News Release: PGCPS to Host Orientation and Transition Days

News Release: PGCPS to Host Orientation and Transition Days

August 15, 2016
For Immediate Release
Office of Communications

In preparation for the 2016-17 school year, Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) will host Orientation Day for prekindergarten and kindergarten students, as well as Transition Day for sixth- and seventh-graders, and first-time ninth graders.

Prekindergarten and Kindergarten Orientation Day

On Thursday, Aug. 18, prekindergarten and kindergarten students will participate in programs designed to help them adjust to their schools. Parents of new students will receive details from the school. Parents who do not receive information should contact the school to confirm the transition program date.

Middle and High School Transition Day

On Monday, Aug. 22, sixth- and seventh-graders, and first-time ninth graders will attend an all-day program at their schools with breakfast and lunch included. Students who ride buses will be picked up and dropped off at their regular time and bus stop location.

Information about bus stop locations and drop-off and pick-up times can be found at Administrators will also send a notification letter.

Transition Day allows students to participate in their regular school schedule, attend an information session about available resources for a successful school year, and meet key staff members, student guides, and peers.

Information session topics include:

  • Middle/high school schedules

  • School bus transportation rules

  • School policies

  • Lockers

  • Extracurricular activities

  • Tools for success, such as student handbooks and calendars

  • Strategies for success, including homework and student responsibilities

  • SchoolMax, transcripts, testing, and more

Parents with questions about transition days should contact their child’s school.

The first day of school for all students is Tuesday, Aug. 23.


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. Under the leadership of Chief Executive Officer Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell, 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.