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"WE FLY H.I.G.H. - J. P. Ryon Cardinal Scholars have HONOR! INTEGRITY! GRIT! and HOPE!"

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J.P. Ryon is located in a serene setting in the heart of Waldorf, Maryland.  Our school is an integral part of the community and a place where students and staff are proud of their hard work and accomplishments.  It is a school that values high expectations, achieving success for all students, and strong parental and community involvement.  State of the art technology helps to enhance and enrich learning opportunities for our students.  A friendly, committed staff is dedicated to making J.P. Ryon Elementary School an inviting, safe environment in which children can be successful.  The school-wide focus on reading, writing, and math supports our superintendent's plan for achieving success for all students and eliminating the achievement gap. 


James P. Ryon was an active Republican in Charles County for nearly four decades. Ryon's political career began when he was elected as County Commissioner in 1905. In 1918 he was elected as County Treasurer. Ryon also served on the County Welfare and County Road boards.

In addition to being a politician, Ryon was a businessman. He served as president of the board of directors of a La Plata bank, Ryon owned a general store in Waldorf, which opened in 1901. Later, he and his brother Samuel established Ryon Funeral home. After Ryon married his second wife Ula Huntt, he renamed the funeral home Huntt & Ryon. Today it is known as the Huntt Funeral Home. (Ryon's first wife, Lula Naylor died in 1908.)

Throughout his political and business endeavors, Ryon was a tobacco dealer and served on the Maryland State Tobacco Authority from the mid-1940s to 1960. He died in 1963.

Source: Washington Post, Sept. 25, 1963.

Vision Statement

The vision of Charles County Public Schools is to create the best environment where all students experience academic success, develop personal responsibility and achieve career readiness for the 21st century. 

Mission Statement

The mission of Charles County Public Schools is to provide an opportunity for all school-aged children to receive an academically challenging, quality education that builds character, equips for leadership, and prepares for life, in an environment that is safe and conducive to learning.