• News Release: Whitehall Elementary Recognized for Excellence in Gifted and Talented Education

    January 18, 2017
    For Immediate Release
    Office of Communications

    UPPER MARLBORO, MD – Whitehall Elementary School in Bowie is the recipient of a 2016 Maryland Excellence in Gifted and Talented Education (EGATE) Award, one of only 10 schools statewide selected for this honor.

    “Whitehall Elementary exemplifies the gold standard of gifted and talented education in our state,” said Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell, Chief Executive Officer for Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS). “It’s important for all students to have educational opportunities that keep them challenged and engaged. We could not be prouder.”

    The EGATE Award recognizes public school programs that offer superior and equitable gifted and talented education. The rigorous application process requires school teams to document how their school’s gifted and talented education program aligns with the Maryland Criteria for Excellence: Gifted and Talented Education Program Guidelines.

    Whitehall joins 14 other PGCPS schools that have received this award in the past:  

    • Accokeek Academy (2012-2013)

    • Calverton Elementary School (2015-2016)

    • Capitol Heights Elementary School (2013-2014)

    • Glenarden Woods Elementary School (2012-2013)

    • Greenbelt Elementary School (2014-2015)

    • Greenbelt Middle School (2013-2014)

    • Heather Hills Elementary School (2012-2013)

    • Kenmoor Middle School (2015-2016)

    • Mattaponi Elementary School (2013-2014)

    • Montpelier Elementary School (2011-2012)

    • Rockledge Elementary School (2012-2013)

    • University Park Elementary School (2015-2016)

    • Valley View Elementary School (2011-2012)

    • Walker Mill Middle School (2011-2012)

    This year’s new EGATE schools will be honored during Maryland’s Gifted and Talented Education Month at a reception and awards ceremony on Feb. 16 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at North County High School in Glen Burnie. The schools will receive a citation from Gov. Larry Hogan and an EGATE banner to display on their school buildings and websites. In addition, schools  will be honored during a Maryland State Board of Education meeting, host celebratory visits from members of the Maryland Advisory Council for Gifted and Talented Education and serve as models and resources to other schools working to achieve EGATE status.

    For more information about the PGCPS Talented and Gifted program, visit http://www1.pgcps.org/tag/.

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    Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS), one of the nation's 25 largest school districts, has 208 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.