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Photo Gallery | PHOTOS: Grand Opening of Public Charter School in Prince George's County

Chesapeake Math and IT (CMIT) Academy located at 6100 Frost Place in Laurel, hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony and private tour on Wednesday to officially celebrate the school's inaugural year.

The Academy opened in August 2011 with close to 300 students in sixth and seventh grades. Each school year, a grade will be added until the school reaches maximum capacity of 700 sixth through twelfth grade students.

For the 2012-2013 school year, approximately 50 new students will be admitted through the school district's specialty program application process.

"This Public Charter School is paving the way for innovation within our county with a strong focus on the growing fields of  science, math, and technology," said County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III. "One of the things we talk about in our education system is how we can provide innovative ways for our children to grow academically, this is it." 

With 14 classrooms, two computer labs, two science labs, and one media center, The vision of CMIT is to provide multiple opportunities for Prince George's County youth to prepare for post secondary education in a globalized and technology-based society through strong academic programs. 

"We are drawing children from all over Prince George's County to attend this Technology and Math Center, bringing the county together for better academic success in the future," explained Rushern L. Baker, III.

The school's academic program features research-based instructional methods, such as hands-on and project-based learning, computer-assisted instruction and digital storytelling. They also promote an Ivy League education throughout the school with banners, posters, and classroom names.

"I think the school is better than other schools because the teachers challenge me a lot. They provide me with harder questions, and are very supportive of me and my fellow students," expained CMIT seventh grader, Sianni Ward.