Prince William County Public Schools
A SILVER PARTNERProviding a world-class education
PWCS is often asked by education officials to share its innovative programs. PWCS led state efforts to develop the Standards of Learning (SOL) for science and was the first school division in Virginia to restructure its curriculum. It also was the first to develop its own performance tests. As a result, the state followed the PWCS model for the SOL testing program.
PWCS programs, administration, staff, and students are often cited as positive models by regional, state, and national organizations. Three years in a row, Prince William County ranked 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.
- International Society for Technology in Education Distinguished District Award, 2020
- National Association of Geoscience Teachers Award, 2020
- National American Civic Education Teacher Awards, 2020
- National Association of Secondary Principals, Digital Principal of the Year, 2020
- Virginia Board of Education Exemplar Performance Awards, 2019, 2020
- National Distinguished Principal, Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals, 2017–20
- Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award, 2006–20
- International DuFour Award, Minnieville Elementary School, 2019
- Administrator of the Year, Virginia Association of School Librarians, 2019
- Virginia Middle School Association “Master in the Middle Awards” Teacher of the Year, 2019
- Award for Excellence in Elementary Science Instruction, Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 2019
- Virginia Society for Technology in Education Coach of the Year Award, 2019
- Virginia Computer Science Teacher of the Year Award, 2019
- National Outstanding Assistant Principal, Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals, 2015–19
- Virginia Board of Education Index of Performance Awards, 2009, 2011, 2015–19
- Virginia Schools to Watch, National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform, 2009–19
- Meritorious Budget Award, Association of School Business Officials, 1997–19
- National School Boards Association Magna Award, 2018
- Northern Virginian of the Year, Fred M. Lynn Middle School Principal, 2018
- Eight teachers named Gold Star Teachers for student performance on Wise Financial Literacy Certification test, 2018
- Washington Post Principal of the Year, 2017, 2018
- Finalists for Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 2016, 2018
- Energy Star Certification, 65 schools cumulative; among top 10 percent in the nation, 2014–18
- Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting, Association of School Business Officials International, 2002–18
DIVERSITY & EQUITY
In Prince William County Public Schools, all students will learn to their fullest potential. The education of each student will be individualized and developmentally appropriate. Student learning will be enhanced by national, global, and multicultural perspectives. Students who graduate from Prince William County Public Schools will possess the basic knowledge and skills that will assure their proficiency in problem solving and the use of technology. Graduates will have a desire to learn and the skills to be lifelong learners. They will be responsible citizens. All graduates will be competent to enter the work world and prepared to pursue advanced educational opportunities.
Providing A World-Class Education means…
- The focus is on all students learning and achieving high standards.
- Instruction is engaging and rigorous.
- Reading and writing literacy is taught in all content areas.
- We support the academic, social, and emotional needs of all students.
- We support the Developmental Assets® for students.
- Schools and offices are inviting, welcoming, and customer oriented.
- We will accomplish our Strategic Plan by working together.
PWCS is committed to inclusive practices and equity to promote excellence for all. As a school community, our commitment to equity will be achieved by:
- Providing all students and staff with access to resources, opportunities, supports and interventions, to ensure that they maximize their abilities and potential.
- Providing all PWCS students and staff with resources and opportunities that align to their unique levels of need, to meet their learning, health, and safety requirements.
- Raising the achievement of all students while working to eliminate learning disparities.
- Assuring all PWCS staff members examine and interrupt beliefs, implicit and explicit biases, policies and/or practices that perpetuate systemic racism and discrimination.
- Engaging parents, guardians, and the community in Division and school programs to build connections, provide support, and foster relationships with the goal of ensuring our institutional, curricular, and instructional practices are more transparent and inclusive, relevant, meaningful, and supportive in the academic and social development of all learners.
- Examining and revising our curricular and teaching practices to ensure that they are culturally relevant and representative of the achievements of our diverse community in order to meet the social and academic needs and expectations of each student.
- Recruiting and retaining staff members who reflect the rich diversity of our community and who work to achieve equity and excellence for all students.
- Preparing all students to succeed in a multicultural, global society by teaching the contributions and viewpoints of all people in culturally relevant curricula.
Who are we?
In Prince William County Public Schools, all students will learn to their fullest potential. The education of each student will be individualized and developmentally appropriate. Student learning will be enhanced by national, global, and multicultural perspectives. Students who graduate from Prince William County Public Schools will possess the basic knowledge and skills that will assure their proficiency in problem-solving and the use of technology. Graduates will have a desire to learn and the skills to be lifelong learners. They will be responsible citizens. All graduates will be competent to enter the work world and prepared to pursue advanced educational opportunities.
PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
14715 Bristow Road,
Manassas, Virginia, 20112
ABOUT OUR SUPERINTENDENT
Dr. LaTanya D. McDade was appointed July 1, 2021, as the Superintendent for Prince William County Public Schools, which is the second-largest Division in Virginia and serves more than 90,000 students. She is the first woman and first African American to serve as Superintendent of the School Division. During her first seven months in office, she launched Vision 2025 Launching Thriving Futures. This ambitious four-year strategic plan serves as a framework for ensuring every student in Prince William County graduates with the knowledge, skills, and habits of mind to create a thriving future for themselves and their community.
Dr. McDade joined the Prince William County learning community with 23 years of experience in Chicago Public Schools, the third largest district in the nation. She is a proven leader and passionate advocate for students. A lifelong educator, Dr. McDade is a former teacher, principal, chief schools’ officer, and district leader.
Dr. McDade previously served as the Chief Education Officer at Chicago Public Schools, where she was charged with overseeing all academic offices, supporting over 340,000 students across 638 schools and ensuring equity and access to high-quality educational opportunities, while managing a $3.4 billion budget.
Under her leadership, Chicago Public Schools increased academic achievement, expanded academic programming, such as Advanced Placement, World and Dual Language, implemented the largest International Baccalaureate network in the nation, increased graduation rates, increased college enrollment and persistence, and reached record low drop-out, suspension, and expulsion rates.
Dr. McDade completed her doctorate in educational leadership and supervision from Lewis University. She holds a master’s degree in leadership and administration from Loyola University and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Chicago State University. She is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Dr. McDade deeply understands school communities and knows how to support their academic growth. She is dedicated to the field of education and passionate about improving the quality of life for all children through a lens of equity. Her mantra, Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.
PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
14715 Bristow Rd.,
Manassas, Virginia 20112
School Hours: M-F: 8:00am – 4:30pm