrews community has a School Liaison Officer (SLO) available to assist DOD families of employees assigned to Joint Base Andrews with issues or questions concerning schools in Prince Georges County, MD. Your School Liaison Officer is co-located with the Military & Family Support Center staff at 1191 Menoher Drive. You can reach the Joint Base Andrews School Liaison at DSN 312.858.7087 or TEL 301.981.7087. Please contact the School Liaison if you have questions or concerns related to public, private or home school needs.
Families choosing to live in VA may contact the Army SLOs at Ft Belvoir, VA TEL: 703.805.9119, DSN: 312.655.9119.
Families choosing to live in D.C. may contact the School Liaison at JB Bolling 202.767.0450.
There is also a School Liaison at the Pentagon Military & Family Support Center Tel 703.693.9460.
*The Military School Liaisons assigned to the National Capital Region work together to support all branches of the military
Children residing in the Joint Base Andrews community are bussed to public schools within the Prince George's County (PGC) area. Parents are responsible for providing transportation to all charter schools including Imagine Andrews. Transportation for children residing off-base in PGC falls under PGCPS Administrative Procedure 3541 - Student Transportation which states: Regular middle and high school students are eligible for transportation if they reside two (2) miles or more from their assigned school, elementary school students residing one and one-half miles (1 ½) or more from their assigned school, and students for whom unsafe walking conditions exist (as determined by the Director of Transportation or their designee and the Prince George’s County Police Department, Special Operations Division). The Transportation Office works closely with Special Education staff to meet the transportation needs of students with special needs.
Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
Every public school in Prince Georges County has a parent and teacher organization. Meetings are held monthly. Call 301-262-7382 or visit the school website for more information.
School Uniform Policy
Prince Georges County requires School Uniforms in both Public and Charter Schools. Individual School Uniforms may vary in color and wear policy. Please check with your school of choice for additional information on uniform requirements.
All of our elementary schools in Prince George's County attend ALL DAY kindergarten.
Maryland State Department of Education currently does not require students to attend Pre-K however it is offered at some Elementary schools for lower income families; some Junior Ranking military families may qualify and if interested should check with their local elementary school.
** JB Andrews Child Development Centers (CDCs) provide preschool children enriching experiences that support all areas of development as well as age appropriate content area skills.