About Howard County Public School System

Howard County, Maryland is a suburban community of over 285,000 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 40 years ago by The Rouse Company.

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5-Year Strategic Plan

Mission And Goals

Mission

Vision

We cultivate a vibrant learning community that prepares students to thrive in a dynamic world. Every student is inspired to learn and empowered to excel.

Goals

Guiding Principles

Goal 1: Students

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

We believe 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

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.

Additional Information

76 Schools

Students Receiving Special Services (2012-13)

  • 41 elementary schools
  • 20 middle schools
  • 12 high schools
  •  3 education centers
  • Limited English Proficient – ≤ 5.0%
  • Free/Reduced Lunch – 18.9%
  • Special Education – 8.6%

Total Enrollment – 51,681*

Attendance Rate (2012-13)

  • (PreK-5) – 24,445
  • Middle (6-8) – 11,890
  • High (9-12) – 16,378
  • Special School – 93

*Official count does not included PreK

  • Elementary – 96%
  • Middle – 96%
  • High – 95%

Race/Ethnicity

Graduation Rate: 93.3%

  • American Indian/Alaskan – 0.2%
  • Asian – 18.4%
  • Black/African American – 21.6%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander – 0.1%
  • Hispanic – 9.1%
  • White – 44.4%
  • Two or more races – 6.3%
  • 4-year adjusted cohort

Per Pupil Expenditure FY 2014

  • $78.38 per day/$14,108 per year
Please Note: This information and more may also be found in the 2013-14 Profile of the HCPSS (PDF)