St. Mary's County Public Schools


Our Students. Our Future.

Mary’s County Public Schools, located in Leonardtown, Maryland, serves over 18,000 students. A mixture of suburban and rural communities, this school district sits at the confluence of the Potomac River, Patuxent River and Chesapeake Bay. St. Mary’s Public Schools’ system is large enough to offer a wide variety of academic programs and services, yet small enough to maintain an atmosphere of friendliness, helpfulness, and personalized service.

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St. Mary’s County Public Schools recognizes that the talent and commitment of our employees are our most valuable assets.  The quality of your application and evidence of a strong work ethic are critical considerations.  Evidence of effective professional practice is weighted heavily in the review of applications for administrative and certificated or licensed positions.

Dr. James Scott Smith

Dr. James Scott Smith


Dr. James Scott Smith is our Superintendent. Dr. Smith has been with St. Mary’s County Public Schools since he began as an English teacher at Leonardtown High School (LHS) in 1991.


The employees of SMCPS are dedicated to making a difference in children’s lives. They support children and in return must be supported by the school system.


St. Mary’s County Public Schools offers all staff an exciting challenge and an opportunity for growth. The system’s administration and staff are determined to make St. Mary’s County Public Schools one of the top systems in the state. With a focus on curriculum, staff development, quality schools, and parental involvement, St. Mary’s County Public Schools will meet this goal.

About Us

Welcome to St. Mary’s County Public Schools (SMCPS) where over 94% of our students graduate ready to take on the challenges of college or careers. With almost 18,000 students, our school system is large enough to offer a wide variety of academic programs and services, yet small enough to maintain an atmosphere of friendliness, helpfulness, and personalized service. Our work is driven by three planning documents. :

* Bridge to Excellence Master Plan

* Educational Facilities Master Plan

* Capital Improvement Plan

We understand that education must engage students and align to their interests and aspirations. To do this, we provide a tailored educational experience to our learners, offering choice of courses and academic pathways. We are particularly proud of our signature academic pathways: the STEM Academy, The Academy of Global International Studies, The National Academy of Finance and our newest addition, the Academy of Visual and Performing Arts. Couple this with our James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center and the possibilities for our students reflects the needs of the 21st Century.



Educational Equity

St. Mary’s County Public Schools’s “Equity Matters” platform highlights celebrations in Educational Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Achievement in all of our school communities while providing resources and support for promoting excellence and equity for students, families, and communities.

Department of Equity, Engagement, and Early Access

The Department of Equity, Engagement, and Early Access has oversight for a variety of federally and state/locally funded programs.

Early Childhood programs include Baby Talk, Pre-Kindergarten, the Judy Center, and Head Start. Please click on the appropriate link to learn more.
Title I is a federally funded program for economically disadvantaged children. We serve five elementary schools in the Lexington Park corridor including George Washington Carver, Green Holly, Greenview Knolls, Lexington Park, and Park Hall Elementary Schools. Please click on the Title I link to learn more.
Charter schools are public schools that access state and local funds. In exchange for a high level of accountability, charter schools have autonomy for some decision making. SMCPS has one public charter school, Chesapeake Public Charter School. Please click on the Chesapeake Public Charter School link to learn more. View Policy and Regulations here.

Career opportunities

Location: 23160 Moakley Street Leonardtown, MD 20650

Telephone: 301-475-5511

School Hours: M-F: 8am – 5pm


The St. Mary’s County Public School System does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, religion or disability in matters affecting employment or providing access to programs.