Paul Laurence Dunbar High School

PLD in the news

The PLD Robotics team has been working hard preparing for competition.  Read more in this article from the Herald Leader.



Attention Juniors - ACT March 3rd

All 11th grade students will be taking the ACT on Tuesday, March 3 from 8:25 until 12:30 here at PLD.  Please do not schedule any appointments at that time. More information on what you can do to prepare can be found here.

Parents of GEAR UP students (Leestown Freshmen & Sophomores)

  • Please remember to turn in your parent surveys!! The GEAR UP College & Career Advisors NEED these surveys back by March 30. Tell your students to bring it by the CCC to be entered for a door prize!
  • Check out our GEAR UP newsletter and monthly spotlight! These will be given out each month as well as linked on the GEAR UP section of the Guidance page.
  • Keep on the lookout for GEAR UP's Take the Lead parent participations form. I fyou're interested in being involved in GEAR UP, please contact the GEAR UP advisors.
  • Freshmen students: Allie Campbell
  • Sophomore students: Monica Cole

AP Exam Registration

Students currently enrolled in AP courses who wish to take the AP exam in May should register for the exams by March 15th - please do not wait to register as there will be late fees for students who do not register by this date. Students received a letter with details regarding registration in their AP classes Monday, February 23 or Tuesday, February 24 and the letter is also available here. The link to register is Each exam costs $95 and payments will be made online directly to Total Registration. If you have questions regarding registering for AP exams, please contact the counseling office.

Snow Make-up Days

March 20 and April 10 will now be school days. These days were originally scheduled to be off. Both will be A Days. We will keep you posted as other make-up days are decided.

Science Fair Winners

PLD had a great showing at the district science fair! Please congratulate the students listed here on a job well done.

In case of weather

Our delay schedule has changed.  Please see the information here!

The JV Academic Team won 1st Place at Athens, Georgia this weekend at a multi-state Academic Tournament!
Congratulations to  Zsombor, Ananth, Adarsh, and Thirushan!
Band News
Congratulations to our marching band.  They qualified for the State Championship Prelims on Saturday. Performance time will be 2:00 pm at EKU.
Federal Impact Aid Program Survey Form
Parents/Guardians: The federal government does not pay property tax.  Because property tax provides a significant amount of education funding, Impaid Aid helps local school districts recover some of the lost funds.  It is based, in part, on the number of children with parents working on federally owned properties (for example, the Veterans Hospital or the Federal Prison); and the number of children with parents in the military (fulltime/active).  Completing the Impact Aid Program Survey Form will help the district get additional funds from the federal government at no cost to the parent.  Your student will be given this form in their English class or you can pick one up in the front office.  Please complete the survey if it applies to you and have your student return it to the administration office before November 7.

TranscriptButtonParents and students who have questions concerning Parchment,  please read below...

Several mistakes are being made when creating accounts that prevents Parchment from matching the transcript requests with what we send to Parchment.   The following mistakes have been the most common mistakes and are taking time to be resolved:

  • Using a nickname instead of your real name.
  • Misspelled student names
  • Parents completing the requests and using parent's information like birth year instead of the student's info.

These mistakes can be prevented by using the registration code that was given to the students (once by hard copy and sent twice to their student email).

If you have requested a transcript via Parchment rest assured that the transcript will be delivered.  If you have not yet requested your final transcript,  please use the registration code to create your Parchment account and complete your request ASAP!

Leave the original info about Parchment as well as the Parchment button.

Accountability Testing Information:

Attention School Volunteers! Please know that all school volunteers must apply through the FCPS on-line application.