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City, UMD to Start Elementary School in College Park

At tomorrow’s worksession, the council will discuss City-University Partnership’s proposal to launch a Pre-K to 6 elementary school.

The new school will be built off the success of the College Park Academy (CPA) in 2013 – a public charter middle and high school for Prince George’s County students that is one of the most advanced middle schools in the country.

The hope is that the full-day kindergarten and mixed grade 1st and 2nd grade classes, or the part-time project-based learning classes, would be hosted in one or more local public elementary schools, while the pre-K portion would be located at the old Calvert Road School, if the building becomes available for this purpose.

The program will integrate a program similar to that of the University of Maryland’s Center for Young Children (CYC), which is a highly sought after, innovative, project based learning program. The kindergarten through sixth grade element will be free to parents, and would be opt-in by child through the Prince George’s County Public School system.

The pre-kindergarten component will be fee-for-service; parents of three and four year olds will pay a rate set by the market for preschool unless their child is four years old and their family is at 200 percent of the poverty level, in which case the program will receive funds from Maryland State Department of Education through pre-K expansion grants.

The Council will discuss the proposal and will consider a letter of support for the proposed school.

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