The public schools are governed by the St. Mary’s County Board of Education, based in Leonardtown on Moakley Street. The school superintendent is Scott Smith. The elected school board members are Karin Bailey, chair; Mary Washington, vice chair; and Cathy Allen, Jim Davis and Rita Weaver. The school system’s website is

To register a child in public school, parents should call or visit the school the child will be attending to make arrangements. For information on which school a child would attend, call the department of capital planning at 301-475-4256, ext. 6.

Parents interested in parochial schools should contact the principal of the school for admission information.

Public elementary schools

Benjamin Banneker Elementary School

27180 Point Lookout Road

Leonardtown, 301-475-0260

Principal Audrey Ellis

Captain Walter Francis Duke

Elementary School

23595 Hayden Farm Lane

Leonardtown, 240-309-4658

Principal Beth Ramsey

Chesapeake Public Charter School

20945 Great Mills Road

Lexington Park, 301-863-9585

Education Director Angela Funya

Dynard Elementary School

23510 Bushwood Road

Chaptico, 301-769-4804

Principal Andrea Owens

Evergreen Elementary School

43765 Evergreen Way

California, 301-863-4060

Principal Jamie Jameson

G.W. Carver Elementary School

46155 Carver School Blvd.

Great Mills, 301-863-4076

Principal Denise Eichel

Green Holly Elementary School

46060 Millstone Landing Road

Lexington Park, 301-863-4064

Principal Wauchilue Adams

Greenview Knolls Elementary School

45711 Military Lane

Great Mills, 301-863-4095

Principal Elizabeth Servello

Hollywood Elementary School

44345 Joy Chapel Road

Hollywood, 301-373-4350

Principal Jennifer Gilman

Leonardtown Elementary School

22885 Duke St.

Leonardtown, 301-475-0250

Principal Contina Quick-McQueen

Lettie Marshall Dent Elementary School

37840 New Market Turner Road

Mechanicsville, 301-472-4500

Principal Kelly Courtney

Lexington Park Elementary School

46763 Shangri-La Drive

Lexington Park, 301-863-4085

Principal Rebecca Schou

Mechanicsville Elementary School

28585 Three Notch Road

Mechanicsville, 301-472-4800

Principal Sandra Oliver

Oakville Elementary School

26410 Three Notch Road

Mechanicsville, 301-373-4365

Principal Norman Carpenter

Park Hall Elementary School

20343 Hermanville Road

Park Hall, 301-863-4054

Principal Scott Szczerbiak

Piney Point Elementary School

44550 Tall Timbers Road

Tall Timbers, 301-994-2205

Principal Glenna Edwards

Ridge Elementary School

49430 Airedale Road

Ridge, 301-872-0200

Principal Honora Batelka

Town Creek Elementary School

45805 Dent Drive

Lexington Park, 301-863-4044

Principal Marie Hankinson

White Marsh Elementary School

29090 Thompson Corner Road

Mechanicsville, 301-472-4600

Principal Cheryl Long

Public middle schools

Esperanza Middle School

22790 Maple Road

Lexington Park, 301-863-4016

Principal Jill Snyder-Mills

Leonardtown Middle School

24015 Point Lookout Road

Leonardtown, 301-475-0230

Principal Deborah Dennie

Margaret Brent Middle School

29675 Point Lookout Road

Mechanicsville, 301-884-4635

Principal Janet Fowler

Spring Ridge Middle School

19856 Three Notch Road

Lexington Park, 301-863-4031

Principal Wendy Zimmerman

Public high schools

Chopticon High School

25390 Colton Point Road

Morganza, 301-475-0215

Principal Kimberly Summers

Great Mills High School

21130 Great Mills Road

Great Mills, 301-863-4001

Principal Jake Heibel

Leonardtown High School

23995 Point Lookout Road

Leonardtown, 301-475-0200

Principal Michael Watson

Dr. James A. Forrest Career

and Technology Center

24005 Point Lookout Road

Leonardtown, 301-475-0242

Principal Michael Egan

Fairlead Academy I

20833 Great Mills Road

Great Mills, 301-863-4090

Academic Dean Rebecca Cline

Fairlead Academy II

24005 Point Lookout Road

Leonardtown, 301-475-0242

Academic Dean Madelyne “Maggie” Giles

Private/parochial schools

Bay Montessori School

Age 2 through eighth grade

20525 Willows Road

Lexington Park, 301-737-2421

Administrator Vickie Pool

Father Andrew White School

Grades pre-K through eighth

22850 Washington St.

Leonardtown, 301-475-9795

Principal Linda Maloney

The King’s Christian Academy

Kindergarten through 12th

20738 Point Lookout Road

Callaway, 301-994-3080

Administrator Kevin Fry

Leonard Hall Junior Naval Academy

Grades sixth through 12th

41740 Baldridge St.

Leonardtown, 301-475-8029

Headmistress Suzanne Wisnieski

Little Flower School

Grades pre-K through eighth

20410 Point Lookout Road

Great Mills, 301-994-0404

Principal Caitlin Oglesby

Mother Catherine Academy

Grades pre-K through eighth

38833 Chaptico Road

Helen, 301-884-3165

Principal Anthony Wojt

St. John’s School

Grades pre-K through eighth

43927 St. John’s Road

Hollywood, 301-373-2142

Principal Susan McDonough

St. Mary’s Ryken High School

Grades ninth through 12th

22600 Camp Calvert Road

Leonardtown, 301-475-2814

Principal Rick Wood

St. Michael’s School

Grades pre-K through eighth

16560 Three Notch Road

Ridge, 301-872-5454

Principal Lila Hofmeister

Victory Baptist Academy

Kindergrarten through 12th

29855 Eldorado Farm Lane

Charlotte Hall, 301-884-8503

Administrator Chris Ortiz

Adult education

The College of Southern Maryland has low-cost and no-cost instruction classes for adults living in St. Mary’s County who need basic education instruction.

Courses offered at the Leonardtown campus include Adult Basic Education, General Education Development (GED) Preparation and English as a Second Language (ESL). Classes generally meet two times per week and are small so learning can be individualized to meet the needs of each student.

For information on adult education classes in St. Mary’s County, to speak with an advisor or to register for an orientation, call Frazer Nelson at 240-725-5473 or