About Howard County Public School System

Howard County, Maryland is a suburban community of over 309,000 situated midway along the Baltimore-Washington corridor. It is a county of contrasts — a blend of old and new, urban and rural, historical and progressive. The county’s borders encompass Ellicott City, one of the country’s oldest towns, and Columbia, a planned community conceived and designed nearly 50 years ago by The Rouse Company.

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5-Year Strategic Plan

Mission And Goals

Our Vision

"Every student is inspired to learn and empowered to excel."

Our Mission

"We cultivate a vibrant learning community that prepares students to thrive in a dynamic world"

Goals

Goal 1: Students

Every student achieves academic excellence in an inspiring, engaging, and supportive environment.

Goal 2: Staff

Every staff member is engaged, supported, and successful.

Goal 3: Families and the Community

Families and the community are engaged and supported as partners in education.

Goal 4: Organization

Schools are supported by world-class organizational practices.

Guiding Principles

Concepts, values, and principles that guide the organization’s work.

HCPSS believes in…

  • Achieving excellence in all we do
  • Developing each student’s unique gifts
  • Engaging students in relevant, experiential, and personalized learning
  • Cultivating creative problem solving, critical thinking, and innovation
  • Promoting integrity, civility, and global citizenship
  • Enriching learning by honoring our diversity
  • Fostering a culture of collaboration, trust, and shared responsibility
  • Removing barriers to success

Additional Information

76 Schools

  • 41 elementary schools
  • 20 middle schools
  • 12 high schools
  • 3 education centers

Total Enrollment – 53,637*

  • Elementary (PreK-5) – 24,245
  • Middle (6-8) – 12,715
  • High (9-12) – 16,574
  • Special School – 103

*Official count does not include Pre-K

Race/Ethnicity

  • American Indian/Alaskan – 0.2%
  • Asian – 20.3%
  • Black/African American – 22.5%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander – 0.1%
  • Hispanic/Latino – 9.9%
  • White – 40.8%
  • Two or more races – 6.2%

Students Receiving Special Services (2013-14)

  • Free/Reduced Lunch – 20.6%
  • Limited English Proficient – ≤ 5.0%
  • Special Education – 8.5%

Attendance Rate (2013-14)

  • Elementary – 96%
  • Middle – 96%
  • High – 96%

Graduation Rate FY15: 93.5%*

  • *4-year adjusted cohort

Per Pupil Expenditure FY 2015

  • $80.56 per day/$14,500 per year

Operating Budget for Fiscal Year 2015

  • $776.3 million

Our Staff 2015-16

  • 4,134 teachers, 71.1% of whom hold a master’s degree or above
  • Average years of experience: 12.9
  • Total staff: 8,074

Ratio of computers to students: 1 : 2

Classrooms with Internet access: 100%

Additional information can be found in the 2015-16 Profile of the HCPSS (PDF)