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PreK Applications now being accepted

St. Mary’s County Public Schools (SMCPS) will begin to accept Pre-
Kindergarten 4 Applications on Thursday, April 11, 2024. The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future
allows for families with children who are 4 years old on or before September 1, 2024, to apply
for full-day Pre-Kindergarten. All families are welcome to apply; however, income is the
primary qualifier for eligibility. Families with an annual income at or below 300% of the Federal
Poverty Level (FPL) or families that are experiencing homelessness are deemed income eligible
and will be accepted first. All applications will be screened and identified on a System of Tiers.

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Captain Walter Francis Duke Elementary

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Captain Walter Francis Duke Elementary School implements S.O.A.R. expectations for all students across all school settings.  

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Welcome to Duke

Welcome to Duke, where smiles greet you at every corner! Here, your child's education is not just a journey but a delightful adventure. Our dedicated teachers nurture curiosity, foster creativity, and inspire a lifelong love for learning. In our inclusive and supportive community, diversity is celebrated, and every student is valued. Parents, you're invited to be active partners in your child's growth, ensuring a strong foundation for their future success. Join us, where friendships flourish, and dreams take flight!

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