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CWFDES Named a Purple Star School
CWFDES Named a Purple Star School

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Welcome to Captain Walter Francis Duke Elementary School

Our Mission:

Captain Walter Francis Duke Elementary School implements S.O.A.R. expectations for all students across all settings. The mission of SOAR is to instill the characteristics of a great leader in our students. SOAR seeks to create a learning environment that empowers our students to show service, ownership, accountability and respect to peers, teachers, and community.

Our Vision:

Duke Elementary is committed to creating a safe and caring environment in which students will show respect to self, others, and property, be responsible for their actions, and lead by example.

Our SOAR Expectations:

Service - be a helper to others and your environment

Ownership - take responsibility for your actions

Accountability - be prepared to work hard and succeed

Respect - treat others the way you want to be treated

Our Motto:

“Where children Soar!”

Aviator Updates

For the latest and most up-to-date information see the weekly Aviator Update from Ms. Kortokrax.

2024-2025 K - 5th Grade Registration Information

Sign - up for a Registration Appointment 

See this Registration Checklist for all required forms and documents needed to register your student at CWFDES.

If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Magill at or Cindy Toothacker at or call 240-309-4658.

Please remember if you are NOT in the district for Duke Elementary you will need to complete registration at your home school.

Look up your school & bus route information online using SMCPS Elocator

Visit our PTA page for upcoming events and Spirit night information

Pre-K Registration for 2024-2025

St. Mary’s County Public Schools (SMCPS) offers full day Pre-Kindergarten 4 to children that reside in St. Mary’s County, Maryland, meet age requirements, and are income eligible (COMAR 13A.06.03.02). Click this link to fill out the registration form.

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Where Children SOAR!

Welcome to Duke!

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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