Academy of Health Sciences Receives Highest Rating on Maryland School Report Card

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Article by: Office of Communications and Marketing

For Immediate Release

Academy of Health Sciences Receives Highest Rating
on Maryland School Report Card

LARGO, Md. (Dec. 7, 2018) – Academy of Health Sciences (AHS) at Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) received the highest rating statewide – five stars – on the Maryland State Department of Education 2018-19 Maryland School Report Card.

It’s been seven years since AHS opened as a partnership between PGCC and Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS), providing students the opportunity to receive both a high school diploma and an associate degree. Though the school started with a focus on pathways into health sciences careers, in 2017, the Teacher Preparation Academy was added as a pathway to earn an Associate of Arts in Teaching.

“The Academy of Health Sciences continues to exceed expectations and reaffirm its value to the students and families in Prince George’s County,” said PGCC President Dr. Charlene M. Dukes. “We implemented a program that creates pathways to a college degree for our most vulnerable students and this report is proof that it’s working.”

The report, which was released Tuesday, December 4, 2018, depicts the state of Maryland schools and school systems, and is the most comprehensive report in state history.

The report card discloses each school’s ability to meet the requirements for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), using key performance indicators to score and tally the results for each school. The Academy of Health Sciences is the only high school in Prince George’s County to achieve a five-star rating.

“I am proud of the Academy of Health Sciences and the continuing high achievement of its students and teachers,” said PGCPS Interim CEO Dr. Monica Goldson. “Every student deserves a five-star school and we will learn from our top performers to help every school get there.”

"This achievement is the culmination of years of an incredible partnership,” said AHS Principal Dr. Kathy Richard Andrews. “It reflects the dedication and hard work of our superb faculty and staff, and most importantly, the commitment of our amazing students and their families to academic excellence.”

About Prince George’s Community College
Named a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance designated by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security (2015-2020), Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) provides high-quality education and training for the progressive and career-oriented residents of Prince George’s County. From new high school graduates and career seekers to more seasoned professionals and senior citizens looking to enhance their skillsets, PGCC is comprised of students who represent a wide range of ages, backgrounds, and goals. Serving nearly 40,000 individuals annually, the college is the first choice for higher education for residents of Prince George’s County. Collaborative partnerships, responsive degree and training programs, and a commitment to student success enable PGCC to address diverse education and workforce development demands. For more information, visit the college website at Prince George’s Community College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104; (267-284-5000); The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation. 

Prince George’s County Public Schools
Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS), one of the nation's 25 largest school districts, has 207 schools and centers, more than 130,000 students and nearly 19,000 employees. The school system serves a diverse student population from urban, suburban and rural communities located in the Washington, DC suburbs. PGCPS is nationally recognized for innovative programs and initiatives that provide students with unique learning opportunities, including arts integration, environmental and financial literacy, and language immersion.