Additional details about Prince William County Public Schools are available in the Profile of Excellence (PDF) and Information Guide (PDF)

PWCS offers:

  • Academic specialty programs at the elementary, middle, and high school levels;
  • Access to two Governor’s Schools;
  • Groundbreaking initiatives to further student health and safety, in the classroom and on the playing field;
  • Ongoing teacher development, including a mentor program for new teachers and opportunities for continued growth through strong partnerships with area universities;
  • Age-appropriate robotics programs in every school;
  • Energy conservation efforts that earned EPA certification in 60 schools; 
  • Nationally ranked technology use and instruction;
  • A health and wellness program for students and staff; and
  • Pioneering use of instruction in areas such as language, technology, and career-readiness to prepare students for lifelong success. 

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.


Additional Highlights:

  • In the approved FY 2019 budget, the basic program cost-per-pupil is about $11,875.
  • 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.
  • The PWCS Class of 2019 graduates were awarded more than $76 million in scholarships.
  • PWCS exceeds the Virginia average with a 93% on-time graduation rate.