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

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

Students Receiving Special Services (2013-14)

  • Free/Reduced Lunch – 19.4%
  • Limited English Proficient – ≤ 5.0%
  • Special Education – 8.5%

Total Enrollment – 52,511*

  • Elementary (PreK-5) – 24,842
  • Middle (6-8) – 12,276
  • High (9-12) – 16,438
  • Special School – 99

*Official count does not include PreK

Attendance Rate (2013-14)

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

Race/Ethnicity

  • American Indian/Alaskan – 0.2%
  • Asian – 19.3%
  • Black/African American – 21.8%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander – 0.1%
  • Hispanic – 9.4%
  • White – 42.7%
  • Two or more races – 6.2%

Graduation Rate: 92.9%*

  • *4-year adjusted cohort

Per Pupil Expenditure FY 2015

  • $81.94 per day/$14,570 per year

Operating Budget for Fiscal Year 2015

  • $758.8 million

Our Staff 2014-15

  • 4,073 teachers, 70.4% of whom hold a master’s degree or above
  • Average years of experience: 12.9
  • Total staff: 8,136.2

Ratio of computers to students: 1 : 1.8

Classrooms with Internet access: 100%

Additional information can be found in the 2014-15 Profile of the HCPSS (PDF)