• PGCPS Specialty Programs


    For the 2017-2018 School Year:

    • The Preliminary SAT (PSAT 8/9) will be used as part of the entrance criteria for Specialty Programs: 3D Scholars, Science and Technology, Academy of Health Sciences, and Aerospace Engineering and Aviation Technology.
    • Testing will occur for grade 8 students the week of December 4, 2017 at their boundary school. ALL PGCPS grade 8 students will be considered for Science and Technology as well as for the Aerospace Engineering and Aviation Technology program. 
    • PGCPS grade 8 students must still apply for the Health Sciences and the Teacher Preparation Programs at Prince George's Community College.
    • Non-PGCPS students who take the PSAT 8/9 at their private schools between September and November of 2017 may use these scores for the application.
    • College Board regulations state that students may not sit for the PSAT 8/9 more than one time within a six month time period.
    • Private school, home-schooled, and PGCPS grade 9 students who submit an application will take the assessment on December 2, 2017.  
    • 8th grade students currently enrolled in PGCPS DO NOT pay for the PSAT 8/9.
    Prince George's County Public School High School Specialty Programs Include:
    • 3D Scholars
    • Science and Technology 
    • Academies @ PGCC (Health Sciences and Teacher Preparation)
    • Aerospace Engineering and Aviation Technology @ DuVal HS 
    All four programs are serviced by the same test, but the acceptance criteria differs. This year, applications for the programs will be processed online. Potential 3D Scholars must be PGCPS 9th, 10th or 11th graders by September 2018. For more information about this program, please click on the link here: http://www.pgcps.org/3dscholars/
    Grade 8 and 9 students may apply for the Science and Technology Program. Only grade 8 students may apply for the Academy of Health Sciences @ PGCC and the Aerospace Engineering and Aviation Technology @ DuVal HS. 

    Science and Technology Testing

    A nationally normed multiple-choice achievement test is administered to eighth and ninth grade students as part of the Science and Technology Admissions Program. Three Science and Technology centers service Prince George's County schools: Oxon Hill High School, Eleanor Roosevelt High School, and Charles Herbert Flowers High School. Students accepted for admission will attend one of the three Science and Technology Centers based upon their legal home residence in Prince George's County. 
    ALL Science and Technology Program applications for PGCPS grade 9 students must be submitted electronically. This process will be initiated by the guidance counselor at your child's school. PGCPS 9th grade students applying for the program will receive a printed application for their parents to sign. Once signed, it will be returned to the school guidance counselor and verified via the online application process.
    Students currently attending private or out of state schools should complete the application on the PGCPS Department of Testing website. 
    In order to apply, please click on the link for SY 2018-19 Private School/Non PGCPS Student Application for Specialty Programs . 
    SY 2018-19 Private School/Non PGCPS Student Application for Specialty Programs (Sorry, link has expired for SY 2018-19)

    After completing the application click this link Pay for PSAT 8/9 to pay for the PSAT 8/9 exam.

     Click here to identify the Science and Technology Center for a particular address.

    Testing Dates: 
    • Week of December 4, 2017 (All PGCPS Middle School Students) 
    • December 2, 2017 (Grade 9, Private School, and Home-Schooled Students)
    Applications will be available and submitted by the guidance office of public middle and high schools. Non-public applications will be available online and are due by Friday, November 03, 2017. For questions, please call the Department of Testing (301)702-3860. Applications for students enrolled in Prince Georges County Public schools are due to the Department of Testing by Friday, November 3, 2017.  


    The scores from the PSAT 8/9 along with grades in English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies from the four quarters of the previous school year (in some cases trimester) and the first grading period of the current school year are combined to create a total score. Parents may use the SchoolMAX Family Portal to view the grades used in the formula. (Click here for directions) The total score provides the basis for selection to the High School Science and Technology Program. This year, we project that over 10,000 students will be tested for possible entrance into the Science and Technology program. There are roughly 550-600 seats available. 

    The Aerospace Engineering and Aviation Technology Program @ DuVal High School 

    The Aerospace Engineering and Aviation Technology Program at DuVal High School is a rigorous, four-year program that provides highly specialized college preparatory courses. The program offers an innovative, problem-based curriculum along with real-world applications of math, science and engineering, Students develop essential 21st century skills - such as critical thinking, problem solving, communication and collaboration - needed to be successful in today's world. 

    For frequently asked questions regarding the Science and Technology and the Aerospace Engineering and Aviation Technology programs please click the link below.

    Department of Testing:
    Phone (301-702-3860) 

    Troy Brockett
    Test Administration Supervisor (High School)
    Donna Bradshaw, Ed.D.
    Test Administration Specialist (High School)
    LeKeisha Render
    Test Administration Specialist (High School)
    Margaret Evans